June 6, 2023
Ground Loop Repair Lane Closures - Updated 6/5/2023
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 through Thursday, June 8, 2023, our Gate Repair Contractor will be installing new ground loops to ensure the gate arms operate effectively in the entry and exit lanes. The work will be done in one night at each gate and will require overnight lane closures to ensure the ground loops are properly installed and sealant is fully cured before allowing vehicle traffic.
The following gates will be effected based on the schedule listed below:
*This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 (8 PM to 8 AM)
- Charlotte – Visitor Entry Lane
- Collier South – Exit Lane
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (8 PM to 8 AM)
- Virginia Trace North Gate – Exit Lane (Including New Photo-Electric Loop Detectors/Reflectors)
- La Zamora Gate – Exit Lane
Thursday, June 8, 2023 (8 PM to 8 AM)
- Pinellas Commercial Gate – Exit Lane
- Bonnybrook Gate – Visitor Entry Lane
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Wilkerson Creek Playground Closure
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Wilkerson Creek Playground at Lake Sumter Landing will be closed for maintenance Monday, June 5, 2023 through Wednesday, June 7, 2023. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Hogeye Preserve Pathway – Use Caution
The Villages Running Club will be using the Hogeye Preserve Pathway for their 5K on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 8 AM to 10 AM. Please use caution during that time!
Irrigation System Flushing: Districts 5-8
Beginning in April 2023, our Utilities Operations and Maintenance contractor (Jacobs), will begin flushing the Villages Water Conservation Authority (VWCA) irrigation system located in Districts 5-8. Flushing prevents the accumulation of small particles and build-up, which can lead to plugging issues in our irrigation system. Due to the size of the VWCA system, the area has been divided into 90 distinct flushing zones. Once started, this project will take approximately 50 weeks to work through all 90 zones.
As the flushing takes place, you will see the Jacobs team opening fire hydrants and flushing irrigation lines only into the roadway. Work hours will be from 8 AM to 5 PM. Information on when you can expect to see the Jacobs team in action in your area will be updated regularly in the District Weekly Bulletin.
This maintenance work will not have any effects on your drinking water quality nor pressure. This is a proactive effort to maintain your irrigation system. The safety of residents and contractor personnel is of the utmost importance. We are requesting everyone to abide by all barricades and warning signs and to avoid the active work area for anything other than access to your property.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we improve our irrigation system. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Utilities at 352-753-4022.
Lake Sumter Landing Gazebo and Walkway Closure
The Lake Sumter Landing Gazebo and Walkway will be closed for maintenance Friday, March 17, 2023 until further notice. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Mill and Overlay Road Work - Updated 5/31/2023
CW Roberts will begin Mill and Overlay Road Work in the following areas based on the schedule below: *This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.
- Seneca Villas: TBA
- Sandhill Villas: TBA
- Mariel Villas: TBA
Everything possible will be done to minimize your inconvenience. For the safety of our crews and all residents, we ask that you reschedule any work or deliveries to your Villa until the paving is complete as they may be denied access. Only residents and emergency vehicles will have immediate access during the construction.
Please DO NOT run your irrigation, wash your vehicle or empty your pool during the week, as it will increase the work time.
ALL vehicles and trailers must be parked OFF of the roads and the overflow parking areas must be empty, as to not impede the work.
Please be advised that newly paved roadways will take approximately one hour to cure and should not be driven on while hot! Driving before this time could result in tracking asphalt onto your driveway and damaging the new roadway.
If you must travel through the construction, please drive slowly and watch for and listen to directions provided by the contract workers.
Please be aware that in some cases, residents have installed decorative curbing, pavers, landscape, and other features within the District owned property (road right-of-way area) or decorative curbing over the top of the asphalt and extending out beyond the right of way into the actual road. While our contractor is diligent in performing the Mill and Overlay operation and will take all precautions to protect your property, these improvements which are in the road right-of-way areas or encroaching into the street are subject to damage or destruction without compensation to the resident. Residents may wish to remove items from the road right-of-way areas in advance of Mill and Overlay to mitigate the potential for damage. The District will not make repairs, restoration or restitution for items within the road right-of-way that are inadvertently damaged during construction. Our goal is to give you a new road that will last its maximum lifespan with the least amount of inconvenience. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions during the work there will be someone on site to help. For additional information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Current Executive Golf Course Closures - 5/11/2023
- Pelican Executive Golf Course Course – Closed for rest & rehabilitation for the next several weeks.
- Hill Top Executive Golf Course – Closed for renovation until further notice.
- Briarwood Executive Golf Course – Closed for renovation until further notice.
- Belmont Executive Golf Course – Closed for renovation until further notice.
We thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our Executive Golf Courses to the highest standards. You can find additional information on these course closures and more on our Executive Golf Course Closures page. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Golf Maintenance Department by email at ExecutiveGolfMaintenance@districtgov.org or by phone at 352-674-1885.
- Churchill Greens Executive Golf Course – Closed for renovation until further notice.
The Villages Putting Courses and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the following Villages Putting Courses and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities will be closed for routine maintenance as follows. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the recreation center listed below.
- Clifton Cove Putting Course: Every morning before 9 AM opening, Ezell Recreation at 352-674-1860.
- Fenney Putting Course and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month all day, Fenney Recreation at 352-674-8460.
- First Responders Putting Course: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 7 AM to 2 PM, First Responders Recreation at 352-674-1870.
- First Responders Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 AM to 12 PM, First Responders Recreation at 352-674-1870.
- Rio Grande Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 7 AM to 12 PM, Chula Vista Recreation at 352-753-0002.
Outdoor Sports Courts
Outdoor Sports Courts are available for use provided that such use is consistent with the design of the facility, safety and weather conditions permitting for outdoor activities. Personal equipment may be used at facilities for which the equipment was designed. Personal items such as chairs, tables, umbrellas, etc. are not permitted.
The Villages Dog Parks
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the following Villages Dog Parks will not open until 9:00am one day per week due to maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the recreation center listed below.
• Atlas Canine Park, Wednesday; Rohan Recreation at 352-674-8400
• Brinson/Perry Dog Park, Wednesday; SeaBreeze Recreation at 352-750-2488
• Dudley Canine Park, Friday; Fenney Recreation at 352-674-8460
• Paradise Dog Park, Thursday; Paradise Recreation at 352-753-0637
• Rupert Canine Park, Thursday; Riverbend Recreation at 352-674-8455• Homestead Dog Park, Thursday; Homestead Recreation at 352-674-1971
• Richmond Dog Park, Wednesday; Lake Okahumpka Recreation at 352-674-1887
Trails & Pathways
The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click below for more information.
Trails and Pathways
Amenity Fee Adjustment - Updated 1/13/2023
Per your individual Declaration of Restrictions, amenity fees are subject to an adjustment based on the fluctuation of the National Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The timing of this adjustment can vary based on the Declaration of Restrictions in your unit. For information specific to your home, please refer to your Declaration of Restrictions. For assistance in obtaining them, please contact Community Standards at 352-751-3912.
Each month, the percentage of adjustment will be provided in What’s Happening for your reference. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Finance Utility Billing at 352-750-0000.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 6.454% from December 2021 to December 2022. This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of February.
Information Provided by Executive Golf
The United States Golf Association recently implemented a new rule under Rule 13.2a (2):
•There is no longer a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.
•Players are not required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).
Information obtained from www.usga.org
Removing the flagstick to help in retrieving a golf ball from the cup is still considered proper etiquette and requires that we complete the task by hand. Using the flagstick to pinch and pull up the golf ball from the cup is frowned upon and not considered good etiquette standards.
The challenge for Executive Golf Courses in The Villages is that many residents use assistance or ball removal devices for the convenience of not bending as far to remove golf balls from cups. When ball retrieval devices are inserted with flagsticks still in place (Photo 2) the damage to the delicate edges of cups occur. It also causes degradation of the putting surface for the players that follow.
We are asking all residents that use these devices to simply pull the flag stick out gently (Photo 1) and remove the golf ball with your device. This will ensure the integrity of the cup edges and allow players to enjoy the same crisp quality of the cups as the players before them.
We appreciate your cooperation!
Please be considerate of others and all properties. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Please take all waste home for disposal. Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags. In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash.
Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk
New signage has been added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found along the trail. Drop by and take a look.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages® community may be photographed and recorded. Participant, by engaging in the activity, irrevocably consents to be photographed and recorded and grants The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licensees the right to publish and use such photographs and recordings for informational, advertising, marketing, and similar purposes.
The polo player entrance gate off of Buena Vista Boulevard is locked. All clubs will need to enter through the electronic gate at the south end during off season. Walkers and approved Resident Lifestyle Groups will be allowed admittance from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The timer is being set and the gate will automatically open as each car/golf cart hits the pad during these hours. For further information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.
The Recreation & Parks Department has created consistent and uniform guidelines regarding inclement weather that may impact the public, health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, participants and facilities. Please click here for the complete guidelines!
Recreation Center Emergency Address Information
Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle. When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from. Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information. We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information. Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas.