Windermere gets more bad press


Windermere is a tiny little town on the edge of Orlando, but nobody will ever call it a sleepy little town.

It’s being rocked by scandal for the third time in less than 18 months.

Isleworth, home to Tiger Woods and a number of other professional golfers, is a development snuggled in a corner of Windermere that utilizes the Windermere address but is actually an independent gated community.

Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor is the subject of a corruption investigation. He was released from jail today after being arrested on felony charges of official misconduct. He’s being accused of derailing an investigation of the alleged rape of a minor.

While the Florida Highway Patrol handled the investigation of Woods’ automobile crash into a neighbor’s yard 14 months ago, Windermere police officers were among the first to arrive at the scene. Saylor gave media the first official accounts of what happened to Woods.

Though Windermere has less than 3,000 residents, it’s been the focus of three stunning stories since the fall of 2009. In September of that year, James Robert Ward was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife. The couple lived in Isleworth.