Winners and Losers 12/20/12
Lewis Bear, Jr.
The University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to name Trustee Lewis Bear, Jr. chairman of the Board and Trustee Mort O’Sullivan vice chairman for the next two years, effective January 2013. President Bense made a recommendation to the Board to name both current Chairman Charles Horner and Trustee J. Collier Merrill, Chair Emeritus, honoring their extraordinary service and contributions to the University. Both will retire from the Board in January.
The Escambia County Republican Party recently elected the retired Navy commander as its new chairman. Davis has served on the Escambia County Planning and Zoning Board for the past four years, is a member of the Southeast Psychological Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club-Pensacola. She ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner in 2004.
Baptist Health Care has selected her as its new corporate director of marketing and public relations. McGuyre is responsible for leading the organization’s marketing, communications, crisis preparation and management and media relations. She has worked in the role in an interim capacity since May 2012. Most recently, McGuyre served Baptist Health Care Foundation as its director of public relations and development.
State Attorney found no violation of the Sunshine Law during the Mayor’s press conference regarding his veto of a budget amendment. Councilwoman Myers had filed a complaint against the mayor and her fellow councilmen who had attended in support of the mayor.
The county “wise men” and their uncle initially failed to support a suggestion by Commissioner Lumon May to give the county employees New Year’s Eve off. The commissioners realized that they can’t fund their predecessors’ vote to give all the staff a three-percent raise, but the day off would have been a nice gesture. Let’s face it. The high-priced salaried staff won’t be sitting at their desks on Dec. 31.
Port of Pensacola
As of Nov. 30, the Port had accounts receivable totaling $506,393—with $109,935 that’s over 120 days and due from Northwest Florida Cold Storage. The frozen chicken exporter owes a total of $215,854. The Pate’s other company, Pensacola Stevedoring, owes the city $103,827—with $40,903 over 60 days past due.
Escambia County Landfill
Interim County Administrator George Touart’s hardest task may be keeping ECUA as a customer. Because the ccounty raised tipping fees, the utility is looking for other options, which could cost the county over $800,000 if they leave.