Recently, we obtained information from a confidential source that Hernando County Commissioners and County Administrator Len Sossamon had offered to settle a lawsuit with Corporate Jet Solutions (CJS) for $75,001.
The lawsuit originated in 2014 when the county evicted Corporate Jet Solutions from a hangar and office space at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. The county then leased the same buildings to Transformation Aviation Services (TAS) a couple of months later. We asked the question then and we’ll ask it again now. Why would commissioners and our illustrious county administrator evict a paying client (CJS), at $10,000 a month, to give the same buildings RENT FREE to TAS?
The settlement offer of $75,001 presented to CJS was entered into the Florida Courts E-filing Portal on June 21, 2016. Just two days later, on June 23rd, Hernando County Government rescinded the offer.
I have two questions. One, why make an offer to settle and then rescind it just two days later? And two, why not just make the offer for $75,000 instead of $75,001? What’s the significance of $75,001? (sorry folks, I don’t know why)
The thing is, these new developments between the county and CJS reminded me that a deadline is fast approaching for Transformation Aviation Services, a company over which I was personally attacked and my character impugned by Commissioner Wayne Dukes and County Administrator Len Sossamon.
At the time, Mr. Sossamon claimed that Transformation Aviation Services had eight whole employees and that these employees were ‘transforming’ three airplanes at that very instant. My response easily documents that these claims by Sossamon were patently false.
According to the county’s lease agreement with Transformation Aviation Services, David Doyle Tidwell, President of TAS, must provide documentation on July 1st, 2016 documenting the number of employees his company employs. This is a condition of TAS continuing to get FREE RENT for the buildings they occupy at the airport which to date totals more than $120,000 of tax payer money. The agreement says Tidwell must have 12 full time jobs created by July 1st, 2016.
In the past, I have criticized Sossamon’s deal making ability to bring companies to Hernando County. And, I’ve stated that—“I’ve been unable to document one single job created from these deals.”
That being said, I’m going to go out on a limb and make this prediction. On July 1st, 2016, Transformation Aviation Services will be unable to document “one single employee.” Unless of course, you count David Doyle Tidwell or his wife as employees.
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