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Mayor Boback accused of road rage encounter

June 6, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A West Palm Beach man says that Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dennis Boback tried to run him over and screamed at him out his car window on May 28.

Daniel Wynne was staying at the Red Coconut RV Park over the Memorial Day weekend. On May 28, he went fishing in the early morning with his two dogs. At around 10 a.m., he was walking back to his RV on Donora Avenue on the side of the road, and stopped to chat with a park neighbor on the way. Wynne said a black SUV was speeding toward him at more than 40 mph when a man - whom he described as crew cut, elderly and heavy-set - leaned out the window, cursing and threatening to run him and his dogs over. Wynne said he had to jump out of the way.

According to a report of the incident from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, a Red Coconut employee witnessed the incident and gave a sworn affidavit. Her account said she saw the mayor "beeping and screaming profanity" at Wynne and almost hitting his dogs.

Mayor Boback, who lives in the neighborhood, did not deny that an incident occurred; however his recollection differed from Wynne and the employee.

Boback said he was driving the speed limit and that Wynne was in the middle of the road with his dogs.

"I honked the horn and waved my hand to get out the way. I didn't roll down my window," he said.

Boback added that even if he had said something, his window was up so Wynne would not have heard him.

Lee County Sheriff's Office Deputy K. Tillman responded to Wynne's call; his report said he arrived on scene at 2:07 p.m.

The report says that Wynne did not want to file a report until he was told that the suspect in the vehicle was the town mayor Dennis Boback. Wynne, however, said that statement is not accurate.

"I wouldn't care if it was the mayor of Timbuktu," Wynne said. "Officer Tillman wrote that report the way he wanted it."

According to Wynne, after the incident occurred, the employee told him that she knew who was in the car but did not say at that time it was the mayor. That's when he decided to call the police.

Deputy Tillman's report was filed under information and said at the time he was unable to determine if a crime or intent to commit a crime had occurred. A spokeswoman from the Sheriff's Office said these informational reports are filed to establish what happened in case it's needed later.

Wynne intends to follow up. He said he's planning to file a complaint against Boback with the Florida Commission on Ethics.



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