lensJ.B. Schluter, co-owner of Innerlight Surf Shop, has filed to run for the Gulf Breeze City Council. The long-time GB resident and business owner has been active in the GB Sports Association, Chamber and City Park Board.

The other resident to qualify for the seat is Joe Henderson.

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GB Council Races Quiet

September 6, 2006

There are few takers for the Gulf Breeze City Council races. Mayor Lane Gilchrist and Mayor Pro Tem Clay Ford have filed for re-election. No one has failed against either incumbent.

Gilchrist is one of the longest serving, active public officials in Florida. He was first elected to the council in 1982. He was elected mayor in 1992.

Ford recently served a term as the president of the Florida League of Cities and has been on the council since 1990.

Both are fine men who serve for all the right reasons.

I am not seeking a fifth term. I was first elected in 1992. As of our print deadline, only Joe Henderson has filed to run for my seat.

Other potential candidates that have been mentioned are John Griffing, Bob Cleveland, Paul Snider and Deborah Roche. The filing deadline is Friday, September 8.

cashThe City of Gulf Breeze is expected to rollback its property tax rate to 1.6283 – down from 1.90 – 14.3% decrease. The City Council will vote in a special session tomorrow on the rate. There is a possibility the rate may be cut further.

Disclaimer: I serve on the GB City Council (salary $1/year). This will be my last term in office – as 12/1/06.