Pensacola, Florida
Friday October 19th 2018


Winners & Losers 5/14/15

LaRuby May
The Pensacola native won the Ward 8 seat on the Washington, D.C. Council, according to an unofficial final tally that the D.C. Board of Elections released May 8. May, a former campaign staffer to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, won with 1,955 votes and a 1.09 percent margin—just 80 votes. May is the daughter of the late Rev. Theophalis May and Mary May and the sister of Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May.

Rick Harper
The University of West Florida has merged the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement to create the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. Dr. Harper will lead the new center as the associate vice president for research and economic opportunity. The center’s mission is to advance the strategic research and economic development interests of the university.

Jehan Clark
The Pensacola Runners Association honored Clark with the Lou Gregory Spirit Award. The Lou Gregory Award is named in honor of Pensacola’s most famous runner, a world-class runner in the ’30s and ’40s who won 19 National championships and placed second in the 1941 Boston Marathon. The award is given to a runner who has demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm in helping to promote and maintain the sport of running in the Pensacola community.

Downtown Improvement Board
The board may have had the best intentions in limiting outdoor alcohol sales during Gallery Night to only beer and wine, but they failed to check Florida law to see what their powers are. City Attorney Lysia Bowling could not find “any legal basis providing DIB regulatory authority over the types of liquor sold during a Gallery Night.” The downtown bar and restaurants have expressed interest in working with DIB and the city government to improve Gallery Nights. The mayor wants to cut back to six nights. Stay tuned.

Rick Scott
The Florida governor traveled to Washington, D.C. to ask the federal government to grant him a favor and extend the Low Income Pool, a program that offers health care coverage for low-income families. After bashing the White House for years, Scott somehow thought he could get their help. Nope. Good looks aren’t enough. Ask Mayor Hayward about his FAA grant request that was denied.

State Senator Don Gaetz had a simple adoption bill that would have given subsidies to government workers who adopt children in the state foster-care system. The Florida House unsuccessfully tried to make it about banning gay adoptions. Now it’s in the hands of Gov. Scott to sign it into law. We hope he does.