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Posted on May 23, 2017
Records obtained by Tallahassee Reports indicate the family of Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez received a $4,761.39 “owner discount” on a $14,964 catering bill from The Edison restaurant.
The event was the wedding of Mr. Fernandez’s daughter held on March 5, 2016. The invoice can be viewed here.
The top of page 2 of the invoice has a line that shows the “Owner Discount” valued at $4,761.39. The total cost of the discounted services was $14,964.
The middle of page 2 of the invoice shows that the total paid was $14,284.17. This includes the discounted amount, service charges and sales tax.
Repeated attempts to reach Edison co-owner Ryan Grindler were unsuccessful.
TR requested a comment from City Manager Rick Fernandez through the city’s Communications Department, however no comment was provided.
The City of Tallahassee signed a 13-page lease with Cascades Holding LLC on August 26th, 2014 that allows Cascades to operate the Edison restaurant. The lease was signed by the Tallahassee City Manager at the time, Anita Favors Thompson. Mr. Fernandez was appointed city manager on November 21, 2015.
The lease provides a number of provisions that must be regulated by the City of Tallahassee. The lease can be viewed here.
In February 2016, the city commission took up the issue of operating hours and voted 3-2 to allow the restaurant to stay open until 4 am. See our report here.
Chapter 112 of the Florida Statutes regulates gifts from vendors to individuals that work in government. Florida Statutes 112.3148 states:
A reporting individual or procurement employee or any other person on his or her behalf is prohibited from knowingly accepting, directly or indirectly, a gift from a vendor doing business with the reporting individual’s or procurement employee’s agency..if he or she knows or reasonably believes that the gift has a value in excess of $100;
Tallahassee Reports will continue to seek comments from city commissioners and other officials.
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