The Edison, a city subsidized establishment without a liquor license, reportedly won a bid to host a party that is being advertised as a “Funkfest Kickoff and Alumni Mixer.”
The party which is slated for the Thursday (October 20th) before FAMU homecoming, is scheduled to last until 2 a.m.
TR published a report on the Edison’s last late night party which generated concern among City Commissioners at a January 27, 2016 meeting.
At that meeting, City Commissioner Scott Maddox pointed out the City wanted a high-end restaurant in Cascades Park not a nightclub. He made a motion to set a closing time of 11:00 p.m. but the vote failed 3-2. City Commissioners Curtis Richardson and Nancy Miller and Mayor Andrew Gillum voted against the measure.
Complicating the issue is the web of connections the Edison owners and investors have with Mayor Andrew Gillum and other City of Tallahassee power brokers.
Also, the operation of The Edison has come under fire from a number of local restaurant owners who have complained about the unfair competition from a city subsidized establishment. Concerns have also been raised about how the owners of the Edison have been successful in skirting liquor regulations.