The purpose of Pensacola Beach Advocates, Inc. (PBA) is to educate and inform leaseholders, public officials and other interested parties about matters affecting the controlled development of our community and to protect the public lands of Pensacola Beach for the benefit of its leaseholders and for all the citizens of Escambia County and beyond.
PBA acts as a voice for the stakeholders on the Island. Members are kept updated on current issues facing the Beach through the PBA web site, viewpoints presented in the local media, occasional meetings and an e-mail network. While representing the majority view of its members (as determined by periodic polls and meetings), the PBA recognizes that some issues are complex and there are
many valid points of view that need to be respected.
Why Be a Member of PBA?
- Stay updated on important issue facing Pensacola Beach
- Get involved and have your voice heard
- Membership is open to all residents, leaseholders and those with business interests on the beach and costs only $30 per year.
Important Issues on Pensacola Beach
- Taxation of leasehold improvements and land
- Hurricane evacuation and re-entry
- SRIA vs. County Administration
- Controlled development of a Barrier Island
- Protection of the Island environment
- Preserving our sense of community
Stay Connected with PBA
You can get involved by:
Membership Renewal Online
2014 Membership dues are payable now. Your 2013 membership dues expire on 12/31/2013. Anyone who has paid dues since Sept 1st is current for 2014.
New members can join online on this website - you can pay online or a mail a check after creating your profile. Join Now.
How To Renew
If you receive periodic emails from PBA, then you are in our database. Your user id is your email address. To renew or update your membership at this website you have to login and view your profile.
To pay by check, send a check payable to Pensacola Beach Advocates for $30 to PO Box 1262 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562. New members should include a phone number and email with their checks.
- Enter your email address in the teal box at the top right of the screen. If you do not know your password, click the Forgot Password link. Enter your email address and the code displayed in the form. You will get a Password reset email. Follow the instructions to reset.
- Once you have logged in successfully click View Profile link in upper right corner of the screen to update your member/contact information.
- There is a button in the lower right part of the screen to renew your membership. We accept payments via Paypal. You can use your credit to pay your membership even if you do not have a Paypal account.
"Party Down South" on Santa Rosa Island is Not Coming to Pensacola Beach
Update:As of Friday Feb 28th the reality show "Party Down South" is not coming to stay or film on Pensacola Beach.
The Board of Directors of PBA wants to make our members and the beach community aware of a trashy reality show that is looking at Pensacola Beach for filming this Spring. The show is called "Party Down South" and is also know as "The Dirty South".
We have talked with people from Murrell's Inlet SC where the show was filmed last summer and they said it was "a living nightmare". They have refused to have the show back again.
It’s a trashy sordid show and it won’t reflect on the upscale family oriented image the Greater Pensacola area has been working hard to build over the last twenty years.
Please read our blog article with lots of links to news articles about the show and their impact on the SC community. Help us get the word out to the leaders and businesses in the Escambia and Santa Rosa community and tell them we don't want to be portrayed as "The Dirty South".
Read more on our blog
Important Tax Litigation Information
All Pensacola Beach leaseholders who are a party to residential ad-valorem tax litigation should have received a letter dated January 30, 2014 from the law firm Shell, Fleming, Davis and Menge regarding 2013 property taxes and the ongoing beach taxation lawsuit. In short, our attorney failed to file the 2013 lawsuit in time. Their report details actions that leaseholders must take to preserve their rights in the prior suits from 2004-2012. Please read the letter and plan to take action ASAP to preserve your rights in the suits filed from 2004-2012. Specifically you must pay your 2013 taxes before March 31, 2014.Another letter was sent on February 14, 2014 to all members of the lawsuit regarding "Waiver of Conflict of Interest for Continual Representation". If you think you are a party to the lawsuits (2004 - 2012) and did not receive either or both of these letters, please contact the law office at 434-2411 Ext 129.
View the Jan 30th Letter
View the Feb 14th Letter
Look up your current and past tax bills on Escambia County Tax Collector websiteVisit the Beach Taxation Litigation Website (not updated with this info yet)
Show Your Support
We have been receiving many emails from leaseholders on Pensacola Beach who have many questions about fee simple title and the latest twist in the tax lawsuit.
Please read previous newsletters and blog postings on the background of lease fees, taxation, tax lawsuits, fee simple title.
View History of Tax related postings from PBA Blog
The Pensacola Beach Advocates organization has been involved in these important issues for years. These issues are complex and there are no simple solutions. We share your concerns and we do our best to keep our members (and non-members) updated on these important issues.
If you are concerned and want to support us please join (or renew your membership) PBA and make your annual donation of $30.
Join or Renew
Save the Date - Earth Day Celebration 14
PBA is hosting our fourth Earth Day celebration on Saturday May 3, 2014 at Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach. The event includes a community yard sale, ECUA recycling, free shredding, household goods donation to Goodwill, kid activities, and Sea Turtle Homecoming celebration. For more information.
Fee-Simple Legislation Introduced to Congress
Update: On February 7th, the Pensacola News Journal reported that the US House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would allow residents of Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island to secure titles to their leasehold land and pay property taxes on it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, now heads to the Senate.
PBA worked with the staff of Escambia County and Santa Rosa County on the language of the draft legislation, and we are please to see it finally move forward.
Read the full article on our Blog