Pensacola, Florida
Thursday December 14th 2017

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Winners & Losers 7/30/15

Winners
Terry Strickland & Kevin Robinson
Florida Society of News Editors awarded the reporters with its Gold Medal for Public Service for their coverage of the 2014 explosion at the Central Booking and Detention facility that killed two prisoners, left a corrections officer paralyzed and injured nearly 200 others. Their coverage helped shed light on the tragedy.

Laurie Murphy
Emerald Coastkeepers have selected Murphy as its new Coastkeeper. She is University of West Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Master’s Certification in Geographical Information Science. Her strong background in physics, chemistry and mathematics will help revitalize an organization that has been fairly quiet over the past two years.

UWF American Chemical Society Scholars
The University of West Florida has the second highest number of American Chemical Society scholars in the nation, tying with Stanford University’s nine students, and second only to 15 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ACS program was established in 1994 to attract African American, Hispanic and American Indian students considered underrepresented in the chemical sciences to pursue careers in the field.

Sacred Heart Hospital
The hospital received international recognition as a baby-friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, only the ninth in the state and the only facility in Northwest Florida. The award recognizes the facility’s family-centered approach to maternity care. Sacred Heart delivers more babies annually than all other area hospitals combined.

Losers
Ashton Hayward & Andy Terhaar
Pensacola’s mayor and council president must have thought the Studers were bluffing when they said they would walk if substantial changes were made to the Maritime Park leases that the CMPA board approved earlier this month. They had already spent eight months negotiating them. Mayor Hayward publicly touted the proposed UWF Center for Entrepreneurship and convention center. However, the Studers saw the mayor’s 22 changes as more than mere tweaks. Hayward and Terhaar are now looking for someone to lease parcels under their terms. Good luck.

Florida Citrus Industry
Orange production, Florida’s signature crop, has fallen to a new low according to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The final report of the growing season put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year. As the season started last October, the outlook was for Florida to produce 108 million boxes of oranges.

Republican Party of Sarasota
Donald Trump has twice been named “Statesman of the Year” by the Republican Party of Sarasota. The award is given annually to “a person who exhibits great wisdom or ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.” Despite cries from party members to rescind Trump’s awards, Sarasota GOP Chairman Joe Gruters has refused to do so.