Pensacola, Florida
Saturday December 16th 2017

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Winners & Losers 9/10/15

Winners
Pensacola Fire Department
More than 90 members of the Pensacola Fire Department and Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #707 were out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s Fill the Boot drive and raised a record breaking total of $12,667 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more than six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA’s mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.

University of West Florida
The Military Order of the Purple Heart has recognized the University of West Florida as a “Purple Heart University” at the UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center.
The Purple Heart University designation is given to universities for outstanding service to military service members, veterans, their dependents and their survivors. UWF is the second university in Florida to earn the honor after Florida A&M earned the designation in 2014.

Roger Scott Tennis Center
The U.S. Tennis Association’s Florida Executive Committee has selected Roger Scott Tennis Center to receive the 2015 Member Organization of the Year Award. With 18 hard courts and 10 clay courts, all lighted, Roger Scott Tennis Center is Pensacola’s premier tennis facility and one of the most acclaimed facilities in the region. The center was previously named National Municipal Facility of the Year by Tennis Industry Magazine in 2012.

Losers
Mayor’s Office
Since late July, Mayor Ashton Hayward’s senior leaders have known that county officials had problems with the city’s transportation expenditures and that a million dollars of gas tax revenues were at risk. Yet, they did nothing until two days before the Escambia County Commission discussed the issue. Maybe it is just another perception problem.

Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott’s office scrubbed a press release written by his regulators to make the operations at Planned Parenthood clinics look worse than they actually were. Agency for Health Care Administration found no evidence of the mishandling of fetal remains at any of the 16 clinics it investigated. However, the governor’s office reported it would refer doctors who worked at those clinics to the state Board of Medicine for possible disciplinary action.

Youth Services International
Palm Beach County Mayor Shelley Vana and state lawmakers want the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to end all contracts with Youth Services International (YSI), whose Palm Beach County juvenile detention facility is under investigation for sexual abuse and a lack of medical care. Last year, DJJ canceled YSI’s contract to run the Santa Rosa Substance Abuse Treatment Center for its staff’s excessive or unnecessary use of force or the failure to report safety and security issues.