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Winners & Losers 11/29/13

Winners

Amy Miller
Once approved by the Pensacola City Council, Miller will become the first female Port Director for the City of Pensacola since its inception, dating back to the mid-1700s. She will become the only currently serving female Port Director in the state of Florida and in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Miller went to work at the port in 2002 as its Manager of Business & Trade Development. In 2006, her duties were expanded to include oversight of the port’s budgeting, finance and human resources activities.

Linda Moultrie
The Escambia County School Board’s first African-American female member has now become the first African-American woman to head the board in the district’s 143-year history. Elmer Jenkins, who represented District 3 for 16 years until 2002, served twice as board chairman.

Levin Rinke Resort Realty
The local real estate market has experienced a surge this past year in both housing prices, and business. Levin Rinke Resort Realty recently celebrated with industry colleagues their achievement of reaching $100-plus million in year-to-date sales. The firm has seen a sales volume increase of 39 percent from 2012 to 2013. The entire market has experienced a 24 percent jump in sales. The real estate inventory is very tight on Pensacola Beach and in the Gulf Breeze market.

Losers

Burgess Road
This narrow street, the majority of which is inside the Pensacola city limits, has become a “cut-through” for those avoiding the traffic lights on Davis Highway and seeking shortcuts to Creighton Road and Ninth Avenue. It has no sidewalks and is lined with drainage ditches. For years, residents have petitioned city hall to help, only to have their pleas ignored.  This could be the next “Dollar General” moment for Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Visit Pensacola, Inc.
With its initial board selected in private and its bylaws revealed to the public two days prior, the private non-profit organization pushed hard to get final approval from the Escambia County Commission before Thanksgiving. More reasonable heads prevailed and the vote and debate were delayed until Dec. 5—minor victory for government transparency.  Sometimes even millionaires have to be told, “No.”

Pensacola Wine Festival
The Downtown Improvement Board canceled the event that had originally been set for Oct. 5, until fears of Tropical Storm Karen forced the popular festival to be postponed to December. The cancellation was based on feedback from several vendors on the December timing of the event. Plus, a full schedule of activities happening downtown at the holidays compounded logistics.