Pensacola, Florida
Friday October 19th 2018


Winners & Losers 7/23/15

Grover Robinson, IV
Leadership Florida recently announced that it has selected Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV, to participate as a member of its 2015-16 Annual Class Program.  Each year, the program selects Florida’s finest leaders to participate in an eight-month curriculum to learn about statewide topics of concern and opportunities, while also encouraging interaction among the State’s leadership.

Leslie Powell
The Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. Senior Attorney was recognized for her leadership and community service to the Pensacola community with the Escambia- Santa Rosa Bar Association’s 2015 Community Service Award. Powell, co-chair of its Pro Bono Committee, has demonstrated her leadership abilities by coordinating disaster relief efforts in Pensacola as well as serving as chairperson on the Statewide Disaster Umbrella Group.

Dave Reed
The owner of Dave Reed Insurance recently was named the 2015 Pensacola North Rotarian of the Year, an award designated for the one Rotarian in the club who stands out in demonstrating “Service Above Self,” and principled commitment to the “Four-Way Test.” Reed serves as Pensacola North Rotary’s membership committee chairman.

Alex Tran
The Pensacola State College student earned Top 10 in the Nation honors recently at the 38th Annual Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference. Tran made the Top 10 for his entry in the extemporaneous writing competition.

Project Sunburst
Governor Rick Scott’s website to make all emails available on demand has failed. Scott has quit using his government email account apparently.  Meanwhile Councilman Charles Bare asked the council to pass a policy that all city business be conducted only through the city’s server. He failed to garner enough support. Gmail rules.

Pensacola International Airport
Bottled water can only be sold by OHM Concession locations at the airport. Travelers have complained about the long lines on Sundays because the gift shop can not sell water. City staff cites the St. Louis-based vendor needs exclusive rights to the bottled water to recover its million-dollar investment. Really? That must be some mighty fine H2O. Adam Sandler should be hawking it.

Obama Administration
The Department of Veteran Affairs says it has a $2.6 billion budget shortfall. If Congress doesn’t act in the next two weeks, the VA will be forced to shut down all its hospital operations.  Why isn’t the president declaring an emergency and helping find a solution?

Donald Trump
The Republican presidential candidate will do nearly anything for a headline. Going after Sen. John McCain was too much, and he may eventually pay the price as moderate Republicans look elsewhere. Sadly the polls still have the real estate mogul near the top of the field of GOP hopefuls.