It was recently discovered that some members of the Gateway Services Community Development District staff were going to explore various options in regards to the future of the Sherman Soccer Complex.
An internal GSCDD memo obtained by the Gateway Sun revealed that the options under consideration were to keep, sell or donate the soccer fields. The plan was for Operations Manager April White to present the staff’s recommendation to the residents and the Board of Supervisors by November 2016.
As it turns out, the residents of Gateway won’t have to wait until November for a decision.
It’s already been made.
Chairman William Guy, Vice-Chairman Margaret Fineberg and Supervisor Pam Gill voted in favor of a special resolution on March 17 that the GSCDD would retain ownership of the soccer fields — and that the Supervisors would no longer require the Gateway Soccer Association to disclose its financial information to the Board in order to keep operating at the Sherman Complex. Supervisor Gary Neubauer voted against the resolution, while Supervisor Rod Senior was not present for the vote.
The Board had previously given the GSA an ultimatum: show us your financial details, or find somewhere else to play.
But now with GSCDD Resolution 2016-07, the Board has reversed their position. The GSA and Gateway Flag Football League will be able to continue to use the playing fields without any further financial probing from the district.
The GFFL had complied and disclosed its financial information to the GSCDD, while the GSA had resisted the district’s demands saying they were over-reaching.
Chairman Guy released the following statement last Friday:
Dear Gateway Residents:
At your Supervisors meeting on March 17, 2016 a resolution was adopted (3-1) clarifying that the CDD will continue ownership of the Sherman Soccer Complex, and that a soccer league (and flag football) will continue.
This unique resolution was necessary because of rumors that have caused concern that the Board was contemplating the opposite.
Soccer and flag football and the complex are important to the Gateway neighborhoods and residents. Although these cost a lot of money, governments cannot always make decisions based solely on the dollars, but on the overall good of the community.
I hope you support this decision to continue Gateway as a spectacular place.
William A. Guy
Chairman, Gateway Services Community Development District Board of Supervisors
And here is the text of Resolution 2016-07, which has not yet been signed by Chairman Guy, but was sent to the Sun this morning by the GSCDD and was voted on (3-1 in favor) by the Supervisors on March 17:
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2016-07
WHEREAS, the Gateway Services CDD has owned and operated the Sherman Soccer Complex for many years; and
WHEREAS, thousands of youth have participated and had good life building experiences; and
WHEREAS, there has been conversation leading some to believe that this Board has made unreasonable demands on the sponsor of the soccer league which could lead to its dissolution; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THIS BOARD DETERMINES THAT SOCCER WILL STAY AT THE SHERMAN SOCCER COMPLEX, AND THAT NO FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE NECESSARY OF THE SPONSOR AND THAT NO FURTHER DEMANDS OR CONVERSATION ARE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THIS RESOLUTION; DULY PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 18TH DAY OF March, 2016.
GATEWAY SERVICES COMMUNITY
William Guy, Chairman