News and Information
After Hours with the District
Residents of The Villages now have additional opportunities after hours to meet District staff to discuss what a unique community you live in! Your District government will be attending the following Market Nights and Farmers Market and we hope to see you there:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 5pm – 9pm at the Spanish Springs Town Square for Vendor Market Night
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5pm – 9pm at the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square for Vendor Market Night
Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9am – 2pm at Brownwood Paddock Square for Brownwood Farmer’s Market
Please join us after hours to learn more about the services available to you and to take the opportunity to have your questions answered by District staff. For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
Information Provided by Lake County
The National Weather Service in Melbourne is forecasting freezing temperatures and below for tonight with near freezing temperatures tomorrow night. The Lake County Office of Emergency Management is working with local churches that have volunteered to use their facilities and membership to provide overnight sheltering for those in need. Currently, two churches have confirmed they will be able to assist with overnight sheltering Wednesday and Thursday nights. Hours of operation for all churches for tonight and tomorrow night is 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
1. LifePointe Church, 3551 East Orange Avenue, Eustis
2. First Baptist Church of Mount Dora, 1000 1st Avenue, Mount Dora
3. Trinity Assembly of God, 200 Urick Street, Fruitland Park
4. Cathedral of Power Church, 100 E. Minnehaha Ave., Clermont
The following private agencies have agreed to be a warming station during normal business hours for tomorrow, January 18th:
1. Salvation Army, 2605 South Street, Leesburg
2. The Open Door, 115 Citrus Avenue, Eustis
Information Provided by Marion County
The Center of Hope in Ocala is opening for a cold weather shelter. A hot meal will be served at 5:00 pm with check in for the shelter at 6:00 pm. The Center of Hope is located at 320 NW 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34475 and the telephone number is 352-732-8326. The Center of Hope is a part of The Salvation Army in Ocala, Fl.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or would like to know what information we currently have listed for your home, please call (352) 753-4508.
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 Center
Both workshops will provide identical information so please feel free to attend either one. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement or call District Customer Service at 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
2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide
Hurricane season in Florida began on June 1st and ends on November 30th. To help you prepare, The Daily Sun created a 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide. The guide includes important phone numbers, a map for tracking storms, supply kit essentials and more! To view a copy of the 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Guide, please visit the link below.Hurricane Preparedness Guide
Learn & Grow with The Enrichment Academy
The Enrichment Academy is excited to announce the fall curriculum! Online and walk-in registration begins at Lake Miona, La Hacienda, Eisenhower & Rohan Regional Recreation Centers on August 7, 2017 for residents. Registration will take place at these locations Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please click on the link below to register online. Online Registration
Village Community Development District No. 3 (District 3) is seeking an alternate
member to serve on the Architectural Review Committee.
The 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. The Committee meets weekly, on Wednesdays, for approximately 3 1/2 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.). The required attendance for the alternate member is to attend an Architectural Review Committee meeting each week for four (4) weeks and then monthly thereafter. If you are interested in becoming an alternate member on the Architectural Review Committee, complete the attached application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida. Applications will be taken until the position if filled. For a copy of the application, please click on the header of this announcement or contact Community Standards at (352) 751-3912.
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 email@example.com
. 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.