UPDATE: 132 apartments slated for Tiger Point driving range

UPDATE: This rezoning proposal was withdrawn from the agenda by the following email request from Joe Leibold of 3539 Gulf Breeze Parkway, LLC. No reason for the withdrawal was provided.

Neighbors are riled at plans to develop a multi-family apartment complex in Tiger Point consisting of 132 units.

The 13.24-acre property located east of Country Club Road and south of U.S. Highway 98 is the former Tiger Point Club driving range.

The property owner, Nina Esson of Pensacola, has requested that the parcel be rezoned from Planned Unit Development to Medium Density Residential. Developer Jehle-Halstead, Inc. is the representative for the project.

The Zoning Board will hear this request on Thursday evening.

Jane Bloodworth, was among 16 locals who have submitted emails to the Zoning Board in opposition of the proposed change.

“The Tiger Point neighborhood has already felt the effects of over‐development in Gulf Breeze — traffic shifting from Highway 98 to the main thoroughfares of our neighborhood, poor street conditions due to said traffic, added demands that stress staffing levels of and response time of our emergency services, and over‐crowding of our public schools,” Bloodworth wrote.

The Zoning Board will hear the proposal at its Thursday night meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Tiger Point Community Center located at 1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze. The public will be allowed to make comments on the issue.

The Zoning Board’s vote serves as a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, who will make a final vote later this month.

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