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December 19, 2018

General Information


Amberwood Executive Golf Course

In our efforts to keep the infrastructure protected and functioning correctly, we utilize our executive golf courses for water management and movement. The District Executive Golf Management Team will temporarily close the Amberwood Golf Course starting Tuesday, December 18, 2018 until further notice for the water dumping needs of weather related recovery. 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 on this dumping, please contact the District Executive Golf Offices at 352-751-3939.



Registration for Monthly Socials Available Online

The Villages Recreation & Parks Department offers monthly socials to help Villagers enjoy the companionship of others in a friendly, fun atmosphere, as well as fulfilling the recreational, educational, emotional or physical needs of the participants.  Beginning December 27, 2018, registration for the monthly socials will be available online, in addition to walk-in registration at all regional recreation centers.

For online registration follow these easy steps:

1. Go to www.DistrictGov.org.

2. Click on Departments.

3. Click on Recreation.

4. Click on the Socials (on the right hand side).

5. Click on Registration.

6. View the month’s social offerings.

7. Create an account or login.

8. Register for the socials of your choosing.

For questions or assistance, please call Recreation Administration at 352-674-1800.



Recreation Center Holiday Closings

Monday, December 24, 2018– All recreation offices will be closed. The fitness clubs will be open from 6:30 am until 1 pm. Trail fees, guest IDs & activity registration services will be available from 8 am until 12 pm at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower & Rohan. Recreation centers will close at 6 pm.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018- All recreation centers and offices will be closed. All outdoor facilities and swimming pools will remain open for your enjoyment. 

Monday, December 31, 2018- All recreation centers will be open as usual from 7 am until 10 pm. Fitness clubs will be open from 6:30 am until 1 pm. Resident lifestyle group meetings will end at 1 pm in preparation for New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019- All recreation centers and offices will be closed. All outdoor facilities and swimming pools will remain open for your enjoyment. 

Regular services will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.



Del Mar Gate Operation Changes

Based on direction from the Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) at the November 2018 meeting, residents will begin to see operational changes at the Del Mar gate during the week of December 17, 2018 to improve the overall functionality of the gate. Some of the changes you may begin to see include:

  • December 19, 2018 through January 6, 2019 – the gate will operate as a “visitor lane” style gate in which the Gate Attendant will open the gate for all users. The Gate Attendant will NOT use a hand held stop sign or be stationed on the sidewalk near the roadway. The gate arm activation switch is located in the gatehouse where the attendant will be located. The Gate Attendant will have discretion to lock the gate in the “up” position during heavy traffic, as necessary.

  • January 7, 2019 through January 26, 2019 – the gate will be operated in “automatic open mode”. The Gate Attendant will be stationed in the doorway to provide customer service and greet users. As users approach the gate, the arm will automatically open WITHOUT the use of a gate access card or push of the button. The Gate Attendant will have the discretion to lock the gate in the “up” position during heavy traffic, as necessary.

We appreciate your patience as we attempt to improve the functionality and customer service provided at the Del Mar Gate. Please use caution and reduce your speed when approaching the gate and pay attention to all directions provided by the Gate Attendant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Community Watch at (352) 753-0550.



Save the Date

The Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) directed Staff to receive input from residents and Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups for both internal and external recreation center features, such as meeting space, storage, restrooms, facility enhancements, type of pool and other considerations for the property located at the First Baptist Church, 16985 SE 79th Clearview Ave., The Villages in Marion County. On January 7, 2019, the survey will be posted online at www.DistrictGov.org and will be available at all recreation centers.  For additional information, please contact Recreation Administration at (352) 674-1800. 

Save the Date Flyer



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.

Fenney Springs Nature Trail Sign 5   Fenney Springs Nature Trail Sign 6



Media Release 

Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and by participation in the activity, participant irrevocably consents to be photographed/recorded and grants The Villages of Florida, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licenses the right in perpetuity to distribute the results of such photography/recording in all media throughout the world.



Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling facilities will be closed periodically for maintenance.  Please see the schedule below for a listing of closure dates.  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 the Fenney Recreation Center at 352-674-8460.

Closing Schedule


Recreation News

The Recreation & Parks department and staff appreciate the communication from our residents on the recent changes occurring with the Recreation News.  This recent round of changes is a vetting process that our department has been working on over the last several years.  Currently the process, is reviewing how to best manage information by showcasing the provided resident lifestyle contacts weekly club listings every 1st and 3rd week of the month.

All scheduled activities will continue to appear under the recreation center where it is being hosted, as well be being listed on our Districtgov.org website.  At a minimum in the Recreation News it will be appearing weekly under the recreation center where it is scheduled and twice a month in the club listings for this vetting process. 

Our team has also been researching how technology can play a positive role in providing recreation information from the convenience of your smart phone or computer.   We are excited about what the future holds working on this project. Please allow us the opportunity to continue to vet through all the respective areas so the Recreation News can continue to be a staple of our community today and in the future.


Polo Fields

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 7:00a.m. -12:00p.m.  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.


Weather Policy

The Recreation 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. 


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 here.

Village Center & Sumter Landing Community Development District

No updates at this time.


Lady Lake / Lake County
Paradise Dog Park Closure 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Dog Park will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance December 4, 2018 through December 22, 2018. 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 the Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.

Community Development District 1
No updates at this time.
Community Development District 2
Savannah Regional Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Savannah Regional Recreation Center will be closed for quarterly cleaning on Saturday, December 29, 2018. All outdoor areas including the sports pool, bocce and shuffleboard courts will remain open per normal operating hours. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Savannah Regional Recreation Center at 352-750-6084.

Community Development District 3
No updates at this time.
Community Development District 4
Mulberry Grove Recreation Center
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The Fitness Club and all outdoor facilities, including the Sports Pool, will remain open. 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 the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center at 352-259-6040. 



Road Maintenance

District Property Management would like to inform all residents that the following roads within District 4 that were repaved will be rejuvenated:
  • Calumet Ave. from Legacy Lane to Buena Vista Boulevard
  • Legacy Lane from Belle Meade Circe to Buena Vista Boulevard
  • Mulberry Lane from Belle Meade Circle to Buena Vista Boulevard
  • All District 4 gated entries from Buena Vista Boulevard
This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 10th and should be completed by Friday, December 14th, barring any equipment issues or rain delays. The work will be completed from 10:00 PM until no later than 5:00 AM.

The product being applied to your roads is called Reclamite and the purpose is to rebind the asphalt from loss through sunlight, rain and oxidation, which causes raveling (the aggregate coming loose from the road).  It re-bonds the components of the roadway and adds a layer of water intrusion protection so the roads can last longer.  Please be aware there will be no color change to the road once the product dries, as this product was designed to rejuvenate and help repel water intrusion, not darken the road.  As a result, driving on the road can resume 30-45 minutes after the product has been applied.  There will be workers to guide you during this process.  If you happen to drive through a wet area before entering your driveway, you may notice tire tracks as if you went through water.  Although the material tracked onto your driveway will weather off in three weeks or less, leaving no stain, we prefer you give the product a chance to soak in before driving on it.
 
We are looking forward to a successful project and thank you again for your cooperation. 

Community Development District 5
Allamanda Pickleball & Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Allamanda Pickleball Courts and Tennis Courts will be closed for resurfacing Sunday, December 16, 2018 through Wednesday, December 19, 2018. 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 the Allamanda Recreation Center at 352-750-1941.


Community Development District 6
Road Maintenance

District Property Management would like to inform residents that reside in District 6 that several villa roads are being scheduled for road rejuvenation work.  Door knockers will be delivered to those impacted as a reminder 48 hours before work begins.  Signs will also be placed at your Villa entry approximately 7-10 days before work begins. Please check the signs at your entry for dates of application and monitor daily for changes which may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. 

The product being applied to your roads is called Reclamite and the purpose is to rebind the asphalt from loss through sunlight, rain and oxidation, which causes raveling (the aggregate coming loose from the road).  It re-bonds the components of the roadway and adds a layer of water intrusion protection so the roads can last longer.  Please be aware there will be no color change to the road once the product dries, as this product was designed to rejuvenate and help repel water intrusion, not darken the road.  As a result, driving on the road can resume 30-45 minutes after the product has been applied.  There will be workers at the entrance and throughout the Villa to guide you during this process.  If you happen to drive through a wet area before entering your driveway, you may notice tire tracks as if you went through water.  Although the material tracked onto your driveway will weather off in three weeks or less, leaving no stain, we prefer you give the product a chance to soak in before driving on it.

We strongly recommend you follow all instructions provided by the workers in your Villa, as well as the instructions on the doorknocker.  Some of these include not washing your car and not parking on the street or in the guest parking area.  We would like this process to go as smoothly as possible and can only do this with your cooperation. Thank you and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we undergo necessary maintenance to extend the life of the roadway infrastructure.

This work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 and should be complete on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, barring any equipment issues, rain delays or resident/realtors not turning off irrigation.  Additional information on the timeline can be found below.  We are looking forward to a successful project and thank you again for your cooperation.  IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT RUN ANY IRRIGATION OR WASH YOUR CAR THE DAY BEFORE, THE DAY OF AND THE DAY AFTER APPLICATION.  THE PRODUCT BEING USED NEEDS TO COMPLETELY SOAK INTO THE ASPHALT ON A DRY ROAD FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION. 

Day 11: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Edgewater Bungalows, Lakeshore Cottages, Oak Bend Villas

Day 12:  Thursday, December 13, 2018
Kaylee Villas, Katherine Villas, Emmalee Villas, Madison Villas

Day 13:  Friday, December 14, 2018
Oleander Villas, Tanglewood Villas, Newport Villas

Community Development District 7
Road Maintenance 

District Property Management would like to inform residents that reside in District 7 that several villa roads are being scheduled for road rejuvenation work.  Door knockers will be delivered to those impacted as a reminder 48 hours before work begins.  Signs will also be placed at your Villa entry approximately 7-10 days before work begins. Please check the signs at your entry for dates of application and monitor daily for changes which may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. 

The product being applied to your roads is called Reclamite and the purpose is to rebind the asphalt from loss through sunlight, rain and oxidation, which causes raveling (the aggregate coming loose from the road).  It re-bonds the components of the roadway and adds a layer of water intrusion protection so the roads can last longer.  Please be aware there will be no color change to the road once the product dries, as this product was designed to rejuvenate and help repel water intrusion, not darken the road.  As a result, driving on the road can resume 30-45 minutes after the product has been applied.  There will be workers at the entrance and throughout the Villa to guide you during this process.  If you happen to drive through a wet area before entering your driveway, you may notice tire tracks as if you went through water.  Although the material tracked onto your driveway will weather off in three weeks or less, leaving no stain, we prefer you give the product a chance to soak in before driving on it.

We strongly recommend you follow all instructions provided by the workers in your Villa, as well as the instructions on the doorknocker.  Some of these include not washing your car and not parking on the street or in the guest parking area.  We would like this process to go as smoothly as possible and can only do this with your cooperation. Thank you and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we undergo necessary maintenance to extend the life of the roadway infrastructure.

This work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 and should be complete on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, barring any equipment issues, rain delays or resident/realtors not turning off irrigation.  Additional information on the timeline can be found below.  We are looking forward to a successful project and thank you again for your cooperation.  IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT RUN ANY IRRIGATION OR WASH YOUR CAR THE DAY BEFORE, THE DAY OF AND THE DAY AFTER APPLICATION.  THE PRODUCT BEING USED NEEDS TO COMPLETELY SOAK INTO THE ASPHALT ON A DRY ROAD FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION. 

Day 14:  Friday, December 17, 2018
Double Palms Villas, Holly Hills Villas, Crestwood Villas, Allandale Villas
Day 15:  Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Pilar Villas, Kenya Villas, Margaux Villas, Keystone Villas, Bainbridge Villas


Community Development District 8
No updates at this time. 

Community Development District 9
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 10
No updates at this time.
Community Development District 11
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 12
No updates at this time.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Public Records Custodian 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. Please forward requests to:
Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk
984 Old Mill Run
The Villages, Florida 32162
jennifer.mcqueary@districtgov.org
Phone No. (352) 751-3939
Fax No. (352) 753-6430
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.