News and Information
Holiday Trash Collection
There will be no residential trash collection on Thursday, November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving Day. If you live in the Sumter or Marion county portion of The Villages and your scheduled recycling day in on November 27th, it will be collected on Saturday, November 29th. If you live in the Lady Lake portion of The Villages, please contact Waste Management at 787-4416 for your collection information. If you live in the Lake County portion of The Villages, please contact Lake County Solid Waste at 343-3776 for your collection information. For more information, please click here.
Please excuse our dust! A brand new facility similar to the current Village Recreation Centers is being constructed at Tierra Del Sol for all residents to enjoy. The project is in the structural stage of construction and progressing nicely. Work on the facility will continue until Spring 2015. Closures apply to all Tierra Del Sol facilities: Recreation center, swimming pool, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and tennis courts. The Tierra Del Sol Country Club and Restaurant are open for business as usual. Please refer to the Recreation News for alternative locations for desired activities. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information. Stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
for additional information and updates!
Thank you to all residents who attended Welcome Wednesday this week. Please click on the header of this announcement to review the information that was presented. Please note that Welcome Wednesday will be cancelled next week due to the holiday. The next Welcome Wednesday is scheduled for December 3, 2014.
Each week you will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects, and get all your questions answered first hand by District departments. Welcome Wednesday is held at the District Office located at 984 Old Mill Run at 8:00 a.m. We hope to see you at a future session!
Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists has designated The Villages, Florida a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Silver Level in recognition of outstanding efforts to encourage bicycling in The Villages. The award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. The award is current for four years 2014-2018.
The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving. In addition, all recreation centers, recreation offices and fitness clubs will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014.
The outdoor facilities, swimming pools and the Silver Lake and Saddlebrook Billiards will remain open for your enjoyment.
Guest ID Card and Executive Trail Fee services will be available Friday, November 28th, Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th from 8:00am – 12:00pm at La Hacienda, Lake Miona and Eisenhower Regional Recreation Centers. Guest ID Card and Executive Trail Fee services will not be available on Thursday, November 27, 2014.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508 or visit your nearest recreation center.
Several reoccurring District programs will be cancelled during November and December due to the holidays:
Welcome Wednesday will be cancelled on the following dates:
• November 26, 2014
• December 24, 2014
• December 31, 2014
CDD Orientation will be cancelled on the following dates:
• November 27, 2014
• December 25, 2014
• January 1, 2014
With the exceptions above, Welcome Wednesday is held each Wednesday at 8:00am and CDD Orientation is held each Thursday at 10:00am. Both programs are held in the District office located at 984 Old Mill Run. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
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.
It’s that time of year again when resident groups inquire on decorating the entry sign walls and gate houses for the holiday season. The Boards have adopted a Holiday Decoration Policy for District owned entry wall signs and gate houses in the community. Decorations must not be placed before December 1st and they must be removed by the first week of January. Additionally, all decorations must be approved prior to installation. Please click on the header of this announcement for the Holiday Decoration Policy. You may also contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022 for additional information. With your help of following the Holiday Decoration Policy, we can make this a great holiday season in The Villages!
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.
Please join us each Wednesday morning at 8:00am for Welcome Wednesday. Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects and get all your questions answered first hand by District departments. You will also be able to meet District Board Supervisors from your CDD and others. These sessions will be held at the District Office located at 984 Old Mill Run. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement. If you are unable to attend, please continue to visit www.DistrictGov.org
for weekly updates.
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.
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.