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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 […]

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

Sharp divides surface in Gulf Breeze mayor’s race

The long quiet political landscape in the City of Gulf Breeze is rumbling. For the first time since 2008, candidates for the mayor’s seat on the city council are putting out yard signs, knocking on doors and airing their differences in a political campaign of the sort many residents can’t recall witnessing before. Read the […]

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 […]

Taking it to the streets in Gulf Breeze

Taking it to the streets in Gulf Breeze

Get golf carts off the sidewalks and don’t let children behind the wheel. That’s the gist of a proposed City of Gulf Breeze ordinance aimed at answering complaints about the perils of golf cart traffic in residential neighborhoods. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Gulf Breeze says flood control grants drying up

Gulf Breeze says flood control grants drying up

The squeeze could be on soon for City of Gulf Breeze homeowners to pay special assessments for stormwater control now that officials there have acknowledged that the prospect of more government grants is unlikely. That’s a sea change in a city where a blue ribbon Stormwater Task Force got off to a fast start after […]

Gulf Breeze amenities get top priority

Gulf Breeze amenities get top priority

As state auditors prepare to examine the books at the City of Gulf Breeze, officials there are outlining spending plans to showcase the municipality: from a new police station to a children’s park splashpad. Although funding isn’t yet available for all the myriad projects detailed in a new city report, officials say the money can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Gulf Breeze Don Quixote tilts power structure

Jim Doyle is disproving the old adage that you can’t fight City Hall. He recently rallied several of his Gulf Breeze neighbors to defeat a plan devised by the City Council and its paid staff to levy a special assessment of $1,686 per home to pay for new stormwater drainage infrastructure near their houses. Doyle […]

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 […]

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 […]

Legal undertow engulfs shoreline neighborhood

Legal undertow engulfs shoreline neighborhood

Yard signs urging “Stop City of Gulf Breeze Land Grab” are popping up along quiet streets in this affluent community where such public proclamations are usually in support of police, the Blue Angels or Republican candidates. But now a shady 30-foot-wide path leading from near the dead end of Eufaula Street to a bluff overlooking […]