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Winners & Losers 12/12/13

Winners

Sherri Myers
The Pensacola City Councilwoman for District 2 has proposed amendments to the city’s land development code that will provide greater opportunity for public notice of proposed zoning changes submitted to the city’s planning board. Lack of notification was one of the big complaints about the board’s recent approval to change a residential parcel in the Cordova Park area to commercial so that Dollar General could be built on Spanish Trail. Myers should receive support from residents near the site.

Steven Barry
The Escambia County Commissioner for District 5 took a firm stand on Dec. 5 at the commission’s meeting. Barry wanted the interim county administrator, George Touart, taken out of the pool of candidates to be reviewed by the selection committee for the position. Despite intensive lobbying for Touart, Barry’s stance won the two votes, from Commissioners Lumon May and Grover Robinson, necessary to drop Touart out of contention.

Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt
The Distinguished Professor and Director of the Piano Program and Chamber Music at the University of West Florida has created a public piano project to enhance Pensacola’s cultural climate and bring visibility to the university’s initiative to promote music appreciation throughout Pensacola. The donated pianos will be installed in various locations for public use. Spectators are welcomed to play the pianos or simply enjoy listening.

Losers

Colleen Castille
Mayor Ashton Hayward’s city administrator was a good soldier when following the mayor and his political handlers’ wishes in having attorney Nixon Daniel send out a notification of default on the Pitt Slip marina (Independent News, “How Not To Do Business,” Dec. 5). Someone leaked the notice to the Pensacola News Journal and suddenly she was on the hot seat when attorneys revealed the weak legal basis the mayor had for the notice. Pensacola city government has become an episode of “House of Cards.”

Charlie Crist
It’s never good when the campaign manager drops out less than month after the candidate announces his candidacy for governor. Bill Hyers, who helped Bill de Blasio win the New York City’s mayoral race, abruptly left Crist’s campaign last week. Also, rumors that Sen. Bill Nelson might jump into the race are still lingering, according to Democratic Party insiders.

Dick Cheney
In 1986, Congress passed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, which called for tough sanctions on South Africa, the repeal of apartheid laws and release of political prisoners like Nelson Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress. The law passed, but was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan because he believed Mandela’s party was a “terrorist organization.” Congress overrode the veto. Cheney, then a Wyoming congressman, repeatedly voted against the bill.