Pensacola, Florida
Monday October 15th 2018


Winners & Losers 6/23/16

Kristin Rutherford
The Florida Health Care Association recognized the Director of Nursing at the Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pensacola as Florida’s Nurse Administrator of the Year, at its 2016 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation. The annual awards recognize individuals for their important roles in helping centers achieve one or more of FHCA’s four National Quality Initiatives.

Escambia County
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the county will receive FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for projects, or HMGP, to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. The projects include one in Lake Charlene and the other in the Bristol Park-Bristol Creek-Ashbury Hills Flood Plain. The grants total more than $6.5 million and will implement long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce flooding in both areas.

Florida SBDC Network
The state’s principal provider of business assistance has won a best practice award for its annual Quality Improvement Program (QIP) review process by the Florida Sterling Council. The best practice award is given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in specific processes. The Florida SBDC Network’s annual QIP review is an internal process whereby senior leaders assess the progress and performance of each of the network’s regional centers. Florida SBDC Network is headquartered in Pensacola.

Ashton Hayward
The mayor is finding that the Escambia Board of County Commissioners isn’t as easy to steamroll as the Pensacola City Council. The BCC tabled his request for funds to clean up the contaminated groundwater that has suspended the work on the Government Street Stormwater Pond. The commissioners want assurance that the remediation of the source of the contamination, the old mosquito control facility, will not be hampered. Next up, city’s request for a greater share of gas tax funds.

Disney World
A 2-year-old boy was dragged into the water by an alligator while the child was playing in about a foot of water at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The boy’s father tried to save him but was unable to. The incident has prompted Walt Disney World officials to look at installing signs warning visitors of the potential danger.

Seminole Tribe of Florida
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider an appeal of a case in which the tribe contested having to pay tax on its utility bills. The Seminoles said having to pay such tax violated their tribal sovereignty.  The state argued that the utility companies were taxed and simply passing on the cost to its customers. The court’s decision to pass on the appeal effectively means the tribe will be paying utility taxes.