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Winners & Losers 3/6/14


Winners

Pensacon 2014
The three-day event at the Pensacola Bay Center was a huge success, bringing over $1.4 million into the community. Research revealed that 11,000 people attended and 5,183 room nights were booked. Ninety-eight percent of the attendees, some dressed as their favorite characters, said they would return for Pensacon 2015, which is set for Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015.

Jessica Simpson
The former Panhandle Area associate director for the American Cancer Society has done a stellar job since being named the executive director of Health and Hope Clinic in May 2012. The clinic, which was established 10 years ago by the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association, helps meet the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved in Escambia County. Since 2003, Health and Hope Clinic has provided over $13 million in healthcare services and 16,000 patient/provider visits.

Chris Godwin
The teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Pine Forest High School took her team of young ladies to the Florida Class 1A-6 finals, where the Lady Eagles lost 54-34 to the Edgewater Eagles. Godwin accomplished her 28-win season with a starting lineup of all juniors on the team. We can expect to see them back in the finals next year.

Losers

Party Down South
Our 2010 April Fools issue joked that ‘Jersey Shore’ was coming to Pensacola Beach. Once again, parody almost becomes reality. CMT reality show ‘Party Down South,’ which has the same producers as ‘Jersey Shore,’ was indeed exploring Pensacola Beach as the locale for its next season. Fortunately, more practical heads prevailed and this redneck version of the MTV ‘Real World’ series will be filming elsewhere.

Cox Communications
Sometimes you just can’t catch a break. In the same week the Port of Pensacola is celebrating that it has an agreement with a company that will bring 100 jobs to the community, Cox announces it is shutting down its Pensacola customer call center and will be eliminating 144 jobs. The port jobs are a year or two off. The city will feel the impact of the Cox positions in 60 days.

Santa Rosa County Recycling
Last week, the Santa Rosa County Commission voted to shut down two recycling collection sites in the county, one in the Midway area at Tiger Point Recreation Facility and the other in Pace at the Five Points intersection. The sites had been abused, with unrecyclable trash, furniture and dead animals being thrown in the containers.