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Winners & Losers 1/23/14

Winners
Bill Clover
The Pensacola State College Visual Arts professor Bill Clover recently received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service to Manna Food Pantries. Clover was recognized for his work in creating about 6,500 hand-crafted bowls over the last seven years for Manna’s fundraising events at PSC:  Pick a Bowl held each October and Fill a Bowl held each January. He also donates all the clay used to make the bowls.

Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition
Florida Medicaid has temporarily activated payment for Medicaid recipients who are pregnant and age 21 and older, now through March 2014. The Healthy Start Coalition and other Florida Health officials urged Medicaid to expand flu vaccine coverage to pregnant women in response to the high incidence of unvaccinated pregnant women suffering serious complications, including preterm delivery and long-term hospitalization of both mother and baby. Thank you.

Matt Gaetz
The state representative for Okaloosa County wants to legalize “Charlotte’s Web,” a non-euphoric strain of medical marijuana that can help ease the suffering of children suffering from epileptic seizures. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee recently heard testimony from parents, including Peyton Moseley from this area, saying this is their best hope for helping their children.

Losers
Pensacola International Airport
Pensacola and 16 other cities will lose their direct American Airlines flights from Washington’s Reagan National Airport, according to an announcement made by the company. American Airlines blamed the cuts on slots it had to give up as a condition of its merger with US Airways. Some of the other cities losing flights are Detroit, Minneapolis, San Diego, Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee.

City Planning Staff
The memorandum given the City of Pensacola’s Planning Board said that a food truck ordinance proposed by Councilman Andy Terhaar had unanimous support from council members at a recent workshop on the issue. Certain parties at city hall may have been a little too eager to ban the trucks from downtown Pensacola. Several council members, including Terhaar, have said the ordinance was only a starting part for discussion. Oops, someone’s agenda is showing.

Genting Group
The gambling giant may have a deal that would bring slot-machines to downtown Miami. Its Resorts World Omni would operate 2,000 slot machines and a poker room at a hotel on Biscayne Bay under a permit owned by a non-profit linked to Gulfstream, where the horse races would continue to run. Locals are not too happy so the deal may never reach fruition.