Pensacola, Florida
Thursday June 21st 2018


Winners & Losers 9/14/17

Fred Levin
Brigham and Women’s Hospital honored the Pensacola attorney for the establishment of the Fredric G. Levin Distinguished Chair in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Cancer Research, thanks to his gift of $2 million. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. As part of Levin’s gift, the chief of thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s will come to Pensacola annually to conduct a conference for Pensacola regional physicians and administrators, to encourage an exchange of knowledge and research to benefit the medical community.

Delta Dental Community Care Foundation
The foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Escambia Community Clinics Inc. to help improve access to oral health. The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliated companies. The grant will work to offset the cost of direct care for patients. The Escambia Community Clinic is the only community health center that accepts uninsured individuals on a sliding fee scale. The dental program has expanded greatly over the past year to meet the needs of the community.

Pensacola State College
PSC President Ed Meadows announced that total headcount is up 6.7 percent, and the fall-to-fall retention rate is up more than 6 percentage points from last year. A stronger emphasis on student advising, more financial assistance and increased contact with students contributed to the rise in enrollment.

Grady Judd
With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, the Polk County Sheriffs’ Office tweeted: “If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we’ll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail.” If Sheriff Judd wants to arrest people with warrants, he should do it. Stop playing to his fan base. This crap is getting old.

ATU Local 1771
Last week, Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown was sent a letter by the Amalgamated Transit Union headquarters informing him that the union that represents the county’s blue collar workers – not the bus drivers – was put in trusteeship by International President Lawrence J. Hanley. All the officers of ATU Local 1771 have been suspended and are no longer agents of the chapter. Hanley appointed Curtis Howard of Silver Springs, Maryland as the trustee. The buzz is Hanley acted because ATU Local 1771 officers were not holding regular meetings.

Yates Construction
The contractor won its protest concerning the county’s new jail, only to see the special master’s order unanimously rejected by the Escambia County Commission. Special Master John Trawick determined earlier this month that Yates’ protest should be granted because Whitesell-Green/Caddell had material deficiencies regarding the design of a stormwater retention pond that lowered its bid by $3.5 million. The commissioners said that they preferred the overall design of Whitesell-Green/Caddell. Yates Construction has 30 days to appeal in circuit court.