[UPDATE] Sheriff Harvey Forfeits His License at Wildwood Golf Course

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

[UPDATE] 9-29 --

Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey and his wife Rhonda no longer have connections to the Wildwood Golf Club.

In Florida, it's illegal for a Sheriff to own a liquor license. That law prompted some Wakulla County residents to call for Sheriff David Harvey to either step down as Sheriff or turn over his interest in Wildwood Golf Club. The complaint made it all the way to State Attorney Willie Meggs' desk, but Meggs refused to prosecute the sheriff.

Wakulla county resident Ronald Canda says, "I don't know if he was given a break because of good behavior or if he was compleletely innocent."

Many Wakulla County residents were outraged to find out the sheriff was affiliated with a business that sold alcohol.

"I dont think the people of Wakulla County realizes just how close our sheriff came from being removed from office" says Al Shylkofski - Wakulla County resident.

But some residents like Sandra Nichols disagree and says Sheriff Harvey did nothing wrong.

"I think sheriff is a good sheriff. He's been good for the county and anytime he runs, he got my vote."

Now, 18 months after the official complaint was filed, Sheirff Harvey is giving in.

Wakulla bank recently took over the daily operations of the golf club.

A spokesperson from the Department of Business and Professional Regulations told WCTV, "Sheriff Harvey is no longer a license holder of the Division of Alcohol and Beverages at the Wildwood Golf Club. An application has been received by Cypress Golf to obtain the liquor license and they are currently in the approval process."

Golfers like Lee Vause says he'll continue to golf regardless of whose in charge. "I golf here two or three days a week, and I'll continue to as long as the course is here."

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation says, if Sheriff Harvey and his wife had not turned in their liquor license, the department would have filed an administration complaint for not complying - and their license would have been revoked.

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[UPDATE] --

Wakulla Sheriff David Harvey and his wife Rhonda have forfeited their vested interest in Wildwood Golf, L-L-C so that the club could continue to operate with a liquor license.

Earlier this month, WCTV reported that Sheriff Harvey's connections to the club violated three state liquor laws. But Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and the Wildwood Gold Club reached a settlement. Under their agreement, Sheriff Harvey and his wife Rhonda had to give up their interest in the golf club to Wakulla Bank within 20 days, which they have now done.

The golf club is now owned by Orlando based company, Cypress Golf Management LLC.

Stay with WCTV for details.

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UPDATED at 6:30pm on 9-10-10 by Heather Biance

Wildwood Golf and Country Club will keep its liquor license under a settlement announced today by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

The license has been in limbo since the state started investigating Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey's interest in the club.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (A division within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation) released an order Friday that requires Sheriff Harvey and his wife to give up all of their interest in the club.

But as the facility moves forward with some behind the scene changes, a lot of questions still remain.

Just hours after a settlement was reached between Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and Wildwood Golf LLC, it was business as usual at the golf course.

Uncertainty over the facility's future began when ABT found Wildwood in violation of three state liquor laws, but we may never know for sure the extent of Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey's involvement in the club.

"One of those allegations was an undisclosed interest by Sheriff Harvey. So part of the settlement agreement is they don't confirm or deny those allegations," says Jen Meale, spokesperson for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Yet the settlement clearly states that both, Rhonda and David Harvey will have to forfeit their interests in Wildwood LLC within the next 20 days to Wakulla Bank.

Wakulla Bank now has control over the facility and has hired an outside management company to look over the day to day operations.
For the golfers, they say as long as the grass is green and taken care of, they don't care who's in charge.

Over all they're trying to do their best and i think they're doing a good job so far, but everything's going to take time," says golfer, Don Smith.

Wildwood still holds a legal liquor license, but the next step will be up to Wakulla Bank. They can either register for a new license, apply to transfer the existing license over or decide to stop selling alcohol all together.

For now, Wakulla Bank isn't saying much as to their plans with the facility.

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By Julie Montanaro
The State of Florida is dropping its demands to revoke the liquor license at Wildwood Golf and Country Club.

A spokesperson at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation says the state has reached a settlement with the club and has asked the Division of Administrative Hearings to cancel the hearing scheduled to start on Monday.

DBPR spokeswoman Jenn Meale says as part of the settlement Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey and his wife Rhonda will relinquish their interest in the company and turn it over to Wakulla Bank within the next 20 days.

Meale says Wakulla Bank will take over the club and must apply for a transfer of its liquor license within 30 days.

This comes 18 months after an initial complaints that the sheriff was violating state law by having an interest in a business that holds a liquor license. The state attorney refused to press any criminal charges in the case.


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  • by rorer714 Location: willkillya on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    Well it seems the rat has slipped from the snakes mouth one more time. Its just a shame that these celebrities can get off so easy while the common man has to suffer. Nevertheless the good ole boys win one for the gipper and maybe, just maybe the good people of wakulla have seen the light this time and will once and for all rid themselves of this low lying snakes belly named Harvey next election. Hes made enough money of your backs and all the pot and cocaine he has "confiscated" during his reign. Its time to move him to the farm and out of the limelight once and for all.Meggs and Christ will soon follow.
  • by anon Location: here on Sep 30, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    It sounds like several people should be loosing their citizenship rights and be spending time under supervision of the Florida Prison System. The citizens MUST demand corruption on all levels be stopped - remember that next time you go vote and quit reelecting these people!
  • by ya ya Location: tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    I have chosen , along with many thousands of others, to not vote for Charlie Crist. He should have removed Harvey a long time ago. Meggs too. Were is the U.S Department of Justice?
  • by James on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    SUZANNE: You have it so correct! But boy didn't Meggs and the rest of Harvey defenders try to deceive the people into thinking Harvey HAD NO FINANCIAL CONNECTIONS that should cause him to "SHALL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE" !!!!!!! "Posted by: Suzanne Location: Wakulla on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM Remember, ABT completed their report and attached to the back was a warrant for Harveys arrest. Meggs refused to proceed with it even though the law was clear and Harvey HAD violated the law..." MEGGS DIDN'T MIND LYING AT ALL, NOR HARVEY'S ATTORNEYS.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    I'm no Harvey fan, but keeping an open mind; how could DBPR issue the license in the first place knowing that Harvey was involved in the business? This should have been caught on the initial application. Sounds to me that someone with DBPR dropped the ball in the first place. With attorneys telling him he could and DPBR allowing the license to be issued I can see where he didn't know. Does the left hand not know what the right is doing at DBPR?
  • by Don Location: Wakulla on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Wildwood is under foreclosure and the Harvey's chose to relinquish their rights, the Harvey's have outstanding loans in the millions with Wakulla Bank and their walking away for the great citizens of Wakulla to deal with. Mr. Harvey recently and publicly threatens to remove deputies if his budget wasn't approved, then threatens his deputies and staff to be at the BOCC to speak or ELSE! The other constitutional officers cut or trim their budgets, but spoke openly to protect their staff. When do we stand up and go to a source that Harvey's tentacles hadn't reached, and do what is right! This man is a mere BULLY, who has abused his power, badge and has disrespected the true LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS of this county.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    so they have proven that harvey did indeed have some kind of ownership or partnership with this and now nothing happens. what is this world coming too. if your not a politician or some form of govenrment you can get off the hook. i bet harvey wont run again for sheriff because it doesnt look good for our county to have a sheriff get away with things that normal living, hard working citizens would get so much trouble and consequences like jail. i just think its fair its embarressing for wakulla and for our governor. i would liek to know somehting if harvey is such a good guy. what has done for our wakulla county other than bring negative news that hear all about i mean come on. this kind of reminds me of the movie road house. and of course ladies harvey is not patrick swayze. the old man with the gray hair is harvey. and for christ i would of done something instead of sitting in a chair i guess hes not planning on running for pres. or senate becuz he doesnt protect a small comm.
  • by Sigh on Sep 30, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    Amazing what a person can have in exchange for his soul.
  • by False Hope on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    I wonder how deep you would have to dig into the company taking over golf course operations, Cypress Golf, to see how Harvey is affiliated?
  • by James on Sep 29, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    I wish everyone who has broken the law could just REACH A SETTLEMENT before going to JAIL !! MEGGS IS A FRAUD!!!
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