GROVER ROBINSON The Escambia County commissioner who chaired the commission during the BP oil spill crisis testified on July 20 before the U.S. Senate about lessons learned from that disaster. He also delivered to the Florida delegation a resolution from the panhandle on how the BP fines, which could be over $30 billion, should be spent. It appears that his message was heard, and the Senate is moving forward with legislation that helps Escambia County with its recovery and restoration efforts.
JIM MESSER The interim City Attorney sat before the Pensacola City Council at its July 20 workshop and tried to advise the members on how to deal with power conflicts between them and Mayor Ashton Hayward. His tone was respectful. His advice was direct and candid. Unfortunately, little can be done when the client refuses to listen.
DAVID STAFFORD The Escambia County Supervisor of Elections has earned the respect of his peers and was recently sworn in as president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) for the 2011-2012 year. Stafford has been active in the association since his election in 2004, having served on the executive committee since 2007. Most recently, he chaired the legislative committee.
MARITIME PARK The Community Maritime Park Associates board voted unanimously Wednesday, July 20 to postpone the construction of the marina and the dressing rooms, restrooms and storage for the amphitheater rear house and the planting of Medjool and Sabal palms. The decorative fixtures will be replaced with standard lighting, and asphalt will be poured instead of having roadway and walkway pavers. The soft and predevelopment expenditures have eaten up park funds.
WARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL The “turnaround” school that has failed to turn around is on the hot seat with the Florida Department of Education. Warrington and seven other state schools from south Florida are in danger of being closed or converted into charters because of low academic performance. However, the Board of Education gave the school a reprieve along with the other schools and waived its closure or conversion for another year.
ALLEN WEST The South Florida congressman doesn’t like women, particularly liberal and most particularly fellow Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom West blasted in an email as “vile and despicable” and not deserving his respect. Wasserman Schultz, who also heads the Democratic National Committee, criticized West’s support of the “cut, cap and balance” bill that would cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits.