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Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Gulf Breeze scandal deepens as council digs out

Nothing about politics seems to come easy in the City of Gulf Breeze these days. Just when the voters seemed to have elected a popular new mayor last November, the winner–David Landfair–abruptly resigned in January amid a texting scandal. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Gulf Breeze moving past mayor’s resignation

Gulf Breeze moving past mayor’s resignation

Following the abrupt resignation of Mayor David Landfair last week in a texting scandal, former City Council member Renee Bookout has emerged as the favorite to fill the volunteer panel’s fifth seat as Mayor Pro Tem Cherry Fitch moves up. “I think it would be a smooth transition for her and the council,” said Tom […]

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

New mayors look to future in Gulf Breeze and Milton

David Landfair and Heather Lindsay face similar challenges about the future in the small cities to which they were elected mayor at either end of Santa Rosa County on Nov. 6. Both newly minted mayors vowed to quickly address questions that include how to improve and expand the business cores of both communities. Read the […]

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 leadership shake-up in the works

Gulf Breeze leadership shake-up in the works

Amid growing acrimony on the Gulf Breeze City Council, Mayor Matt Dannheisser has decided not to run for re-election in November. Dannheisser’s probable successor is David Landfair, the mayor pro tem and a JROTC instructor at Gulf Breeze High School, who told the Navarre Press on Wednesday that he plans to run. “I’m announcing my […]

Gulf Breeze mayor’s race in the making

Gulf Breeze mayor’s race in the making

Challenges by some Gulf Breeze City Council members over delays in their requests for specifics about the municipality’s mounting legal fees are putting Mayor Matt Dannheisser on the political hot seat. In fact, in a city where unopposed candidates are the norm, three of Dannheisser’s colleagues on the council are thinking of running against him […]

School board offers $1.9 million for Tiger Point parcel

School board offers $1.9 million for Tiger Point parcel

Tiger Point Golf Club’s defunct west course will be the site of a middle or elementary school—or both—if the City of Gulf Breeze accepts Tim Wyrosdick’s $1.9 million offer for a 45-acre parcel. While only about half the amount forecast last fall by Matt Dannheisser, mayor of Gulf Breeze, which owns the club, the prospective […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lawyer questions Gulf Breeze legal fees

Lawyer questions Gulf Breeze legal fees

When an attorney starts worrying publicly about the looming legal fees of a case, you know it’s getting expensive. Renee Bookout, a City of Gulf Breeze council member and a lawyer, is pressing for better tracking of the expenses that are piling up in her municipality’s 20-year court fight to gain control of a 50-foot-wide […]

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

Medical marijuana in Gulf Breeze squeeze

The message from Gulf Breeze City Council to medical marijuana dispensaries: This town isn’t big enough for both of us. Despite the 70 percent statewide voter approval of the expanded sale of a non-euphoric form of the drug in November, the five-member Gulf Breeze panel is balking at allowing sales in this beachy community of […]

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

Tiger Point golf neighbors wary of development

The owners of homes near the defunct west course of Tiger Point Golf Club are expressing concern they may have new neighbors—either a public school or a sizable housing development. The former course, now vacant, is being studied as a possible school site while its owner—the City of Gulf Breeze—awaits prospective bids on the 47-acre […]

Tiger Point Golf could get new name

Tiger Point Golf could get new name

The new and improved image that’s being planned for money-losing Tiger Point Golf Club could include a name change. Owned by the City of Gulf Breeze, the club got new management April 1 and some city council members say shedding the old name might help too. Read the full article in the April 6 issue […]

County to tax Gulf Breeze on Tiger Point Golf

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 […]

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Gulf Breeze won’t buy troubled Club II

Renee Bookout says someone phoned her last week to suggest that the City of Gulf Breeze buy the financially strapped Club II tennis and swim facility. But she quickly rejected the idea. Although known for its investment forays into businesses that include a golf club, a water utility and municipal bonds, the town of 6,000 […]

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

City seeks second opinion on Tiger Point Golf

Although City of Gulf Breeze leaders are considering the excuses made recently by Tiger Point Golf Club’s managing tenant for the facility’s deteriorated fairways and greens, they have hired a landscape architect to scrutinize conditions there. The city, which owns the club, brought in Atlantic Beach-based Robert Walker, who specializes in golf course inspections and […]