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Kennie Lyons, ECUA FOG compliance inspector, Irv Miller, Jackson’s Restaurant  executive chief, Steve Ooms, Jackson’s general manager, Vicki Campbell, Vice Chairman ECUA Board,  Kenyore Edwards, ECUA FOG compliance inspector

The Protector of the Environment (POE) award is a one of-a-kind initiative, which rewards local businesses and food service establishments (FSEs) that promote a positive, safe and clean work environment through the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) and Backflow Programs.   Awarded on a quarterly basis, the POE Award is now designed to consider the challenges faced by large and small organizations, and recognizes participants in either the Large or Small Business Category.

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., ECUA presented the “Protector of the Environment” Award, Small Business Category, to Jackson’s Steakhouse.

Founded in 1998, and over the past decade, Jackson’s Steakhouse has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator eight times. Also, as an eight-time consecutive recipient of Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Award, Jackson’s Steakhouse is considered one of Florida’s top 25 restaurants and is placed by the Distinguished Restaurants of North America in the top two percent of all fine dining restaurants in the country.

Maria Goldberg, director of marketing, said, "It is a great honor to be recognized by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority with the 'Protector of the Environment Award'. It is our goal at Jackson's Steakhouse to promote safe and clean environmental practices on a daily basis.  The receipt of this award is greatly appreciated."         

Accepting the award, Jackson’s Steakhouse General Manager Steve Ooms, and presented by ECUA Vice-Board Chairman Ms. Vicki Campbell.

The POE Award recognizes organizations that train their employees on “best management practices,” participate in scheduled 90-day cleanliness inspections, have no FOG or Backflow violations,  and no warnings within a one year period.