Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.
The Executive Director of Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority will continue in her position for now. During a Monday meeting, the agency decided to postpone a decision about its embroiled leader until its next meeting. Paige Carter-Smith has been named in a warrant in an FBI investigation.
The 2018 legislative session is underway and lawmakers will decide whether to fund projects statewide, many of which affect Tallahassee and Leon County. Proposals for the Big Bend region total more than $40 million.
The City of Tallahassee is opening up a temporary cold night shelter this week as temperatures drop below freezing. But even with the extra space, some people in need of stable housing won’t make it inside.
The city of Tallahassee is reviewing its policy for tracking and archiving text messages sent by city officials. Mayor Andrew Gillum says part of the change will involve an increased expense for the city.
Until Friday afternoon, there had been three candidates filed to run for the Tallahassee City Commission Seat Three race. Now, there are only two as the incumbent, Commission Nancy Miller has dropped out of the race.
Southside Tallahassee residents are still worried about a proposal to build a new road through their neighborhoods. If city and county officials approve it, the street would be part of the Airport Gateway plan. A recent public meeting on the issue drew dozens of residents.
The Tallahassee City Commission voted last night to have the city post online all public records that have been provided to a federal grand jury investigating alleged public corruption. And in a separate case, city manager Rick Fernandez is taking paid temporary leave as an ethics complaint against him moves forward.
At a time when the FBI is scrutinizing Tallahassee’s community redevelopment agency, state lawmakers want to reform the groups across Florida. The FBI is currently looking into any wrongdoing stemming from development deals by Tallahassee’s CRA. But the capital city’s agency is not the only one suspected of misusing public money meant to combat blight and slums.
The Five Points intersection in Midtown Tallahassee is a source of congestion and confusion for drivers. Now a local transit board is working on improving the block where 7th Avenue, Thomasville and Meridian Roads meet.
The Tallahassee ethics board will send a letter to the city commission warning about the appearance of impropriety. The decision comes after ethics board staffers conducted a limited investigation into accusations made against City Manager Rick Fernandez. Board member Bruce Grant made the motion.
City of Tallahassee officials are urging residents to stay involved in plans to redesign Southside streets. Local government agencies are studying possible improvements for Orange Avenue, Lake Bradford and Springhill Roads, and they want residents to know the plans are still in the conceptual stages.
The City of Tallahassee is suspending construction at the Welaunee development because of permit violations. The company behind the Canopy development on Welaunee Boulevard cleared a 700 foot stretch of woods and enlarged a stormwater pond without proper permits.
Tallahassee City Commissioners have adopted a tentative budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The spending plan totals about $743 million. There’s no increase in the property tax rate, but Robert Wigen with the financial management department says residents can likely expect an increase on their water and sewer bills to come soon. The expected increase comes as the city is conducting a water and waste water rate study.