Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday October 17th 2018


Winners & Losers 4/2/15


Judy Bense
The University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to keep Dr. Judith Bense as the President of the University of West Florida until Dec. 31, 2016. The extended term increases her pay by 10 percent during the one-year sabbatical leave that following the end of her term as president and during the three years following her return to faculty. In July 2008, Bense became the fifth president of UWF and has built a solid network of community partners, identified regional workforce needs, increased student residents and athletics and strengthened academic programs so that students are prepared for future leadership.

Northwest Florida Move to Amend
The group, along with the Pensacola Coffee Party, got the Pensacola City Council to pass a resolution that asks Congress to put forth and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that sets forth that money is not free speech and a corporation is not a natural person with inalienable rights. The goal is to reduce the impact of huge contributions by corporations, unions and super PACs on our election process.

Grand Marlin Restaurant and Oyster Bar
The Pensacola Beach restaurant is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The Caribbean inspired dining spot survived BP oil spill, while amassing numerous culinary and beverage awards, and embedding itself in the community by supporting numerous local charities. Congratulations!


Port of Pensacola
DeepFlex has placed on hold the construction of its facility at the port. City officials have cited the drop in crude oil prices as the cause. They have assured the city council that that the suspension is only temporary and the 200 jobs promised are still coming.

City Human Resources
The city started off on the wrong foot with its new city attorney, Lysia Bowling, by having her sign a personal services contract with Mayor Ashton Hayward instead of the contract required by the city charter. COO Tamara Fountain said it was an “honest error” by the city’s Human Resources staff. They only had to look up Jim Messer’s old contract for a template,

Leonard Gonzalez, Sr.
After a hearing in Tallahassee, the Commission on Offender Review unanimously voted to deny Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr.’s request for early release. He requested the early release due to medical issues after the Department of Corrections reported that his life expectancy was one year or less. Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr. was found guilty of second degree Murder of both Melanie and Byrd Billings in 2009. He was sentenced to 17.5 years in state prison. State Attorney Bill Eddins opposed the request. The commission vote means that Gonzalez Sr. will be required to serve the remainder of his sentence.