News and Information
Depressions along McLawren Street
Due to the depressions along McLawren Street and adjacent to two houses, the roadway near McLawren Street and McAlpin Street within the Village of Calumet Grove, and the 8th and 9th holes of the Torri Pine Golf Course may be closed intermittently. Public safety professionals are currently evaluating and addressing the safety impacts to the general public. Motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and golf cart users are asked to avoid this area and pay attention to all directional and informational signage. For further information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
Morse Boulevard & CR 466
Sometime next week, SECO Energy will be performing maintenance that will result in a power outage of the gate house located at Morse Boulevard and County Road 466. This work is anticipated to last from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will provide additional information on the date once it is available. During this time, both the entry and exit gate arms will be removed and signage will be added. Please use caution when entering or exiting this location and pay attention to all barricades, signage and gate attendants.
You’re invited to a Storm Water Management Workshop! Are you wondering how the Storm Water Systems work throughout The Villages Community? Are you interested in learning about the source of your irrigation water and environmental stewardship? Please join us for one of the following Storm Water Management Workshops!
• February 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rohan Regional Recreation Center
• March 2, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Savannah CenterTickets are no longer available for either workshop. The information presented at the workshops will be taped and posted on www.DistrictGov.org. For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with The Villages Public Safety Department, will be sponsoring Operation Medicine Cabinet to give Sumter County residents an opportunity to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. This event will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Winn Dixie parking lot located at 820 Old Camp Road in The Villages from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
In The Villages, the most important part of golf is having fun! To learn more about making any casual game of golf more enjoyable, please click on the header of this announcement. For additional information, please visit www.GolfTheVillages.com
We strive to ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information and emergency contact information for each resident of The Villages. If you would like to UPDATE your contact information or the emergency contact information listed for your property, please click on the header of this announcement and print out the attached form. You can return the completed form to the District Customer Service Center at 984 Old Mill Run in downtown Lake Sumter Landing. You can also place it in the utility / amenity / District correspondence box located at each postal facility without adding postage. If you prefer to call us with your changes, please call (352) 753-4508 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To email us your updates, please contact us at email@example.com. If you have any questions or would like to know what information we currently have listed for your home, please call (352) 753-4508.
Emergency management and services related to preparation for severe weather, floods, hurricanes and other disaster response activities fall under the purview of the county in which you live. If you have questions on severe weather or other emergency management issues in your area, please contact the appropriate county below. Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties also have programs designed to notify their residents of weather incidents, hazardous conditions and other important information. To sign up for the notifications in your county, please visit the links below or contact the county in which you live for additional information.Lake County
- Emergency Management: (352) 343-9420 or visit http://alertlake.com/Marion County
- Emergency Management: (352) 732-8181 or visit http://www.marionso.com/emergency-managementSumter County
—Emergency Management: (352) 689-4400 or visit http://sumtercountyfl.gov/718/Emergency-Management
Learn & Grow with The Enrichment Academy
The Enrichment Academy is excited to announce the kickoff of their April – September 2018 semester. Resident registration for the Spring/Summer curriculum begins February 3rd at 8am at our Learn & Grow Expo from 8 – 11am at Lake Miona Recreation Center and Online. Resident online registration will be available February 3rd at 8am, February 12th for General Public. Walk-in registration begins at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower & Rohan Recreation Centers on Monday, February 5th. Registration locations are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4pm. Please click on the link below to be directed to online registration. Online Registration
The reconstruction project of the Hacienda Trail and other Multi-Modal Paths North of C.R. 466 began on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 and is anticipated to be complete in February 2018. This project encompasses existing concrete multi-modal paths north of C.R. 466 in the geographical areas of Village Community Development District No. 1 and the Lady Lake portion of The Villages.
- The first phase of the project included the multi-modal path between Panama Place and Soledad Way along the Hacienda Hills Championship Golf Course. This portion of the project is still underway with installation of landscape and ribbon curbing.
- The portion of the path from the Hacienda Hills Championship Golf Course to Soledad Way has the first layer of asphalt down and a portion of ribbon curbing installed.
- The contractors are currently performing demolition of the existing concrete path from Panama Place to Rio Grande Avenue, and the portion from Hacienda Hills Championship Golf Course to Del Mar Drive. Once that is complete, they will continue demolition and reconstruction from Del Mar Drive to Chula Vista.
Please use caution and adhere to all directional signage in these areas.
Please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org for additional information as the project progresses. If you have any questions please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Personal Chairs at Downtown Squares
Personal folding chairs are allowed to be brought to events. The setting up and leaving of chairs prior to 3:00 p.m. is prohibited. Any chairs set up and left on the square prior to 3:00 p.m. will be removed by District Property Management. Our efforts are to manage and maintain a safe environment for visitors, staff and contractors at the squares. We appreciate your attention and support of this matter which will allow our Squares to continue to meet our high community standards.
Smoke Detector Program
The Villages Fire and Public Safety Department offers smoke detector assistance to residents of The Villages as part of the Fall Prevention Program.
• This program is designed for residents of The Villages who are disabled or are unable to climb a ladder
• Smoke detector batteries should be changed once per year
• Help with smoke detector battery changes and/or installations can be arranged by calling 352-205-8280 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you call after hours or on the weekend, a recording will direct you to an alternate phone number
• Residents are required to purchase the batteries or new units
• There is no charge for this service
• The Villages Public Safety Department employees will arrive at your home in uniform, with a visible name badge
• As a reminder, this assistance is strictly for smoke detectors. The employees visiting your home will not be able to assist you with non-related smoke detector issues or concerns
E-Billing is now available for your monthly water, sewer, trash and amenity bill! By signing up for E-Bill
, we will no longer send you a monthly paper statement. All of the information pertaining to your monthly bill will be emailed to the email address you provide. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You may also call Finance Customer Service at (352) 750-0000. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
So, what is this I have heard about the Morse Bridge? Good Question! The Morse Bridge is in great shape and is maintained by Sumter County. What is all the “talk” about the bridge? The actual topic is the Morse Boulevard Island Embankment. We urge you to read through the information by clicking on the header of this announcement. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (352) 751-3939 if you have any questions or comments!
Morse Boulevard Lake Sumter Island Slope Stability Analysis
On Monday, August 1, 2016 the Project Wide Advisory Committee (PWAC) held a meeting that included a presentation and review of a Slope Stability Analysis performed by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. (KHA) for the Lake Sumter island embankment on Morse Boulevard. The goal and objective of the analysis was to hault and prevent further erosion along the perimeter of the embankment during average conditions, and offer engineered options that were aesthetically pleasing that require minimal maintenance. The analysis did not include the Morse Boulevard bridge over Lake Sumter, and there is no evidence of issues with the structure.
The review included work performed by a sub-contracted geo-technical engineering firm who conducted extensive soil borings to thoroughly evaluate the slope of the island based on previous sloughing that occurred. Their findings concluded that the existing slope exceeded the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) minimum factor of safety for permanent slopes.
In conjunction with the information received from the geo-technical engineer, KHA further evaluated water depth, wind speed/direction, and wave height to conclude that erosion was occurring as a result of repetitive wave action during average weather conditions. KHA Engineers in attendance at the meeting presented three options to the PWAC to mitigate further erosion on the island embankment:
1. Rock Revetment structure fill and plantings
a. Highest construction cost ($1.47 Mil.); permanent solution with lowest anticipated maintenance.
2. Living shoreline with a toe protection breakwater structure
a. High construction cost ($1 Mil.); ongoing maintenance required.
3. Placement of additional coarse sediment fill with native plantings
a. Lowest construction cost ($520,000); highest recurring maintenance and least likely to address erosion as compared to option 1 and
The PWAC had extensive discussions regarding the options and the desire for a long-term solution that required minimal ongoing maintenance. Based on the review and information provided, and audience input, the PWAC directed staff to work with KHA to develop information to proceed with a rock revetment, option 1. Additional information will be presented at a future meeting.
The full Slope Stability Analysis is available on www.DistrictGov.org, or by clicking the following direct link: http://www.districtgov.org/PDFView/PDFMeeting.aspx?id=20160801pa0201
Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages. To view the 2017 Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.
Sharps Disposal Program
The Sumter County Department of Health is now offering a sharps disposal program for residents of Sumter County. This program was designed as a community service to assist the residents of Sumter County with a safe and environmentally sound method for disposing of used needles or sharps. All sharps must be delivered in an approved sharps container. For additional information on this program or the cost of the containers, please contact or visit one of the following locations:The Villages:
8015 East C-466
104 Rutland Steet
415 East Noble Avenue
(352) 569-3102For additional information, please visit the Sumter County Department of Health
website or contact them at (352) 569-3131.
Unwanted Phone Books
As you receive new phone books, please help us keep our community clean by refraining from placing old phone books at the postal facilities. Unwanted phone books should be placed in the bag and discarded with your other recycling. We appreciate your help!
Welcome Wednesday is a program designed to give residents the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects, address rumors and have their questions answered by District staff. 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. We have also revised our weekly handouts into a new easy to read newsletter! To view this weekly newsletter, please visit the Welcome Wednesday quick link for updated information. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
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.
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.
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. You can learn more about this new signal
and view a video at the Florida Department of Transportation website.
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 began removing the existing traffic cones. Community Watch is now placing 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 partnered 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 are 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.