News and Information
The Village Community Development District No. 8 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 5, which was recently vacated due to the resignation of an existing Board Supervisor. The remainder of the existing four (4) year term for the vacated Seat will expire in November 2014.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) 751-6700 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 Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the District Office, 1894 Laurel Manor Drive, The Villages.
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants at a Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, 1894 Laurel Manor Drive, The Villages, FL.
Please click on the header of this announcement to view a message from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office regarding a scam targeting senior citizens.
Beginning on Monday, May 13, 2013 the District is assuming responsibility of the bulletin boards located at each of the postal facilities. Based on the District’s established guidelines, information placed in the bulletin boards is restricted to events and activities for the village and community, not commercial interests. A copy of the guidelines can be obtained by visiting the Customer Service Center located at 3201 Wedgewood Lane or by clicking on the header of this announcement.
For residents wishing to place information in the bulletin boards, a request will need to be made through the District. You can accomplish this in one of the following ways:
• Visit the Customer Service Center at 3201 Wedgewood Lane to drop off a copy of the item you are requesting be placed in the bulletin board.
• Email the item to email@example.com
• Place the item in the Utility/Amenity/District Correspondence box located at each postal facility.
For each request that is made, please include your name, contact information, post & removal date (not to exceed 2-weeks) and the postal facility, or facilities, where you would like your item to be posted. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact the Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
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 are teaming up in a new 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 new 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 assist us in making our sidewalks safe for our residents and guests.
“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.
Crack sealing and micro-surfacing will be applied to some roadways in District 1 and along portions of Bonita Boulevard and Odell Circle beginning on Monday, March 18, 2013. Residents living in this area will receive 24-48 hour notice before work begins in their area. This work will cause some minor delays and inconveniences. During the work hours, limited access to the roads will be maintained and coordinated by the workers onsite and people directing traffic. During non-working hours, there will be full access to the roads being re-surfaced. To ensure work can be performed, we appreciate your assistance with the following:• Please ensure no vehicles, boats, trailers, debris, etc. are left in the roadway from 7:00am – 7:00pm.
• All irrigation systems need to be turned off.
• Applications of micro-surfacing are prone to “tire picking”. This happens when a vehicle sits still on the new pavement and the tires are turned. This causes the surface to scuff. While there will be no long term performance issued with this scuffing, it is unsightly.
• Please obey all traffic patterns and flaggers.
• For the first few weeks after application, please keep your vehicle moving as you turn your steering wheel. Do not turn your steering wheel while the vehicle is sitting still. This will likely cause damage to the road in front of your house.
For additional information and to view a map of the area being re-surfaced, please click here
.For an update of this project, please click on the header of this announcement.
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In January 2012 The Villages Public Safety Department began the process of becoming certified as a StormReady community through the National Weather Service. StormReady is a new program sponsored by the National Weather Service to recognize those counties and communities that enhance their weather action plans and demonstrate “readiness” before, during, and after severe weather events.The Villages Public Safety Department’s office of Emergency Management has fine tuned it’s weather action plans in respect to training, weather monitoring, warning reception, and local dissemination.
These factors, among others, define a StormReady community in the National Weather Service program. Since the program’s inception, there have been 757 communities and 930 counties recognized as “StormReady” in 43 states. The Villages was the 9th community to be recognized as StormReady in Florida and only the 2nd community in the over 40,000+ residents category in April 2012. The success in achieving this certification has made The Villages a safer community in which to reside and serves as a contributing factor in the continued improvement of the community’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) number.
If you would like the opportunity to sponsor a bench or picnic table that will be included in the design of this beautiful park, please stop by the Customer Service Center located at 3201 Wedgewood Lane. Availability is limited, so please contact Customer Service at 753-4508 for pricing and additional information.
To view the Paradise Park Area A Design, please click on the header of this announcement. To view a map of the proposed park, please click here
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.
Due to an error in the procedures used to calculate the bond payoff amount when residents elected to pay off the bond that was used to fund each District’s infrastructure, some residents may be eligible for a refund. If you paid off your bond between late July and March 17th of any year, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund on the amount of interest charged. If you feel you are eligible for this refund, please click on the header of this announcement to print out an application for reimbursement. For additional information, please click here
or contact the District Finance Department, Bond Team at (352) 751-3900. You can also stop by the Customer Service Center at 3201 Wedgewood Lane to speak to a Bond Specialist or pick up an application.
A listing of Florida-Friendly plants and trees have been assembled to give residents of The Villages a better understanding of which plants have proven to work well in this area. By viewing the presentation, you will have the opportunity to see a listing of ground covers, shrubs, and trees along with pictures and growth characteristics of many of the plants and trees you see throughout our community. Please click on the header of this announcement to view the presentation and learn more about Florida-Friendly landscaping in your community.
Irrigating in the RainYou may notice the irrigation is running along the roadways, in some areas 24-hours per day or during the rain. This is necessary due to the high levels of storm water in our retention basins because of recent rains.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board has lifted the Phase III Water Shortage restrictions for the northern counties that include Sumter County and The Villages in Marion County. Please click on the header of this announcement or click here
for more information.