2018 Golden Gate Candidate Forum Announced

One of Southwest Florida’s largest candidate forums featuring a straw ballot vote, the Golden Gate Candidate Forum will be held from 6:30-8:30, Monday, July 11, at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway.

Hosted by the Golden Gate Area Civic Association, the Golden Gate Estates Area Civic Association and the NAACP of Collier County, previous Golden Gate Candidate Forums have drawn more than 600 voting members of the public. The straw ballot will be conducted by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office and there is no age limit for voting. The ballot results will be announced to the public at the conclusion of the forum.

Candidates vying for positions or issues pertinent to the Golden Gate or Golden Gate Estates community are invited to speak and respond to written questions from the audience. Participating candidate will be provided display space to share candidate information. All candidates for office are invited to attend to meet and greet voters. Candidates who have not confirmed should call 239-289-7450.

For additional information or updates, go to http://candidateforum.goldengateisgreat.com/forum/ .

May General Membership Meeting

In May we will be joined by Collier County’s Joe Bellone, Director of the Financial Operations Support Division, and Steve Messner, Utility Water Director, who will discuss the transition of our water utility services in Golden Gate City.
Following the recent takeover, most customers are seeing a drop in their water and sewer bills. What’s next and where can we expect to see water expansion. Come and find out!
See you at the meeting!
Ron Jefferson

Community Clean-up and Golf Tournament Benefit

Clean out your garage and get rid of all those hazardous waste items for FREE – Saturday, May 12, from 8-11 a.m., 4400 Golden Gate Pkwy.

Join the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for a Golden Gate Kids Camp Golf Tournament, Saturday, May 19, 8:30 am shotgun start at Hammock Bay Golf Resort.



Golden Gate City – A Walkable Community Update

Help Make Our Streets Work For Everybody!

The Golden Gate City Walkable Community Study will address safety, access, and mobility for people of all ages and abilities who walk, bike,
drive, and use transit in our community.

Part Two: Recommendations

In January, we held walking and biking audits, stakeholder meetings, and community meetings.

Please join us to talk about what we learned and the draft recommendations.

Tell us which tools might work best to make Golden Gate City more walkable.


Open House: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Presentation: 5:30 PM

4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116
Families are welcome!
Spanish translators will be available.

Call Brandy Otero at 239.252.5859

Golden Gate Master Plan Re-study to go before BCC


Dear Golden Gate Stakeholders:

Attached is our draft White Paper for the restudy of the Golden Gate Area Master Plan. Following your review comments, we plan to transmit this document to the Board of County Commissioners in memo format, or as directed by the County Manager’s office. The target date for the BCC memo is October 11, so comments prior to Oct. 4 would be greatly appreciated. An additional Appendix including stakeholder position papers and correspondence will be included at that time.

The White Paper is a conceptual document, so specific language proposed for Plan Amendments will be drafted after all comments (and BCC review) are complete. Thus, your comments are welcome now, but remember that the public will also have opportunities to weigh-in during four (4) public hearings: Planning Commission Transmittal, BCC Transmittal, Planning Commission Adoption, BCC Adoption. These hearings have not yet been scheduled. They will be officially noticed once scheduled and will also appear on our Restudy website: www.colliergov.net/GMPrestudies.

Thanks to all of you who attended meetings, contributed ideas and provided perspectives. Given the difficulties we all face post-Irma, we know this is not an ideal time for review of a large document. However, I think you will find that the organization lends itself to easy identification of areas of individual interest.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions regarding process or content. Comments concerning the White Paper should be directed to: GGAMPrestudy@colliergov.net.


Kris Van Lengen, JD, AICP
Community Planning Manager
Zoning Division, Collier County
2800 N. Horseshoe Dr.
Naples, FL  34104
(239) 252-7268



County considers purchase of FGUA utility in Golden Gate

Message from District 3 Collier County Commissioner Burt Saunders:

On June 27, Collier County Commissioners will consider a takeover of the FGUA water and sewer systems in Golden Gate City by Collier  County.  This discussion will take place June 27.  You will note that the typical FGUA water customer will see a reduction in water bills of approximately 30% since the FGUA customers will pay the same rates as current Collier County customers.  I am sending this to make sure that residents of Golden Gate City are aware of the takeover of these facilities.

This was one of the issues that I raised as I was campaigning for the District 3 County Commission seat.   I  believe this will have a great positive impact on all of the residents of Golden Gate City and will help to resolve any health problems associated with failing septic tanks in close ;proximity to potable water wells.


July 4th Flag Posting

8 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017
Golden Gate Fire Station #70

We have re-organized the way we post the flags along the Golden Gate Parkway medians on patriotic holidays.

Segments of the Parkway are now assigned to teams that will post flags along their designated areas. If this is your first time assisting with this project, please meet at the Fire Station on Golden Gate Parkway at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, and we will show you where and how to safely post and collect the flags.

If you have assisted before and would like to get an earlier start on your segment, you can stop by Ed Rogan’s house (1741 45th Terrace SW) as early as Friday evening to pick up your flags. Otherwise, meet at the fire station at 8 a.m. to collect your flags.

The assigned segments are posted below. ADDITIONAL HELP IS ALWAYS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED!!! If you can help and have not been assigned a team, please call Kaydee at 239-398-1748 or email kaydee@tuffnews.com. The single-person teams can really use the help. If we get considerable volunteers, I will re-post the teams with the additional helpers.


Santa Barbara to Canal (52nd St.) – Pat and Gordon Spencer
Canal to 50th St. – Lee & Lizette Froloff
50th to Tropicana – JB & Dusty Holmes
Tropicana – Sunshine – Greater Naples Fire District
Sunshine to 45th St. – Anissa Karim
45th St to 44th St. – Ron Jefferson & Maria Metzger
44th St. to 43rd St. – JR and Emely Pagan
43 St. to 42nd. St. – CeCe and Louie Zenti
42nd St. to 41st St. – Erick Wingrove, Daniel Dragan
41st St to Collier Blvd. – Kaydee & Russell Tuff


To make sure the flags are uniform in their presentation, please post a flag at EVERY OTHER segment in the curbing. We will be posting flags around the entire island, not just the ends. If you have additional flags and would like to decorate around trees, that is fine.

*Please keep a count of how many flags it takes to complete your segment. This will be helpful in distribution of flags for future holidays.


Because the assignments have been divided up by streets (rather than by islands) you may find that the island extends past your designated area. Use your own judgement – if the island ends close to the street, finish it up. If there is still considerable island past your assigned street, leave it for the team for whom the area is designated. Call Kaydee (398-1748) with any questions.

Please collect your flags Tuesday evening, July 4, and return to Ed Rogan’s house