Gateway Sun

EDITOR’S NOTE: The above photo was published by GSCDD Vice-Chairman Bill Guy’s campaign and contains political banners from the campaigns of Guy and Supervisor Doug Banks. Neither Guy or Banks are paid political advertisers in the Gateway Sun.

Over the weekend, Vice-Chairman Bill Guy visited the Sherman Soccer Complex along Griffin Drive to meet the families and to campaign for his re-election to Seat 4 on Gateway’s Board of Supervisors.

Guy also expressed support for Supervisor Doug Banks, issuing the following post on social media:

“Educating and supporting our youth is the best way to invest in a prosperous future” J.A.
The Sherman Soccer Complex is an amenity that we need to preserve. Families and kids deserve a place that they can thrive and enjoy sporting activities.
Re-Elect William A Guy seat 4 + Doug Banks seat 5”

Guy’s opponent, candidate Jim Brann, apparently didn’t like that.

Brann wrote the following post on social media: “Guess who? My opponent who lives in Pelican Preserve. Guess who doesn’t pay assessments to support the soccer park and is against the soccer park? My opponent and Pelican Preserve! No SHAME when you want to represent Pelican Preserve. SHAMEFUL!!”

Let’s go over this statement one part at a time.

Part 1: Guess who? My opponent who lives in Pelican Preserve.

Vice-Chairman Guy is a resident of Pelican Preserve.

Part 2: Guess who doesn’t pay assessments to support the soccer park and is against the soccer park?

Under an agreement reached a little over a decade ago, it was decided that Pelican Preserve residents would pay for their own stuff, while Gateway residents would pay for their own.

But to suggest that Guy is “against the soccer park” is probably the most incorrect statement of this entire campaign so far.

In fact, Guy single-handedly saved the Gateway Soccer Association from leaving Gateway not that long ago.

I’m not going to get in to it all again, but it’s been well-documented on this publication, and our site has a search function. But just for good measure, as a result of Guy’s efforts the previous board passed GSCDD Resolution 2016-07, signed by Guy. Here’s how it reads:

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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

DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

By: (signed by then-Chairman William Guy)

William Guy, Chairman

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Part 3: My opponent and Pelican Preserve! No SHAME when you want to represent Pelican Preserve. SHAMEFUL!!

It’s disingenuous to be attacking Guy for (according to Brann) focusing his support of Pelican Preserve, when Brann strongly supports candidate Delores Linscott who is part of a group trying to focus the GSCDD’s support on Gateway Greens. Also, Brann himself has advocated for his own community of Hampton Park more times than I can count. Why is it okay for Brann and his political ally Linscott to promote their own communities, but Guy can’t promote his? Ironically … Guy has been the candidate who is BY FAR the least focused on his own community, especially compared to Brann. In fact, watching Guy for the past few years I would say the opposite is true. In my opinion Guy has completely focused his efforts on the entire Gateway District, not just Pelican Preserve.

But here’s the more important reality … the agreement between Pelican and Gateway might actually be more financially beneficial to Gateway than it is to Pelican, particularly considering how fast that community is growing. So I’d be careful what you wish for if the goal is to combine payments for amenities and natural resources between the communities.

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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