Santa rosa school board approves buying land for gulf breeze school west la city college culver city

A small group of gulf breeze-area residents could not sway the santa rosa county school district board from backing the superintendent’s plan to buy 45 acres on the west side of the tiger point golf course for the future site of a school.

The school board voted 5-0 thursday to approve the $1.9 million offer superintendent tim wyrosdick made to the city of gulf breeze, which owns the property. The school board’s vote came less than 24 hours after the gulf breeze city council voted 4-1 at its wednesday evening meeting to proceed with selling the land to the school district.

Wyrosdick has said the district is looking at the land as a site for an elementary school, a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade or a middle school.

"This means it really gives future boards flexibility in school planning," he after the school board meeting. "I can’t extend my appreciation enough to the (gulf breeze) city council for its support of santa rosa county schools."

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About a half a dozen residents from the santa rosa shores subdivision appeared at thursday’s school board meeting to voice opposition to the land sale. The subdivision borders part of the golf course.

The santa rosa shores homeowners association has been embroiled in an ongoing dispute with the city over promises residents say officials made when the city purchased the golf course. Residents have expressed concerns over stormwater and flooding concerns, decreased property values and fumes from the planned water treatment plan expansion.

"This quick sale the city is trying to complete is another insult to the good faith our residents have shown the city of gulf breeze," said santa rosa shores HOA secretary jason howard in an email.

The city bought tiger point for $2.7 million in december 2012.Gulf breeze the sale included two golf courses and a large parcel that the south santa rosa utility system uses as a spray field for effluent, or sewage water. Golf at the tiger point golf club is played on the east course, and the west course is currently closed.

Howard told the school board at thursday’s meeting that he doesn’t want the school district to get caught up in a fight where it doesn’t belong.

Also, at the request of state sen. Doug broxson, the florida auditor general is planning an audit of the city of gulf breeze over its operation of the golf club and the utility rates charged by the south santa rosa utility system. Howard said the school district should let the audit play out before it commits to buying property.

"We want to try to work things out with the city," howard said after thursday’s meeting. "It feels like it could partially get the city of gulf breeze off the hook because now they don’t have to worry about re-opening the golf course."

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Santa rosa shores residents also expressed concerns about additional traffic headaches created by building the school in its proposed location, with the primary access route being college parkway off U.S. 98.

Santa rosa shores HOA president rod miller said it’s unrealistic to think the district could rely on using country club road at the intersection with U.S. 98 because the road is too narrow to accommodate bus traffic.

"College parkway can’t handle it now," miller said. "Traffic is backed up trying to get access to 98. There are no other possible solutions. You need more property for access."

At wednesday’s city council meeting, mayor matt dannheisser was the only vote against selling the land to the school district. The mayor said he wanted an appraisal of the land before setting a price.Santa rosa

Despite that, four council members supported the deal, and the city council will take a second and final vote at its regular council meeting monday.