Fact check: Does all of the water in Gateway flow through Lake 124?

Posted on April 18, 2019, 11:27 am
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At the April 4 meeting of the Gateway Services District, the topic of repairing 315 feet of pond banks connected to a golf course hole came up. During the discussion a comment was made by Supervisor Ed Tinkle that all of the water in Gateway flows through that specific area, known as Lake 124.

So we checked.

We reached out to a civil engineer who is not part of the Gateway CDD to ask him to give us a general idea of how the water flows through Gateway.

Based on the map we were provided (which is pictured) it looks like 75-85% of the water in Gateway does flow through Lake 124. Water from Stoneybrook and Hidden Links does not appear to flow through Lake 124. Additionally, it’s unclear to us if Hampton Park’s water goes under the power lines and in to Gateway Greens (which would likely send it through Lake 124), or whether the water goes north and avoids Gateway Greens (meaning it would not flow through Lake 124).

Regardless, while Tinkle’s statement wasn’t entirely accurate, it does seem as though the majority of the water that flows through Gateway does indeed pass through that pond.

Does that mean they should be spending $200 per foot to fix it when a $50 per foot fixes could be available? I would say that’s an easy no, but the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to authorize over $60,000 worth of cash and materials to be utilized on that repair.

Why am I bringing this up? I’m not really sure. But at least we can show the board and public a diagram to inform them of how water flows in the community so that all involved may make more informed decisions.

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

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