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For 7th consecutive year, Innisbrook sues over ‘defective’ tax assessment

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For the seventh year in a row, the exclusive Innisbrook golf resort in Palm Harbor is contesting a ‘defective’ Pinellas County tax assessment, part of a battle waged on and off since 1998. Innisbrook is now owned by Virginia-based Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which was founded by Black Entertainment Television co-founder Sheila Johnson. Salamander purchased the resort in 2007, reportedly for $35-million, from Golf Trust, which had taken over the property from Golf Host Resorts.

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Year in Review: Jordan Spieth is top PGA story for 2015

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The PGA Tour crowned a new champion in 2015 and by all indications, this will not be his last. Jordan Spieth won two major tournaments, the first two of his career, and had a chance to win all four. Spieth’s victory at the Masters in April, vaulted him to international prominence. The golfing world pays attention when anyone puts on the victor’s Green Jacket. Tampa Bay area fans, however, got a look at a budding superstar four weeks earlier. At…

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Innisbrook has a chronic tax dispute problem

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No one wants to pay taxes, but surely few have gone to such extensive lengths as owners of the Innisbrook Golf Course and Resort in Palm Harbor to avoid paying them. Or at least all of them. Owners of the posh members-only style property have been fighting tax bills since 1998. Between the first dispute until 2002 Innisbrook owners owed $2.2 million in back taxes they refused to pay because, they argued, then Property Appraiser Jim Smith over-appraised the property.…

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