News and Information
Pill Take Back Day for Marion County Residents
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is hosting a pill take back day on April 4th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at the MCSO South Marion District Office located at 8230 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane, next to the fire station.
Marion County residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications. Only pills will be accepted, no liquids or syringes.
Is seeking a primary committee member for Village Community Development District No. 5Village Community Development District No. 5 (District 5) is seeking a primary representative to complete a four (4) year term on the Architectural Review Committee. The applicant must be a full time resident of District 5 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 hours (8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.). If you are interested in becoming a primary representative for District No. 5, applications are available by clicking on the header of this announcement. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2015. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 751-3912.
The Sumter County Pavement Management FY 15 program is currently underway. Preservation includes crack sealing and microsurfacing. Rehabilitation includes milling, resurfacing, asphalt stress relief layers and widening. Please click on the header of this announcement for an updated list of the streets included in this program and their status. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sumter County Public Works at (352) 569-6700.
2015 Villages Resident Survey
The 2015 Villages Resident Survey is now available to residents until midnight on April 5, 2015. To access your survey, please visit www.TheVillages.net
or click here
. The survey consists of two sections, one relating to the Developer and the other pertaining to your District Government. By completing this survey each year, residents have the opportunity to provide useful feedback that can be used to improve operations and services in your community. Letters have been mailed to each resident with a unique access code and instructions on completing the survey. If you have not received your letter, please contact the District Customer Service Center at 753-4508 and we will be happy to assist you. If you do not have a personal computer, you may access the survey from one of the following locations:
- Computer Room located in the Savannah Center: 8:00am - 9:00pm, 7-days per week unless it is closed for a special event
- Mark Twain Library: Monday – Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am until Noon.
There will be staff available to help you if needed. Please make sure you bring your letter with access code when taking the survey at these locations. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508. Thank you for your participation.
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.
Fire Hydrant Exercising & Flushing
CH2MHill; the District’s Utility Operation & Maintenance contractor has begun fire hydrant exercising and flushing and will continue this project over the next few months. Other than the inconvenience of water streaming from the diffuser at the hydrant, there should be no interruption in service, nor any adverse impact. However at times, flushing can cause a brief disruption of sediment in the lines and cause discoloration or “brown water”. If this does occur it should be temporary and resolved by running the tap for a few minutes until clear. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Bo Widman; C&D Manager with CH2MHill at 352-391-8097.
El Santiago Renovation Project - UPDATED 3/19/2015
On February 11, 2015 the Amenity Authority Committee awarded the contract for the demolition and reconstruction of the new El Santiago Recreation Center. The District has now acquired the necessary site permits and the contractor has submitted the construction documents for building permits. The demolition of the existing structure will take place on March 27, 2015. For the safety of both residents and workers, please refrain from entering the construction zone. The interior of the new recreation facility will be 7600 sq. ft., comparable to other Village Recreation Centers in the community. Please stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
as this project progresses!
During the months of March and April 2015, micro surfacing will be performed on several areas in The Villages. This project will be completed in two phases – Phase 1 will be carried out in March and will consist of crack sealing and surfacing patching of the roadway. Phase 2 will be carried out in April and will consist of road resurfacing. There are also several roads scheduled for resurfacing during the months of May through August 2015. For additional information and a list of the roads included in this project, please click on the header of this announcement.
Please excuse our dust! A brand new facility similar to the current Village Recreation Centers is being constructed at Tierra Del Sol for all residents to enjoy. The contractor has reached substantial completion of the Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center. The District will now begin the stocking and installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment. The landscaping installation will begin the week of March 30th and we are anticipating an opening in early May 2015! Closures apply to all Tierra Del Sol facilities: Recreation center, swimming pool, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and tennis courts. The Tierra Del Sol Country Club and Restaurant are open for business as usual. Please refer to the Recreation News for alternative locations for desired activities. Please click on the header of this announcement for additional information. Stay tuned to www.DistrictGov.org
for additional information and updates!
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. To learn more about this new signal and view a video, please click here.
Please join us each Wednesday morning at 8:00am for Welcome Wednesday. Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing projects and get all your questions answered first hand by District departments. You will also be able to meet District Board Supervisors from your CDD and others. These sessions will be held at the District Office located at 984 Old Mill Run. For additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508 or click on the header of this announcement. If you are unable to attend, please continue to visit www.DistrictGov.org
for weekly updates.
When Should I Water?
Evaporation loss can be 60 percent or higher during the day, so watering must be done during your scheduled irrigation time which will be before 10am or after 4pm on your scheduled day. Irrigation schedules vary by district and are listed at www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com.
It is important to remember not to irrigate just because it is your scheduled day. Irrigation systems should only be operated when the lawn begins to show signs of stress. This will encourage deeper root growth, which will help to develop more drought tolerant lawns and landscaping. It will also save water, which protects our water resources and provides savings on water bills. Signs of stress include:
• lingering footprints or mower tracks
• grass blades or leaf blades beginning to close lengthwise
• the top few inches of soil feeling dry
Lawns will generally need water before landscape plants (excluding flowers). Therefore if the lawn is being irrigated when it shows signs of stress, the landscape plants will be adequately irrigated.
Flower beds should be hand watered with a hose using an automatic shut off nozzle. Also, if the lawn has dry spots, use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle to apply water where it’s needed, instead of watering the entire lawn.
For information related to the current water restrictions and irrigation schedules, please visit www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com
Many District Departments relocated to improve and enhance their services. Community Watch relocated to 1135 Bonita Boulevard and all other District Departments are now located at Downtown Lake Sumter Landing. Please click on the header of this announcement to view a map of our new locations. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Customer Service Center at 753-4508. We look forward to serving you in our new locations!
In a community of 100,000 residents, golf cart safety is important both on the multimodal paths and on the roadways. To encourage golf cart safety, we have several educational materials available to help inform both residents and guests about safety.Golf cart safety brochures are available in the Customer Service Center located at 984 Old Mill Run or by clicking on the header of this announcement. You can also view a video addressing many of the concerns related to golf cart safety in The Villages by clicking here
Please click on the header of this announcement to learn about Golf Cart Safety and Rules of the Road. We encourage all golf cart drivers in The Villages to Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride!! For additional copies of the attached brochure, please visit your local recreation center or the Customer Service Center located at 984 Old Mill Run.
Information Provided by Sumter County
SUMTER COUNTY, FL. (October 1, 2013) – Construction will begin for the C-466A widening project on Sunday, October 6, 2013. The project will include construction of left turn lanes for additional capacity, bicycle lanes, widened sidewalks, enhanced landscape features, and improved utilities. Roadway construction is scheduled through September 2014.
Starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013, portions of C-466A between US 301 and Powell Road / C-462 will be closed to through traffic and open for local traffic only. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and avoid traveling on C-466A.
To access US 301 and I-75 from C-466A in The Villages, turn south on C-462 (Powell Road) and travel through Brownwood to SR44, and then turn right (west).
Lane closures and traffic patterns will change as construction progresses through the corridor. Construction signs, barricades and barriers will guide motorists through and around work areas. Motorists should plan to use alternate routes. Adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances may affect the work schedule.
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 on the header of this announcement.
"Who is allowed to use the multi-modal paths throughout The Villages?” This is a question that the District receives on a regular basis. The multi-modal paths are for use by NON-AUTOMOTIVE
, non-vehicular traffic such as bicycles, golf carts, pedestrians, and skaters. It is not legal…nor is it smart…to drive vehicles such as smart cars, motorcycles, or mopeds on any of the multi-modal paths in The Villages. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement to read a memo from District Counsel regarding the use of multi-modal paths.
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 will remove the existing traffic cones. Community Watch will now place 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 will partner 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 will be 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. Please click here to view the brochure.