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Out-of-control speed trap leads to unravelling of tiny Florida town

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City government in a tiny town of 500 people between Jacksonville and Gainesville has gone off the rails in recent years, and now the Florida state legislature aims to dissolve it entirely.

That's the word on Hampton, Fla., according to a Sunday story in the Orlando Sentinel.

The town's fire hydrants don't work, tens of thousands of dollars are missing from city coffers and the last mayor was arrested last year on charges of selling oxycodone.

But the last straw for Hampton, Aaron Deslatte writes, was the town's out-of-control speed trap operation, which ensnared a state legislator and the county attorney. Police -- which may have included a floating number of uncertified "reserve" officers may also have been writing tickets outside the city limits.

Read the full story on OrlandoSentinel.com at the link below.


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