Federal authorities have demanded the city of Tallahassee produce volumes of records related to top local developers behind some of the biggest projects subsidized by the the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, The Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Two separate grand jury subpoenas to the city and the CRA were issued jointly by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney seeking evidence to present to a grand jury. “The subpoenas requested emails and other documents from the CRA and a who’s who of Tallahassee business leaders, developers and political movers and shakers,” the story says.
The projects include the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, the Gateway Center and the Edison Restaurant, which collectively received several million in tax dollars to help with construction and add other improvements like sidewalks, the report says.
“Clearly, anytime a grand jury is requesting information from the city, that concerns me,” City Commissioner Gil Ziffer said. “After reading the document, I’m not quite sure what they’re interested in. And until we get more information, I have no comment.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office was quiet about the FBI investigation.
“We do not have any public information in that inquiry,” said Amy Alexander, a spokeswoman for the office.