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Winners & Losers 4/26/12

Winners

Scott & Emily Mitchell
The DeLuna Fest organizers hit a home run last week when they announced their line-up for their September 2012 “beach party.” Ticket sales were brisk once the headliners—Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam—were announced. The April allotment of VIP packages were gobbled up in less than 12 hours. Other artists scheduled to play include Florence and the Machine, Dwight Yoakam and Ben Folds Five.

Kenneth B. Bell
The former Florida Supreme Court Justice and shareholder with Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to a 17-member task force formed to look at the state’s “justifiable use of force” law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting death. Bell leads the Clark Partington Hart Appellate/Trial support team and is Supreme Court Certified in Appellate and Circuit Civil Mediation.

Gulf Breeze Hospital
The hospital is one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®, a study that recognizes facilities that deliver higher quality and more efficient care than other hospitals of similar size or teaching status. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market this honor. The study evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Losers

Maritime Park Development Partners
U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers has ruled that Maritime Park Development Partners, led by Scott Davison, was not qualified to receive the contract to build the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park. The judge left it to a jury trial to decide how much of the $1.1 million the CMPA had paid the former developer that the CMPA board can recoup and whether MPDP’s actions amounted to fraud. The IN broke the story of the MPDP’s financial and legal issues in late 2010 (Independent News, “Hoodwinked?,” Dec. 9, 2010)

Florida Polytechnic University
Gov. Rick Scott established the state’s 12th university on April 20 by signing Senate Bill 1994. The law created Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland out of the University of South Florida Polytechnic. Republican lawmakers continue to fund their pet projects, even in tight budget years. Budget Chairman Sen. J.D. Alexander of Lake Wales pushed through this bill. How can one walk into the state capitol without vomiting?

American Energy Alliance
The pro-Big Oil organization has been paying for ads that try to tie President Obama to gas prices. Oddly enough, they didn’t seem to be nearly as upset when prices were near $4 a gallon when Bush was president.