Pensacola, Florida
Monday December 17th 2018


Winners & Losers 9/21/17

Bubba Watson
The professional golfer recently announced a $1.6 million donation to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Watson will serve as an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital.  To recognize the support and ongoing relationship with Watson, Sacred Heart will name the entrance road to the new Children’s Hospital as Bubba Watson Drive.  This is the second big contribution in less than two weeks for Watson, who was born at Sacred Heart Hospital.  On Aug. 27, he announced a separate donation of $500,000 to The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart as a result of winning the MetLife MatchUp.

Mary Graves, Scott Russell and Diana Taylor
Pensacola State College recognized three Employees of the Year at its 43rd annual employee recognition event. The Administrative Award went to Mary Graves, senior computer systems analyst, who joined the information technology services department in 1993. Graves was praised as the unsung hero who never says “can’t be done” in response to a data request. Career Service Awards were presented to Diana Taylor, accounting specialist, and Scott Russell, maintenance specialist. Although Taylor has been with Pensacola State less than two years, her knowledge and ability to explain college procedures have been invaluable to the accounting office. Whether the task is large or small, Russell’s skill and ready smile have been an asset to the maintenance department for the past decade.

Mayor Ollie Tyler
The mayor of Shreveport had an ambitious plan to bring the New Orleans Pelicans G League team to her city. The city would invest $30 million for a new sports complex that would include an arena for the basketball team and a training facility for the New Orleans Saints. The private sector would chip another $139 million for hotels, retail and residential projects. The Shreveport City Council rejected the idea, 6-0. Many of the council members complained about the lack of input and transparency with the mayor’s proposal.

New Orleans Pelicans
What does it say about the request for proposal of an NBA team when 11 communities are invited to submit bids and only two reply—Shreveport and Pensacola? The G League may be the next big sports league across the country, but there must be a reason why some cities rejected the NBA affiliate. Six communities in Louisiana declined to participate—Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and St. Tammany Parish. If there was ever a time for Mayor Hayward to hire attorneys to look over a deal, this might be the time.

Florida Agriculture
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has said that early estimates are as high as 70 to 80 percent of fruit in the citrus industry is on the ground, and widespread flooding is threatening the industry further due to Hurricane Irma.