Beverly Zimmern

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

Gulf Breeze audit and legal pressures grow

The state audit that City of Gulf Breeze officials tried to avoid is expanding at a time when the municipality just lost the latest round of a controversial and costly property rights case. City Manager Samantha Abell told the Navarre Press that the Florida Auditor General’s operational review, which began last April, is requiring her […]

Hometown lawyer won’t get Gulf Breeze city attorney job

Hometown lawyer won’t get Gulf Breeze city attorney job

Ben Zimmern is popular in Gulf Breeze but his law firm’s losing record in a controversial property rights case has now played a role in his defeated bid to win the lucrative contract as the beachy community’s city attorney. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Gulf Breeze attorney search sparks doubts

Gulf Breeze attorney search sparks doubts

One law firm vying to be the next Gulf Breeze City Attorney has years of experience representing its would-be employer in a controversial case that’s causing concern among some City Council members and other residents. Losing round after round in the long-running property rights fight with two Gulf Breeze homeowners is a track record that […]

Legal-fee squabble roils Gulf Breeze

Legal-fee squabble roils Gulf Breeze

If William Shakespeare wrote today about the City of Gulf Breeze’s long-running legal fight in the so-called Catawba Street “Land Grab” case, he might well tweak his famous line in Henry VI thusly: “Let’s pay all the lawyers.” In fact, before anything else gets decided in a 30-year-old case that won’t die, opposing attorneys are […]

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 stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze stormwater project begins

Gulf Breeze and State officials conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking June 25 for a $1.8 million project designed to make part of city safer from flooding. “Just nine weeks ago, this corner was a raging river of floodwater,” Mayor Beverly Zimmern told the group gathered in Williamsburg Park. “This project is an important step to making things better […]