Gulf Breeze, Florida

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
Entrance sign and median in Gulf Breeze, FL heading East on Hwy 98, July 2013
Entrance sign and median in Gulf Breeze, FL heading East on Hwy 98, July 2013
Official seal of Gulf Breeze, Florida
Seal
Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°21′25.7184″N 87°9′49.8846″W / 30.357144000°N 87.163856833°W / 30.357144000; -87.163856833Coordinates: 30°21′25.7184″N 87°9′49.8846″W / 30.357144000°N 87.163856833°W / 30.357144000; -87.163856833
Country United States
State Florida
County Santa Rosa
Settled1875
Founded (as Gulf Breeze)1935
Incorporated (city)August 10, 1961
Founded byThe Duncan Family
Government
 • MayorCherry Fitch
 • City ManagerSamantha Abell
Area
 • City23.56 sq mi (61.02 km2)
 • Land4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Water18.88 sq mi (48.90 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City5,763
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
6,716
 • Density1,434.74/sq mi (553.99/km2)
 • Metro
461,227 (Pensacola metropolitan area)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)850
FIPS code12-28000[3]
GNIS feature ID0283485[4]
Websitehttp://www.cityofgulfbreeze.com

Gulf Breeze is a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida. It is a suburb of Pensacola, and is in the Pensacola metropolitan area The population in 2010 was 5,763. Gulf Breeze is located just north of Pensacola Beach, and south of Pensacola. Gulf Breeze is on the Fairpoint Peninsula, and is bordered by Navarre to the east. It is an affluent bedroom community, and has the highest household income in metropolitan Pensacola.

Geography and climate[edit]

Gulf Breeze is located at 30°21′36″N 87°10′41″W / 30.36000°N 87.17806°W / 30.36000; -87.17806 (30.359933, -87.178190).[5]

The city has a total area of 23.56 square miles (61.0 km2), of which 4.68 square miles (12.1 km2) is land and 18.88 square miles (48.9 km2) is water.[1]

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

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Points of interest[edit]

In 1828 the U.S. government purchased the land encompassing the Naval Live Oaks Reservation for experimenting with acorns for the cultivation of live oaks to produce wooden ships. Before the Civil War, the wood of the live oak was the primary material of choice for shipbuilders, thus the protection and cultivation of the trees for the United States Navy was considered vital for defense in those turbulent times.

Currently, the land comprises over 1,300 acres (530 ha) in Gulf Islands National Seashore and is supervised by the National Park Service. To the south of Highway 98 is a visitor's center for the Gulf Islands National Seashore and several public beach areas.

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers recreation opportunities and preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Florida and Mississippi. The protected regions include mainland areas and parts of seven islands.

The seashore’s Florida district features offshore barrier islands with sparkling white quartz sand beaches (along miles of undeveloped land), historic fortifications, and nature trails.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre (20 ha) site that includes hundreds of animals, a boardwalk overlooking a free range preserve, CP Huntington style train, as well as other amenities. The zoo features various events throughout the year including Boo at the Zoo and Zoo Lights.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19704,190
19805,47830.7%
19905,5300.9%
20005,6652.4%
20105,7631.7%
Est. 20186,716[2]16.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the 2010 Census, there were 5,763 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska native, 1.4% Asian, 0.5% some other race, 1.3% two or more races, and 2.6% Hispanic or Latino, of any race.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,665 people, 2,377 households, and 1,678 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,192.0 people per square mile (460.5/km²). There were 2,553 housing units at an average density of 537.2 per square mile (207.5/km²).

There were 2,377 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,522, and the median income for a family was $61,661. Males had a median income of $44,408 versus $28,159 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,688. About 3.8% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.

Public transportation[edit]

Gulf Breeze is served by route 61 of Escambia County Area Transit.[8][9]

Schools[edit]

Gulf Breeze (lower center) is north of Pensacola Beach, Florida, south of Pensacola, and surrounded by Pensacola Bay.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Gulf Breeze Zoo". Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.goecat.com/routes/_doc/ride-guide.pdf
  9. ^ "Route Map". www.goecat.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Abigail Spencer Biography". www.buddytv.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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