Mayor's Office releases emails detailing meetings, events

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Mayor’s Office released a slew of documents Thursday detailing calendar events and meetings over the past two years. This, following an FBI investigation into development deals in the Capital City.

In an email to local news outlets, Community Relations Coordinator Jamie Van Pelt wrote:

"Attached are email files from our office that were requested by a local media outlet. I am making them available to other institutions that have written on any subjects related to the contents of these documents. As he promised, the Mayor will continue to fully cooperate with the ongoing FBI work in Tallahassee, and he's been told he's not a subject of their investigation."

The email included more than 30 documents with more than 100 pages. They detail weekly meetings, scheduled events, speaking engagements, interview appointments, appearances, flights and more. The documents and email chains span from January 2016 through March 2017.

Only a small handful of those meetings are connected to those named in two federal subpoenas.

One, a May 16 “Tapas and Drinks” scheduled with Mike Miller, Brian Butler and Adam Corey. Corey is the developer behind the city-backed restaurant, The Edison. He is also a longtime friend and former campaign treasurer of Gillum. Corey was named in both subpoenas.

Speculation has also risen around “Mike Miller.” Media reports and sources close to the case have said that Miller was an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. The FBI has declined to confirm or deny this information, releasing the following statement to WCTV:

”The FBI declines to confirm or deny the details of any investigation. This includes providing comment on the identity or potential employment of any specific individuals.”

Van Pelt said the May 16 meeting was set up by Corey on the basis of discussing economic development on the south side of Tallahassee. He also said, “Mike Miller was presented as someone who wanted to spur economic development on the south side and bring good jobs to Tallahassee. Any speculation about him working for the FBI is just that.”

According to the documents, Gillum also met with Corey on May 11, 2016. Nick Matthews, Dean Cannon, Richard Reeves and Joe Salvzerg—all of whom are not named in the subpoenas—were a part of that meeting. Discussions focused on land issues related to a proposed new Leon County high school.

On February 1, 2017, Gillum had a dinner scheduled with Attorney Sean Pittman, Kim Rivers and JT Burnette. Pittman is not named in any subpoena, however, Rivers and JT Burnette are. Van Pelt said that dinner was a personal dinner and included no discussions of development.

Kim Rivers is the CEO of the medical marijuana dispensary Trulieve. She’s also business partners with Burnette. Both are a principal of Inkbridge. Burnette is the developer behind several big named projects in Tallahassee, including Hotel Duval.

Since the news of the investigation first broke, Gillum has said he will fully comply and work with the FBI.

“I take any allegation of corruption in the City of Tallahassee very seriously, and I am committed to rooting it out in its entirety. If corruption has taken place in our city, those parties must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We will not tolerate, enable, or turn a blind eye to corruption,” said Gillum.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office handed out two subpoenas back in June. One, to the City of Tallahassee, and the other to the Community Redevelopment Agency. The documents demand any communication, bids for proposals, applications, records and more from about two dozen business entities or people in Tallahassee.

The target of the investigation is not yet clear.

The City of Tallahassee and CRA handed over about 90,000 documents to the FBI on July 12.

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