Ahead of a Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) vote on a request for economic development funding by the developer of the SOMO Walls project, City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he believes “something criminal might be going on” with the project.
However, what has not been reported amid these accusation is that Matlow actually supported the project as late as June, 2022.
Documents reviewed by TR indicate that Commissioner Matlow supported the SOMO Walls project when he voted with four other Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) members to award approximately $750,000 in CRA funds to get the development off the ground.
He again supported the SOMO Walls funding in June, 2022 in another CRA vote. At that time, he voiced no concerns about “criminal” activity.
Just over a year later things have changed.
Based on his increased social media activity, Matlow’s is suddenly against the project in a very aggressive and accusatory manor.
While there are clear questions about the economics of the project – as voiced by IA Board member and Leon County Commissioner David O’Keefe – Matlow’s concerns have move beyond economics and has focused on the political dynamic and personal attacks.
It seems that since the developer of the project chose to support local candidates in the 2022 election cycle that opposed to Matlow’s political agenda, Matlow now senses “criminal” activity related to the project.
It is not enough for Matlow to make an argument against the project on economic grounds. No, as has been the case for years, Matlow has decided to make it political and personal.
Matlow has a history of interpreting policy disagreements as corrupt and openly questions the integrity of elected officials and local government employees.
Now he asking a number of IA Board members not to vote on the issue due to what he calls a conflict of interest.
It is time for an elected official to address Matlow in a public meeting about the accusations he posts on social media. Hinting at criminal activity ahead of a vote to gin up outrage should upset all elected officials.
Matlow should be asked – on the record – to detail the facts that support his accusations.
If Matlow’s antics go unchecked, they will continue.