Pensacola, Florida
Friday April 26th 2019


Winners & Losers 12/1/16

Manna Food Pantries
MANNA Food Pantries’ Ninth Annual Fill the Mayflower food drive brought in enough food to provide over 52,000 meals to the hungry. The food will be distributed through MANNA’s three pantries and other food programs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. This past year, MANNA provided food to 21,129 people, including nearly 8,000 children. Sponsored by Coastal Moving and Storage, the longtime event is the single most important food drive for MANNA and the hungry in the community.

The USO of Northwest Florida
For several years, Pen Air Federal Credit Union has assisted with the Thanksgiving feast by providing turkeys to the USO. This year 150 turkeys were donated. The USO of Northwest Florida served more than 1,000 troops, who are not able to make it home, at the Eighth Annual Thanksgiving Feast & Festivities event.  In addition to Pen Air’s donation, Pensacola Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Marie Callendar’s, and Frito-Lay also provided generous donations to complete the Thanksgiving meal.

Chip Simmons
The Escambia County Assistant Administrator Simmons is the new chief deputy of operations for Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. Simmons retired as Pensacola Police Chief in August 2015 after 29 years of service. While with the county, Simmons has supervised the county jail operations after a series of jail deaths led to the firing of Corrections Director Michael Tidwell.

Old Campaign Signs
The election is over, but some campaign signs are still up. Attention all candidates, whether you were victorious or defeated, please pick up your signs. There are no longer relevant and are merely litter now.

National Council on Compensation Insurance
On Nov. 22, Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers blocked a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates because of violations of Florida’s Sunshine Law. The judge ruled, in part, that the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the organization that files rate proposals for the industry, did not comply with legal requirements about holding public meetings during its deliberations on the hike. She also wrote that NCCI held improper closed-door meetings with staff members of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Let’s hear some applause for the Sunshine Law.

State Budget
The leaders of the Florida Legislature understand what the 2017-18 state budget will be tight, but differ on how it may hamper their legislative agendas. Senate President Joe Negron wants to increase the funding and bolster the quality of Florida’s state university system. He expects lawmakers to reallocate $2.46 billion of the $82 billion state budget to meet that goal. House Speaker Richard Corcoran believes the financial outlook is direr and projects there could be a budget shortfall of $500 million or greater.