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First DCA sides with Escambia on Beach Tax issue
July 19, 2011
The News Service of Florida
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Tallahassee, FL - Residents of Pensacola Beach must pay property taxes like everyone else, the 1st District Court of Appeal affirmed Monday in a case that addresses an issue that has persisted on Santa Rosa Island since shortly after World War II.

In an opinion affirming a lower court ruling and setting the stage for possible Florida Supreme Court review, the First DCA ruled that Escambia County can collect property taxes from residents even though the residents don’t own the land on which their residences sit. All of the homes on the island are built on land that is leased by Escambia County to the homeowners.

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“We’re satisfied with the outcome,” said Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones of Monday’s ruling. “It vindicates what we have been saying for some time.”

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