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Gulf Breeze

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Gulf Breeze is a city on the Fairpoint Peninsula in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States and is an affluent suburb of Pensacola which lies to the north, across Pensacola Bay. The population was 5,763 at the 2010 census.Geography and ClimateGulf Breeze is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.5sqmi.4.8 square miles of it is land and 18.8sqmi of it is water.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 east of the city limits along U.S. Highway 98.Points of interestIn 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.
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