The Board of Supervisors of the Gateway Services Community Development District could make an important decision at today’s district meeting that will shape both the look of Gateway, and your assessment rates, for decades.

It turns out that Phase 1 of the Lake Bank Restoration Project was more costly than even the highest projections ever put together by the district’s engineering firm, Tetra Tech. And now that it’s time to plan out the second phase, the Supervisors must decide whether to continue using the same repair method and aesthetics that they used in Phase 1 on the remaining ponds.

According to the newest projections provided by the GSCDD, the current repair method using ARMORMAX will cost $185 per linear foot in future repairs. However, Tetra Tech has also identified an alternative they named “Other” that would cost $120 per linear foot.

It isn’t clear from the district’s documents what “Other” is. Only that it’s $65 cheaper per linear foot.

Tetra Tech believes incorporating a hybrid solution of ARMORMAX and “Other” would provide savings of $1,150,000 in Phase 2 alone.

The Supervisors have requested solutions to lower costs on pond repairs, but have also expressed concern that the homeowners on Phase 1 ponds will have received preferential treatment compared to the rest of Gateway if a lesser repair method and aesthetic solution is used on the rest of the ponds.

Supervisor Ed Tinkle’s home is on a Phase 1 pond that has already been repaired using the most expensive solution.

The GSCDD meeting will take place at 3:00pm today at the district’s office located at 13240 Griffin Drive.


The interesting thing (for me) is that there are a couple of Stoneybrook ponds in Phase 2.

No offense to them, but all three Supervisors who live in Stoneybrook whiffed big-time when it came to make a judgment call on the street parking signs in that community. So making a decision between doing the “right thing” and doing the “Stoneybrook thing” will be a factor again today for the board.

At the end of the day, it’s a situation where you can present an argument for both sides.

You can either be fair to all of the homeowners who own property on the lakes and do the same level of fix throughout the entire community, and everyone in Gateway pays more…. Or you can admit that the Phase 1 homeowners simply were lucky to be first on the list, and that they got a better upgrade than others will get – but everyone in Gateway saves money in the long run.

We’ll see what they do.

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

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