US 98 (Gulf Breeze Parkway) Repaving To Resume

The City has been notified by the FDOT contract administrator that paving of the final friction course on US 98 (Gulf Breeze Parkway) is scheduled to begin on March 29th. This contract is a “Night Work” project that only allows lane restrictions between 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, so paving will occur between these hours. We have received numerous complaints over the last several month about the status of the project because many people are under the mistaken impression that this is a City project. While City crews have made interim repairs, this project is being managed by FDOT and their consulting engineers, since US 98 is under FDOT’s jurisdictional control. We understand this frustration and have expressed our dissatisfaction to FDOT and their consulting engineer. It is our hope that this work will progress as quickly and efficiently as possible, weather permitting.

This contract has a current completion date of July 2015 since the contractor has been given credit for weather days. In terms of the delay, weather has played a significant role. The contract requires that the final friction course be installed when night time temperatures are above 50°. While this is no longer an issue, paving has been further delayed because of a “spring break” prohibition against paving in the FDOT contract.

The completion of this project is a major priority for City officials and our attention will remain focused on the on-going progress. We encourage you to visit the project’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/US98GBP or visit http://www.nwflroads.com for more information or to express your concerns. FDOT District 3 can also be reached by telephone at 850-330-1250.

Important Changes to Land Development Code

The City of Gulf Breeze held a workshop on March 11, 2015, to discuss proposed amendments to the Land Development Code. These changes include the creation of a new Mixed Used Zoning District (MXD-1) and the creation of Target Height Zone. Both concepts are necessary to implement the recently approved Comprehensive Plan. If you would like to view the PowerPoint presentation shown during the meeting, please use the following links:

PowerPoint format

Adobe/PDF format

Both formats contain the same presentation. Please note that each file is very large and, therefore, will take a moment to load to your device.

If you would like to view the entire Comprehensive Plan, please use this link.

Naval Live Oaks Prescribed Burn During Spring/Early Summer

The City has been notified by the National Park Service that they intend to perform 1 to 4 prescribed burns within the Naval Live Oaks area sometime during the spring or early summer. For more information, please use this link.

AARP Tax Return Assistance

The City has been notified by AARP that they will be offering assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older, with the electronic filing of federal income tax returns. AARP membership is not required to take advantage of their service. The service is completely free of charge. The program is jointly sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation. All of their counselors and client facilitators are volunteers who are trained in tax law and the use of the computer return preparation software that they use to prepare tax returns.

They have four sites in Santa Rosa County, to wit: Milton Library, Navarre Library, Avalon Fire Department, and Gulf Breeze Library. The Gulf Breeze Library is located at 1060 Shoreline Drive next to City Hall. Tax Aides will start preparing returns on February 1st and run through April 15th. A Tax Aide will be at the Library on the following days and times: Mondays (9:00AM-1:00PM), Tuesdays (9:00AM-1:00PM) and Fridays (9:00AM-1:00PM).

Their services are on a first come first serve basis. Please bring picture id, social security cards for everyone on the return, a copy of last year’s return, and all tax forms and information for this year. If you have numerous receipts, they ask that you prepare a schedule of your deductions. If you have questions, you may call or email, District Coordinator for the AARP Tax Aide Program, Stephen Takeuchi, at (850) 994-8103 or srtake@bellsouth.net.

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