Wednesday, an appeals court urged the Florida Supreme Court to resolve a dispute about whether a city-owned golf course in the Panhandle should be subject to property taxes.

Gulf Breeze Golf Course Tax Case Goes To Supreme Court

Wednesday, an appeals court urged the Florida Supreme Court to resolve a dispute about whether a city-owned golf course in the Panhandle should be subject to property taxes.

GULF BREEZE, Fla. – The city of Gulf Breeze has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about whether a city-owned golf course should be subject to property taxes.

Attorneys for the city filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to take up the dispute with Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown, according to a copy of the notice posted Monday on the Supreme Court website.

A divided panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in March sided with Brown and said the course should not have received a tax exemption because of a contract between the city and a private management company.

The ruling, which stemmed from taxes in 2016 and 2017, said the contract with IGC-Tiger Point Golf Club, LLC entitled the company to retain any profits, along with bearing the risks of financial losses.

The panel in May rejected a request from the city for a hearing before the full Tallahassee-based appeals court.

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But the panel called for the Supreme Court to take up the case, a move known as certifying a question of “great public importance” to the Supreme Court. As is common, the notice does not detail arguments the city will make at the Supreme Court.

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