No homestead? No insurance

Starting in 2008, Citizens Property Insurance says 'no' to homes without homestead exemption

The cost of living in the direct path of potential hurricanes may increase dramatically in coming years. According to a new state law, by 2008 Citizens Property Insurance (Citizens) may not cover homes valued over $1 million or second homes that do not receive homestead exemption. Citizens is the state mandated insurance provider of last resort upon which many waterfront […]

Plan in works for city arts center

The Santa Rosa County School District (SRCSD) announced a recent meeting of district and Gulf Breeze city officials to determine the validity of a performing arts center in the city. “Our extra curricular programs are growing and we’re running out of room,” said Superintendent John Rogers. Rogers said the City of Gulf Breeze would be responsible for raising the funds […]

City proposes tax rate rollback

Gulf Breeze City officials began hammering out the first draft of the balanced budget for 2007. According to the draft, the budget saw a 5.95 percent increase from last year, bringing the General Fund Budget to $4,904,600, including an 18.43 percent increase of revenue, or $1,211,056, generated by ad valorem taxes. “That’s going to be your headline. Property taxes in […]

GB’s Abby Spencer lands lead on series

Homegrown Abigail Spencer, 1999 Gulf Breeze High School graduate, has recently added a television series to her quickly growing on-screen repertoire. Although the Original Lifetime Channel series “Angela’s Eyes,” staring Spencer, is still taking its first steps, the 13-week series is already receiving national acclaim. As Spencer celebrates her 25th birthday on Aug. 4 and her popularity continues to grow, […]

$250k pledged for GBHS fields

Efforts moved forward late last week to fund renovation of the Gulf Breeze High School (GBHS) Field House and practice fields. During a meeting with District 5 School Board member Ed Gray, GBHS Principal Sylvan Ladner and Santa Rosa County Schools Superintendent John Rogers, $250,000 was pledged to rehabilitate the practice fields, with more money expected down the road to […]

County to improve Oriole Beach boat ramp

Santa Rosa County plans to pay $225,000 for an empty lot to create additional parking at the Oriole Beach boat ramp and also address other maintenance issues. Area boaters typically prefer other boat ramps in southern Santa Rosa County like Shoreline South in Gulf Breeze because of a drop off at the end of the Oriole Beach ramp that may […]

GB alumni take the lead in ‘Rain’

What would Singin’ in the Rain be without real rain falling during the famous Gene Kelly dance scene? Audiences attending Pensacola Junior College’s (PJC) summer theatre production won’t need to worry about that, since there is real rain falling on stage during all six performances. If that wasn’t enough of a feat to accomplish, PJC Theatre Dept. Tech Director Robert […]

The impact of IMPACT 100 on local business

IMPACT 100 a very important non-profit organization in the Pensacola Bay Area. IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s mission is to know and to serve the community; to collectively fund significant grants to charitable initiatives and to set an example of effective philanthropy. IMPACT is a women’s philanthropic organization whose members donate a membership fee of $1,000 per year. The membership […]


Surgical Specialist Joins Baptist Bariatric Center

Glenn Burleson, M.D., a specialist in weight loss surgery, is joining the B a p t i s t B a r i a t r i c Center of Excellence at Baptist Hospital. With nearly 20 years experience in bariatric surgery, Dr. Burleson is skilled at performing the roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the vertical banded gastroplasty procedures, both of […]


In a July 13 cutline in the Gulf Breeze News, Nevin Shaffer was listed as the Scoutmaster for Troop 417. Shaffer is the Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Engel is the Scoutmaster.The News apologizes for the error.