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Winners & Losers 5/19/11

Winners
SANDY SANSING The Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and the College of Business at the University of West Florida recently announced the winners of its Ninth Annual Ethics in Business Award. The award spotlights individuals who exemplify ethical business practices. Winning the award for businesses with 100+ employees was Robert C. (Sandy) Sansing, owner of Sandy Sansing Chevrolet, Nissan, BMW, Mazda and MINI of Pensacola. Mr. Sansing was honored for his honesty, integrity and consistently high ethical standards in the workplace.

ED GRAY, III The former Gulf Breeze mayor and head of Gulf Breeze Financial Services was also named a winner of the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and the University of West Florida College of Business Ethics in Business Award. Gray helped create the Gulf Breeze Rotary Scholarship Foundation and served 11 years as a councilman and mayor, working for just $1 per year. He also serves on the board or is chairman of nine local institutes, hospitals and government agencies. Gray won the award for small employers with 99 or fewer employees.

MAYOR ASHTON HAYWARD Pensacola’s mayor continues to pursue his 20 Solutions plan. Last week, he announced the elimination of over 20 vacant positions throughout the city government, resulting in over $800,000 in savings. He also issued the Request for Proposal to lease out the third floor of City Hall–which has been partially vacant for years.

Losers
GENE VALENTINO The Escambia County Commissioner for District 2 isn’t good at politics. Just when we all thought the commissioner, who won his first race in 2006 by five votes and the 2010 Republican primary by 152 votes, had settled down and was ready to focus on governance, he pulled another boneheaded power play. Valentino tried to get his 2010 opponent, Karen Sindel, ousted from the Escambia County Planning Board, only to pull it off the agenda when he got political pressure. Mickey Mouse moves are for Disney World, not Escambia County.

TEAM SANTA ROSA Santa Rosa County could lose its second largest private employer, Clearwire, if somebody doesn’t act quickly. The company recently gave notice of its intent to cancel its lease because the parking lot at a second nearby building has not been completed. Clearwire had planned to lease in order to accommodate a 500-employee expansion. Somebody dropped the ball.

FLORIDA’S POOR The Kaiser Foundation has analyzed the GOP Medicare plan. Projected federal spending on Medicaid for the 10-year period 2012 to 2021 would fall by $1.4 trillion, a 34 percent decline. By 2021, states would receive $243 billion less annually in Medicaid money than they would under current law. Florida would see a 43.7 percent reduction in Medicaid funding–the second highest reduction behind Wyoming’s 44.4 percent. The state’s enrollment would be cut by 55.1 percent, trailing only Oregon and South Dakota.