County to tax Gulf Breeze on Tiger Point Golf

The latest headache for the City of Gulf Breeze over its ownership of Tiger Point Golf Club is that the Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser’s Office says the facility is no longer exempt from ad valorem taxes.

That means the club is subject to about $30,000 a year in property taxes, equal to nearly one-third of the annual revenue paid to the city by Integrity Golf LLC, the Orlando company that leases Tiger Point Golf.

City Council members Renee Bookout and Joe Henderson told the Navarre Press they were unaware of the notification letter sent by Tax Appraiser Greg Brown’s office last June 30. But both said they intend to ask for details at the panel’s meeting scheduled for 6:30 tonight at Gulf Breeze City Hall.

City Manager Buz Eddy declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the city’s staff is preparing a detailed list of requirements that Integrity Golf must meet in order to continue its seven-year lease. Although the document isn’t yet final, nor public, the Navarre Press has learned that it cites the city’s continuing concerns about Integrity’s maintenance of the club’s irrigation system and the clubhouse, among other things.

Eddy confirmed that the city is preparing the list because officials aren’t satisfied with the lack of specifics in a capital improvement plan recently submitted by Integrity—a requirement of the lease it signed in October 2015.

Individuals close to the situation said the city’s list could be a step toward breaking the lease. That’s because it may qualify as documentation that Integrity failed to fulfill contractual obligations. The lease specifies that if the city breaks the lease without showing reasonable cause, it may be liable for certain expenses that Integrity agreed to pay while the contract is in force.

Mayor Matt Dannheisser recently expressed dissatisfaction that the club’s Sunset Grille restaurant failed a cleanliness inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation last month, which resulted in the agency closing the eatery for a day.

 “The recent problems with the kitchen are completely unacceptable and will require not only immediate improvements on Integrity’s part, but also a recurrence of those problems may jeopardize the city’s willingness to allow Integrity to manage the facility,” Dannheisser said.

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Gulf Breeze council uneasy about Tiger Point Golf

Concerns over the management of Tiger Point Golf Club by Orlando-based Integrity Golf just won’t go away, even though the company paid the City of Gulf Breeze $100,000 this week, as agreed, for the first year of its lease.

But Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser said  that isn’t all that Integrity owes the city, which owns the club. He told the Navarre Press in an email that the company is “long overdue” to submit a capital improvements plan as specified in its seven-year lease.

 

Dannheisser also expressed dissatisfaction that the club’s Sunset Grille restaurant failed a cleanliness inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which resulted in the agency closing the eatery for a day.

 “The recent problems with the kitchen are completely unacceptable and will require not only immediate improvements on Integrity’s part, but also a recurrence of those problems may jeopardize the city’s willingness to allow Integrity to manage the facility,” Dannheisser said.

Integrity’s chief financial officer, Ed Whalley, told a reporter that the capital improvements plan is being finalized. He said the company recently submitted the plan, which city officials said needed more specifics. Whalley said he didn’t have enough information about the restaurant’s failed inspection to comment.

 

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