Golden Gate Estates development project message for developers

Published: August 15, 2022 10:15 PM EDT

One group of neighbors came up with a new way to get their message out about a development project in Golden Gate Estates after the county told one man to take his sign down.

The hope is to get the County commissioners’ attention and they hope you go sign their petition.

“The county told us had to take them down, so we took them down had an idea of putting them on the trailer,” said Kenneth Beach, a Golden Gate Estates resident.

The idea has gained approval from some neighbors in the Golden Gate Estates.

“Good idea the more people who are aware the better,” said Don Wormke, also a Golden Gate Estates resident.

The signs were near Vanderbilt Beach Road and Collier Boulevard, where a Miami developer wants to build more than 300 apartments. And that is precisely what neighbors disapprove of.

“That is not part of the plan for the Golden Gate Estates huge, huge violation of the original intention,” said Wormke.

And now it’s become Kenneth Beach’s intention to get the message out so everyone can hear it.

“We want people to sign the petition you know stop the development,” said Beach.

Two public meetings to discuss the project were shut down. The first was shut down when too many people showed up. And the second was shut down because it became too contentious.

No meetings are scheduled so neighbors are taking their message to the streets.

“It’s zoned for estate homes only and that’s what we want, we want to keep it that way,” said Beach. “We bought into this for Estate homes.”

They bought in and now they’re hoping County commissioners will too.

WINK News was told the application will go to the planning commission in October or November. It will then go o the board of county commissioners in November or December, and ultimately the board will vote yes or no to the re-zone.