Judge John Simon

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 […]

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Following his conviction for battery of a police dog and other charges, a Pace man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge John Simon on Dec. 12 sentenced David Lecannon Smith, 36, to 10 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Read the full article in the […]

Gulf Breeze land fight isolates mayor

Gulf Breeze land fight isolates mayor

  Amid the usual proclamations that honor Eagle Scouts and recognize the good deeds of other youth, the mood at Gulf Breeze City Council meetings has lately turned testy at times. Earlier this month Mayor Matt Dannheisser even asked for police to be summoned when a resident overstayed his welcome during a period designated as […]

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 golf course legal fees top $1 million

Gulf Breeze’s golf course legal fees top $1 million

The money-pit image of Tiger Point Golf Club is well known among taxpayers and officials in the City of Gulf Breeze, which owns the 375-acre property. But new details about the true depth of the financial hole dug at Tiger Point Golf have emerged in a Santa Rosa Circuit Court document filed earlier this month. […]

Feuding pier partners make peace and plans

Feuding pier partners make peace and plans

Before the partners in Coastal Concessions LLC began a legal war with each other in February, their lease from the county to run the Navarre Beach Pier seemed like a license to mint money. But the dueling lawsuits between Stephanie Maddox and Scott Rayner have now been settled and the roughly $2 million-a-year business that […]

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Judge seeks to end pier partners’ turmoil

Although the feuding business partners who manage the Navarre Beach pier are being allowed to stay on after a contract violation, they still face possible sanctions in Santa Rosa Circuit Court. Judge John Simon told Scott Rayner and Stephanie Maddox last week that they must soon end their four-month legal battle through supervised mediation. Read […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Jubilee owners jettison former associate

Jubilee owners jettison former associate

Round one in the legal battle over ownership of the 2,718 acres in Santa Rosa known as the Jubilee property has been won by a company that wants to essentially trade it to the county in exchange for millions of dollars in federal tax breaks. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of […]

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

A Michigan man was sentenced in Santa Rosa County court Tuesday, Nov. 8 for escaping from police custody using a handcuff key according to the State Attorney’s office. John Saatio, 36, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to 15 years in state prison after Saatio had entered a plea straight to the court Nov. […]