Tallahassee Reports has learned that Tallahassee Airport Director David Pollard was responsible for organizing the parking arrangements for the Saturday visit of Vice President Mike Pence which included both free and paid parking options.
Pence visited Tallahassee to hold a Make America Great Again rally at the Tallahassee International Airport.
Several people complained on social media Saturday night about the $20 parking fee and told TR that the free parking lot was not prominently highlighted for attendees.
Mr. Pollard confirmed the $20 fee and told Tallahassee Reports that it is his job to keep the airport self-sufficient and to do that he has to recover costs when they are incurred.
Pollard added that the airport had approximately 15 employees on hand to work the event and the parking fees were used to offset those expenses. Mr.Pollard estimated that approximately $3,700 was collected.
Mr. Pollard also stated that the decision to charge a fee was his and did not involve other city officials and was not influenced by politics.
Earlier this year the City of Tallahassee was criticized by some for spending approximately $8,000 in tax revenue to paint a Black Lives Matter mural at the intersection of Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue.