Winners & Losers 2/16/12
DARLENE F. DICKEY Gov. Rick Scott appointed the general counsel for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge John F. Simon to the First Judicial Circuit. Col. Dickey graduated from the FBI Academy and served at the ECSO since 2006. Prior to that, she practiced with Bozeman, Jenkins and Matthews P.A. from 2003 to 2005 after three years as an assistant state attorney.
SEVILLE QUARTER Pensacola’s iconic entertainment hub has been named to the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Top 100, which places Seville Quarter among the largest and most successful nightclubs, bars and lounges in the nation. The 2012 Top 100 were identified by Nightclub & Bar working in partnership with Technomic, Inc., a hospitality industry market research firm.
FRED LEVIN, MIKE PAPANTONIO & MARK PROCTOR “The Trial Lawyer Magazine” recently announced the trio’s selection for the RoundTable: America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers. Selection as a RoundTable member places these attorneys among the top 100 civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys in the United States. “The Trial Lawyer Magazine” received thousands of nominations from all over the United States, which lead to each nomination being assessed by an independent research team.
DON GAETZ When asked by reporters about a lawsuit filed by the Florida Democratic Party, the Florida Senate president designate dismissed complaints about the redistricting plan passed by the senate by a 32-5 vote: “My father used to say, ‘Some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope.’” Really? There has to be a better metaphor than this racially charged one.
MICKEY O’QUINN The Navarre High baseball coach resigned for “personal reasons” after receiving a memo from Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick stating that O’Quinn had been accused of “kissing female students, changing student grades, inappropriate texting to students, inappropriately touching female students, and meeting female students at their home after a football game.” The school district has submitted a report to the Florida Department of Education’s Educational Practices Commission.
NEWT GINGRICH What happens to a Republican presidential candidate when his campaign funds dry up? He drops like a rock. The one-primary wonder has lost momentum to the new “Anybody but Romney” crowd’s wunderkind, Rick Santorum. Gingrich’s meteoric rise and steep fall match those of Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and what happened in 2008 to Mike Huckabee. The GOP voters like new, but not for long.