Steve Stewart received his Masters degree in Public Policy from FSU, and went on to work with the Office of Public Counsel – the office responsible for representing consumers before the Florida Public Service Commission.
While at the Office of Public Counsel, Steve participated in major electric rate cases and provided testimony on behalf of the consumers of Florida before the Florida Public Service Commission. He also represented consumers’ interests by accompanying Public Service Commissioners on various regulated utility site visits.
After leaving the Office of Public Counsel in 1994, and following a one-year stint as a consultant for the Florida Telephone Association, Steve began working in the private sector. In 1999, he started his own business, a real estate marketing company, and in 2006, he bought a company in Tallahassee focused on commercial marketing and printing. Today he runs that business.
He is also the founder of TallahasseeReports.com, an investigative news website reporting on local government activity.
Steve Stewart has been a frequent guest on The Morning Show with Preston Scott for many years and you can hear him weekly on WFLA as he brings you the exclusive Tallahassee and Leon County news that affects your life.
An exclusive analysis by Tallahassee Reports of the solid waste contracts negotiated separately by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Tallahassee with Waste Pro, Inc. over the last year has revealed two different approaches of dealing with consumers dollars.
The County Approach
The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) previously had a services with Waste Management, Inc. to provide garbage collection for residents living inside the unincorporated areas of Leon County.
Local candidates who have declared their intention to run for office in 2014 filed their latest financial activity reports with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections earlier this month. The reports filed to date cover all contributions and expenditures through September 30, 2013.
In an exclusive analysis, Tallahassee Reports has compiled two tables based on contribution data for three City of Tallahassee Commission races and two Leon County Commission races. To date, only the incumbents have filed to run. Challenger have until June of 2014 to enter any of the races.
In the table below, total contributions, the amount of contributions collected inside and outside of Tallahassee, and the amount of contributions collected inside and outside of Florida is given for each of the five local candidates.
In the best of times, a city government spending $2.1 million to renovate a government owned building to facilitate a restaurant would be tough to justify.
But given the facts surrounding the City of Tallahassee’s venture into what is now called the Brew Pub at Cascades Park, it is hard to believe that the City
The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), whose mission is to reduce conditions of physical blight within the agency's two redevelopment
districts: the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area and the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area, will become a stand alone department in 2014.
The CRA has been involved with a number of projects in the news...READ MORE
Tallahassee Reports has learned that the vote to allocate an additional $1.3
million for a Brew Pub restaurant in Cascades Park took less than 45 seconds to
The Brew Pub project has been under media scrutiny since Tallahassee Reports
published an article revealing the expenditure and the involvement of
Commissioner Andrew Gillum's campaign treasurer.
Tallahassee Reports has learned that the consultant retained by the Mckibbon Hotel Group (MHG) - who has business before the City Commission - had communications with City staff on MHG issues and was not a registered lobbyist with the City of Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Reports requested a list of registered lobbyists on August 16, 2013.
It looks like there will be a battle over the development of a piece of property in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. On Tuesday night, the Leon County-Tallahassee Planning voted to move ahead with the project, but not until a challenge from a local developer was heard and will likely resurface over the coming weeks.
There have been several developments regarding the Cascades Park restaurant project.
First, Commissioner Nancy Miller told Tallahassee Reports via an email late today that she did not know that Andrew Gillum's treasurer was involved in the project.
Second, Tallahassee Reports has learned that since a large portion of the project funds - approximately $800,000 - are from [...]
Tallahassee Reports has chronicled the finances involved with the City’s initiative to renovate the Old Electric Building in Cascades. On July 10, 2013 the City Commission voted 5-0 to provide an additional $1.3 million in tax dollars to finance the restaurant project. You can read the details here.
Tallahassee Reports has now learned that the campaign treasurer for Mayoral candidate and current City Commissioner Andrew Gillum is the developer of the restaurant project.
But it did not start out that way.