Tallahassee Reports has recovered a photograph of City Manager Rick Fernandez in the football skybox owned by Adam Corey. The picture was taken during the 2016 football season, and at the time, Adam Corey was the owner of the Edison and a registered city lobbyist.
The picture has been authenticated by sources who were present in the skybox at the time the picture was taken.
At the December 6, 2017 Tallahassee City Commission meeting, Commissioners wrestled with how to move forward with regards to the City Manager who had previously been placed on administrative leave.
Commissioner Scott Maddox said that Fernandez should be reinstated.
He argued for reinstatement on grounds of due process and complained about the lack of direct evidence related to Fernandez soliciting football tickets by saying, “I don’t know if he went to the football game.”
However, sources told TR that City Commissioner Scott Maddox and Mayor Andrew Gillum were in the football skybox during the 2016 season with Fernandez and other city employees.
These employees included Kristina Fernandez – the daughter of City Manager Rick Fernandez, Mike Tadros – Director of Underground Utilities and Ellen Blair – Director of Human Services.
In August of 2017, Tallahassee Reports confirmed, through a number of sources, that City Manager Rick Fernandez received football tickets located in the “Old School” skybox from city lobbyist and Edison owner, Adam Corey.
Subsequently, the Tallahassee Democrat recovered text messages showing Fernandez requesting skybox football tickets.
The picture below, shows Fernandez in the football skybox with his daughter and Chef Art Smith.