Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday March 19th 2019


Winners & Losers 11/20/14

Jack Brown & Steven Barry
The Escambia County administrator has launched a Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline, an initiative pushed by Commissioner Steven Barry. Citizens and county employees can now anonymously report activity that may be considered unethical or of concern. Reports may be made 24 hours a day. The hotline will be managed by Lighthouse Services, which will compile the information and notify Brown of the complaint.

Alvin Lee Durant, Sr.
The city of Pensacola dedicated the former Barcia Park in honor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church’s pastor, Reverend Alvin Lee Durant, Sr.
The park is located at 9th and Barcia Street, adjacent to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Durant has been the pastor for the last 63 years. The Pensacola City Council approved a request to rename the park as a symbol of his leadership and of his position as a role model to youth residing in the community.

Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems won first place and a $100,000 cash prize at the Innovation Awards competition. Led by Dr. Sunil Gupta, founder and chief medical officer, and Jason Crawford, chief executive officer, IRIS is a leading retinal screening technology provider. With IRIS, physicians are able to directly screen patients for retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States.

Sacred Heart Hospital & Santa Rosa Medical Center
Florida’s Low-Income Pool Program, which helps nonprofit hospitals serve low income uninsured patients, is scheduled to end June 30, 2015. Sacred Heart will lose annually $5,268,219 and Santa Rosa Medical $3,582,202. The loss was supposed to be offset by the expansion of the Medicaid criteria, but Florida lawmakers have refused to do it.

ALICE Households
United Way of Florida has released its report by Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, which shows how difficult it is for families in Escambia County to make ends meet. The report is called the ALICE report – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. It revealed that almost 41 percent of Escambia households and 64 percent of the county’s African-American households are struggling financially.

The British oil giant lost another legal battle. Federal Judge Carl Barbier ruled on Nov. 13 there was no basis for BP’s claim that the testimony was unfair or prejudicial and rejected its call to amend his judgment on Sept. 4 that the company was guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 BP oil disaster. That ruling could add as much as $15 billion to BP’s costs for the disaster that killed 11 men and spewed over several million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico by increasing the fine it must pay under the Clean Water Act.