Winners & Losers 6/13/13
Sonja Griffin Evans
Having recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, Pensacola’s Gumbo Gallery was awarded the Flame Keepers Award for Art Galleries at the 2013 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards. Gallery owner and artist Sonja Griffin Evans received the award, presented in Atlanta, which recognizes institutions displaying art depicting black culture and heritage that have contributed to tourism development through increased traffic. Gumbo Gallery was recognized along with the IFAN Museum of Arts in Senegal, Africa.
The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation has announced that the Bob Tuttle Scholarship at Escambia High School was awarded to Kelsey Wood. She graduated ranked 4 out of 306 seniors, with a weighted GPA of 4.5. She has been a member of the Beta Club for the last three years, the Latin Club for three years, and she is currently president of the National Honor Society. Wood has been accepted to Florida State University and will major in Biomedical Engineering. The Bob Tuttle Scholarship was established in 1968 by Rear Admiral and Mrs. Magruder H. Tuttle, in memory of their son, 2nd Lt. Bob Tuttle, USMC, a 1963 graduate of Escambia High School, who was killed in action in Vietnam in May 1968.
Emerald Coast Utility Authority
The utility missed its calculation on the amount of waste that spilled on June 6 into Bayou Grande by about 37,000 gallons, having to eventually adjust their figures from 35,000 to 72,000 gallons. Emerald Coastkeeper Sava Varazo pegged the number at about 100,000 gallons. ECUA is under a consent order to repair its aging infrastructure, but denied that was the cause of the latest spills. Instead ECUA spokesman blamed the two spills of untreated effluent on “fractured and splintered” PVC pipes. PVC? We are in trouble.
The leading candidate to become the interim administrator for the Greater Pensacola Chamber has a $270,857 problem. BOHAN, Visit Pensacola’s ad agency that is based in Nashville, Tenn., billed the chamber that amount for a 30-second tourism ad. Local producers say they could have done it for much less. Scruggs guided the process that hired BOHAN. Though the decision to hire the Nashville firm was made by a subcommittee of the Tourism Administration and Convention Committee, Scruggs was the interim vice president of tourism at the time. The chamber may have to come up with a plan B for its transition to a new president.