FLORIDA – Gulf Gate homeowners want golf course to remain

CCFJ.NET:  Gulf Gate homeowners want golf course to remain

Article Courtesy of The Herald-Tribune

By Josh Salman

Published January 3, 2016

 

Steve Kern bought his home in Gulf Gate in 2009, in part for the views of the manicured golf course directly behind his backyard.

But now, one of the state’s most politically influential developers has come forward with plans to dig up those bunkers and putting greens to make way for more new homes.

Kern fears the proposed development would destroy the character of his coveted middle-class community that dates back decades. He is among hundreds of homeowners in Gulf Gate to have plunked a sign in their yards to protest a proposal to rezone the links into a new residential subdivision.

The latest plan comes as the sport of golf has waned in recent years, hurting the fortunes of courses in Southwest Florida, where at least two — Forrest Lakes and Sarasota Golf Club — were closed to make room for houses.

But those who live in Gulf Gate are worried about losing the privacy and greenbelt that the course provides. They believe the new housing will hurt the values of their homes, strain to their quiet neighborhood roads and overburden the local schools.  Read more:

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