Tallahassee Reports has confirmed through a number of sources that City Manager Rick Fernandez received football tickets located in the “Old School” sky box from city lobbyist and Edison owner, Adam Corey. Corey owns the sky box.
TR has reviewed the gift records maintained by the Florida Commission on Ethics and no gift disclosure for football tickets was filed by city manager Rick Fernandez over the last two years.
Florida statutes prohibit a government employee, like Fernandez, from accepting a gift from a lobbyist if he or she knows or reasonably believes that the gift has a value in excess of $100.
Corey was a registered lobbyist during 2016.
The “Old School” sky box is actually two sky boxes that has been renovated to be one box seating up to 40 people. The annual cost of the double-box would be approximately $80,000. Individual tickets would be valued at approximately $350-$400.
TR has reached out to city officials to determine who paid for the tickets. We will publish a response when one is received.
TR has confirmed that Mike Miller, a presumed undercover FBI agent, bought several tickets in the sky box and was present at a number of FSU football games in the 2016 season.
TR has confirmed that Miller’s unused tickets were provided to Fernandez. In addition, city employees were given tickets by Fernandez to attend the games. One employee whose name was verified by sources as a frequent guest in the sky box was Ellen Blair. Ms. Blair is the current Director, Human Resources & Workforce Development at the City of Tallahassee.
Sources stated that Eddie Kring, the former Edison employee, close associate to Adam Corey and recent hire by the City of Tallahassee delivered the tickets to Fernandez.
TR has previously written about the $4,700 catering discount given to the daughter of city manager Rick Fernandez. Sources say that Fernandez family members attended the FSU games with the tickets provided by Corey.