I stopped in to my neighbor's gut remodel yesterday. We're about 6 feet above sea level and Robert's Bay is about 150 feet away. I'd never seen this base-flush-with-the-drywall detail before. The cabinet installer said he believed it was a new code requirement, instituted at the behest of the insurance companies, to prevent drywall wicking and subsequent mold in a flood. This may be silly, as with the right storm surge on Siesta Key, the water could be at our ceilings.
I'm assuming baseboard covers the gap between the filler and drywall? Has anyone seen this previously?