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Winners & Losers 3/1/12

WINNERS

MEGAN PRATT The Pensacola City Councilwoman was among 14 women recently honored by the League of Women Voters of Florida as one of the “up-and-coming young elected officials” from the state of Florida. “Not only are these young people serving their communities in a positive way,” said League President Deirdre Macnab, “They are combating stereotypes about youth apathy and setting an example to others in their generation.” Pratt is in the middle of her second term on the city council.

JAY BRADSHAW The owner of Coastal Moving & Storage was honored as the Emerging Leader of the Year by the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce at its annual PACE Awards banquet. As a catalyst for change, Bradshaw believes in supporting the community, giving to the community and volunteering for the community. He displays the heart, mind and motivation that it takes to make a single impact on a community.

MARY BALL The occupational therapist at the Andrews Institute Rehabilitation was recently honored by the Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium (FLOTEC) with an award of excellence. Each year, FLOTEC selects fieldwork educators from across the state and honors them with an award in recognition of their dedication, commitment and service to Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education.

LOSERS

SANTA ROSA COUNTY Clearwire, the broadband provider that was at one time one of Santa Rosa County’s largest employers, announced that it’s leaving the county and opening a new customer care center on Nine Mile Road in Escambia County after five years. No word yet on whether the county will give the call center any tax breaks.

MALCOLM THOMAS & FRIENDS The Escambia County Superintendent of Schools and his school board have accumulated $56.5 million in unrestricted reserves, or 21.1 percent of total General Fund expenditures, according to the 2011 Superintendent’s Annual Financial Report. The district has more than doubled its reserves since Thomas took office in two years by not spending the budgeted amounts for classroom instruction. As one leader told the IN, “They have been efficient in delivering a substandard product.”

RICK SANTORUM Just when we thought the Republican presidential primary season couldn’t get any screwier, the former U.S. Senator and new head of the Anybody-But-Mitt movement decided it was time to question President Barack Obama’s spiritual beliefs. “[Obama believes in] some phony ideal, some phony theology … not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology,” Santorum said.