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Winners & Losers 2/13/14

Joseph Graves


Winners

Doug Baldwin
The Gulf Breeze High School graduate caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks. Undrafted out of Stanford University, Baldwin has made his mark in the National Football League, catching 130 passes over his first three seasons. He is another fine alumnus of Coach Lumon May’s Southern Youth Sports Association.

Scott Luth
The efforts of the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s senior vice president for economic development have paid off again. The Pensacola Technology Park may get its first tenant thanks to Luth, Lewis Bear and the chamber. Space Florida approved last week a Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to the construction of a 65,000-75,000 square-foot building on the property across from the Pensacola Bay Center.

CMPA
On Feb. 5, Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers awarded Community Maritime Park Associates Inc. a judgment of $1.62 million from the park’s former developer, Maritime Park Development Partners LLC (MPDP). Judge Rodgers also threw out the developer’s $23 million counterclaim. She ruled that MPDP and its front man, Scott Davison, had fraudulently misrepresented its financial backing to the CMPA.

David Brinson
The University of West Florida MBA student recently earned the title of “Grand Champion” in the Best Strategy Invitational, a global competition that pits student teams against each other as they operate simulated athletic footwear companies.

Losers
Joseph Graves
The former Pensacola crime lab supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was arrested Feb. 4 for allegedly stealing and selling drug evidence. Graves was charged with 12 counts of tampering with physical evidence and nine counts of drug trafficking. The Florida State University graduate worked for FDLE since college and worked his way up to supervisor at its Pensacola lab. It’s uncertain how many cases have been impacted by these crimes. FDLE is reviewing 2,600 criminal cases, spanning 80 law enforcement agencies and 35 counties.

Danny Kepner
The attorney for Pensacola Beach leaseholders who have challenging the legality of paying taxes on improvements on their beach land missed the deadline for re-filing the lawsuit that’s been ongoing since 2004. Kepner’s oversight caused the 2013 lawsuit to be dismissed. The leaseholders have until March 31 to pay their 2013 property taxes.

CSX
During the first night of Winter Storm Leon, a CSX freight train derailed near the community of Molino, spilling up to 30,000 gallons of a corrosive acid into Fletcher Creek. Four tanker cars on the train bound for Mobile, Ala. jumped the tracks. According to Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an estimated 300 fish died after the spill in the creek. The cause of the derailment is under investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration.