Lawmakers give tiny city more time to fix problems

STARKE, Fla. - Lawmakers have given a one-square-mile city a month to prove it's righting itself after a state audit found widespread violations of city, state and federal laws.

The Gainesville Sun reports

that state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, told Hampton residents Thursday that the Legislature would hold off on deciding whether to dissolve the city of 477 people.

RELATED STORY: Audit finds problems in Hampton, lawmakers want city abolished

An audit found more than 30 problems with the government of Hampton. Florida lawmakers threatened to just dissolve the city.

All three of Hampton's full-time employees - police chief, city clerk and maintenance operator - have resigned.

Hampton is about 40 miles southwest of Jacksonville. The city's acting mayor and some Bradford County commissioners and residents don't want to see Hampton dissolved.


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