Gulf Breeze brushes off criticism of utility surcharge

Brushing off criticism from group of about 20 Tiger Point area residents Monday night, the Gulf Breeze City Council stuck with its previous decision to raise South Santa Rosa Utility rates for customers living outside the municipality’s border.

“There’s got to be a better way,” said Tom Naile, volunteer board chairman of the utility when he addressed the council.

“It just isn’t fair to discriminate against Tiger Point customers. We don’t cost the utility any more than the people in Gulf Breeze,” said Jim Tuck, who lives at the edge of Tiger Point Golf Club, which is owned by SSRU.

The protests are mainly about a forthcoming 3 percent surcharge on SSRU bills for about 4,100 residents of zip code 32563 that will go directly into the city’s coffers for whatever uses its leaders direct, instead of to the utility itself.

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