GULF POWER Fortune Magazine has ranked Gulf Power and the other Southern Company subsidiaries, Mississippi Power, Alabama Power and Georgia Power, as the No. 1 in the electric and gas utility sector of its 2011 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Southern Company was ranked first in the utility industry in six of the nine categories. This is the fourth time since 2002 that Southern Company has ranked No. 1 in the Fortune survey.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K9 UNIT Three ECSO K9 handlers recently competed against 51 other K9 teams at the United States Police Canine Association regional certification. Out of the 54 participants, Lt. Jason Potts finished first overall, Deputy Wayne Gulsby 13th place overall, and Deputy Patrick Crossley 17th place overall. Lt. Potts finished first in the control during aggression phase, first in obedience and aggression combined score, and teamed with Gulsby to finish first in the two-man team. We assume they all won the car door opening competition.
SACRED HEART HOSPITAL Emerald Coast Utilities Authority recently presented the “Protector of the Environment” Award to Sacred Heart Hospital’s cafeteria operations. This one-of-a-kind initiative rewards local businesses and food service establishments that promote a positive safe working and clean eating environment through the ECUA’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) and Backflow programs. The award recognizes organizations that train their employees on “best management practices,” participate in scheduled 90-day cleanliness inspections, have no FOG or Backflow violations, and no warnings within a one-year-period.
MIKE HARIDOPOLOS The Florida Senate president got Brevard Community College to pay him $152,000 to write a textbook on Florida government. What the community college got was a 175-page, double-spaced manuscript that sits on a shelf in its administration offices. One nugget of wisdom in the book was that a cell phone is essential for an elected official. Thanks, Mike. Should it be 3G or 4G?
ESCAMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION The board voted 3-2 to ban more than five unrelated people from living in single-family detached homes. Kevin White, Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson were in favor of the move that primarily targets college students. John “Bluto” Blutarsky and Eric “Otter” Stratton have pledged to fight the new law at the April 7 final hearing. “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” Bluto told the IN.
RICK SCOTT Our governor won his battle over the federal funds for a high-speed rail. The Florida Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by two state legislators who sought to make Scott accept $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money. Scott is following the lead of the other Robo-Governors, Scott Walker (Wisconsin) and John Kasich (Ohio), who also rejected the federal funds. On March 4, Gov. Scott announced that the State of Florida would spend $77 million to deep dredge the Port of Miami, which he claimed would create more than 30,000 jobs, which is amazingly about the same number of jobs lost by halting the high-speed rail project from Tampa to Orlando.