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June 24, 2019

General Information

Independence Day Holiday

The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5th. For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
  • CDD Orientation will not be held on Thursday, July 4th.


Independence Day Holiday

The recreation centers, outdoor facilities and swimming pools will remain open for your enjoyment on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The Recreation Offices and Fitness Clubs will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day.

Guest ID card services, trail fees and activity registration will be available July 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower and Rohan Regional Recreation Centers.

Additional Closing Information
  • Recreation activities will end at 6:00 p.m. and the centers will close at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th.
  • Outdoor facilities & swimming pools will close at dusk.

Enjoy your Independence Day! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact your nearest recreation center or call Recreation Administration at 352-674-1800.


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

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 Customer Service at (352) 750-0000. 
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 1.790% from May 2018 to May 2019.   This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of July.  


Executive Golf Course Closures - UPDATED 6/18/2019

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the following courses are closed until further notice.  
•Bogart
•Mangrove
•Redfish Run
This is a planned early maintenance recovery program to ensure quality conditions. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this transition, please contact District Executive Golf Course Maintenance at 352-674-1885.



Saddlebrook Executive Golf Course

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the Saddlebrook Executive Golf Course will be closed starting on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for approximately four and a half months. This is a planned full course renovation including resurfacing of greens and tees. 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 District Executive Golf Maintenance Office at 352-674-1885.


Oakleigh and Briarwood Executive Golf Courses

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the #2 green of Oakleigh and the #5 green of Briarwood will be renovated starting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 while the course remains open. There will be a temporary green in front of each original green until construction is complete in early September. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this project, please contact District Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885.



Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve Observation Tower

The Observation Tower at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve will be closed until further notice. For your safety, please refrain from visiting the Observation Tower. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.



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!



Pet Owners

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.  



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.



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



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. 


Village Center & Sumter Landing Community Development District

No updates at this time.


Lady Lake / Lake County
Paradise Family Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Family Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Monday, July 1, 2019. 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.


Paradise Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 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.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
FOR THE LADY LAKE / LAKE COUNTY PORTION OF THE VILLAGES


Village Center Community Development District for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) is seeking a primary and alternate volunteer member to serve as their representative on the Architectural Review Committee.

The primary applicant must be a full time resident of the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. This requires attendance at the ARC meeting every week for the first four (4) weeks and once every month thereafter. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in becoming a primary or alternate volunteer representative for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages, applications are available on the link below. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida no later than Monday, July 15, 2019.

Applications

Community Development District 1
NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 1 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


The Village Community Development District No. 1 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 4, which was recently vacated due to the resignation of the Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2022.

Any interested applicants must be a qualified elector which is defined by Florida Statute 190 as “any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the Supervisor of Elections in the county in which the district land is located". To obtain additional information or request an application you may contact Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk at (352) 751-3939 or obtain a copy of the application by clicking on the header of this announcement.

Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages. The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office Board Room, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL.

**The Board of Supervisors welcome interested applicants to include a resume with their experience as an attachment to the application**

Application


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT No. 1 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (ALTERNATE MEMBER)


Village Community Development District No. 1 is seeking an alternate volunteer member to serve as their representative on the Architectural Review Committee.

The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of District 1 and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. This requires attendance at the ARC meeting every week for the first four (4) weeks and once every month thereafter. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in becoming an alternate volunteer representative for Village Community Development District No. 1, please click on the link below for the application. Please return the application no later than 5:00 p.m., July 22, 2019.

Application

Community Development District 2
No updates at this time. 

Community Development District 3
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
DISTRICT NO. 3 (ALTERNATE MEMBER)


Village Community Development District No. 3 is seeking an alternate volunteer member to serve as their representative on the Architectural Review Committee.

The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of District 3 and have lived in The Villages for at least one year. Candidates are recommended to have education and/or experience in any of the following areas: architecture, ability to read site plans, residential/commercial construction, building management, deed restricted communities, landscaping, county code enforcement, etc; however, this is not required. This requires attendance at the ARC meeting every week for the first four (4) weeks and once every month thereafter. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in becoming an alternate volunteer representative for Village Community Development District No. 3, please click on the link below for the application. Please return the application no later than 5:00 p.m., July 22, 2019.

Application


Saddlebrook Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, a portion of the east end of the Saddlebrook Parking Lot, towards the tennis and pickleball courts, is currently blocked off to assist Golf Course Maintenance. This portion of the parking lot is scheduled to remain closed through the end of July 2019. 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 Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.


Community Development District 4
Road Closure

The Villages of Marion Unit 56 Drainage Project will commence on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The project will restore gravity storm sewer functionality to the area. The contractor has already begun mobilization of equipment and materials to the project site. Beginning Tuesday, June 25, 2019 for approximately 30 days, a portion of SE 82nd Calumet Avenue between the Calumet postal building and McLawren Terrace will be closed. The closure and detour route maintenance of traffic will be in place to notify the traveling public of the change in traffic flow. The project is scheduled to take 150 days for completion.


NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 4 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


The Village Community Development District No. 4 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 2, which was recently vacated due to the resignation of the Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2020.

Any interested applicants must be a qualified elector which is defined by Florida Statute 190 as “any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the Supervisor of Elections in the county in which the district land is located".

To obtain additional information or request an application you may contact Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk at (352) 751-3939 or obtain a copy of the application by clicking the application link below. Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages.

The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ashley Wilkes Room of the Savannah Regional Recreation Center, 1545 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL.

**The Board of Supervisors welcome interested applicants to include a resume with their experience as an attachment to the application.**

Application



Community Development District 5
Hibiscus Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Hibiscus Tennis Courts will be temporarily closed for maintenance until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Hibiscus Recreation Center at 352-751-9761.


Laurel Manor Recreation Center - UPDATED 6/6/2019

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Laurel Manor Recreation Center and Fitness Club will be temporarily closed for maintenance from Monday, July 1, 2019 through Sunday, August 4, 2019. All outside facilities will be closed for maintenance from Monday, July 22, 2019 through Sunday, August 4, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at 352-751-7110.
Bridgeport Shuffleboard Courts
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bridgeport Recreation Center Shuffleboard Courts will remain closed for maintenance until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bridgeport Recreation Center at 352-259-6590.

Community Development District 6
Coconut Cove Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Coconut Cove Tennis Courts will be closed for maintenance until further notice. 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 Coconut Cove Recreation Center at 352-750-5870.


Community Development District 7
NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 7 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


The Village Community Development District No. 7 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 5, which was recently vacated due to the resignation of the Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2022.

Any interested applicants must be a qualified elector which is defined by Florida Statute 190 as “any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the Supervisor of Elections in the county in which the district land is located". To obtain additional information or request an application you may contact Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk at (352) 751-3939 or obtain a copy of the application by clicking the application link below.

Applications must be submitted to the District Clerk no later than Noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages.

The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office Board Room, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL.

**The Board of Supervisors welcome interested applicants to include a resume with their experience as an attachment to the application.**

Application

Community Development District 8
No updates at this time.
Community Development District 9
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 10
Big Cypress Billiards Hall

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Big Cypress Recreation Goldenrod Room (Billiards) will be closed for table maintenance Wednesday, July 10, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019. 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 Big Cypress Recreation Center at 352-674-8385.


Big Cypress Card Room

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Big Cypress Recreation Dogwood Room (Card Room) will be closed for flooring replacement Saturday, June 29, 2019 through Tuesday, July 2, 2019. 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 Big Cypress Recreation Center at 352-674-8385.

Community Development District 11
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 12
Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program

As part of the City of Wildwood’s and the privately owned South Sumter Utility Company’s (Utility) potable water  system maintenance program, the Utility has contracted with Jacobs/CH2M to develop and implement a Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program for all areas of The Villages south of SR 44. UDF programs are commonly used across North America to improve operations, enhance the water system and improve service standards. One of the goals of this program is to help alleviate some of the discolored water issues that have been intermittently experienced. An additional goal is to help prepare the potable water system for a change in water source. During the month of July, the water source for The Villages south of SR 44 will transition to the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) that is being constructed near the intersection of CR 468 and the Turnpike.
The UDF Program began during the week of May 28th and is anticipated to continue for approximately 5 to 6 weeks in order for all areas of the potable water system to be addressed.  The duration for each area being flushed is anticipated to be approximately 2 to 4 days and will occur during weekdays between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm. Immediately prior to the beginning of UDF activities in each area, door hanger notices will be placed at each residence or commercial facility.
For additional information, please contact the District Utility Customer Service office at (352) 750-0000.  




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.