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Florida city could be dissolved due to corruption

Florida City Could Be Dissolved Due To Corruption

This Florida town might be so corrupt it could be literally wiped off the map.

A new report from CNN details the rampant corruption charges facing officials in Hampton, Florida - from the town's mayor, Barry Layne Moore, who's in jail on drug charges, to police officers who've set up a notorious speed trap to a case involving $1 million in missing funds.

More specifically, a report from The Florida Times-Union says officials 'found sloppy record keeping, that a former clerk had been overpaid by $9,000 and that the city spent $27,000 without showing it was used for a public purpose.'

Florida state lawmakers began calling for the town to be dissolved last month after a state audit of the city's books found 31 violations of local, state and federal law, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

CNN reports if Hampton is dissolved, it would become part of unincorporated Bradford County. Now, residents in the tiny town of 477 people are trying to fight back.

A Facebook page was setup called 'Save Our Town Of Hampton, Fla.'

One of the city's former mayors, Jim Mitzel, told WAWS, 'The government bailed out General Motors, the government bailed out Chrysler. Why can't the State of Florida bail out Hampton? Don't shut our town down.'

Florida state officials agreed to delay moving forward with a plan to dissolve the city, allowing Hampton four weeks to clean up its act and prove it can govern itself.

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bsulzberger March 10 2014 at 10:31 AM

Hey, most of Dade County has corrruption problems.

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luialva bsulzberger March 10 2014 at 10:41 AM

Just look at Sweetwater

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lmp0114 March 10 2014 at 5:23 PM

Ouch, i am surprise, check this other cities like Miaami-Dade, Sweet Water, El Doral,
Miami Lakes, Homestead and many others, all ways corruption is in the news.

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steiiahlooo lmp0114 March 10 2014 at 5:47 PM

I would add Broward Co. to that list. hey, I might even put it FIRST on that list ! ^5

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linakafla1 March 10 2014 at 5:27 PM

If they started closing towns because a politician committed crimes we would have no towns or cities left.

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bwess8 linakafla1 March 10 2014 at 6:00 PM

They have been shutting towns down all across America
and the way they are doing it is called NAFTA.

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gale531 March 10 2014 at 10:02 AM

The only thing that the people of this small town are guilty of is believing in and trusting their governing bodies. If a town is being wiped off for corruption than many , many would follow. Why not punish the criminals to the fullest extent of the law and set an example?

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ycplum gale531 March 10 2014 at 10:10 AM

Technically, the town charter (to self-govern with some indpendence from the county) my be revoked. It isn't primarily because of crruption, but with all the problems and the small population, the list of practical remedies is sadly very short. The article did say they wll gve the town some tme to come up with an alternative remedy. I wish them luck, but I think it will be a long shot for them to come up with a feasible plan.

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steiiahlooo March 10 2014 at 5:45 PM

anyone check on Broward Co. Cops etc. lately ! might be a good idea!!!!

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mariet March 10 2014 at 5:51 PM

Some of the govt. crooks need a little "jail time"-no matter what town they are in. But wipe the town off the map--come on! A town of 477 people is hardly the "most corrupt" town in the U.S. and the "good ol' boys" exist all over the country. Is this just another "make fun of FL" thing again?
This should hardly warrant "front page headlines" for national broadcast.
After all...Is this the best ya' got?

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frankc354 March 10 2014 at 9:54 AM

corruption is everywhere so are speed traps along with crime and violence ,but wiping a town off the map is a first for me!!

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Gene frankc354 March 10 2014 at 10:08 AM

well...could be a good thing...no city taxes and the county will be responsible for roads, garbage, schools, etc.

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ken March 10 2014 at 5:57 PM

Sounds just like Bell, Calif

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bazarm March 10 2014 at 9:49 AM

The people of Hampton voted for their governing body and should suffer the results of their vote.
Why should the rest of Florida residents bail out those that put the corrupt government in charge?
Does not matter if it is municipal, county, state or Federal elections, the voter should get informed of the choice they are about to make.
That means to just not look at a 30 second sound bite or a catchy campaign slogan.

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sk3navy1 bazarm March 10 2014 at 9:53 AM

bazarm, thats the way liberals work.

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fentex5 bazarm March 10 2014 at 9:56 AM

You are speaking common sense. But, it is glaringly apparent that people who vote for the pretend "conservatives" have avoided the use of common sense for the past several years.

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cigarpal March 10 2014 at 9:46 AM

Lake Havasu AZ. is almost as bad, even the Western Regional Humane Society is full of embezzlers, thieves and liars and the town is run by the "Havasu 100" , the city "council" and the corrupt mayor. New city council members leave quickly because they are outnumbered and overruled by the corrupt members. They stay voted in due to the cities transient population made up of the retired and vacationing snowbirds etc. Judges and cops are only city revenue enhancement agents. It is still a great place to live if you can stay under the radar. I have recently been informed that the city loves the spring breakers because of the revenue made from bad behaviors. They rake it in. Comment written from personal experiences and over 30 interviews and observations.

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