Winners & Losers 8/20/15
During the June 2015 Northwest Florida League of Cities board meeting, members voted unanimously to name the annual Municipal Official of the Year Award in honor of Pensacola Councilman P.C. Wu. Dr. Wu has served the Northwest Florida League of Cities as the City of Pensacola Director for 10 years. He served as FLC President in 2013. Last year, Dr. Wu was selected to serve on the National League of Cities Board of Directors.
Cadet Douglas, a student in the University of West Florida Army ROTC program, was named Honor Graduate at a Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was selected as best in class in a group of more than 400 soldiers and cadets. Douglas is an Army ROTC scholarship recipient from Orlando. He is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in military science.
The Pensacola firm received Corporate America magazine’s Legal Elite Award for Best Expert Witness Search Firm for 2015. The award recognizes individuals and firms that use their skills and experience to help companies across the nation to navigate the complex legal landscape. The award spotlights the most well-respected attorneys and firms in the business, emphasizing their goals, commitment and success. Recipients of the awards were determined based on votes and a rigorous research process.
The senator’s pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination has hampered his ability to vote in the Senate. In July, Rubio missed more than half of the Senate votes. In June, he was absent for 67 percent of the votes. His absences have nearly tripled since he announced his candidacy, earning Rubio the worst missed-vote record of any current senator.
The Miami developer has once again backed out of their proposed hotel and residential projects for the Community Maritime Park. In January, MCM-BAP announced it wanted to build a $60-million project at the park. By June, that project was reduced to $43 million and the developer didn’t want to pay property or sales taxes. When the Pensacola City Council balked at the new plan, MCM-BAP said it would be back by July 9. The developer missed the deadline, leaving the park with no viable prospects.
Pensacola International Airport
Sky Warrior wanted to discuss with the city a proposed contract with Air Force to train up to 2,000 prospective pilots per year at the airport. The contract would create 100-150 full-time jobs and create the need for a hotel and dormitory near the airport. Sky Warrior owner George Sigler told the media he had to move the project to Montgomery, Ala. because Pensacola officials wouldn’t sit and discuss it with him.