News and Information
District Holiday Closures
The District Customer Service Center and all District Administration Offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.
The recreation centers, outdoor facilities, swimming pools, and fitness centers located at Colony Cottage, Laurel Manor, SeaBreeze & Mulberry Grove will be open for your enjoyment.
Guest Id Cards, Executive Trail Fees and Activity Registration will be available at La Hacienda, Lake Miona and Eisenhower Regional Recreation Centers 8:00am to 12:00pm on the following dates:
• Saturday, August 30th
• Sunday, August 31st
• Monday, September 1st
We will resume normal business hours and services on Tuesday, September 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508. For information on recreation centers and services, please visit your closest recreation center or call (352) 674-1800.
Sumter Sanitation Holiday Schedule
There will not be residential trash collection on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. Trash collection will occur on your next regularly scheduled day. If you were scheduled to have recycling pick-up on Monday, September 1st, you will have a special recycling pickup on Saturday, August 30, 2014. For additional information, please contact Sumter Sanitation at (352) 748-0109. If you reside in the Lake County portion of The Villages, you can contact Waste Management at (352) 787-4416 for your holiday schedule.
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.
Utility Water System Lead and Copper Sampling
The Federal Clean Air and Water Act require all water utilities systems conduct a lead and copper sampling program. It requires the water systems to sample residential locations inside at the tap to measure the amount of lead and copper in the water that the resident consumes.
This testing is required every 3 years for the Village Center Service Area (VCSA), Little Sumter Service Area (LSSA), and North Sumter Service Area (NSU) and annually for the Central Sumter Utility (CSU).
Over the next several weeks’ technicians from the utility and maintenance contractor, CH2MHill will be in the VCSA area and the CSU area requesting participation from residents. The CH2MHill technicians will be wearing blue and white shirts with a CH2MHill logo, identification badges and driving a vehicle (car or truck) with CH2MHill markings on the side.
The technicians will spend time explaining the program to the residents that elect to participate. The sampling program must be completed by September 30, 2014.
This is a voluntary program and residents are not required to participate. However all residents that do participate in this testing will receive a copy of the analytical results at no cost to them. If you have any questions please feel free to contact District Customer Service at 352-753-4508 or Utility Billing and Customer Service at 352-750-0000.
The 2014 District Flu shot program is starting on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The program will take place at two Regional Recreation Centers (Savannah and Lake Miona). Please register online by clicking here
or click on the header of this announcement for an application and drop it off at either Savannah or Lake Miona, or at Recreation Administration at 984 Old Mill Run. The program schedule will take place at the following locations: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Savannah Recreation Center
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Lake Miona Recreation CenterFor more information and online registration, please call VaxCare at 888-829-8550.
We are excited to announce that the District will demolish and rebuild 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 will begin August 25, 2014 and will 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 Sumter County Pavement Management FY 14 Program has been successfully completed on roads in The Villages. This update is being provided for those who travel on Sumter County roads outside of The Villages. Please click on the header of this announcement for a list of roadways included in the project and the status of each road. While work is completed, please use caution and follow all directional signage.
The landscape and recreation improvements to Area B of Paradise Park are under way! Construction will begin in August 2014. 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
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
• Amenity Authority Committee
Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center, America 3A and 3B Rooms
• Village Community Development District No.’s 5-10
Large Conference Room located in the District Office at 984 Old Mill Run ** New Location
• Village Center Community Development District
• Sumter Landing Community Development District
• Brownwood Community Development District
• North Sumter County Utility Dependent District
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Clerk at (352) 751-6700.
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. We will be scheduling an Open House and look forward to seeing you there! 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.
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 read a media release by the Lady Lake Police Department regarding a phone scam confirmed by the Better Business Bureau.
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 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 984 Old Mill Run to speak to a Bond Specialist or pick up an application.
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.