This Florida Town Might Be Wiped Off the Map

A jailed former mayor, a history as a notorious speedtrap and now a damning audit could mean the end of tiny Hampton

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Hampton, Fla. – population 477 – may have the most scandals per capita of any town in America. And Florida lawmakers have a novel idea for cleaning it up: Get rid of the town entirely.

After a state audit discovered more than two dozen violations of city, state and federal laws, Florida legislators decided the easiest solution would be to simply dissolve Hampton. The findings are eye-catching. The audit presented to the Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee Feb. 10 found that the city kept careless records of its expenses for years (when it recorded them at all), overpaid a former clerk by $9,000, spent more than $27,000 without demonstrating a public purpose, didn’t keep records of assigned vehicles for its employees, failed to keep track of almost half its water supply and admitted that some of its records were “lost in a swamp.”

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“It’s like something out of a Southern Gothic novel,” says state senator Rob Bradley, a Republican whose district includes Hampton and a member of the auditing committee who supports abolishing the town.

The town’s acting mayor, Myrtice McCullough, couldn’t be reached for comment. McCullough filled the seat of former mayor Barry Moore, who was arrested for possessing and selling oxycodone in November.

Before the mayor’s bust, the town was best known as an infamous speedtrap. For years, Hampton – which is about 20 miles north of the Gainesville and the campus of the University of Florida – essentially funded itself by rigidly enforcing speed limits which dropped, abruptly, when a state highway turned into a portion of road annexed by the town.

“This town exists apparently just to write speeding tickets,” Bradley says.

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Not entirely. Hampton does have a post office, water utilities and a city hall. But if state legislators have their way, the town will become an unincorporated area within Bradford County. To make that work, lawmakers would have to devise a plan for managing the town’s assets, which could include turning city hall into a community center and letting the county operate the water utility. The process would take until early next year, Bradley says, but it looks to have a good chance of passing, considering the auditing committee voted unanimously to ask for a criminal investigation of town officials.

Bradley says it hasn’t been hard to win public support for scrapping the town.

“Most people don’t understand why it exists in the first place,” he says.

6 comments
houseofandrewk
houseofandrewk

You think Hampton FL is an isolated case?  Look at every small town run by criminal police gangs.  You will see trails of similar abuses!  shut em all down!

CrystalNolasco
CrystalNolasco

The scandal is even more shocking as it is very extreme the crimes they've committed.

CrystalNolasco
CrystalNolasco

Jane Hall, Adam Hall and John Hodges have more scandals than this that I have proof of if anyone will contact me to seek even further legal action pertaining to this case. Call please 239.699.8116

I would love to have the pleasure of exposing this and seek justice in this matter. Thank You!

ralf123
ralf123

Dissolving this town is not good enough. We should invest millions into science to find a way to send this town to another dimension so it no longer exists in the same plane as our Earth. Then once it's gone, we need to find a way to erase all historical records of the town having ever existed which include this article here.

duval904
duval904

@CrystalNolasco if you have information on Jane and all of the other crooked people, than please contact Charles Vanzants office at 904-966-6327, Daniel Cook is who i have been telling everything too..they need to be shut down... and no one ever even thought to see if the school was doing what they were supposed to, and they are not. there are children failing and the school never reorted it to the school board so that there could be a confrence with parents to get something worked out, now children are failing the hole year cause there parents cant get up and take them 5 mins away to school and the teachers and staff never reported it... the school board has failed these children


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