Wauchula – Corruption Capital of Florida

Wauchula – Corruption Capital of Florida

Over the past 6 to 8 months I have been looking into some local government issues in my hometown. We aren’t  very big, the population in the city is only about 5k. Corruption comes in many shapes and forms. It can be as simple as the City Manager giving away free meals at his restaurant to employee’s that do as he says or jobs given to close friends and even family members.

Cities and Counties like any other form of Government create Policies and Procedures for internal purposes and ordinances and codes for the community. Let’s say an employee of the City is violating a policy written by the City. The employee is reprimanded or at times even terminated. But what if the person violating these Policies and Procedures is one of the ones that actually write them? Who is responsible for taking action and holding that person accountable? Normally that could be the City or County Commission. But what if they ignore the public and allow certain City employee’s to continue violating policy, procedures, and contracts?

Below are a few issues within our Local Government. It’s funny when you look at these issues, it involves the top 3 people within the City. The City Manager, Chief of Police and the Assistant Chief of Police. If they can’t follow the rules, why should anyone else? Just remember, these are the people that help create policies. Think about it.

Misuse of Education Benefits – The Whatley Story

Assistant Chief Lost for 2 weeks – Another Whatley Story

The Missing Internal Investigation – Again, another Whatley Story

City Manager in Violation of his Employment Contract

City Manager take City Vehicle on Vacation out of State


We contacted the State Attorney Brian Haas in Bartow. We exchanged a few emails and at one point he had his Chief Investigator contact me. Only to be told that my “Issues” where local issues and that I would have to talk to the local commission (to me it’s like being told, We are aware there is a drug problem, but you have to take it up with the dealer). So I did. On June 19th, 2017 I sent an email to City officials and all City Commission members and asked for a response, I also included the State Attorney’s response in the email. Beverly Cone the Chief Investigator for the State Attorney’s office advised that I need to confront the City on these issues. We did, sad thing is the City will not respond. So why does Corruption exists in small towns and why will it continue? Because there is no one to hold them accountable.



UPDATE: 8-27-2017

So what happens when you report corruption to a Florida Senator? You get Blocked on Twitter and Banned from their Facebook page. Notice on the screenshot (below right) how the only option is to Share. That’s what happens when you are banned from commenting. Silencing the Public is a Violation of our 1st Amendment rights.


I recently sent emails to all Florida senators but Denise. I left her out intentionally do to the relationships she has with the corrupt here in Wauchula. Yesterday while on Facebook I went to her page and noticed that I couldn’t comment, so I had other users check and see if they could. That verified that she had banned me from her page. So I sent out a few tweets on Twitter to her:


The next day she blocked me. Why would a State Senator block someone who is reporting corruption? Wouldn’t you think they would Investigate it? Well, normally, in this case, it’s just more proof of the Corruption here in Wauchula. The email below is being sent to All Florida Senators and the Gov, Rick Scott.  (Full Image)