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.
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.