News and Information
Please join us on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. for the Grand Re-Opening of Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center! For additional information, please call (352) 674-1800 or click on the header of this announcement. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please join us on Friday, May 1, 2015 for the 10th Annual Hurricane Expo! This event will take place at the Savannah Center from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Join us to learn about local business and government services that assist residents in protection against wind, water damage and recovery from a disaster. Admission to this event is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Welcome Wednesday was created in November 2014 as a way to give residents the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects, address rumors and have their questions answered by District staff. Now that the program has been in existence for a few months, we have identified improvements based on feedback we received. Beginning in May 2015, we will be meeting each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. 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. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement. If you are unable to attend, we are also posting weekly updates on www.DistrictGov.org for your convenience. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
On April 7, 2015 the VCDD No. 4 Board of Supervisors held a workshop to review and discuss the proposal to expand the District boundaries to include an additional 64.27 acres and 300 residences. Representatives from The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. and the law firm of McLin Burnsed presented information on the proposal and answered questions from Board Supervisors and audience members. The presentation can be viewed by clicking on the header of this announcement. The VCDD No. 4 Board will continue to review and discuss the proposal at future meetings.
The Sumter County Pavement Management FY 15 program is currently underway. Preservation includes crack sealing and microsurfacing. 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. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.
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.
El Santiago Renovation Project - UPDATED 4/10/2015
On February 11, 2015 the Amenity Authority Committee awarded the contract for the demolition and reconstruction of the new El Santiago Recreation Center. The District has now acquired the necessary site permits and the contractor has submitted the construction documents for building permits. The demolition of the existing structure is now complete and the site work and building foundation began on April 8, 2015. For the safety of both residents and workers, please refrain from entering the construction zone. The interior of the new recreation facility will be 7600 sq. ft., comparable to other Village Recreation Centers in the community. Please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
as this project progresses!
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
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
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.
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.