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Toytown: And then there were two



Rule No. 1 when bidding on a project: Don't lobby Pinellas County commissioners or government employees.

Rule No. 2: Don't forget Rule No. 1.

In its bid to develop Toytown, Meridian Realty Capital LLC forgot those rules, says Pinellas County's director of purchasing Joe Lauro.

"This letter is written to inform you that your firm's RFN response for sale or lease of the Toytown Site has been disqualified for consideration per Section 2-189 of County Code which pertains to lobbying activity. This decision is based upon your correspondence dated October 2, 2015 which was sent to the Board of County Commissioners and evaulation committee members. To summarize, the lobbying of evalutation committee members, County government employees, elected/appointed officials or advisory board members is strictly prohibited from the date of advertisement until an award if final or the competitive selection process is otherwise concluded. The RFN document expressed this prohibition on Page 2, paragraph 4."

So that leaves SunRay Park and its planned solar energy facility, and SportsPark Partners LLC's plan to build, among other things, a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 10:29am]


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