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Council Committee Urges Subpoenas In JEA Probe With Link To Former Curry Consultant

Jacksonville Daily Record
JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters

The City Council committee investigating JEA’s 2019 attempt to privatize voted Sept. 28 to seek subpoenas for companies linked to Mayor Lenny Curry’s former political consultant Tim Baker.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the Council Special Investigatory Committee wants records from Baker’s consulting companies Bold City Strategic Partners and Data Targeting Research LLC. 

The political consultant refused to provide the records during sworn testimony earlier this month with Council’s outside attorney Steve Busey.

At issue is Baker’s work for NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary Florida Power & Light. FPL offered to pay $11.05 billion for JEA in the city-owned utility’s canceled invitation to negotiate issued in August 2019.

Busey wants to obtain communications and Bold City’s contract with FPL. Baker told Council investigators during his deposition the consulting contract was active from Dec. 21, 2017, through July 31, 2019.

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