Pensacola, Florida
Thursday December 14th 2017

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Winners & Losers 4/14/16

Winners
Dr. Judy Bense
Navy Federal Credit Union presented the University of West Florida president with its inaugural ‘Partner of the Year’ award at its annual President’s Award ceremony. In March 2008, UWF and Navy Federal established an educational partnership, and over the last eight years, more than 1,100 credit union employees have been able to continue their education where they work.

Pensacola State College
The college has received $8 million in state funding toward the replacement of the 60-year-old Mary Ellison Baars Building on the Pensacola campus. The funds will facilitate the site preparation and engineering for a new 80,000 square-foot building that will house mathematics, computer science, cyber security, aviation maintenance, advanced manufacturing programs and other high-tech programs. It will play a key role in training students for jobs at VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering.

Baywoods Gully
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award the City of Pensacola a $1.5 million Emergency Watershed Protection Program grant to complete work related to debris removal and erosion abatement within Baywoods Gully. The money comes in addition to the $1,179,000 that the USDA awarded to repair damage and improve erosion control measures in Carpenter Creek and Baywoods Gully. The work will minimize property owners’ exposure to hazardous conditions posed by slope failures that were caused by the April 2014 storm event.

Losers
Alan Grayson
Congressman Grayson, who is running in the Democratic primary to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, can’t shake an ethics investigation into his hedge fund. The Office of Congressional Ethics reported on April 5 that the issue merits “further review.” The complaint is that Grayson used his position as a sitting member of Congress to solicit investments into the fund, which would violate federal law and House rules. Grayson has said the allegations are politically motivated.

Santa Rosa County Commission
Milton city leaders want desperately to keep the county courthouse in their downtown. The rest of the county? Not so much. In a 2014 non-binding referendum vote, 31,743 voters rejected the idea. However, three county commissioners are set on downtown Milton, because it got the fewest negative votes. That’s not actually a mandate for a project that could cost taxpayers as much as $50 million.

Pinellas County School District
The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it has opened a civil rights investigation into whether the Pinellas County School District systematically discriminates against black children by denying them access to the quality teachers and courses necessary for them to be successful academically. The announcement was triggered by a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times that focused on five Pinellas County schools in predominately African-American neighborhoods that have declined dramatically since 2007.