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Winners & Losers 3/13/14

Winners
Ashton Hayward
The mayor of Pensacola scored a victory when the Escambia Board of County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement between the city and the county by a 4-1 vote. The agreement will pave the way for ST Aerospace to set up operations at the Pensacola International Airport and bring 300 jobs to the area.

Tammy Henderson
The Pensacola State College Director of Human Resources recently received the 2014 Nevis Herrington HR Excellence Award presented by the Florida Colleges’ HR Council. This award is presented annually to spotlight outstanding service in honor of Nevis Herrington, a founding member of the statewide HR Council. Henderson was recognized for her contributions to the system and demonstrated excellence as an HR Council member, as well as her leadership at the local and state levels.

Andy Ross
The Escambia County Commission recently issued a proclamation to Captain Ross and Niuhi Dive Charters, in recognition of their removal of the greatest number of non-native, invasive lionfish.  As part of a county pilot program, they removed 156 non-native, invasive lionfish this fall from Gulf of Mexico reefs.

Pensacola News Journal
The daily newspaper celebrated its 125th anniversary last week. We look forward to their next 125 years. Without them, there would be no reason for the Independent News to exist.

Losers
Rick Scott
When the governor said in his 2014 State of the State address that opportunity stretches from Key West to Panama City, we felt slighted. The gaffe added to Escambia County’s sense of being the redheaded stepchild of Florida.

Jose Godinez-Samperio
The Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled that undocumented immigrants cannot be admitted to the Florida Bar. Godinez-Samperio, who came to the United States from Mexico at age 9 and later graduated Florida State’s law school, passed the Bar exam more than two years ago. His lawyers argued that, because he had received a status known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from the Obama administration and would not be deported, the Eagle Scout and high school valedictorian should be permitted to become a lawyer.

Pensacola City Decision Making
The city gave a permit for the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on North Palafox to be renovated so that the state could relocate its parole and probation offices to the building. Nearby North Hill residents were upset. Mayor Ashton Hay- ward responded that he personally did not believe the facility belonged in a historic residential neighborhood, but he could do nothing. Another zoning issue bites the city in the butt.