ROCKLEDGE, Florida - The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast acknowledged yesterday that it had received a subpoena from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement related to their BlueWare, Inc. project files.
The EDC revealed this in a letter to Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis, which was obtained by Brevard Times. Ellis had previously requested the files and the EDC had claimed they were proprietary and confidential.See: Brevard EDC Cites "Non-Disclosure Agreement" and Confidentiality With Regards to BlueWare Relationship
In part the letter from EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman said, “The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast has received and will be lawfully responding to a subpoena from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in relation to an investigation they are conducting. The information provided to FDLE may become public record post-investigation providing you the opportunity to review at that time.”Upon receipt of the letter, Ellis said, “We are anxious to see the files to examine the state incentives and parameters for earning those incentives.”
The FDLE does not comment on current investigations.As reported in depth over the last year by Brevard Times, BlueWare has a controversial contract with the Clerk’s office to digitize court records. Ellis has claimed in the past that the $8.7 million contract is a “sham.”
Statewide, the expenditure of taxpayer money in the name of jobs has come under fire from Tea Party activists, Florida lawmakers, and the media. The most expensive and high profile failure of Florida’s economic development programs came to light following the bankruptcy filing of Digital Domain in Port St. Lucie, Florida.Locally, the scrutiny has affected projects in Brevard County as well. FLORIDA TODAY, which holds a seat on the EDC Board of Directors, recently reported that for the first time in 10 years a project that was near finalization was pulled by the EDC from the Brevard County Commission agenda.
BlueGem – a subsidiary of BlueWare – has announced two opportunities to view their scanning facilities in coming weeks.First, on February 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm, they hosted an invitation-only cocktail party “to get to know BlueWare/BlueGEM on a more personal note.”
There will also be a public open house on Thursday March 14 from 10 am to Noon and from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Attendees will receive refreshments and a gift. The public may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-953-5999.BlueWare’s address is 202 West Drive, Melbourne, FL 32904. EDC Letter To Ellis by
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