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Winners & Losers 5/26/16

Winners
Greg Urban
The owner of Wild Greg’s Saloon has a plan to bring back Gallery Nights to downtown Pensacola after the Downtown Improvement Board ends its sponsorship of the program in September. Urban proposes to create a corporation that will run the new Gallery Nights once a month. He wants to shrink the event to cover only the first block of South Palafox Place between Garden and Romana streets.

University of West Florida
The UWF Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with colleagues in the UWF Department of Chemistry and Office of Undergraduate Research, has been awarded a $294,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will provide funding over a three-year period to support summer research stipends for students, as well as equipment costs to support their research. The grant will also provide opportunities for travel, as students and faculty from Earth and Environmental Sciences and other departments will be able to travel to national-level geoscience conferences.

Century, Fla.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on May 20 the selection of the town of Century to receive a $400,000 Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grant to provide the community with funding necessary to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, promote economic redevelopment and create jobs while protecting human health. The ARC grants go to communities that are underserved and economically disadvantaged.

Losers
Pensacola City Hall
A new entanglement has risen in city government over how the Architectural Review Board (ARB) handles its agenda. For years, the board has tabled applications that either didn’t have enough information or were considered incomplete. City attorney Lysia Bowling had rendered an opinion that tabling of an item by the ARB does not constitute taking action on it. The ARB disagreed and tabled several projects at its meeting on May 19, setting the stage for another round of legal wrangling at city hall.

Florida Criminal Justice System
While most everyone agrees the state’s criminal justice system is too costly and ineffective, the Florida Legislature has failed to work out any solutions. Florida TaxWatch recently issued a new report that proposes solutions that would reduce recidivism, keep the public safe, save taxpayer dollars, and most importantly, give non-violent inmates a second chance. Let’s hope state lawmakers are listening.

Florida Power & Light
The Florida Supreme Court ruled on May 19 that utility regulators exceeded their authority in allowing Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayers’ money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project. The court, in a 6-1 decision, said the Florida Public Service Commission didn’t have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL’s request to invest in the drilling and production of natural gas in what is known as the Woodford Gas Reserves Project.