Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday October 16th 2018


Winners & Losers 7/14/16

Kaitlin Santiago
The Pensacola State College student has been elected head of the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA). Santiago, a sophomore majoring in international business, was recently elected FCSSGA president. Campaigning on a “Bridge the Gap” platform, she defeated two other candidates for the one-year term that began July 1. During the 2015-16 academic year, Santiago, 21, was Pensacola State’s SGA president.

Frank Weisser
Lieutenant Commander Weisser joins the Blue Angels this week. He last flew with Navy flight demonstration team in 2009 as the Opposing Solo pilot. Weisser was serving in Germany when he received the call to rejoin the Blues. The Blue Angels are expected to be ready for the six-jet show in time for the Cleveland National Airshow, Sept. 3-5.

Palafox Historic District
Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced that Pensacola’s Palafox Historic District is now listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The Palafox Historic District spans three periods of significance, beginning in 1880 and ending in 1965. Over half of the historic buildings in the district date from 1880 to 1914, when Pensacola was a thriving seaport made prosperous by the lumber and fishing industries. Thirty-two buildings within the district were built between 1915 and 1945, mainly to support the U.S. military services stationed around Pensacola between World War I and World War II.

Stanley Brothers
The creators of Charlotte’s Web and business partner, Loop’s Nursery of Jacksonville, are fighting in court to get a license to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric pot in the state. Charlotte’s Web is the brand that has become synonymous with the kind of low-THC marijuana approved in 2014. The Florida Department of Health ranked two other nurseries higher and gave them licenses for their region. The Stanley Brothers have thus far been blocked from doing business in Florida.

Greg Evers
For the second time, Sen. Greg Evers has announced a gun-toting fundraiser for his congressional campaign during the week of a shooting tragedy. First, he promoted an AR-15 giveaway days after the Orlando mass shooting. This past week, he announced a fundraising event where donors could pay for a chance to shoot a variety of military-style machine guns. On July 7, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers. Please find another way to raise funds, Sen. Evers.

Escambia County School District
The district administration failed to prepare its teachers and students for the new school standards. Thirteen of its elementary schools are ranked in the bottom 300 in the state by the Florida Department of Education. A third of its middle schools are ranked in the bottom 20 non-charter middle schools, and one high school is in the bottom 15 of lowest performing non-charter, high schools in the state.