Spotlight on GGP Neighbor - Cathy Antunes    GGPA member Cathy Antunes has been a longtime political commentator in Sarasota.   She’s written monthly articles in SRQ daily, an online news site, since 2011, and writes her own blog at www.thedetail.net.   Cathy has now become a radio personality as well.  Her show,  “The Detail”, is on Fridays at 2 p.m. on WSRQ, 98.3 FM, 106.9 FM and 1220 AM.  She began her show last June and all of her interviews can be heard on podcasts accessible at www.sarasotatalkradio.com/the-detail

Cathy Antunes

Cathy’s interviews grapple with a range of issues of local and regional concern.  She’s explored subjects relating to property development and land use, traffic,  the Sarasota Charter,  moneyand influence in elections, ballot amendments and voting rights, lawsuits involving Sarasota, beach assets, and school board issues-- to name just a few.   Her guests are elected officials from Sarasota city and county, as well as other city, county and state representatives, along with business people and local activists.

Cathy is active in the GGPA, and presently serves as its Vice President .  She also keeps GGPA’s board up to date on activities of regional neighborhood associations.  These include CCNA (Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations), DSCA (Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association) and CONA (Council of Neighborhood Associations).

Cathy and her husband Jose Antunes, an endocrinologist, live in the Renaissance (378 GGP).

 

Meet and Greet-   June 23, 2016  See Photos on Photo Page  

Meet and Greet Thursday October 27, 2016 at Pier 500 (by Building 616)

 

Photo courtesy of Charlotte and Tom Hedge, Premier Sotheby's International Realty

Photo courtesy of Charlotte and Tom Hedge, Premier Sotheby's International Realty

News & Events

Annual Meeting of Membership

Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Bird Key Yacht Club, 9:30 am.

Continental Breakfast (Danish, fruit, coffee and tea) served $10.00

The Annual Meeting of Members of the Golden Gate Point Association will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m., at the Bird Key Yacht Club.  

Kelly Strickland, Director of Finance, and Candie Pedersen, Manager of Landscape Operations of the City of Sarasota  will discuss the public/private partnership between GGPA and the City and how streetscape taxes and maintenance issues are handled.    They will address financing and contracting as it directly impacts on GGPA owners' taxes and the provision of contracted services on GGP.     

Members are asked if possible to RSVP by Wednesday, January 18 to GGPA Treasurer, Denise Waterier, 941 331 4320 or email to watermeier@comcast.net so we can give Bird Key Yacht Club an estimate of members planning to attend the breakfast.

Come to the annual meeting and enjoy breakfast, visit with neighbors, and learn more about how the GGPA- City relationship works.

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GGPA WALKERS

Interested in meeting others who would like to walk around the point, the bayfront or over the bridge?    There will be a signup sheet at the annual meeting for GGPA members interested in meeting other walkers.    Meet new friends and find others who will encourage you to keep that New Year's resolution!

ANNUAL DUES DUE

Most GGP members have their GGPA annual dues paid directly by their condo associations.  These include the Phoenix, Vista Bay, Toscano, Majestic Bay, Alta Mer, Renaissance, Harbor House South, Grande Riviera, La Bellasera and Marina View.  If you are not an owner or resident of these condos, please be sure that you pay your GGPA $20 annual dues directly.  You can pay at the annual meeting or send a check to the address below or on the website.

US 41 AT GULFSTREAM AVENUE STUDY

GGPA Residents received a notice from the Florida Department of Transportation about a Project Development and Environmental study to evaluate US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.   The purpose of the project is stated to be the improvement of pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between downtown Sarasota nd the Bayfront area and traffic flow.

Improvements under consideration are said to include "doing nothing" to building "roundabouts" (for some, called "traffic circles" or "rotaries").  FDOT advises on the flyer that it can be contacted at a website, however,  the one on the flyer won't work, as it's in capital letters.   The correct website address for the project is  www.swflroads.com/us41/atgulfstreamave

The construction and any possible changes will have great impact on GGP and the Association and GGPA members should keep an eye out for the public meeting on the subject.  No public meetings are scheduled at this moment but the flyer states that one is anticipated in February or March, 2017.  

 

Sarasota Bayfront 20:20

GGPA Member Tom Hedges represents GGPA at a Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Meeting

GGPA’s Board of Directors voted to have the Association participate in the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 planning process.   GGPA member Tom Hedges volunteered to serve as the Association’s representative.   Tom reports that the last meeting was well attended and hosted by Mr. Klauber with a fundraising update from Drayton Saunders, who has been tasked with the effort of raising 2.5 million privately and hopes to do this in $50,000 pieces.  To get some sense of what has transpired to date Tom suggests that anyone interested visit sarasotabayfront2020.com.   For more information about Tom's report, click here.

GGPA Entrance Way Upgraded

Golden Gate Point's Entrance Way was created during the streetscape, an has not been painted since 2008.  GGPA's Board, working with the City, arranged for it to be freshly repainted.  The adjacent retaining wall has been power washed.

GGP Owners to see tax savings from refinancing of bond for GGP Special Taxing District.
City Manager Tom Barwin announced that the City recently refinanced the remaining $2.7 million of the $5.8 million General Obligation Bonds Series 2008 for the GGPA special taxing district (streetscape). When issued 8 year ago, the bond rate was 3.93%--  the rate has now dropped to 1.74%  That translates into savings for the GGPA taxing district--- through maturity a total savings of almost $300,000. with a net present value of $272,000- a 10.32% reduction.  GGPA thanks Tom Barwin and Finance Director John Lege and his team for finding these savings which will benefit GGPA taxpayers. 

Site Plan Approval Granted for 609 Golden Gate Point
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January 16, 2016 Annual Meeting.      The annual meeting of the GGP Association was held at the Bird Key Yacht Club on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9:30 am.  Over 50 GGPA members attended and heard Michael Klauber and Virginia Haley speak about plans for the former Quay and GWiz properties.  
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October 13, 2015
GGPA members meet with city officials about resurfacing and traffic on Route 41
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