Tampa Bay Builders apologize for leaving Les Miller off 2017 meeting list
TAMPA -- The group representing Tampa Bay developers apologized Wednesday for not scheduling a 2017 meeting with the Hillsborough County Commission chairman.
In a letter to the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Builders Association executive vice president Jennifer Doerfel said it was an “administrative oversight” that the group left Commissioner Les Miller off its list of planned lunch meetings next year.
The group said it has since extended an offer to meet with Miller and he accepted.
“The origin of this incident was based on our annual process of scheduling monthly meetings with County,” Doerfel wrote. “Commissioners and our governmental affairs committee comprised of volunteer members. Commissioner Miller’s name was inadvertently removed from a previous schedule and thus not carried forward into this year’s scheduling process, a clerical error for which we accept full responsibility.”
On Monday, the group emailed all seven commissioners the 2017 meeting schedule. Miller’s name was not included but his six colleagues were -- three of them more than once.
Miller told the Times he found it questionable that the county’s only black commissioner was not included.
Doerfel said that was absolutely not the case.
“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Commissioner Miller over the years, endorsed him for office and met with him numerous times,” she said. “We have found him willing to listen to our positions while also fully representing his constituents.”