Pensacola, Florida
Monday September 16th 2019


Outtakes—Who to Watch

By Rick Outzen

As we enter 2019, there are several people and organizations that we should keep on our radar. They will be the newsmakers.

Alex Andrade
The young attorney and Inweekly Rising Star is Escambia County’s newest state representative. He has several choice committee assignments: Commerce, Energy & Utilities, Government Operations & Technology Appropriations, Oversight, Transparency & Public Management, and Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee. He will have to carry the load while fellow lawmaker, Mike Hill, focuses on getting Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star to Pensacola and placed in front of the Confederate memorial on Palafox Street.

Escambia County School Board
They have two years to work on the transition to an appointed superintendent. Those who fail to get on board may need to retire. Anything short of a nationwide search will be seen as “home cooking.”

Amy Lovoy
The assistant county administrator is running the kitten rodeo, also known as the Escambia County Board of Commissioners. Herding cats is a difficult skill to master, so we all should keep our eyes on the Escambia Governmental Complex. Good luck, Amy.

Amy Miller
Mayor Grover Robinson has taken off the port director’s shackles and encouraged her to find new business for the Port of Pensacola. Offshore Inland is stepping up its efforts at the port and landed repair work on a Blue Origin vessel. The mayor is very optimistic about the port’s future.

Pensacola Young Professionals
Our young leaders in 2018 re-entered local politics and successfully campaigned to change the superintendent of schools to become an appointed position, which put Escambia County in sync with the vast majority of school districts in the nation. A politically savvy PYP could be a powerful force, particularly if they can improve the voter turnout for their age group.

Grover Robinson
His leadership experience is making a difference already. The atmosphere in city government has begun to improve, public conversations have started, and people are once again excited about public service.  I look forward to seeing how Mayor Robinson reconnects city government with its citizens.

Quint Studer
Brain Bags, Studer Community Institute, UWF Center of Entrepreneurship, Center for Civic Engagement and CivicCon are just a few of his innovations that are shaping our community’s future. If you think that’s all he wants to do, then you don’t know Quint Studer very well. We can’t wait to hear about his next big idea.

Susan Woolf
Welcome back, Susan. Pensacola City Hall has changed quite a bit during your sabbatical from the city. Rebuilding the city’s legal department will be a challenge but know spending anything less than $2 million a year will be a savings over the previous administration.