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Winners & Losers 4/10/14

Winners
Florida Blue
The University of West Florida recently announced a $100,000 gift from Florida Blue to support UWF’s health-related programs. The funds will be used to support the university’s nursing, clinical lab sciences, medical informatics, doctor of physical therapy, public health, health sciences and pre-health professional degree programs. A portion of the gift will also support need- and performance-based scholarships and internships, as well as clinical externships and other experiences.

Mike Hood
The materials engineer with the Pensacola firm McSwain Engineering discovered a flaw in the ignition switch for the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that set in motion General Motors’ worldwide recall of 2.6 million Cobalts and other models. Thirteen deaths have been attributed to the faulty switch.

Belle Bear
The co-founder of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Governor’s Mansion Commission. She joins Carole Smith, Tallahassee community volunteer and Sam Vickers, the chief executive officer of Design Containers LLC. in Jacksonville.

Community Foundation of Northwest Florida
The foundation recently received the largest single gift in its history. A family, who has chosen to remain anonymous, made a gift that totals almost $3,000,000 to establish a donor advised fund within the non-profit organization. This is one of the larger gifts ever made to any charity in this region of Florida.

Losers
Ashton Hayward
The Pensacola mayor took the stand in a court hearing to stop him from forcing Varona Enterprises out of the Pensacola International Airport in violation of the company’s contract. Hayward admitted under oath that he had never read the contract. For seven months, the mayor fought to replace Varona’s. Yet he never took the time to read what the city’s obligations were under the agreement. One can delegate the duties, not the responsibility.

Pensacola Energy
The city of Pensacola’s natural gas utility has been selling gas to the customers inside the town of Century’s franchise area, which includes Century, Byrneville, Bratt, Oak Grove, Walnut Hill and McDavid. According to NorthEscambia.com, Pensacola Energy is set to cut off natural gas service to 50 Bratt and Walnut Hill customers—including three schools while the Escambia County Commission considers a new natural gas franchise ordinance for the Town of Century.

Gaming Industry
The message from Florida lawmakers to the billion dollar gaming industry is come back next year. Senate Gaming Committee Chairman Garrett Richter announced on the Senate floor recently that a sweeping gambling bill “isn’t in the cards” this year. The high-pressure lobbying will start again next year under incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner. The incumbents will get another political season of hefty campaign contributions