News and Information
During March and April 2014, Micro-surfacing will be performed on several roads in The Villages. This project will be completed in two phases – Phase 1 will be carried out in March and will consist of crack sealing and surface patching of the roadway. Phase 2 will be in April and will consist of road resurfacing. Please use caution and pay attention to all directional signage and flagging personnel. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information and a schedule of the locations where work will be performed.
Help protect yourself from identify theft by bringing your documents that contain personal information to the 2nd Annual Scam Jam / Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, March 15th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Stop by the Target parking lot located at 716 North US Hwy 27/441 to have your documents shredded for free. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
The District, in cooperation with Tri-County Area Law Enforcement Agencies, is hosting an interactive program called CarFit. CarFit is a national education program designed to help mature drivers stay safe on the road. It is a parking lot activity where trained volunteers use a checklist of items to review comfort and safety in your vehicle. It is a free safety check up for your car. Please contact Deputy Crystal Stuller, 352-698-4609 for more information or to register. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
Annual Audit Reports
The Annual Audit Reports for each of the Districts are now available! To view the report for your District, please click here
. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Finance Department at (352) 753-0421.
Beginning March 2014, the monthly District Board/Committee meetings will take place at the following locations:
Savannah Regional Recreation Center, Ashley Wilkes Room
• Village Community Development District No.’s 1-4
• Village Center Community Development District
• Amenity Authority Committee
Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center, America 3A and 3B Rooms
• Village Community Development District No.’s 5-10
• Sumter Landing Community Development District
• North Sumter County Utility Dependent District
• Brownwood Community Development District
For specific times/dates please click on the header of this announcement to view the meeting calendar. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Clerk at (352) 751-6700.
El Santiago Recreation Center
At the February 12th meeting, the Amenity Authority Committee directed staff, as result of the purchase of 2375 Enrique Drive (formerly El Santiago Club Restaurant) and the overall Capital Improvement Plan, to move forward working with KP Studio Architects and bring the conceptual design plan back to the AAC for review and resident comment.
Please stay tuned to the District Website, www.Districtgov.org for future updates on this project.
NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 2 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 2 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 1, which was recently vacated due to the resignation of an existing Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2014.
Any interested applicants must be a qualified elector which is defined by Florida Statute 190 as “any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the Supervisor of Elections in the county in which the district land is located". To obtain additional information or request an application you may contact Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk at (352) 751-6700 or obtain a copy of the application by clicking on the header of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the District Office, 1894 Laurel Manor Drive, The Villages.
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting to be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ashley Wilkes Room of the Savannah Center Regional Recreation Center, 1545 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL.
Colony Boulevard - Traffic Update
During the January 6, 2014 Project Wide Advisory Committee (PWAC) meeting, direction was provided to proceed with the installation of a traffic signal at the multi-modal path crossing at Colony Boulevard. After extensive discussion at previous meetings and two traffic surveys, the signalization was determined to be the best solution. The project is currently out for Bid and an award recommendation is projected to be made by staff at the March 20, 2014 SLCDD Board Meeting.
Community Watch will continue providing traffic control at the multimodal crossing on Colony Boulevard from 10:00am – 5:00pm until the signal installation is completed. Please use caution while navigating this area and follow all directional signage and Community Watch personnel. For additional information, please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org.
Memorial bricks are currently on sale at the Customer Service Center located at 3201 Wedgewood Lane to commemorate U.S. Veterans, both past and present. To have your brick included in the 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, bricks must be purchased by March 31, 2014. The dedication ceremony will take place on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial Park. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508.
Please click on the header of this announcement to read a media release by the Lady Lake Police Department regarding a phone scam confirmed by the Better Business Bureau.
SWFWMD Asks Homeowners to "Skip A Week" of Irrigation This Winter
Overwatering in winter can encourage pests and disease
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to “Skip a Week” or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February.
According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed.
“Overwatering can encourage pests and disease in your lawn,” said Robin Grantham, water conservation coordinator. “Too much irrigation can also make lawns less able to survive droughts.” Skipping a week of watering is as easy as “off” for residents with irrigation timers. “Turn the timer to ‘off’ for the week that you want to skip, and ‘on’ for the week that you want to water,” said Grantham.
You can determine when your grass needs water when:
• Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
• Grass blades appear blue-gray.
• Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.
Watering every other week during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water.
For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, please visit SWFWMD’s website at WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek/.
We are excited to announce that the District is performing a major renovation of the La Hacienda Sports Pool Facility. Upgrades will also be made to the landscaping and parking areas. This project is underway and will continue until April 2014. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information and to view a site plan of the area.
Please click on the header of this announcement to learn about Golf Cart Safety and Rules of the Road. We encourage all golf cart drivers in The Villages to Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride!! For additional copies of the attached brochure, please visit your local recreation center or the Customer Service Center located at 3201 Wedgewood Lane.
Information Provided by Sumter County SUMTER COUNTY, FL. (October 1, 2013) – Construction will begin for the C-466A widening project on Sunday, October 6, 2013. The project will include construction of left turn lanes for additional capacity, bicycle lanes, widened sidewalks, enhanced landscape features, and improved utilities. Roadway construction is scheduled through September 2014.
Starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013, portions of C-466A between US 301 and Powell Road / C-462 will be closed to through traffic and open for local traffic only. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and avoid traveling on C-466A.
To access US 301 and I-75 from C-466A in The Villages, turn south on C-462 (Powell Road) and travel through Brownwood to SR44, and then turn right (west).
Lane closures and traffic patterns will change as construction progresses through the corridor. Construction signs, barricades and barriers will guide motorists through and around work areas. Motorists should plan to use alternate routes. Adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances may affect the work schedule.
Effective July 1, 2013, The Florida Legislature amended FS 319.14 to allow the conversion of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) to a golf cart. For additional information on the process of converting a LSV to a golf cart, please click on the header of this announcement.
"Who is allowed to use the multi-modal paths throughout The Villages?” This is a question that the District receives on a regular basis. The multi-modal paths are for use by NON-AUTOMOTIVE
, non-vehicular traffic such as bicycles, golf carts, pedestrians, and skaters. It is not legal…nor is it smart…to drive vehicles such as smart cars, motorcycles, or mopeds on any of the multi-modal paths in The Villages. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement to read a memo from District Counsel regarding the use of multi-modal paths.
Golf Course Safety For each golfer’s safety from snakes and alligators, ball-hawking on the golf courses is prohibited. Due to the steepness of the water basin banks, we ask that you stay on the golf course side margin of the red or yellow hazard stakes. We encourage each golfer to put safety first as it would be very easy to slip and fall due to the current low water level.
Parking in Unauthorized AreasCommunity Watch and local law enforcement officials are teaming up in a new safety initiative to prevent golf carts and other vehicles from driving and parking on our sidewalks and other unauthorized areas. Not only is it in violation of District Rules, but driving and parking on the sidewalks is also extremely dangerous for our residents and guests enjoying a casual stroll through the community. Have you noticed the traffic cones that have been placed along our sidewalks at handicapped access points on the squares? The cones were placed there originally to discourage vehicles from parking on our sidewalks.
In the first phase of our new initiative Community Watch will remove the existing traffic cones. Community Watch will now place red and black “WARNING” signs on vehicles parked in unauthorized areas. The warnings reference District Rules and are designed to educate vehicle operators of their parking infractions.
Community Watch will partner with law enforcement in the second phase of the initiative to attempt to identify and notify owners of vehicles parked in violation of the District Rules. Owners will be given the opportunity to move their vehicles. As a last resort, drivers of vehicles repeatedly parked in violation of the District Rules may be prohibited access to any District property. We hope this action is not required, but the safety of our residents and guests must be assured.
Please be aware that there are also areas in The Villages in which there is only pedestrian and golf cart access. The Mulberry Dog Park is only accessible by pedestrians and golf carts. If you would like to drive your vehicle, please visit the Paradise Dog Park or the Brinson-Perry Dog Park.
Please assist us in making our sidewalks safe for our residents and guests.
Sumter County Roundabout Brochure
The Sumter County Board of County Commissioners in cooperation with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has developed an educational guide to navigating roundabouts in Sumter County. At the request of Sumter County officials, the District is providing this brochure for your information. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Sumter County Public Works Department at 352-793-0240. Please click here to view the brochure.
Due to an error in the procedures used to calculate the bond payoff amount when residents elected to pay off the bond that was used to fund each District’s infrastructure, some residents may be eligible for a refund. If you paid off your bond between late July and March 17th of any year, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund on the amount of interest charged. If you feel you are eligible for this refund, please click on the header of this announcement to print out an application for reimbursement. For additional information, please click here
or contact the District Finance Department, Bond Team at (352) 751-3900. You can also stop by the Customer Service Center at 3201 Wedgewood Lane to speak to a Bond Specialist or pick up an application.
Irrigating in the RainYou may notice the irrigation is running along the roadways, in some areas 24-hours per day or during the rain. This is necessary due to the high levels of storm water in our retention basins because of recent rains.