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Family business of Jacksonville City Councilwoman raided

The saga of Jerome Brown BBQ, the family business of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown, took a turn for the legalistic Tuesday.

Action News Jax and News4Jax report that the BBQ company’s warehouse on Jacksonville’s Westside was raided Tuesday morning.

The raid appears to be multi-jurisdictional, involving the FBI, the IRS, HUD, the Small Business Administration and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Councilwoman Brown told us earlier this year that she owns a “very small percentage” of Cowealth, the parent company of Jerome Brown BBQ that faces delinquent property taxes and a drop-dead date of Dec. 31 regarding a city disbursement of $640,000 in loans and grants for job creation that never materialized.

Cowealth is attempting to sell the building; however, despite the $1.5 million asking price for the industrial space in an area of town with a lot of unemployment and a lot of vacant space, a sale even at that price would not satisfy Cowealth’s obligations, which include a primary mortgage of $2.65 million.

A raid of the building with those parties seems to go beyond the company’s failure to come through on an economic development deal, however.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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