In 2022, citizens of Gulf Breeze approved by 61% the restating of the city’s charter which was first adopted in 1961. As a best practice, the City Council appointed a Charter Review Committee in December of 2019, which determined that the Charter’s general provisions required updating. In 2022, the City Council held a joint workshop with the Charter Review Committee. The City Council next adopted an ordinance providing for the charter restatement as recommended. The new charter was approved on a November 2022 referendum.
The changes do not reflect a change in the City’s Council-Manager form of government. Rather, the restated charter reaffirms the city’s founding principles of an efficient, transparent, local government providing high levels of service for its citizenry.