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Winners & Losers 8/11/16

Winners
AppRiver
Gov. Rick Scott last week held a press conference in the City of Gulf Breeze to recognize AppRiver for creating 100 jobs over the past five years. Launched in 2002 by Mike Murdoch and Joel Smith, AppRiver offers cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services to 47,000 companies worldwide, with more than 10 million mailboxes under its protection.

Tag Purvis
The CEO of Financial Management & Investment Corp. has taken on the renovation of Fort George. Built by the British during their occupation of the city from 1763-1781, the fort was a major target during the Battle of Pensacola, a significant battle of the American Revolution. In March 2015, the Purvis’ company purchased the neighboring Knights of Columbus Hall at 519 North Palafox St. The idea of including the monument site in his plans for the renovations of the hall sprung from conversations with Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Dalrymple Sallis Architecture
Its design of the Coldwater Gardens Pavilion in Milton was named to the list of “Top 10″ buildings in the 2016 AIA Florida People’s Choice Competition. The competition highlighted the work of Florida’s architects, who are skilled professionals who help meet the needs of communities through innovative building design. A total of 39 buildings around the state were included in the contest for 2016, and more than a quarter-million votes were cast.

Losers
Pensacola City Hall
Add another legal battle to the City of Pensacola’s ever-growing lists of cases. How long will it take for the Florida Cabinet to hear the city’s appeal concerning the distribution of gas taxes? No one knows, but the taxpayers will end up picking up the tab. Not since George Touart was the interim county administrator has a local government chosen to pick so many fights.

Zika Virus
Who do we blame for the lack of funding to fight the spread of Zika infections? Gov. Rick Scott has authorized $26.2 million in emergency funding to combat the disease while lamenting that Congress has not passed, and President Barack Obama has not signed, a bill to fund a larger Zika response. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, chastised his Republican colleagues for withholding $1.9 billion in funding requested by President Obama. While the political parties point fingers, the number of cases grows.

Carlos Beruff
Unlike his other Republicans, the Bradenton builder did not drop out of the U.S. Senate race when Marco Rubio entered the race. In true Trump fashion, he doubled down and continued to spend millions of his own dollars to win his party’s nomination. He has gone after Rubio daily for not firmly supporting Donald Trump. In the end, it didn’t matter. Trump last week told Floridians to vote for Rubio.