The residents of Cypress Pointe have had enough.
In a chain of literally dozens of emails obtained by the Gateway Sun, it became immediately clear that the Gateway Fun Park is causing tension between the Cypress Pointe HOA and the Gateway Services Community Development District.
As we’ve documented in the past, some Cypress Pointe residents are complaining that drug deals, sex and alcohol consumption are occurring at the Fun Park.
The HOA says the CDD isn’t doing anything about it. The CDD says its hands are tied and to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to report any issues. The LCSO says it will step up patrols.
Some of the ideas the Cypress Pointe HOA have come up with to combat the issues are problematic, to say the least. But it’s one of those things where if it was happening outside your community, you’d do anything to make the problems go away. Even if some of those things weren’t exactly honest or above board.
However, since (for most of you reading this article) it’s not happening right outside your community’s gate, and you don’t see what’s going on, you may not care very much. The Cypress Pointe HOA is trying to raise awareness in the community so that you will care, and you’ll be okay with the district spending your tax dollars on improved security at the Fun Park.
And one thing is abundantly clear: tempers are rising in Cypress Pointe. The Sun was told verbally that one resident attached lighting that resembled police lights to a golf cart, perhaps in an effort to surprise or scare away people visiting the Fun Park late at night when it’s supposed to be closed.
In another example of the increasing anger, one email from a Cypress Pointe resident to the CDD essentially threatened the district, pointing out that since they’re aware of the issues they would be held liable if something serious happened there. It’s not clear how liable the district would actually be, however.
We will keep an eye on this situation for you. Hopefully a solution can be found to the drug deals and unwanted visitors causing trouble in the middle of the night.
The Sun is asking Cypress Pointe residents with any video or photographic proof of illegal activities to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not reveal your identity but if you’re worried about that, create a fake Gmail account and send it to us anonymously from there.
We have asked the HOA multiple times for proof, but due to technical issues on their end they have not been able to send us any so far. They assure us that evidence is on the way, however.
In our own files we did find an image from June 18, 2015 showing crushed beer cans (or possibly Pepsi cans, but they look look like beer cans) in the bushes at the Fun Park. That image is the one accompanying this article and it shows that this issue has been going on for quite some time.