A Message from your President

A Message From Your President - Jim Goetz


 

GSAC has been busy representing your interests this season. During the up-coming “off” season new crosswalks will be installed at the beach access areas including Horizon Way, Verdado Way and Miramar, plus the entire intersection at GSBN and Harbour Drive. They will be done in actual pavers, not the plastic sheeting. This will be finished before the Fall of 2017 and will be a terrific improvement and add value to our buildings. We also expect to have all the street lights replaced before next season. All wiring will be upgraded and underground. This should resolve our constant outage problems. The new lights will be 3000 Kelvin LEDs.

 

GSAC supported Naples’ effort to have our Moorings and Venetian Bay areas designated a “Slow Speed Manatee Zone.” At this moment the state regulation needed is moving forward as planned, and we expect the process to be completed yet this year. I want to thank our Director/Treasurer Bill Rehring for his leadership on this issue.

 

GSAC requested that Naples review the solid waste costs and how they are allocated among condominiums, businesses and single-family homes. GSAC received a copy of the consultant’s report on March 9, and Director Howard Handler, along with his chosen committee, has agreed to lead our effort on this issue. GSAC’s goal is to have condominium costs reduced to a more equitable share.

 

We continue to follow the issues associated with our beaches. GSAC supports more money being allocated to preserving our beaches by increasing the Tourist Room Tax from 4% to 5%, providing the extra 1% goes to our beaches. The issue will be decided by the Collier County Board of Commissioners since the County, not the City, is responsible for our beaches.

 

After a decade, your Board has approved some changes to our Bylaws. Your GSAC Board recommends voting for the changes. All members have received the suggested changes and will be able to vote on them at our April 4th meeting. I want to thank Director Jim Melican for leading this effort.

 

GSAC’S final forum of the season was a huge success. I thank the Collier Collier Sheriff’s Office for their presentation—RUN . . . HIDE . . . or FIGHT? They helped us understand what to do in an active shooter situation.

 

I want to welcome our two new board members, Stan Karpf and Jay O’Connor. (Please see more about them elsewhere in this issue.)

 

GSAC will work with the Park Shore Association (PSA) in supporting a repaving of Park Shore Drive from Crayton Road east to US 41. The PSA has elected Mark Borelli as President, and I would like to recognize our own GSAC Board VP David Feight for accepting more responsibility, not just a Board member, but also Treasurer of PSA. Congratulations to both.

 

I regret sharing with you that after almost 16 years of service, Sally Tiffany is retiring at the end of this season. Much like losing one’s right arm! We will have an approbate retiring event at a later date.

 

I conclude by wishing each one of you a safe and enjoyable summer.

 

Jim Goetz, President

GSAC Board of Directors