Gulf Breeze City

New council member seeks unity in Gulf Breeze

New council member seeks unity in Gulf Breeze

Despite the recent upheaval in City of Gulf Breeze political circles, new council member J.B. Schluter foresees a local government that can quickly focus on solving problemsand making improvements. “I think most people here believe the city is well run,” said Schluter. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

New leadership takes reins in Gulf Breeze

Working the room with handshakes all around, newly elected Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair acted more like a candidate than a winner Monday night. Emblematic of Landfair’s promises of city meetings that are more “collegial” than some of the contentious sessions of recent years, he thanked the 40 or so friends, residents and reporters who […]

Gulf Breeze brushes off criticism of utility surcharge

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 […]

Gulf Breeze sees risk in golf course rehab

Gulf Breeze sees risk in golf course rehab

Financial estimates by the City of Gulf Breeze show that it could rehab Tiger Point Golf Club’s controversial west course, and also expand its existing wastewater treatment plant there for millions of dollars less than building a new sewage facility at the alternative Bergren Road site. Yet Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser told the Navarre […]

Gulf Breeze faces shortage of police applicants

Gulf Breeze faces shortage of police applicants

The challenges in recruiting uniformed police officers that have plagued some major metropolitan areas are new to Gulf Breeze. “This is the first time in 25 years that I have no (qualified) applicants” waiting for the next patrol officer opening on the city’s full-time staff of 18, said Gulf Breeze Police Chief Robert Randle. “We’ve […]

Gulf Breeze to raise Tiger Point utility fees

Gulf Breeze to raise Tiger Point utility fees

The City of Gulf Breeze’s leaders have hit upon a partial solution to their municipality’s budget squeeze: charge more for water and sewer service to South Santa Rosa Utility customers who live outside the city’s boundaries. Under a plan suggested by the Gulf Breeze City Council on Saturday, SSRU ratepayers who live in unincorporated Santa […]

Gulf Breeze hires new official from pool of one

Gulf Breeze hires new official from pool of one

The hiring of a new $61,000-a-year administrative assistant by the City of Gulf Breeze without considering other applicants or advertising the job is drawing fire from Joe Henderson, the mayor pro tem. “I don’t know of anyone else who has been hired this way in the six years I have been on City Council,” Henderson […]

Tiger Point Golf investment group takes shape

Tiger Point Golf investment group takes shape

Show us the money. That’s what City of Gulf Breeze leaders are waiting to see as their light at the end of the Tiger Point Golf Club tunnel. Now a Tiger Point business leader and resident, Paul Stagner, has emerged as the organizer of investors he is contacting from Miami to Jacksonville to acquire the […]

Homeowners organizing possible golf club purchase

Homeowners organizing possible golf club purchase

Homeowners in the area around Tiger Point Golf Club are in talks with at least one potential investor about purchasing the struggling facility from the City of Gulf Breeze. “We have an interested party,” said A.J. Sutton, a homeowner who represents dozens of his neighbors near the club. There might be one main buyer, supported […]

Tiger Point Golf lease could carry baggage

Tiger Point Golf lease could carry baggage

The consulting company hired by the City of Gulf Breeze to audit Tiger Point Golf Club has rejected buying it, and looming capital costs may complicate the municipality’s latest plan to hand off financial responsibility through a lease to another firm, Integrity Golf in Orlando. Calculations by the Private Club Associates in Georgia, which did […]

Special tax suggested for Tiger Point Golf Club

Special tax suggested for Tiger Point Golf Club

The idea of creating a special taxing district in Santa Rosa County to pay for improvements at the struggling Tiger Point Golf Club is gaining support among officials at the City of Gulf Breeze, which owns the facility. Under various plans that will likely be discussed publicly on or before the scheduled Aug. 13 meeting between the […]

Gulf Breeze still treading stormwater

Gulf Breeze still treading stormwater

  Flooding after even minor rainfall still plagues parts of the City of Gulf Breeze more than a year after the April 2014 storm – despite $1.8 million in government grant funding spent to keep neighborhoods dry. Among the streets still subject to rising water is Dracena Way. Mayor Matt Dannheisser said Dracena is among […]

Gulf Breeze leaders bristle over Tiger Point Golf

Gulf Breeze leaders bristle over Tiger Point Golf

Leaders of the City of Gulf Breeze never really wanted to own the Tiger Point Golf Club, located 7 miles east of their border, and the last thing they want now is to pay for building more of it. They’re digging in and sending the Santa Rosa County Commission and residents near the financially beleaguered […]

Gulf Breeze agrees to public meeting

Gulf Breeze agrees to public meeting

Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser agreed Monday night to meet in public with Santa Rosa County officials about the future of Tiger Point Golf Club. “I hope that representatives of the city and county can have public discussion very soon,” Dannheisser told Navarre Press. Santa Rosa County commissioners agreed earlier in the day to seek […]

Mayor questions Broxson on public meeting policy

Mayor questions Broxson on public meeting policy

Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser asserted to State Rep. Doug Broxson on Monday that the city complied with the Florida Sunshine Law last Tuesday in declining to meet in public with Santa Rosa County officials about Tiger Point Golf Club’s future. Dannheisser wrote to Broxson in an email: “I am told that last Tuesday, you […]

Portion of Tiger Point could go for $500K

Portion of Tiger Point could go for $500K

The City of Gulf Breeze has floated a possible price for which Santa Rosa County could buy the disputed west course of Tiger Point Golf Club: $500,000. That figure, roughly 18 percent of the amount the city paid for the entire financially struggling club in 2012, has surfaced during a Navarre Press interview with Gulf […]

Commissioners to discuss pedestrian overpass

Commissioners to discuss pedestrian overpass

Next week will be a busy one for Santa Rosa County Commissioners. In addition to Tuesday’s 2015-2016 budget workshops, the board has several hot topics on its agendas. Commissioners will be briefed Monday by recruiters hired to solicit a new county administrator. They’ll also discuss issues which could be moved forward for action Thursday, including whether […]

County may purchase part of Tiger Point Golf

County may purchase part of Tiger Point Golf

Up to 70 acres of the beleaguered Tiger Point Golf Club would become a Santa Rosa County park under a tentative agreement reached Tuesday morning by officials of the county and City of Gulf Breeze. In a closed door meeting at Gulf Breeze City Hall, the leaders focused on a proposal under which the city […]

Face off over Tiger Point course

Face off over Tiger Point course

Gulf Breeze City Manager Buz Eddy June 25 asked Santa Rosa County Commissioners to delay formal declaration of an intergovernmental conflict over Tiger Point Golf Course — but the board still moved forward. At stake is the conditional use permit granted by the county to expand the city-owned South Santa Rosa Utility System wastewater treatment plant, which is adjacent to […]

Gulf Breeze’s first female mayor steps down, attorney steps up

Gulf Breeze’s first female mayor steps down, attorney steps up

Beverly Zimmern still remembers her first city council meeting. She sat in the chair the second from the left, she said, looking up at the Gulf Breeze City Council chambers. “Oh my word, I was scared beyond belief,” she laughed. “Public speaking had not been my thing. I was very quiet at first.” Read more in the Oct. 9 issue […]

Gulf Breeze neighbors not fond of splitting lots

Gulf Breeze neighbors not fond of splitting lots

Not in our neighborhood. That’s the message many disgruntled neighbors relayed Sept. 15 at the Gulf Breeze City Council meeting to a man proposing to split flood-devastated lots, replacing one house with two. Scott Wheatley, Gulf Breeze, presented his idea at the council meeting Monday night in front of a packed audience. “We all love Gulf Breeze,” Wheatley said. “I grew up here, and I’d like it to stay the […]