Tallahassee Reports has been informed by Randall Mills, a representative of the Old School, that the party scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Old School released a statement which reads: “There are no events tonight at Old School. A third party promoter violated our terms and conditions and we were forced to cancel the event.”
Multiple sources told TR the decision to cancel the event happened sometime yesterday.
Tallahassee Reports has confirmed that the owners of the City of Tallahassee subsidized restaurant, the Edison, are also part owners of a venue, known as the Old School, that will host an event on June 10 2016, featuring “pole dancers.”
TR received a number of phone calls questioning the legality of the event on a number of fronts.
The owners of the Edison, Adam Corey and Ryan Grindler, are listed as managing partners of Old School LLC and part-owners of the Old School property located at 633 West Pensacola Street.
Mr. Corey, according the City of Tallahassee, is also a registered lobbyist. One of his clients is the Leon County School Board. He is also the former owner of the night club 101 which was recently closed.
The Old School is described on their website as a private club comprised of Florida State alumni and fans that come together each home football game to commemorate the heritage and tradition of our beloved Seminoles.
Based on online promotional advertising, on June 10, 2016, the Old School is scheduled to be transformed into the “Belaire Mansion” for a pool party. The advertisement is listed below.
The advertisement states that the party is the ultimate bachelor party and that “Mizhani and Spyda” will perform live.
Research indicates that”Mizhani” is a “pole dancer.” Videos of her performances show Mizhani barely dressed and dancing around a pole with men throwing dollar bills on stage.
The video link of a prior performance in Tallahassee at the Cheeks Lounge can be seen here. CAUTION, GRAPHIC MATERIAL.
Cheeks Lounge was the location where a Tallahassee Police Officer shot and killed 18-year-old Duane Strong in May of 2014. The City recently settled the case for $325,000. The club is now shut down.
Other social media advertisements verify the event and encourages patrons to “BRING YOUR $1’s.”
TR talked to the City of Tallahassee’s Growth Management Department who said that an event selling tickets could not be held at the Old School property location based on zoning issues. The property is listed as single-family in a zone labeled University Transition.
However, as of Thursday night, code enforcement was unable to say if the show would be stopped.
Based on Leon County adult entertainment ordinances, questions have also been raised about the sale of liquor during such events.
TR tried unsuccessfully to reach the City Attorney, Lew Shelley.
TR will continue to seek answers about the regulations in place for such activities.