South Gate Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is the center available for our date and time?
A: Just call the office, our rental manager, at 941-955-4597 or send an email on the "Contact Us" tab.

Q: Can you accommodate our type of event and number of guests?
A: Our facility is very versatile and can handle almost any kind of event. The Fire Marshall sets our capacity at 136 when using tables and chairs and 200 when it is an auditorium-style event.

Q: May we come in early to prepare for our event?
A: This will depend upon the schedule for the facility, but we always try to accommodate each event's special needs.

Q: What is included in the rental fee?
A: The quoted rental fee is generally for six hours. In most cases, this provides an hour for your caterer, DJ, etc. to set up, four hours for your event; and an hour to break down and clean up. The rental fee covers the use of the Creek Side Room and our kitchen facility. We provide tables and chairs, set to your customized floor plan, and marquee signage.

Q: Is there adequate parking?
A: There is parking for approximately 200 automobiles.

Q: Are there restrictions or rules we need to know about?
A: Yes. Most are common sense rules, but we will discuss them all during your personal interview, and they will be included in the contract, of which you will receive a copy. If you have specific concerns, please call our rental manager at 941-955-4597 or send an email using the "Contact Us" tab.

Q: Do you have any testimonials/recommendations from previous renters?
A: Yes. Please see the "Testimonials" tab.

Q: Can you refer us to other vendors, such as florists, photographers, caterers, rental companies, etc.?
A: Yes. We are always happy to assist with all your needs. Check out the well- known vendors on the "Favorite Vendors" tab.

Q: How much notice do we need to give you?
A: Dates can fill up rapidly. We are generally booking about a year ahead. You should contact us as soon as you have a date in mind. If your date is available, we will pencil you in to hold your date. You will then visit the Center at your convenience, and we will complete all the details.

Q: What is the fee?
A: We will discuss our rental fees with you by phone or email; they depend upon your individual needs.

Q: How much of a retainer do you require to hold the date for us?
A: We will hold your date with a phone call until the writing of a contract. Should another interested party wish your date, you will have the right of first refusal, in which case you will need to come in immediately to write your contract. We have a security deposit of $350.00, due with the writing of the contract. The security deposit is refundable following your event if you leave our facility in good condition.

Q: When is the balance due?
A: Arrangements for payment can be made during the writing of the contract.

Q: When is the office open for us to come in to see the venue and to sign the contract?
A: Office hours are shown on the "Contact Us" tab. We look forward to hearing from you.


South Gate Center is owned and operated by the South Gate Community Association, Inc.