Questions Sent to Grover Robinson

How could Escambia initially pledge Navarre Beach bed tax revenue for Escambia bonds? I thought you said it was as if Escambia deeded Navarre to Santa Rosa in 1956?

What is your position on the status of sub leases? If the master lease holder refuses to accept fee simple title can the sub lease holders demand it nevertheless?

If the master lease holder wants fee simple title, will that nullify his lease with the sub lease holder?

How can federal legislation interfere with the contractual relationship between the lessor and the sub leasing party? Isn’t that prohibited by the U.S. Constitution?

Do you agree that there will be many lawsuits filed because of this legislation?

Do you agree that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of leases that are different from one another? If so how will this legislation affect each lease?

Were minutes taken of your meeting with Matt Gaetz?

How is this proposed legislation different from what has been previously introduced in the U.S. Congress?

You have said all leases up for renewal are renewed. What then is the justification for the current legislation?

Now that it is well known that these lease fees are nominal and that the Fla Supreme Ct has rejected the double taxation argument in the Accardo case do you still maintain it is double taxation?

You have said that waiving lease fees will “raise taxes” but if the leases are eliminated won’t that produce the exact same result?

In addition when leases are converted to fee simple the 5% added charge for retail sales on the beach will be lost. You have said it was one million, how much was it last year? How will this be made up?

In your meetings with Matt Gaetz was the issue of the Air Force interests discussed? If so what was discussed? Shouldn’t we be concerned about anything that harms the military mission at Navarre?

You have said that Santa Rosa can do what they want with Navarre Beach now and Escambia can’t do anything about it? Where in the 1956 lease can authority for that position be found?

Will you support a binding referendum for all voters in Escambia County regarding supporting or opposing federal legislation changes on Santa Rosa Island?

The Escambia County Commission has been trying to tax structures and land on Pensacola beach since at least 1990. What have you done to oppose the imposition of these taxes in the past?

Why has no economic analysis been done of the effects of this legislation?

Do you see a conflict between Escambia County and Santa Rosa County if they elect to dig a pass at Navarre?

Shouldn’t Escambia exercise its control over Navarre Beach to prevent this from happening?

You have said that this legislation allows Santa Rosa County to do what it wants with Navarre Beach. Other than one guy from Santa Rosa County that met with you and Matt Gaetz when has there ever been a statement by elected officials in Santa Risa County that they favor doing away with protected conservation and public access land which this bill effectively does?

This is perhaps the shortest act ever enacted into law. Do you think you understand all consequences of this legislation? Why wasn’t this proposed language offered to the public at any time in the last year for public comment?

Do you agree that if fee simple title is granted to the owner of Flounders for example he can build a condo hotel on the property where now the SRIA has preserved designated uses through these leases?

Will you tell the county to produce all the leases that extend beyond the dune line?

You have said something about beach land filling changing the gulf side property line – what is the authority for this statement?

Do you foresee any issue with the incorporation of Pensacola beach as a city? Why was this specific authorization to do so included in the legislation?

You have repeatedly said that we need this legislation so we can then address all the many problems that exist. Will you state clearly each problem you envision that either will be created by this legislation or will need to be addressed that cannot be addressed without the legislation?

Do you agree that this legislation will financially enrich some lease holders on the beach? Have you identified who those are?

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