County commissioners will allow City of Gulf Breeze officials to renege on their promises to repair and reopen Tiger Point Golf Club’s defunct west course.
After a three-hour meeting that resembled a legal hearing in which witnesses were sworn to tell the truth, the commission unanimously approved the Gulf Breeze request to move ahead with plans to expand its wastewater treatment plant on club property without fixing the west course.
The commission essentially decided it doesn’t have legal authority to force the city—which owns the club—to do the work it promised in 2012. That’s because of a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision that local governments can be held liable by property owners if they impose conditions to development or other construction that aren’t required by zoning restrictions.
However, an attorney for the homeowners who want the west course rehabbed, Will Dunaway, told the Navarre Press that because the Supreme Court ruled well after Gulf Breeze put its promise in writing, there’s precedent for a legal challenge.