Last week, Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad presented the city’s investigation of the football ticket controversy to the independent ethic’s board. The report was conducted by Raoul Lavin, an assistant city manager.
However, after reviewing the details of the report, there appears to be important questions that were left unanswered.
First, why didn’t the report identify and name all city employees that received football tickets to the Old School skybox?
The report narrowly focused on city employees Mike Tadros and Ellen Blair. However, the investigation revealed at least one other employee was involved. The employee was never named.
In addition, multiple sources have confirmed that Mayor Andrew Gillum, Gillum’s Chief of Staff, Dustin Daniels, and Gillum’s brother viewed games from the Old School skybox. However, none of this information was addressed in the report.
Second, why didn’t the investigation look at the complete 2016 football season?
The investigation focused on one football game instead of a complete season. Sources have indicated that Blair viewed four or five football games from the Old School skybox.
Third, in calculating the value of the football tickets why wasn’t the food and beverage cost part of the value?
Information retrieved from the Seminole Boosters indicate that food and beverage for a football skybox rental must be purchased separately through the University Center Club and averages about $1,000/game. With 20 seats per box, this adds an additional $50 to each ticket value.
And finally, why did the report ignore the fact that city employee Ellen Blair received two tickets?
The report indicates the Blair was given two tickets for the College of Charleston game but the analysis used only one ticket for the value calculation. Using two tickets in the value calculation would have increased the value of the gift over the $100 gift threshold.