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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST LEASEHOLDERS

03/20/2014 12:35 PM | Anonymous

Today, March 20th, the Florida Supreme court ruled against the leaseholders on Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, and ruled that both the land and improvements of the leased properties are subject to ad-valorem taxes.

For leaseholders, this means that all unpaid property taxes and interest will be payable.  Leaseholders are reminded to pay their 2013 real estate taxes by March 31st to avoid penalties.

PBA will work with Escambia County officials and the Santa Rosa Island Authority to resolve the issues that will now need to be addressed, including the elimination of lease fees, refunds of lease fees paid while we were “double taxed”, and the future of the SRIA.

If you want to read the rulings, go to www.floridasupremecourt.org and click on Case SC11-2231, the Pensacola Beach ( Ariola) case involving taxation of leased improvements, and Case SC11-1445, the Navarre Beach (Ricardo)case involving taxation of leased land.

Comments

  • 03/20/2014 3:19 PM | mike forster
    i'm a 25 year property owner on the beach and this is shameful. Let's all go to work on the double taxation issue as it is pretty hard to deny. i felt it would end up this way all along.
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    • 03/24/2014 6:48 PM | Kim Crittenden
      Fair and equitable? Escambia County residents of Perdido Key have title. They do not pay a bridge toll to come home. They are not charged a lease fee. They are not governed by a secondary government board composed of appointed leaders from other districts of the county. They do not pay extra sales tax when they go to dinner in their neighborhoods. As far as I know, they aren't charged fees for not building on the lot. How is this fair and equitable?
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      • 03/28/2014 2:12 PM | Jake from state farm
        move
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