Main Street Winter Haven Internal Inquiry Finds No Conflict of Interest

WINTER HAVEN | While Main Street Winter Haven has officially denied conflict of interest allegations involving its executive director in an internal investigation report sent in to the state, a claim in the report has stirred new controversy.

The 12-page report not only denies the claims made to the state in January by Jessie Skubna, co-owner of Jessie’s Lounge, but it also says the board reached out to her to expand on her complaint about Main Street Executive Director Anita Strang having a conflict of interest.

Skubna, however, said she never heard from the committee conducting the investigation.

“(Skubna) declined to respond to our request for additional information,” the committee wrote in the report sent July 17 to the Florida Division of Historic Resources, which oversees the Main Street operation.

The report, issued nearly six months after the complaint was filed, said Skubna did not reply to a letter that was sent to her seeking her comments.

But the letter was sent to the wrong address for Jessie’s Lounge. Jessie’s is located on Third Street Southwest, but, according to the report, the letter went sent to Third Street Northwest.

“I was actually really surprised the board never contacted me,” Skubna said. “I don’t get that. They could have emailed to see if I got (the letter). They could have called. Nothing.”

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