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Winners & Losers 10/5/17

The Winners and Losers staff never needs much of an excuse to do an all-Winners version of this column. They texted these winners to the editor on their way to the Pensacola Seafood Festival.

University of West Florida
UWF President Martha Saunders has authorized that students who are residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will quality for in-state tuition for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. The decision is the university’s response to Gov. Rick Scott’s commitment to help the communities severely impacted by the recent hurricanes.

BRACE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that BRACE is one of 11 national winners of its Individual and Community Preparedness Award.  The local organization coordinates volunteer efforts to address urgent needs caused by the disasters. BRACE has been FEMA’s most recognized community-based organization since the inception of the awards program in 2009.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos
For the second straight year, the Cincinnati Reds Double A affiliate has been honored with the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award by Minor League Baseball and Esurance. The award honors the communities who best supported their hometown Minor League Baseball teams during the 2017 season. In early September, the Blue Wahoos were awarded the Community Service Award by the Southern League along with the Woman of Excellence Award, Groundskeeper of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Sports Media Award.

Pensacola State College
The U.S. Department of Education gave Pensacola State College a $1.3 million grant to renew the college’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program for the next five years. The VUB program assists 130 veterans per year as they gain skills needed to enter college and become successful students. The program at Pensacola State is currently the only VUB program in Florida.

ECUA
Judge James Fensom of the Florida 14th Judicial Circuit denied an emergency injunction to halt the construction of the ECUA emergency wastewater storage tank.  Residents of the North Hill and Long Hollow neighborhoods had filed the lawsuit against ECUA alleging the utility did not follow Florida law when it decided to build the tank without seeking prior approval from the Pensacola City Council. Judge Fensom affirmed that ECUA, as an independent special district, had acted in accordance with Florida law and did not need the council’s approval.

Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office
The International Economic Development Council awarded the Santa Rosa County EDO with three Excellence in Economic Development Awards for 2017. The EDO received a gold award for its aviation industry brochure. The office also won a silver award for its santarosacareerpathways.com and a bronze award for santarosaaviation.com.