WEST FLORIDA HISTORIC PRESERVATION The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation honored West Florida Historic Preservation for its 2010 renovation of the Historic Barkley House and Gardens Education Center as an example of outstanding work in the field of restoration and rehabilitation.
CHRISTOPHER HOLCOMB The Pensacola native was one of four former graduate students from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts that scored big at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation’s 32nd Annual College Television Awards. Holcomb accepted the academy’s second place trophy in the Comedy category for his efforts on the film “Waking Eloise.”
EMERALD COASTKEEPER Their recent Bayou Bash was a great success. Forty-five bags of garbage, five bags of recyclables, 10 tires and 200 pounds of other trash was hauled off. Organizers included Dee Dee Green of Escambia County Solid Waste Department, Barbara Albrecht, the Watershed Coordinator of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation at University of West Florida, John Naybor and Island Cove Marina, and Clean and Green.
FUNCTIONAL CONSOLIDATION Finally, we are getting some movement of functional consolidation. County Administrator Randy Oliver, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and Mayor Ashton Hayward have begun discussions on how to consolidate emergency dispatch operations.
RICK SCOTT Lord Voldemort of the Florida Republican Party doesn’t have many fans. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed that 57 percent of Florida voters disapprove of the job Scott is doing compared to 29 percent who approve. Scott has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the six states that the firm samples regularly: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
DAVE KOSS The Navy Commander was voluntarily relieved of duty by Rear Adm. Bill Sizemore, chief of Naval Air Training Command as the commanding officer of the Blue Angels following a “lower-than-normal maneuver” performed at an air show in Lynchburg, Va. NBC News later reported that four Blue Angels pilots were flying only 130 feet above the ground–370 feet lower than the minimum, 500-foot standard.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE When our state lawmakers brag about how they cut the expenses to balance the state budget, please point out that they balanced the budget by transferring $524 million from 31 trust funds. This isn’t the first time the Republican-controlled legislature has done this slight-of-hand. Since 2008, lawmakers have swept $2.8 billion from the state trust funds into the state general fund. According to the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, the $150 million raid on the transportation trust fund creates a potential $301.4 million reduction in the state’s road construction.