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  • 01/19/2022 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    Newsletter: January 18, 2022

    Legislative Update

    Last week, Senate Regulated Industries advanced SB 512 with little discussion and an unanimous vote. The bill nows heads to the Community Affairs Committee in the Senate. After that committee, the bill will have one more committee stop in the Rules Committee before it proceeds to the Senate floor.

    Meanwhile, HB 325 has not yet been heard in the Florida House. However, its first committee, the House Regulatory Reform Subcommitteemeets this Thursday at 1:00 PM. As always, we will alert you as soon as either bill is scheduled for a hearing.

    Thanks for your continued support.

    In Case You Missed It  

    Fake vacation rental scams found on Marco Island, ABC 7

    In the past week, officers have received two reports of people showing up on Marco island after booking vacation rentals online, only to find out that the property was occupied by an actual renter or an owner of the property. Upon investigation, police found two other fraudulent ads for Marco Island rental properties on Craigslist.

    St. Augustine residents angry over speeding and short-term rentals, First Coast News

    St. Augustine residents have voiced their concerns over a busy road, Riberia Street, where 19 short-term rentals exist across the one-mile span. Unruly renters already threaten the neighborhood peace, but speeding and a lack of sidewalk space have added to the residents' concerns. Some residents say that speeding and an abundance of short-term rentals are correlated. 

    Fort Myers re-affirms decision to increase short-term rental registration fees, Fort Myers Beach Talk 

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council reaffirmed its decision to enact higher short-term rental fees and to increase the town's municipal parking lot meters on Monday. While the extra revenue has not been designated to a certain sector yet, some council members argue that the profits should go towards affordable housing in the region, among other things. The new short-term rental registration and renewal fee is set at $300. 

    Conflict over short-term rentals ensues at Coral Springs City Hall, Coral Springs Talk

    Multiple residents spoke out against the city’s current vacation rentals regulations during the Coral Springs City Commission meeting last week. Residents argue that the city is not doing enough to regulate short-term rental homes as more unruly renters threaten the city's peace. Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons said the city commission has worked tirelessly for three years to call and lobby state politicians to gain more control over vacation rentals.

    City of Sarasota vacation rental program open, Sarasota Magazine

    The City of Sarasota adopted an ordinance last May requiring vacation rental registration in the residential neighborhoods within the Coastal Island Overlay District. Registration began Jan. 3, 2022, and a certificate of registration must be obtained by June 1. The ordinance establishes an occupancy limit and requires 24-hour contact information for the rental, among other requirements, such as a written reminder about sound and parking.

    Vacation rental debate teed up for new session, CBS Miami

    On Tuesday, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee is scheduled to take up a bill (SB 512), filed by Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, that is the latest version in a long-running battle between cities and counties as to who should have to regulate vacation rentals. Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, has filed an identical bill in the House. The bills would allow local governments to require the registration of vacation rental properties.

    Key West considers doubling transient licensing fees, Keys Weekly

    Key West Commissioners are moving to approve a new law that makes sidewalk cafes official and sets the fees for restaurants wishing to place tables and chairs on city sidewalks in front of their establishments. The Commission also considered its first-ever cost increase to the city’s transient rental medallion program that requires short-term rental properties to buy an annual medallion that authorizes rentals of fewer than 28 days. The cost has remained unchanged since 2006. 

  • 01/08/2022 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Click the link below to view the 2022 meeting information for the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA).

  • 11/20/2021 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Sign in for our clean ups 8:45 am then we clean up the waterways and watershed from 9-10 am. Rain cancels our events. You can also check our events on our Facebook page and website for updates!

    November 20th - 2 sites

    1)  Graffiti Bridge - N 17th Ave, Pensacola 32502

    2)  Bartram Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola 32562

    November 27th - 2 sites

    1) Bruce Beach - 601 Main Street, Pensacola FL 32502

    2) Park West - Pensacola Beach

    December 4th - 2 sites

    1) Bob Sikes Bridge, South end, please park by the Grand Marlin.

    2) Naval Live Oaks, 1800 Gulf Breeze Parkway, 32561. We will be meeting by the visitor information center, please let the site captain know if you are willing to drive to another area of the park.

    December 11 - 2 sites

    1) Bay Bluffs Park, 3400 Scenic Highway, Pensacola FL. At the stoplight @ Summit and Scenic Hwy.

    2) Chimney Park, Langley and Scenic Highway, Pensacola FL

    All portions of Scenic need to be cleaned.

    If you would like to pick another spot please do and bring your trash to one of our sites to be disposed of.

    December 18th - 2 sites last cleanups of 2021!

    1)  Graffiti Bridge - N 17th Ave, Pensacola 32502

    2) Bayfront Parkway Cleanup, meet at Veterans Memorial Park, 200 S 10th Avenue Pensacola Fl 32503

    You awesome volunteers have cleaned up 34,594 pounds of trash from our beaches, waterways and watershed so far this year. THANK YOU!

    We hope to see you at a cleanup! We will have our regular supplies on hand gloves, grabbers, buckets and bags. Bring sunscreen and bug spray if needed, and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes recommended. Kayaks for water cleanups are always welcome! Please wear your Ocean Hour shirt!


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  • 10/31/2021 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for the Holiday Lights Contest Awards & Caroling Party on Saturday, December 11th at 3:00 PM on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk! 

    Everyone is invited!! Visit with Santa! Free candy canes for kids!

  • 10/26/2021 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Get Your Hands Dirty! Join us to ID and remove invasive plants.

    When & Where: Saturday, October 30, 2021 (8am-noon)

    Gulf Island National Seashore Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve and Pensacola Beach

    You Will Need To Bring:

    • Long pants
    • Loppers
    • Closed-toed shoes
    • Clippers
    • Hat
    • Small Shovels
    • Sun Protection
    • Water Bottle
    • Gloves

    Information & Registration:

    Volunteers will locate beach vitex that has been pre-tagged and remove following instructions provided at at sign-in.

    Pre-registration Contact: Email Rick O'Connor at


  • 09/08/2021 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    September 1, 2021

    Dear PBA Members,

    Finally the sun is shining,  but those cloudy skies and pouring down rain did not stop the curious onlookers during Ida.   The crossover near me has been packed.    We are  truly blessed to have been spared Ida.  This just reinforces how important it is to have an evacuation plan and to be prepared.  Please pray for all of those who are affected by the storm.   Speaking of being prepared,  please Save the Date for our Annual meeting…October 20th  - 6 pm…The Beach Church.    Pizza and adult refreshments like last year and all of that “fun” meeting stuff.  More details to come on that. Please also save Sunday - December 12th for our Holiday Party and  Lights Judging Contest.  Now for some beach updates

    First, an update on the  meeting your PBA board had with Ms. Leigh Davis and SRIA legal counsel, Ms. Mary Jane Bass a couple of weeks ago.  Our intention was to follow up on data submitted on our ideas to combat short term rental issues and protocol for 5g placement on the island.   A gracious Ms. Davis allowed us to discuss “everything but the kitchen sink.”  We were  able to discuss  lease language, and how  it governs and legally applies to short term rentals, a proposed draft ordinance by Commissioner Bender to regulate short term rentals and manage them as businesses along with the fees, fines and enforcement provisions, and how to beef up enforcement at the SRIA for STR violations.  Bill Wray, who has done extensive research on the topic, is hopeful  that the ordinance will be able to pass at the county level.   It, along with Ms.  Davis‘s leadership at the SRIA  should solve many issues.  We  should all be prepared to testify when it is introduced and debated.   Check out our website to see a draft of the ordinance. 

    I believe Ms. Davis has quickly learned what is important to the beach.  I also know she understands that we don’t necessarily believe our lease fees or tax dollars get spent to the best of their ability and that EVERYONE in the county  is responsible for paying for beach renourishment.   We also discussed how EVERYONE who comes to the beach could:  pay a little something more to either cross the bridge, pay to park,  and follow the rules if we could enforce them. 

    When it came to discussing 5g we all agreed that the SRIA board should have been more involved in the initial rollout.  If not, then why do we have an environmental impact review committee? We pointed out that cities and counties all  across Florida are requiring more information before they approve  the placement of these poles.  The municipalities are also winning on every front.  Just like The SRIA used case law to settle the consideration vs. impact fee, they could also use case law to appeal to the FCC to move some of these  poorly placed 5g poles.  Heck, they could appeal to the FCC and ask to remove all of  them because of their environmental impact on a barrier island.  One of the biggest victories for those fighting 5g has been that the FCC just agreed that the emission standards from 1996 are inadequate to deal with 5g emission levels.   They stated that new levels of what is safe need to be defined.  (See ruling on our website). This is just one of the many discussions and debates shaping the conversation about 5g.    ALL of the discussion is favorable for local municipalities, but the question is does SRIA have the will to stand up and fight for the residents?  Clearly they could if they wanted to.

    Upon  discussion of what SRIA can and cannot do, according to a matrix written sometime ago and based on the powers  given them in state statute,  it became obvious that although SRIA has the ability to do things they may not because of the friction it may cause at the county level.  It also became clear that while some actions by leaseholders may  be illegal they do not want to enter into lawsuits because it is costly and timely.  This tone was implied  during  discussions on both STR and with 5g.  While I understand agencies not wanting to be litigious or at odds with the commission,  at what point are they supposed to place the interest of the residents first?  This has been a very frustrating area for me personally because the answer to the question is ALWAYS.

    At the end of the day we felt  the meeting was productive.  We discussed the many public works projects involving crossovers and how the mobi mats are not aiding in the growth of the dunes like the crossovers do.  We discussed the crosswalks, the boat ramp by the access road, the cut throughs,  and the dog parks and lack of enforcement thereof.    In many ways our county is broken and we as residents need to say enough is enough!   We cannot continue to let the county impose more and more on us without getting angry and speaking our minds.   It has been a tough two years on everyone. The businesses cannot find employees,  our liberties have  been checked,  and more and more often government ignores the will of its people.  

    We must take the time, yes,  make the time, to participate in local government. Our future and quality of life depend upon it.    I hope you will join us in October at our annual meeting  and in the meantime, challenge both the county and the SRIA to do what they are supposed to do


    Rhonda Dorfman

    PBA President

  • 09/02/2021 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    We are keeping our sign In for our clean ups at 7:45 am then we clean up the waterways and watershed from 8-9 am until the weather cools. Rain cancels our events. You can also check our events on our Facebook page and website for updates!

    September 4 (2 sites)

    1) Bob Sikes Bridge, South end, please park by the Grand Marlin.

    2) Naval Live Oaks, 1800 Gulf Breeze Parkway, 32561. We will be meeting by the visitor information center, please let the site captain know if you are willing to drive to another area of the park.

    September 11 (2 sites)

    1) Bay Bluffs Park, 3400 Scenic Highway, Pensacola FL. At the stoplight @ Summit and Scenic Hwy.

    2) Chimney Park, Langley and Scenic Highway, Pensacola FL

    All portions of Scenic need to be cleaned.

    If you would like to pick another spot please do and bring your trash to one of our sites to be disposed of.

    September 18 (3 sites) - INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP

    1)  Graffiti Bridge - N 17th Ave, Pensacola 32502

    2)  Quietwater Beach -  400 Quietwater Beach Road, PNS Beach 32561, meet by the Seashell

    3) Park West right before the entrance to Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach 32561. Please meet in the north parking lot. 

    September 25 (1 site) - Special pier and beach cleanup with NPS, 3rd Coast Divers, Perdido Key Rotary.

    More details to come.

    We hope to see you at a cleanup! If you have your own gloves, bucket or grabber, we encourage you to bring your own due to the pandemic. We will have our regular supplies on hand if you don't have these items (Gloves, grabbers, buckets, bags). Bring sunscreen and bug spray if needed, and lots of water. Closed toe shoes recommended. Kayaks for water cleanups are always welcome! Please wear your Ocean Hour shirt!

  • 09/02/2021 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    From PBA Member Rick Gordon:

    There are many ways, some small, some larger, to control parking on the beach.  

    1. Raise the bridge toll to $3-$5 to encourage car pooling and gain revenue for beach infrastructure.

    2. Raise the resident's annual pass back to the $50 it used to be.  Use the funds for beach infrastructure.

    3. Consider use of the GB school parking lots during the summer (non-school) season and supplement it with low cost or no cost jitney service to Casino Beach.

    4. Regarding parking meters .... as you know we frequent Bar Harbor (Maine).  The town, about the size of Gulf Breeze proper, implemented parking meters in 2020.  They are required from May 1 to October 31 - their prime season time.  I understand that they have collected more funds than anticipated - for town infrastructure use.

    Parking Information | Bar Harbor, ME - Official Website (

    Bar Harbor also has residential stickers - although for a different purpose than our hurricane passes!  I could see parking meters used in the large public lots on the beach at Casino Beach and Park West - BUT that could cause some crazy parking situations in ALL other locations - so, to me, items 1-3 are much better solutions.

  • 08/30/2021 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    Visit Pensacola Beach - Manatees on the Move!

    By Jessica Bibza

    Did you know manatees are being sighted with increasing frequency in Northwest Florida? More and more coastal residents and visitors are delighted as they see manatees when they are swimming, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, or spending time overlooking the water from their docks and balconies.

    Manatees were historically found primarily in peninsular Florida (Crystal River and further south), only occasionally ranging up along the northern Gulf or Atlantic Coasts. But in the Gulf of Mexico region, more and more manatees are wintering at Wakulla Springs in the eastern panhandle and then roaming further west during the summer.

    In fact, manatees have become such regular summer and fall visitors in Mobile Bay, AL that the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) started a Manatee Sighting Network (MSN) in 2009....

    To continue reading this article, click the link below:

  • 07/26/2021 8:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Escambia County Building Services Department is offering a virtual two-day course on floodplain management on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

    Fundamentals of Floodplain Management will discuss elevation certificates, freeboard and hydrostatic vents. This introductory course will also focus on additional elements of floodplain management and details what Certified Floodplain Managers do in their day-to-day roles.

    The cost is $100 for Florida Floodplain Managers Association members and $300 for non-FFMA members. Register for the course online at For more information, contact Sally Cook at

    Click HERE to view flyer.

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