News and Information
Sumter County Operation Medicine Cabinet
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Operation Medicine Cabinet on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7:00am – 10:00am at RJ Gators Restaurant located at 1015 Lake Shore Drive in The Villages. Operation Medicine Cabinet is a program to collect unused medications. For additional information, please contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Annex at (352) 689-4600.
Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for the 19th Annual Government Day – Your Local Governments in Action! The 2014 Government Day will be held at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center located at 3560 Buena Vista Boulevard from 10:00am until 1:00pm. During this event, you will have the opportunity to learn all about your local, state and federal government agencies and have the chance to gather information and have your questions answered by the experts! We look forward to seeing you there. For questions, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
A Landowner Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 (Election Day) to select a Representative for the Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) in the following areas:
• The Lady Lake/Lake County portion of The Villages at Paradise Regional Recreation Center
• District 1 at La Hacienda Regional Recreation Center
• District 2 at Savannah Regional Recreation Center
The Landowner Election will be held from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
If you are not able to vote in person on November 4th, you can obtain an Application for an Absentee Ballot by clicking on the header of this announcement or from the District Office at 984 Old Mill Run located in Lake Sumter Landing. Absentee ballots will be available beginning on September 29, 2014.
**Please note: A Landowner Election provides for one vote per parcel of property only. **
Sumter County Public Works is hosting a household electronics & hazardous waste mobile collection on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at The Villages Sumter County Service Center located at 7375 Powell Road. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information. For more information on this and other mobile collections, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.
Please excuse our dust! We are excited to announce that construction is now underway at the Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center. A brand new facility similar to the current Village Recreation Centers will be constructed for all residents to enjoy. This project is scheduled to continue until Spring 2015. Closure applies to ALL Tierra Del Sol facilities: Recreation center, swimming pool, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and tennis courts. Please refer to the Recreation News for alternative locations for desired activities. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
The landscape and recreation improvements to Area B of Paradise Park are under way! We anticipate it will be open for your enjoyment in January 2015. Improvements to this beautiful park include new walking paths, outdoor fitness equipment, enhanced landscaping and parking for both vehicles and golf carts. For your safety, please refrain from entering the work zone during construction. Please click on the header of this announcement for a map of the area. If you have any questions, please contact the Purchasing Department at (352) 751-6700.
Each election period raises questions about allowable campaign activities within the Village Community Development Districts. To help all candidates, an overview has been created. To read the overview, please click on the header of this announcement.
When Should I Water?
Evaporation loss can be 60 percent or higher during the day, so watering must be done during your scheduled irrigation time which will be before 10am or after 4pm on your scheduled day. Irrigation schedules vary by district and are listed at www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com.
It is important to remember not to irrigate just because it is your scheduled day. Irrigation systems should only be operated when the lawn begins to show signs of stress. This will encourage deeper root growth, which will help to develop more drought tolerant lawns and landscaping. It will also save water, which protects our water resources and provides savings on water bills. Signs of stress include:
• lingering footprints or mower tracks
• grass blades or leaf blades beginning to close lengthwise
• the top few inches of soil feeling dry
Lawns will generally need water before landscape plants (excluding flowers). Therefore if the lawn is being irrigated when it shows signs of stress, the landscape plants will be adequately irrigated.
Flower beds should be hand watered with a hose using an automatic shut off nozzle. Also, if the lawn has dry spots, use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle to apply water where it’s needed, instead of watering the entire lawn.
For information related to the current water restrictions and irrigation schedules, please visit www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com
Many District Departments relocated to improve and enhance their services. Community Watch relocated to 1135 Bonita Boulevard and all other District Departments are now located at Downtown Lake Sumter Landing. Please click on the header of this announcement to view a map of our new locations. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508. We look forward to serving you in our new locations!
In a community of 100,000 residents, golf cart safety is important both on the multimodal paths and on the roadways. To encourage golf cart safety, we have several educational materials available to help inform both residents and guests about safety.Golf cart safety brochures are available in the Customer Service Center located at 984 Old Mill Run or by clicking on the header of this announcement. You can also view a video addressing many of the concerns related to golf cart safety in The Villages by clicking here
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.
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 984 Old Mill Run.
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 Areas
Community Watch and local law enforcement officials have teamed up in a 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 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.
Irrigating in the Rain
You 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.