News and Information
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.
Sumter County Public Works is having a household electronics and hazardous waste mobile collection site on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at The Villages Sumter County Service Center located at 7375 Powell Road in Wildwood. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement or contact the Sumter County Public Works department at (352) 569-6700.
If your resident group is interested in decorating the Gate House and Village or Villa entry sign wall, a design application must be submitted to District Property Management. Decorations cannot be installed earlier than December 1, 2013 and approval must be granted before any decorations are placed. For additional information and a list of design specifications, please click on the header of this announcement.
The Hillsborough Gate located at Buena Vista Boulevard and Hillsborough Drive will be removed from construction mode on Friday, November 22, 2013 at midnight. This gate will no longer open automatically when you approach it. All vehicles approaching the gate will need to stop at the entrance and use their gate access card or wait for the Community Watch gate attendant to open the gate. Please use caution in this area and follow all directional signage.
New Traffic Pattern
An “All-Way” stop sign has been added to the intersection of Mulberry Lane and Belle Meade Circle near Hwy 42 in the Marion County portion of The Villages. There is currently an advance warning signal present to notify drivers of the traffic changes. Please use caution when navigating this area.
Colony Boulevard - Traffic Update
On Monday, October 28, 2013, Community Watch will begin providing traffic control at the multimodal crossing on Colony Boulevard from 10:00am – 5:00pm. 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
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.
We are excited to announce that Paradise Park Area A is officially under construction. The improvements are anticipated to be complete for resident use in January of 2014. During construction, certain areas will be off limits to residents. For your safety, please refrain from entering the work zone or interfering with construction operations.
Design plans are being developed for Paradise Park Area B. A resident public meeting held on October 15, 2013 previewed the overall master plan for Area B. The permitting stage will begin with construction dates expected to commence after the completion of Area A. Please click on the header of this announcement to view the presentation shown at the public meeting.
If you would like the opportunity to sponsor a picnic table that will be included in the design of this beautiful park, please stop by the Customer Service Center located at 3201 Wedgewood Lane. Availability is limited, so please contact Customer Service at 753-4508 for pricing and additional information.
To view the Paradise Park Area A Design, please click here.
We are excited to announce that the District will be performing a major renovation of the La Hacienda Sports Pool Facility. Upgrades will be also be made to the landscaping and parking areas. This project is anticipated to begin October 28, 2013 and continue until April 2014. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
We are excited to announce that the District will be performing a complete interior renovation of the Southside Recreation Center, as well as making improvements to the pool and parking areas. This project is anticipated to begin October 28, 2013 and continue until February 2014. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
Information Provided by CenturyLinkCenturyLink will be upgrading their equipment that provides voice, high-speed internet and Prism TV in certain areas in The Villages. From now through the end of the year, they’ll be working at the equipment by the post offices and the smaller devices closer to the homes. The complete upgrade will include taking fiber to the homes for any customer wanting to upgrade their services or become a new CenturyLink customer. However, there are about 350 of the total 10,000 homes that will need to be converted to the new system first and our local retail store will be helping coordinate with the customers . The general area that is being upgraded is between Highway 42 and CR 466 in the communities along Buena Vista Boulevard.
If you have any questions, please contact the local retail store. It is located near Target (by Moe’s) just off of 441. The engineering and operations teams are working closely with them and are taking names for anyone wishing to upgrade their services after all the work is completed.
CenturyLink Retail Store
684 US Hwy 441 N
Lady Lake, FL 32159
SECO Energy Project on Buena Vista BoulevardOn Monday, September 9th, SECO Energy, your locally owned and operated electric cooperative, will begin installation of a new electric line in the Villages to meet the needs of a growing population and to supply energy for the expansion of Brownwood, including new medical complexes, retail facilities and a large chain grocery store.
The project is expected to take approximately three months to complete and requires 57,000 feet of cable to be installed in stages along the transportation trail along Buena Vista Boulevard from Highway 466A in the Villages to Highway 44 at Brownwood.
All transportation trails and tunnels will remain open thanks to the cooperative efforts of SECO, the Villages Community Development District and the Developer. There will be short, clearly marked detours as the work progresses in stages along the trail.
At this time, it is anticipated that all work will be conducted during daylight hours. Residents are encouraged to use particular caution in the areas where work is taking place. For more information or if you have questions regarding this project; please call your local SECO office at 352-793-3801.
Please click on the header of this announcement to view a message from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding a scam in the local area.
The Amenity Authority Committee has directed staff, as result of the purchase of 2375 Enrique Drive (formerly El Santiago Club Restaurant) and the overall Capital Improvement Plan, to review considerations and suggestions for the proposed recreation center for this site. Staff has been directed to receive input from residents and resident lifestyle groups for internal recreation center features, enhancements and other considerations. To view the details on the proposed project, please click on the header of this announcement. To view the survey you can print for completion, please click here
Please stay tuned to the District Website, www.Districtgov.org
for future updates on this project.
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 Areas
Community 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 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.