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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
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Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Santa Rosa
Settled 1875
Founded (as Gulf Breeze) 1935 Originally named Casablanca as only house visible from mainland Pensacola was white.
Incorporated (city) August 10, 1961
Founded by The Duncan Family
Government
 • Type council-manager
Area
 • City 22.14 sq mi (57.34 km2)
 • Land 4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Water 17.46 sq mi (45.22 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 7,437
 • Density 1,346.29/sq mi (519.84/km2)
 • Metro
461,227 (Pensacola metropolitan area)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-28000
GNIS feature ID 0283485
Website http://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 estimate was 6,900 in 2020. 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.

Gulf Breeze provides utility services to South Santa Rosa County and Pensacola Beach over 33 square miles. The surrounding unincorporated area is known as Greater Gulf Breeze.

Geography and climate

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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12.3 km²) is land and 18.8 square miles (49 km2) (79.79%) is water.

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

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, Live Oak wood was the primary material of choice for shipbuilders, thus the protection and cultivation of the trees for the US Navy was considered vital for defense in those turbulent times.

Currently, the land comprises over 1300 acres (5.3 km²) 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 7 islands.

The Florida District of the seashore 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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 4,190
1980 5,478 30.7%
1990 5,530 0.9%
2000 5,665 2.4%
2010 5,763 1.7%
2020 6,302 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 Census, there were 5,763 people living 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 of 2000, there were 5,665 people, 2,377 households, and 1,678 families living 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

Gulf Breeze is served by route 61 of Escambia County Area Transit.

Notable people

  • Bob Armstrong, professional wrestler (longtime resident)
  • Doug Baldwin, American football player
  • Ashley Brown (born 1982), singer and actress
  • Ben Lively (born 1992), baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Jason McKie (born 1980), American football player
  • Frank Spellman (1922–2017), Olympic champion weightlifter
  • Abigail Spencer (born 1981), actress; born and raised in Gulf Breeze
  • Adrian Street (born 1940), professional wrestler (longtime resident)

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See also

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