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Winners & Losers 2/6/14

Winners
Northwest Florida YMCA
Board members of the Northwest Florida YMCA have voted unanimously to accept a contribution of land from the Studer Community Development Group’s new property at the site of the Pensacola News Journal on Intendencia Street. The offer of land is in addition to the $5 million Quint and Rishy Studer pledged to the Y during last year’s effort to secure a site at the Maritime Park for the new facility.

Carter Quina
The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently recognized the Pensacola architect as a part of the 2013 AIA Class of Citizen Architects. Quina has served as a board member of the UWF Historic Trust, Pensacola Cultural Center and the Pensacola Architectural Review Board. His statewide service includes eight years on the Florida Historical Commission and 15 years as a board member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Downtown Improvement Board
Its 1st Palafox Wine Walk, held on Saturday, Feb. 1, sold out. Participants strolled down Palafox Place while sampling wine from several boutique vendors at each of the four wine tasting locations: Blue Morning Gallery, Elebash Jewelry, Jewelers Trade Shop and Susan Campbell Jewelry.

Rick Scott
The Florida governor surpassed his goal of $500 million in tax cuts in his proposed 2014-15 state budget. The bulk of the $514 million in savings would come through a $401 million proposal to cut vehicle registration fees.

Losers
Trey Radel
Nearly three months after being arrested on cocaine-possession charges, the Southwest Florida congressman announced his resignation on Monday, Jan. 27. The former radio talk show host entered a guilty plea to a cocaine-possession charge on Nov. 20 after an Oct. 29 arrest stemming from the purchase of $250 in cocaine during an undercover law-enforcement operation in Washington, D.C.

Kasim Reed
The mayor of Atlanta, Ga. miscalculated the severity of Winter Storm Leon, which paralyzed Atlanta and resulted in commutes that exceeded 20 hours for some people. Frustrated drivers abandoned their cars on the turnpikes as 2.6 inches of snow overwhelmed Atlanta’s ability to cope with the weather. Unlike Escambia County and other Northwest Florida counties, Reed did not shutdown his city on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Nathan Deal
The governor of Georgia earned his fair share of criticism over the traffic problems in Atlanta. He finally took some responsibility for the storm preparation failures, which led to an epic traffic jam in Atlanta. Cook pledged that his agencies will undergo internal and external reviews and that the state will compile a new plan of action.

Florida Legislature
State Rep. Mark Danish of Tampa and state Sen. Darren Soto of Kissimmee are proposing Florida become the first state in the country to move to daylight saving time year-round. If it fails, why not just vote move Pensacola into the Eastern time zone?