Please note: Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State or Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.
Please note: Florida law prohibits the Board of Supervisors from communicating with residents about Deed Compliance or Architectural Review issues/cases. Please contact the Community Standards Department directly at deedcompliance@districtgov.org to report any concerns you might have.

Labor Day Information

The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6th.

Political Campaign Activities

Each election period raises questions about allowable campaign activities within the Village Community Development Districts.  To help all candidates, an overview has been created. 

Golf Cart Safety

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.

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. 
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Labor Day Information

The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6th.
Residents living in the Sumter County, Marion County, and Fruitland Park portions of The Villages will not have sanitation collection on Monday, September 5th.  For those with Monday trash and/or recycling collection, it will be collected on Saturday, September 3rd. 
Residents living in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages can contact Waste Management for sanitation information at (352) 787-4416.  Residents living in Lake County can contact Lake County Solid Waste at (352) 343-3776 for sanitation information. 
For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.

Early Voting - Primary Election

The following Villages Recreation Centers will be hosting Early Voting for the Primary:

Marion County Elections*  
Saturday, August 20th through Saturday, August 27th,  10am – 6pm daily

• Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Center – the Liberty/OldGlory rooms

Sumter County Elections*  
Tuesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 27th,  9am – 6pm daily

• Laurel Manor Regional Recreation Center – the Washington and Jefferson rooms
• Allamanda Village Recreation Center – the Gardenia room
• Tierra Del Sol Village Recreation Center – the HermosaLuna/TootieJackson rooms
• Rohan Regional Recreation Center – the Lake Miona and Savannah rooms


* PLEASE NOTE – Voting dates and times differ by county.


There are other Early Voting locations outside of The Villages Recreation Centers. For all Marion, Lake and Sumter County election locations, please refer to your Supervisor of Elections website:

http://www.votemarion.com
http://elections.lakecountyfl.gov 
http://www.sumterelections.org

Primary Election Day

The following Recreation Centers will be a Precinct for the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30th, 7:00am-7:00pm.


Lake County Elections 

Precinct & Recreation Center
65 Paradise - Fonda/Garland
72 Paradise - Rita Hayworth
73 La Hacienda - Ricardo Montalban
96 La Hacienda - Carmen Miranda

More details at: http://elections.lakecountyfl.gov

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Marion County Elections 

Precinct & Recreation Center
3550 - Mulberry - Liberty
3551 Mulberry - Old Glory
3552 Mulberry - Patriot
3553 Mulberry - Spirit

More details at: http://www.votemarion.com

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Sumter County Elections 

Precinct & Recreation Center
101 Savannah Center - Atlanta
103 Saddlebrook - Fox Grove
104 Pimlico - Churchill Downs
105 Coconut Cove - Mai Tai
106 Canal Street - Cheshire
107 Laurel Manor - Washington/Jefferson
108 Allamanda - Gardenia
109 Truman - Studebaker
110 Sterling Heights - Torch Lake
111 Captiva - Starfish
125 El Santiago - BeachClub/ParadiseLounge
126 Savannah Center - Scarlett O'Hara
127 Colony Cottage - Study/Tea rooms
128 SeaBreeze - Daytona/NewSmyrna
129 Eisenhower - King/Nimitz
130 Rohan - LakeMiona*/Savannah*

* PLEASE NOTE – These are the room names and are located at the Rohan Regional Recreation Center.

More details at: http://www.sumterelections.org

After Hours with The District

Residents of The Villages® now have three additional opportunities after hours to meet District staff to discuss what a unique community you live in!  Your District government will be attending the following Market Nights and Farmers Market and we hope to see you there:

 * Monday, August 22, 2016 from 5pm – 9pm at the Spanish Springs Town Square for Vendor Market Night
 * Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 5pm – 9pm at the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square for Vendor Market Night
 * Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9am – 1pm at Brownwood Paddock Square for Brownwood Farmer’s Market

Please join us after hours to learn more about the services available to you and to take the opportunity to have your questions answered by District staff.  For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.

Attention Utility Customers of Village Center Service Area (VCSA)

The U.S. Envirnonmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new list of 30 unregulated contaminants to be monitored by public water systems once every five years.  The intent of the rule is to provide baseline occurrence data that the EPA can combine with the toxicological research to make decisions about potential future drinking water regulations. 
These tests were performed on utilities with less than 10,000 customers, therefore only VCSA was reported within The Villages community.  During the month of August, customers of VCSA will have a notice on their monthly bill with additional information.  Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information and a list of commonly asked questions.

Morse Boulevard Lake Sumter Island Slope Stability Analysis

On Monday, August 1, 2016 the Project Wide Advisory Committee (PWAC) held a meeting that included a presentation and review of a Slope Stability Analysis performed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. (KHA) for the Lake Sumter island embankment on Morse Boulevard.  The goal and objective of the analysis was to hault and prevent further erosion along the perimeter of the embankment during average conditions, and offer engineered options that were aesthetically pleasing that require minimal maintenance.  The analysis did not include the Morse Boulevard bridge over Lake Sumter, and there is no evidence of issues with the structure. 
The review included work performed by a sub-contracted geo-technical engineering firm who conducted extensive soil borings to thoroughly evaluate the slope of the island based on previous sloughing that occurred.  Their findings concluded that the existing slope exceeded the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) minimum factor of safety for permanent slopes.
In conjunction with the information received from the geo-technical engineer, KHA further evaluated water depth, wind speed/direction, and wave height to conclude that erosion was occurring as a result of repetitive wave action during average weather conditions. KHA Engineers in attendance at the meeting presented three options to the PWAC to mitigate further erosion on the island embankment:
1. Rock Revetment structure fill and plantings
a. Highest construction cost ($1.47 Mil.); permanent solution with lowest anticipated maintenance.
2. Living shoreline with a toe protection breakwater structure
a. High construction cost ($1 Mil.); ongoing maintenance required.
3. Placement of additional coarse sediment fill with native plantings
a. Lowest construction cost ($520,000); highest recurring maintenance and least likely to address erosion as compared to option 1 and
The PWAC had extensive discussions regarding the options and the desire for a long-term solution that required minimal ongoing maintenance.  Based on the review and information provided, and audience input, the PWAC directed staff to work with KHA to develop information to proceed with a rock revetment, option 1.  Additional information will be presented at a future meeting.
The full Slope Stability Analysis is available on www.DistrictGov.org, or by clicking the following direct link: http://www.districtgov.org/PDFView/PDFMeeting.aspx?id=20160801pa0201

Paver Maintenance

Paver work is scheduled to begin August 8, 2016 at these locations in the following order:
• The roadway entering Paige Place from the North Morse Boulevard roundabout.  
• Two sections on Morse Boulevard in the area exiting onto the roundabout at north Morse Circle.  The right lane of the exit will be closed and completed first, followed by the left lane.
• Morse Boulevard from the north Morse roundabout, extending behind the guard house will also be completed in two sections. 
Work at each location will take approximately 3-4 days.  
All golf carts traveling toward the Morse Circle along El Camino Real will be detoured around the guard house.  While construction is taking place on Paige Place and the right lane of the Morse Boulevard entry to the roundabout, all golf carts will detour through San Juan Drive to Corona Avenue and continue to Avenida Central.  Signs will be placed in the area notifying travelers of the work on August 4th. 
Please use caution in this area and pay attention to all directional signage.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022.

AlertMarion

Marion County is replacing the CodeRed program with AlertMarion.  This free program is for Marion County residents and will send alerts for hazardous conditions.After subscribing to AlertMarion, Marion County residents will be alerted to emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Emergency Alert & Notification Program.
 
This system enables Marion County to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.   This information can be sent to the location specified – home, mobile, business, email addresses, text messages and more.
 
Visit http://www.alertmarion.com/ to sign-up for this program.For information on Lake County, please visit http://lake.emtel911.com/reg/For information on Sumter County, please visit http://sumtercountyfl.gov/774/Code-Red-Weather-Warning

Sumter County 2016 Pavement Management Program

The Sumter County 2016 Pavement Management program is currently underway.  Rehabilitation includes milling, resurfacing, asphalt stress relief layers and widening.  Please click on the header of this announcement for an updated list of the streets included in this program and their status.  Also included in the attachment is the Sumter County Public Works Division Project Summary.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.

VCSA Water Treatment Plant No. 3 New Well House

Construction of the new well house at 1235 Rio Grande Avenue (next to the Rio Grande Postal Station and Pool) is now underway!  Please be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the job site.  For your safety and the safety of the workers, please adhere to all posted construction signage.  This job is estimated to be completed in August, weather permitting, and construction will be limited to the hours of 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. 

2016 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide

Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages.  To view the 2016 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.

Sharps Disposal Program

The Sumter County Department of Health is now offering a sharps disposal program for residents of Sumter County.  This program was designed as a community service to assist the residents of Sumter County with a safe and environmentally sound method for disposing of used needles or sharps.  All sharps must be delivered in an approved sharps container.  For additional information on this program or the cost of the containers, please contact or visit one of the following locations:

The Villages:
8015 East C-466
(352) 689-4675

Wildwood:
104 Rutland Steet
(352) 689-6520

Bushnell:
415 East Noble Avenue
(352) 569-3102

For additional information, please visit the Sumter County Department of Health website by clicking here or contact them at (352) 569-3131.

Political Campaign Activities

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.

Golf Cart Safety

To promote golf cart safety in The Villages, The Villages Homeowners Association created a video that can be supplemented with their monthly Golf Cart Safety Clinic.  The Golf Cart Safety Clinic is held at 9:00 a.m. on the third (3rd) Wednesday each month at Colony Cottage Recreation Center.  To view the video, please click on the following link:  http://www.thevha.net/golf-cart-safety/For additional information on golf cart safety, please click here.

Unwanted Phone Books

As you receive new phone books, please help us keep our community clean by refraining from placing old phone books at the postal facilities.  Unwanted phone books should be placed in the bag and discarded with your other recycling.  We appreciate your help!

PulsePoint Respond

The Villages Public Safety Department (VPSD) and Sumter County Fire and EMS (SCFEMS) are partnering to bring PulsePoint Respond.  PulsePoint Respond is an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service pre-arrival solution designed to support public safety agencies working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through improved bystander performance and active citizenship.   PulsePoint Respond will alert users of a cardiac arrest in a public place.  This program is NOT replacing ReadyAlert as it is not designed for residential AED groups. 
Users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and are willing to assist in an emergency can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest and needs CPR.  If the cardiac arrest is in a public place, the application will alert trained citizens in the vicinity (1/4 mile) of the need for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care.
The purpose of the PulsePoint App is to increase the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by:
• Reducing collapse-to-CPR times by increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area.
• Reducing collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (AED) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.
Communities and cities across the United States are using PulsePoint Respond.  In Florida, currently Orlando and Sunrise are using PulsePoint Respond.  Anyone wishing to download the App can do so by visiting www.pulsepoint.org.  To view a coverage map showing the locations of agencies using this system, for additional information or to download the App, please visit www.pulsepoint.org.  For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.

Multi-Modal Path Markings

The Multi-Modal Path Discussion Group (MMPDG) reviewed and provided   unanimous support to move ahead with recommended changes to the multi-modal paths based on a Technical Memorandum prepared by the District Engineer, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.  The memorandum specifically addressed striping and reflective pavement markings for the following areas on the multi-modal paths:
•    Medians
•    Geometrically constrained locations
•    Trail-side obstructions
•    Roundabouts
Districts 1-4, the Amenity Authority Committee the Project Wide Advisory Committee approved expending funds to move forward with the engineered changes on the multi-modal paths under their purview.  Staff anticipates work to begin in April 2016 for the areas north of C.R. 466 and then progress south.  To view the memorandum prepared by the Engineer, please click on the header of this announcement.






Please join us for Welcome Wednesday!

Welcome Wednesday is a program designed to give residents the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects, address rumors and have their questions answered by District staff.  Please join us each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the District office located at 984 Old Mill Run to have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the latest rumors and meet District Board Supervisors from your CDD and others.  We have also revised our weekly handouts into a new easy to read newsletter!  To view this weekly newsletter, please visit the Welcome Wednesday quick link for updated information.  For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement.  We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

What Happens When I Call 9-1-1 in The Villages?

It is very important that all residents are aware of what to do in an emergency.  Please click on the header of this announcement to view information from The Villages Public Safety Department on what happens when you call 9-1-1 in The Villages.

Information Provided by Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Please click on the header of this announcement to learn about tips to secure your home and what to do if you find your house has been burglarized.  This information is being provided to you by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.  

Wildlife Information

Please help the wildlife by keeping them wild!  Feeding wildlife can do more harm than good for both people and wildlife.  Wildlife can adapt to living on golf courses and neighborhoods when its natural habitat is developed.  Feeding wildlife may cause them to become dependent on handouts and lose their natural fear of people, causing injury to people on rare occasions.  Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information.

Flashing Yellow Arrow

As information for Villages residents, we would like to inform you The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has implemented a new type of traffic signal at certain locations throughout the state and at some intersections adjacent to The Villages.  The signals now include a flashing yellow arrow.  It is a new type of signal which is placed over a left turn lane at a signalized intersection where one of the signal indications is a flashing yellow arrow. They are the result of a national study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, which demonstrated many benefits.  To learn more about this new signal and view a video, please click here.

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

Golf Cart Safety

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.

Golf Cart Rules of the Road and Safety Tips

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.

Announcement from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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.

Share the Path

"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 began removing the existing traffic cones.  Community Watch is now placing 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 partnered 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 are 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.


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