Pensacola, Florida
Sunday June 16th 2019


Winners & Losers 4/11/19

Peggy Butler
The University of West Florida last week celebrated a $39,593 donation to the UWF Department of Music in support of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. The new funds are a result of a fundraising concert featuring Dean Dillon in downtown Pensacola and the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, which were both held in November. The Larry Butler Memorial Music Award was created in 2015 by Peggy Butler in memory of her husband, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer and Pensacola native. More than $132,000 has been raised by the Butler family and friends to support the Department of Music.

Pen Air Federal Credit Union Employees
Through the Pen Air’s Jeans for Communerosity (J4C) program, the employees raised $15,000 during the first quarter of the year, which will be split between The Secret Place, Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Santa Rosa Kids’ House. Through J4C, the employees have given more than $240,000 since the program began in 2013. By the end of 2019, more than $290,000 will be given back to make a difference.

Rotary Club of Pensacola
The club donated $10,000 to the Studer Community Institute to support the Early Learning Project’s Brain Bags and Parental Outreach entitled “Millions of Words for Early Literacy.”  The two-year project resulted in 5,377 Brain Bags being presented in 2018 to new mothers at local hospitals. The Parent Outreach program, which leads parent groups for residents in eight housing campuses with children under 4, helped approximately 270 families last year.

Henry Hawkins last week revealed the Century mayor paid $1,751.70 to fly from the West Coast to his community two potential vendors, Tyson Diaz-Lapham with ADC Energy and Mark Endo of Emesgy Consulting. The men wanted to sell Century $200,000 worth of energy-saving upgrades at three town properties. The town of Century had refused to provide unredacted documents showing the names of the travelers after the town council had reimbursed Hawkins for the trips. Hawkins tried to get out of the problem by reimbursing the town last week.

D.R. Horton
The Northwest Florida Water Management District fined the homebuilder $24,000 for violations at its Preserve at Deer Run development off of Beulah Road. The fine was issued because its stormwater ponds were not functioning properly, and sediment was allowed to wash into wetlands. The order requires D.R. Horton to address the erosion problems within a week and allows for 30 days for a remedial plan for the wetlands to be developed.

Texting While Driving
The House State Affairs Committee last week unanimously approved HB 107 that would shift texting while driving from a “secondary” offense to a “primary” offense. Currently, police can only cite motorists for texting behind the wheel if they are pulled over for other reasons. By making it a primary offense, police could pull over motorists for texting while driving. The Senate version would have warnings being handed out to violators from Oct. 1 through the end of the year. Citations would start on Jan. 1.