March 30, 2014
A tiny northern Florida city that received national notoriety for issuing thousands of speeding tickets on its funky stretch of highway will be spared from death.
State lawmakers Friday dropped their threat to dissolve Hampton, a 1-square-mile city located an hour’s drive south of Jacksonville. Auditors in February reported that the small cadre of officials in the city of about 500 residents mismanaged the city’s bank accounts, credit cards and collections. The city had just three full-time employees: a clerk, a police chief and a water manager.
Most egregiously, city officials discovered an intriguing revenue stream shortly after annexing a quarter-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 301 about 20 years ago.