Visit Tampa Bay will respond to Speaker Corcoran's demand for financial details by deadline
TAMPA — After coming under fire for not meeting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s demands for financial disclosure, Visit Tampa Bay will provide the Republican leader … something.
Patrick Harrison, chief marketing officer for Visit Tampa Bay, said the agency is planning to comply with a Wednesday deadline to turn over more details, but he wouldn’t say what that will entail.
“We will respond to the letters we have received by Wednesday,” Harrison said.
Last month, 13 local tourism marketing agencies were asked to provide Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, with detailed financial statements, including a list of employee names and salaries and itemized spending on travel and food.
Visit Tampa Bay, a nonprofit that receives $10.7 million from Hillsborough County to promote tourism to the region, didn’t respond directly. Hillsborough officials provided some information, but it was short of what Corcoran asked for, the speaker said.
On Friday, Corcoran told the Tampa Bay Times he would subpoena the agency and threatened to sue them if they didn’t offer more details. In a letter to Visit Tampa Bay President and CEO Santiago Corrada, Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, gave Corrada until Wednesday to comply.
Corrada was not available Monday. He had previously maintained that the organization is private and therefore is not subject to public records requests as to how the agency spends the county bed tax money it receives. Visit Tampa Bay provides Hillsborough with quarterly reports on its activities and expenses, and it is also audited annually.
Corrada told the Times last week that he felt the county’s response to Corcoran satisfied the request.
It’s not clear if that position has changed.
“The letter we received was quite clear in what it was asking for, and through our board and CEO, we will respond,” Harrison said.