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Winners & Losers 8/27/15

Winners
Big Brothers Big Sisters
With the help of a grant from IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida successfully recruited 135 male mentors to volunteer in the lives of local boys as part of its  “100 Men in 100 Days” initiative.

Escambia County
Escambia County’s Information Technology, Neighborhood and Human Services, and Facilities departments teamed up to convert the former Water Quality Lab at the request of District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry’s office. The lab at the Carver Park Resource Center in Cantonment consists of 10 computers refurbished from the 911 dispatch center that were donated by the County’s Public Safety Department.

Eric Olson
The Pensacola City Administrator barely escaped a no-confidence vote. His last-minute apology and undying support of his boss, Mayor Ashton Hayward,  swayed Councilman P.C. Wu to force a tie vote. We guess Olson is a special snowflake after all, or it could be the mayor wanted to take a vacation and had no one else to run the city.

350 Pensacola
The environmental group convinced the Escambia Board of County Commissioners to support, by 3-2 vote, a resolution calling for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and well stimulation performed for the purposes of exploration or production of oil or natural gas.

Losers
Pensacola Energy Services
The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit by Dr. Eric Frank that alleges the city’s natural gas utility has been levying a tax on its customers in the guise of mandatory franchise fees for the use of city-owned property. His argument is the city owns the right-of-way and should not have to charge its citizens for its use.

Florida Legislature
The special session called to redraw state congressional lines fell apart when the Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate failed to negotiate a compromise agreement. The congressional boundaries had to be redrawn when the Florida Supreme Court threw out eight of the districts because they violated the “Fair Districts” prohibition on favoring political parties and incumbents.

Freddie McCall
NorthEscambia.com reported that the mayor of Century wanted to accept an anonymous donation for the town’s youth football program and then hand it over to the non-profit organization that runs it. The problem is the Century Recreation Association has lost its tax-exempt status. Furthermore, the association is currently not a legal entity or organization name in the State of Florida, according to the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations.  The Century Town Council hasn’t been too keen about being a pass-through for the group.