Gateway Sun

Pelican Preserve is a 55-and-older community that is both part of the City of Fort Myers, and the Gateway Services Community Development District.

Because of several factors that make it unique within the district there is a Pelican Preserve Advisory Committee that makes recommendations about GSCDD decisions that impact their own community.

Basically the conversations go like this …

Board of Supervisors: What do you want to do?

PPAC: We want to do A, B and C.

Board of Supervisors: All in favor? Aye, aye, aye, aye, aye. Mr. Manager, five to zero.

And honestly, that’s probably the way it should be. PPAC have always presented well-prepared reports and have made only sensible suggestions and requests. They have a separate budget from Gateway at the CDD level, so they’re generally not costing Gateway residents any money with improvements they want. It’s been a kind of live-and-let-live arrangement between the GSCDD and Pelican.

But the smooth ride that PPAC has enjoyed with the GSCDD under Supervisors Guy, Fineberg, Neubauer, Gill and Banks is about to come to an end.

And they don’t even see it. They probably don’t even think it’s possible that they’ll be treated just like any other community in the GSCDD. I suggest they prepare themselves for their new reality.

Some individuals in Pelican Preserve thought they were extremely clever by making a deal with like-minded folks in Gateway Greens to cross-promote Carol Stanley and George Huskamp in the upcoming elections. It would be a huge slap in the face to Pelican if Stanley lost, so it’s understandable that they would do whatever it takes to make sure she wins. I get that.

But guys, if you think George Huskamp is going to make Pelican Preserve’s interests a priority you’re ridiculously mistaken. Huskamp has had his ideas ignored and requests pushed aside for years. He’s invested his time in to the district with only a few pats on the head to show for it.

Now, it’s his time to shine.

If any community believes Huskamp will cede his authority as a Supervisor (if he wins) to an HOA or a committee, you’re flat out crazy.

And Huskamp’s main political ally, Ed Tinkle?

Tinkle has successfully consolidated power in his home community of Gateway Greens where he is the HOA President. Tinkle has also successfully increased his influence over all of Gateway, and he may become the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors this November or December.

There’s only one place left for Tinkle to grow his influence over.

Pelican Preserve.

You think Tinkle is happy Pelican Preserve has an autonomous advisory committee within the CDD when Gateway Greens doesn’t?

Now consider Tinkle and Huskamp working together? Oh boy.

You think they’re “rah-rah Pelican Preserve is number one and all that matters” like you are? I mean I’m literally laughing as I write this.

You think they’re going to continue the rubber-stamping you’ve enjoyed? Oh no, no, my friends.

You will now know what it’s like to be part of the district.

You’re not going to be off on your little island for much longer.

You have made a huge miscalculation with your Stanley/Huskamp arrangement.

And you were out-smarted by Huskamp.

About Jeff Kuntz

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Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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