As the Gateway High School naming controversy was in full swing, another important battle was being waged in Gateway that went largely unnoticed.
Several months ago the Gateway Greens HOA board appointed a committee to look in to various options for their community’s cable and internet service provider, as their contract with Comcast is ending on December 31, 2020.
To the shock of many, the committee officially recommended the HOA drop Comcast and sign a deal with upstart provider Blue Stream. The committee cited some technically accurate, but nonetheless misleading statistics, plus Blue Stream was offering a substantial financial package to the HOA to get them to switch.
Despite overt warnings from prominent Gateway Greens residents that the board would be recalled if they agreed with the committee’s recommendation, the board went ahead and approved the switch to BlueStream.
Making good on their threat, Gateway Greens residents Ed Tinkle and Rod Senior began leading the recall process.
Tinkle is a Supervisor with the Gateway District, and Senior is a former Supervisor – however both men were acting only as Gateway Greens residents and this situation has nothing to do with the district.
It seemed Tinkle and Senior had enough recall ballots signed to get the job done, however it was ruled that some of their ballots were invalid based on a technicality. After learning the proper rules to have the Gateway Greens board recalled the men set out on a second attempt to oust the board members — and were ultimately successful on November 17, 2019.
Tinkle confirmed to the Gateway Sun that he is the Gateway Greens HOA board’s new president, although it does not seem as though the HOA’s management company filed the necessary forms to update the State of Florida about the HOA’s new officers. Florida businesses and formal organizations are required to file an “Annual Report” identifying its officers, so perhaps the management company was simply waiting to update the State of Florida with that filing.
As for the cable choice? Obviously, Blue Stream is no longer in the running. Based on the information obtained by the Sun the homeowners in Gateway Greens strongly prefer to remain with Comcast while upgrading from the current coaxial cable setup to fiber optics.
Other options discussed were to switch to Hotwire, stay with Comcast and keep coaxial cable, or to have no community-wide provider at all and let each resident choose for themselves.
However, we’re told that the Comcast with fiber optics upgrade choice had nearly 70% support in a recent resident survey.
I think it’s safe to say the new HOA board will be listening to the will of the people this time around.