I told you this was coming more than a month ago.
Florida State College Foundation’s Executive Director Robert “Bob” Stamp has resigned.
While I shared my discovery with the local media more than a month ago, no one covered it.
Ask them. They claim they’re working for you, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting an answer.
Let me be clear, the FSCJ scandal is currently THE most important story in Jacksonville.
I’m not saying this because I launched the ground-breaking media campaign. This is the most serious, local example of government corruption, deception and gross incompetence. What happens—and doesn’t happen—at FSCJ impacts us all.
Stamp’s resignation supports what I first reported on March 26, 2012. It also strongly suggests that the two ongoing state investigations have turned up even more evidence of wrongdoing.
Speaking of those investigations, when are the findings going to be shared with the College’s leadership and the public? That’s another good question for reporters to ask all the parties involved, not just FSCJ spokespeople.
I confirmed Stamp’s departure through a consistent stream of FOIA requests. Getting answers for the tough stories isn’t complicated, but it does take hard work, skills, sources and an unwillingness to give up on an issue that is critical to the health and wealth of our community.
That is what it means to be a journalist. Accept nothing less.
Here’s another FSCJ story I didn’t see or read about in the local news:
Did this “reception” violate Sunshine Law?
If not, why not?
How much money was spent on this party?
Where did the money come from?
Was alcohol served? (Sources say yes.)
Who was invited and why?
What was the benefit to the College?
I hope this message will inspire local reporters to get back to work.
They do get paid to do this …
In the meantime, if you have any pictures from this reception, please send them to me. Your identity will not be revealed.
UPDATE (2.7.13): Just spotted these comments in the local newspaper’s most recent article about FSCJ. These were posted after this blog was published.