News and Information
CDD Orientation will be cancelled April 24, 2014 and May 1, 2014 while we transition our offices to Lake Sumter Landing. Beginning May 8, 2014, it will be held in our new building at 984 Old Mill Run each Thursday at 10:00am. Please see the attached map for additional location information. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508.
Please join us for The Villages 2014 Hurricane Expo! This year’s theme, “Prepare Florida” will focus on the importance of actions before a storm to ensure you can recover successfully. In addition to the National Weather Service’s presentation, there will be safety demonstrations, emergency vehicle displays, venders of safety products and services, and information on personal disaster preparedness. Home retrofit products will also be available to demonstrate how to be prepared. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.
In April 2014, District Departments will be relocating to improve and enhance their services. Community Watch will be relocating to 1135 Bonita Boulevard and all other District Departments will be relocating to Downtown Lake Sumter Landing. During our move transition, while open for business, we request that you wait for the full move to be complete before visiting our new locations unless you have items of immediacy to address. We will be scheduling an Open House and will look forward to seeing you all then! Please click on the header of this announcement for the date each department will be moving and additional information. Please click here
to view a map of the new office locations.
In a community of over 90,000 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 3201 Wedgewood Lane 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
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.
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.
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/.
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 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 3201 Wedgewood Lane 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.