Gulf Breeze, Florida

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Gulf Breeze is a city located on the Fairpoint Peninsula in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States and is a suburb of Pensacola which lies to the north, across Pensacola Bay. The population was 5,665 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,455.[1]

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Geography

Gulf Breeze is located at 30°21′36″N 87°10′41″W / 30.36°N 87.17806°W / 30.36; -87.17806 (30.359933, -87.178190).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61.0 km²).4.8 square miles (12.3 km²) of it is land and 18.8 square miles (48.7 km²) of it (79.79%) is water.

The City of Gulf Breeze is now often referred to as "Proper," an abbreviation of "Gulf Breeze Proper." This differentiates it from other communities further east which are assigned Gulf Breeze addresses by the U.S. Postal Service but lie outside of the city limits.

Growth of the city itself is geographically restricted, surrounded by major water bodies on three sides. Additionally, the eastern portion of Gulf Breeze is occupied by the Naval Live Oaks Reservation. As a result, new growth occurs outside of the city limits along U.S. Highway 98.

Hurricanes

From 1995 to 2005, Gulf Breeze has received several direct hits and severe blows from numerous hurricanes. In 1995, Hurricane Erin and Opal made landfall just south of the city. While Erin caused mild damage to the area, Hurricane Opal devastated much of the neighboring Pensacola Beach and Navarre communities. Nine years later, in 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall west of the Gulf Breeze but caused widespread damage in the city, destroying many homes and businesses. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis passed just east of the city. Damage from this storm was more severe than that received in communities lying further west.

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