Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday October 16th 2018


Winners & Losers 3/3/16

Andrew Holdnak
The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association presented its 2015 Excellence in Research Award to Dr. Andrew Holdnak, associate chair of the Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Resort Management at the University of West Florida. The award recognizes Holdnak’s case study entitled “Comparing 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Estimated Tourism Impacts on Escambia County, Florida, Using Bed Tax Collection Data (Versus STR Data).”

Beck Partners
The commercial real estate and insurance firm has been honored with the 2015 Hall of Fame Small Business of the Year Award for its commitment to the community, extraordinary business ethics and support of Junior Achievement over the years. Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have made a significant impact in our local free enterprise system, and ultimately, the community.

CSX Corporation
For the sixth consecutive year, CSX Corporation has been named one of FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies. The FORTUNE ranking highlighted key attributes of CSX’s reputation, including quality of management, people management and long-term investment value. CSX was ranked second place within the trucking, transportation and logistics industry.

Escambia County Corrections
The department was reaccredited for the fourth time by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. Commander Selina Barnes, Sgt. Walter Jefferis, Lt. Jason Walker, Accreditation Manager Wanda White and Financial Manager Whitney Lucas sat for the accreditation inquiry. Corrections met 243 of the established standards.

Pensacola Mayor’s Office
Communications broke down after the Feb. 23 tornado tore through Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The Pensacola Police Department erroneously issued a press release that the city had suffered little damage, which led to Mayor Ashton Hayward repeating the same information on a local radio station. Later reports stated the Dunmire Woods area suffered significant damage. Field checks found there were 104 residential structures with damage.

Beach Renourishment
Construction of the renourishment of 8.1 miles of the Gulf of Mexico beaches at Pensacola Beach has been delayed until late June to early July.  Weather and mechanical issues prevented the project Contractor, Weeks Marine, Inc. of Covington, La. from completing the submerged pipeline from the beach to the borrow area in order to commence dredging.  In consideration for the delay, the project contract amount will be reduced from $15.31 million to $14.46 million.

The utility is locked in a battle with the North Hill residents over sewage storage tanks it wants to build on North Palafox Street at the site of the old medical center. Information has been slow to be released by ECUA, and the residents believe they have not been given a fair opportunity to voice their concerns. Apparently no environmental assessment or economic impact studies have completed, and no plans have been submitted to the city of Pensacola. Folks, this is like watching NASCAR. The crash is coming.