RON SWANSON Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Judge Swanson to replace Peter D. Webster on the First District Court of Appeal. Swanson has served on the First Judicial Circuit Court since 2003 and prior to that served on the Santa Rosa County Court from 2000 to 2003. Swanson served as an assistant state attorney from 1995 to 2000.
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE Community College Week magazine ranks Pensacola State College as one of the best colleges in the nation for awarding associate degrees.
The Community College Week annual Top 100 Associate Degree Producers report ranks Pensacola State College in the Top 50 at No. 9 under four-year institutions for degrees awarded in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. Pensacola State places No. 23 under four-year institutions for associate degrees awarded in all disciplines.
The college also ranked in the Top 100 for associate degrees awarded to African Americans, American Indians and non-minorities.
LINCOLN PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The school was awarded a bronze medal by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, for making its campus healthier for students and staff members. Lincoln Park was among 275 schools nationwide recognized
MITT ROMNEY It’s becoming clear that his party doesn’t want him to head its 2012 presidential ticket. At the recent Republican Leadership Conference, Rep. Ron Paul crushed the competition, winning 612 votes, with Jon Huntsman and Rep. Michele Bachmann placing a distant second and third with 382 and 191 votes respectively.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION The state agency has suspended key protections to reduce or prevent environmental harm and public health risks in rebuilding eroded beaches with dredged materials, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, an organization of employees in natural resources agencies. The released documents show there will be no review of contaminants used in materials placed for beach restoration nor will wildlife damage be considered in restoration plans. We might as well drop “protection” from the agency’s name.
GREG EVERS The lawmaker intervened with the Department of Transportation to help Bill Salter Advertising get the permits to clear 2,094 state-owned trees without having to mitigate the damage. Mitigation could have been planting other trees, making payments to a state trust fund or a combination of the two. Later, when Evers was running for the Senate, the National Rifle Association used Salter billboards in Northwest Florida to endorse him.