|Fee Simple Gets Another Look - Beach Advocates Update - |
On Monday, April 17, 2017, Pensacola Beach Advocates participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz. PBA President Benjamin Stevenson and Jim Cox represented the PBA. We discussed the (1) Fee Simple proposal for Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach leaseholders and the proposed (2) Navarre Pass.
These two issues had become linked together, and there were various drafts of the Fee Simple legislation that either supported or opposed the Navarre Pass. Matt Gaetz now supports separating the two issues. The current draft of the Fee Simple legislation does not mention the Navarre Pass. This is good news for Pensacola Beach leaseholders.
The current draft legislation has been endorsed by the Escambia County Commissioners, and will soon be presented to the Santa Rosa County Commissioners for their endorsement. Once both counties formally support the legislation, Matt Gaetz and Senator Marco Rubio will present the legislation it to the U. S. House and Senate. Matt Gaetz is optimistic that the legislation can get passed by both houses sometime in 2017.
The current draft Fee Simple legislation addresses two important issues:
1. It would grant each leaseholder the right (but not a requirement) to get Fee Simple title to their property. Escambia County can charge an administrative fee, but any “sales price” above that would have to be remitted to the Federal Government. (So leaseholders are not expected to have to pay market value for their land.)
2. The legislation requires Escambia County to “preserve in perpetuity the areas of land that . . . . are dedicated for conservation, preservation, public recreation access, and public parking.” This provides great protection for Pensacola Beach public land and a buffer against future over development of our great Beach.
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