ROSIE O’GRADY’S The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) awarded the 2011 Golden Brick Award to Rosie O’Grady’s for the significant physical improvements to 310 S. Tarragona Street, one of Pensacola’s oldest buildings. The annual award is represented by a restored antique brick (circa 1890s) used more than a century ago to pave the streets of Downtown Pensacola, topped with an engraved gold plaque, and recognizes the completion of a very visible building improvement project that greatly enhances the appearance, image, and vitality of Downtown Pensacola.
MAYOR ASHTON HAYWARD The Pensacola mayor announced recently that international shipper UPS is moving its regional sorting facility to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport, beginning operations on Oct. 31. Once moved, UPS will bring two daily cargo flights and approximately 30 jobs to the airport initially.
PENSACOLA BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Gov. Rick Scott announced at the Gulf Power Economic Symposium the award of two defense grants to the Pensacola Chamber. The grants include a $100,000 defense reinvestment grant and a $200,000 defense infrastructure grant and will be used by the chamber’s Armed Services Department and the Navy’s Center for Information Dominance to partner in developing a prototype cyber warfare battle laboratory in Pensacola.
WILSON ROBERTSON The Escambia County Commissioner for District 1 has gotten himself in a pickle over using his influence to get Forrest Gibbs the marketing director job at the county’s Equestrian Center. Gibbs beat out 64 applicants and got the position at a salary much higher than advertised. The County might as well do away with the selection process and just ask the commissioners who they want.
BLACKWATER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY The buzz is that the focus of the publicized federal grand jury investigation isn’t TEAM Santa Rosa, but the privately-owned prison east of Milton. Since March, federal investigators have sought documents and testimony into the $121 million state contract that cleared the way for the Boca Raton-based Geo Group to build the facility.
VETERAN SUICIDES Last week, another local veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars committed suicide. At age 18, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp after attacks of 9/11, served several tours and had trouble coping when he returned, losing his wife and child. He joined over 6,000 other service men and women who choose to die rather than live with what they experienced in the longest war in America’s history. He will be missed.