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Thursday December 14th 2017

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Winners & Losers 7/2/16

Winners
Naval Air Station Whiting Field
The base’s commissary recently earned the Richard M. Paget Award, which is given to the top small commissary in the armed forces by the Defense Commissary Agency.
The award is based on grading criteria – customer satisfaction, sales, safety and more. Receiving the award was bittersweet due to the recent passing of the store manager under whose leadership the award was earned. The commissary staff created a display of photographs to honor Kristen Linn’s memory and her dedicated leadership to the team.

Karen Molek
The American Chemical Society Scholars Program has selected University of West Florida Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Karen Molek as the 2016 recipient of the Zaida C. Morales-Martinez Prize for Mentoring. The ACS Scholars Program was established in 1994 to attract African-American, Hispanic and American Indian students, considered underrepresented in the chemical sciences, to pursue careers in the field. Molek helped establish and now directs the UWF Chemistry Scholars program to raise awareness of barriers faced by underrepresented students.

Skanska USA Civil Southeast
The Florida Department of Transportation selected Skanska USA Civil Southeast, with its bid of $398.5 million, as the contractor for the Pensacola Bay Bridge replacement. Though Skanska had the lowest design scores out of all competing contractors, its proposal price was $69 million less than the next-lowest bidder, and that was enough to make it the FDOT’s choice after considering the adjusted score.

Losers
Pensacola City Council
Under the 2010 city charter, the Pensacola City Council has less responsibility than previous councils. The legislative body cut its regular meetings to only one per month. Yet, the council voted on July 14 to raise its annual salaries from $13,988 to $21,500. Only Council President Charles Bare dissented. The new salaries are less than the $23,988 that Mayor Ashton Hayward had recommended in his budget proposal. The Pensacola City Council will now have the highest salaries for council members in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

Rick Scott
South Florida has been plagued by thick, smelly bright green algae that has given residents coughs, rashes and frightened away tourists. Instead of championing short-term and long-term solutions to improve water quality and prevent future blooms, Gov. Rick Scott has blamed President Barack Obama and whined it’s time for the federal government to lend a hand. It’s really time to stop playing the blame game and fix the region’s water woes.

Pensacola’s Health
This 2016 edition of The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance ranked our overall state of health care in the bottom quintile, 266 out of 306 systems across the country. Using the most recent data available, the Scorecard ranked 306 regional health care markets on four main dimensions of performance encompassing 36 measures. Our area ranked 248 for Prevention and Treatment and 262 in Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost out of 306 markets.