Ed Gray

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

Scope of Gulf Breeze probe could widen

The planned inquiry by the Florida Auditor General’s Office into the City of Gulf Breeze’s finances will take several months and may extend to questions about controversial legal expenditures. Requested recently by State Sen. Doug Broxson, the audit will bring a Tallahassee-based team of accountants and other specialists to set up shop at Gulf Breeze […]

New houses rise from teardown sites

New houses rise from teardown sites

The number of Santa Rosa homes torn down to build new and bigger ones has nearly doubled since 2012, and the trend is evident from Milton to Gulf Breeze. “I think it’s a healthy sign for the real estate market,” said David Peaden, executive director of the West Florida Homebuilders Association. Read the full article […]

Tale of two flood control delays

Tale of two flood control delays

The familiar military axiom “Hurry up and wait” is now shared by the civilian residents of Holley by the Sea and the City of Gulf Breeze who yearn for flood control relief measures they say are long overdue. Each of the similarly sized communities is run by governments that have separate studies in hand documenting […]

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

State could gain control of Garcon Point tolls

The first steps toward a state purchase of Garcon Point Bridge and the authority to reduce or eliminate tolls have been taken by the Florida Legislature. Led by freshman Rep. Jayer Williamson from Santa Rosa County and Sen. George Gainer of Panama City, two bills that passed on Friday authorize the Florida Department of Transportation […]

Few elections in The Satisfied City

Few elections in The Satisfied City

Even the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger probably can’t get satisfaction so complete as that long expressed by the City of Gulf Breeze electorate. In a year of national political movements from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the civic stillness in Gulf Breeze has produced a city council of five members who have never had to […]

SunTrust to close historic Gulf Breeze branch

SunTrust to close historic Gulf Breeze branch

Although the City of Gulf Breeze boasts some of the more affluent neighborhoods in Santa Rosa County, SunTrust Banks Inc., plans to close its longtime location there on Jan. 17. The Atlanta-based company sent a letter to customers last week that directed them to SunTrust’s nearest locations in Tiger Point and downtown Pensacola, both about […]

GB Council reviews short-term stormwater fixes

GB Council reviews short-term stormwater fixes

The Gulf Breeze City Council is expected to vote Monday to approve a list of projects that can be done in the short term to alleviate some of the city’s stormwater issues. Stormwater Task Force Chairman Ed Gray told council June 11 that the projects would not impact long-term solutions that are still be developed by the […]