News and Information
The District is aware of emails being sent out, inclusive of official District logos or posing as staff members, requesting financial contributions or attempting to sell information. As a government entity, there is a significant amount of information that is available to the public and it is unfortunate that individuals leverage that and in an effort to gain access to personal information.
As a reminder, the District will never prompt you to provide banking information, change a password or contribute funds to a charity or organization via email. If you do receive an unexpected email requesting that you download information, provide personal information or offering personal information about the District for you to purchase, it is very likely a phishing attempt. Do not click on any links or documents within the email, forward the email to anyone, or reply to it. If an email looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it or mark it as spam.
For helpful tips on preventing digital attacks provided by KnowBe4, please click on the header of this announcement.
The Villages Daily Sun Podcast - Independent Fire District
Fire Chief Edmund Cain and District Manager Kenny Blocker sat down with The Daily Sun Podcast to answer some questions on The Independent Fire Control and Rescue District to help residents understand what it's about and how it would aid the Public Safety Department's service to the Community. To listen to the podcast episode, click on the link below and then on the episode titled 'Daily Sun Special – Independent Fire District'.
The Villages Independent Fire Control & Rescue District - You Decide on Nov. 8th
On November 8, 2022, there will be a referendum on the General Election to decide if The Villages Independent Fire Control & Rescue District will be established pursuant to Chapter 191, Florida Statutes. As a resident of Sumter County, you decide. To ensure that every eligible voter has all of the necessary information and understands what this means for them, we have created a page on our website that has answers to all of the frequently asked questions we've received and have put together two educational videos to provide additional clarification.
To visit this page and watch informative videos featuring Fire Chief Edmund Cain and District Manager Kenny Blocker, please click on the following link — The Villages Independent Fire Control & Rescue District
. For your convenience, this link will always be located on the left-hand side of the main page under ‘Quick Links’.
For more information, click on the header of this announcement.
NOTICE OF VACANCY - DISTRICT NO. 10 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 10 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 3, 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 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 Farlow, 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 Jennifer Farlow, District Clerk, no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL.
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM at the SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Center, 2864 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**
Press Release Provided by Sumter County
To view a press release provided by Sumter County regarding an increase of influenza activity in Sumter County and across the state of Florida, please click on the header of this announcement.
Get the Facts on the Brownwood Windmill and Water Tower
The District has received several inquiries over the past few weeks due to some misunderstandings surrounding the Project Wide Agreement, what common infrastructure falls within the Project Wide Agreement and specifically what the Project Wide Advisory Committee’s (PWAC) responsibility is regarding the Brownwood Windmill and Water Tower structures located within the Brownwood Paddock Square. To get the facts on these issues, click on the header of this announcement.
The Villages Independent Fire Control & Rescue District – UPDATED Q&A
Thank you to those residents who have reached out for additional information and clarification on The Villages Independent Fire Control and Rescue District! District Manager, Kenny Blocker, sat down with Fire Chief Cain to share some of the common questions he’s recently received. To view the questions and answers, please click on the header of this announcement.
2021 Annual Report
To highlight the accomplishments of each District Department for Fiscal Year 20-21 as well as to showcase each District in a way that's engaging, easy to read and full of important information, the District is excited to present the 2021 Annual Report. To view the 2021 Annual Report, click on the header of this announcement. You may click on a specific department or District in the table of contents to go directly to that section of the report.
The Villages Daily Sun Podcast Featuring the District Manager
Recently the District Manager was a special guest on an episode of The Villages Daily Sun Podcast called Daily Sun Special - Covanta Plant. To listen to the podcast episode, click on the link below and then on Daily Sun Special - Covanta Plant.
To view a press release concerning the creation of an Independent Fire District for The Villages, click on the header of this announcement.
Brownwood Woodshop Q&A
To read a Q&A on the Brownwood Woodshop and The Villages Woodworking Club, click on the title of this announcement.
Architectural Review Committee Alternate Member - District 10Village Community Development District No. 10 (District 10) is seeking an alternate representative on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). The applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 10, lived in The Villages for at least one year and attended a minimum of one (1) Architectural Review Committee meeting. 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 3 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.). If you're interested in becoming an alternate member of the Architectural Review Committee for District 10, click on the header of this announcement for a copy of the application. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 352-751-3912. Section 112.3145(7)(g), Florida Statutes requires that Architectural Review Committee members must complete and submit a Statement of Financial Interests (Form 1) at the time they are appointed to the Architectural Review Committee.
Architectural Review Committee Alternate Member - District 6Village Community Development District No. 6 (District 6) is seeking an alternate representative on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). The applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 6, lived in The Villages for at least one year and attended a minimum of one (1) Architectural Review Committee meeting. 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 3 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.). If you're interested in becoming an alternate member of the Architectural Review Committee for District 6, click on the header of this announcement for a copy of the application. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 352-751-3912. Section 112.3145(7)(g), Florida Statutes requires that Architectural Review Committee members must complete and submit a Statement of Financial Interests (Form 1) at the time they are appointed to the Architectural Review Committee.
Information Provided by Sumter County
To view a press release from Sumter County regarding the Buena Vista Boulevard Extension from Meggison Road to SR 44 Project, please click on the header of this announcement.
Political Campaign Activities
To view the current Political Campaign Activities Memo for May 6, 2022, please click on the header of this announcement.
Architectural Review Committee Alternate Member - Lady Lake/Lake County
Village Center Community Development District for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages north of County Road 466 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 the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages north of County Road 466 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 3 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.). If you are interested in becoming an alternate volunteer representative for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages north of County Road 466, click on the header of this announcement for a copy of the application. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida. Section 112.3145(7)(g), Florida Statutes requires that Architectural Review Committee members must complete and submit a Statement of Financial Interests (Form 1) at the time they are appointed to the Architectural Review Committee.
Vial of Life Project
Dear Citizens of the City of Wildwood:
I would like to introduce you to a program that the Wildwood Police Department has available to the Citizens of Wildwood. The “VIAL OF LIFE” is a program designed to provide needed information to the emergency personnel in the situation where you are unable to do so. The information provided by the “VIAL” will include medical history, medications, dosage, doctor’s name, insurance provider (optional) emergency contact numbers, hospital preference, and other information.
The container or “VIAL” will be located in the REFRIGERATOR within your house. This location is selected for several reasons. It is a common appliance in homes and the contents of a refrigerator remains undamaged during a fire. Law enforcement, fire departments and emergency personnel have been trained to look for the “VIAL OF LIFE” in your refrigerator.
Please take these Form(s)
and complete one for each member in your household. Try to provide as much detailed information as possible on the medical history and medications. Use the back of the form if extra space is needed. Place the forms in the Vial and place it on the TOP SHELF of your refrigerator. Place one of the BLUE decals on your refrigerator door and one near the front door area of your residence. Remember to update the information on your forms when your medications or health changes. If you have any questions or need extra VIALS, please contact the Wildwood Police Department at (352) 330-1355.
Sincerely, Chief Randall Parmer
Chief of Police, Wildwood Police Department
3939 E County Rd 462 Wildwood, FL 34785
Holiday Decoration Policy
The District Boards adopted an updated Holiday Decoration Policy to allow Gate Houses and Village / Villa entry sign walls to be decorated by resident groups. This excludes postal stations. Prior to installation, residents must submit a design to District Property Management at 1026 Canal Street, The Villages or email PropertyManagement@districtgov.org
and sign the Activity Release of Liability. Please click on the header of this announcement for the 2021 Holiday Decoration Policy and the Activity Release of Liability. You may also contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022 for additional information.
This valuable program is held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM in the District office located at 984 Old Mill Run in Lake Sumter Landing. For additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at 352-753-4508.
Information Pertaining to Public Records Requests
Please be advised that the statutory obligation of the Custodian of Public Records is to provide access to, or copies of, public records in a reasonable period of time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the Custodian or the Custodian's designee. However, Florida Statutes do not require the Custodian of Public Records to provide information about the records produced or to create new records in response to a request.
Please also be advised, that given the current situation related to COVID-19, should a mandate occur that impacts staffing or access to the District’s office, there may be a delay in the District’s response.
The District is happy to comply with any requests, and if there is anything else we may help you with, please feel free to contact the District’s Custodian of Public Records:
Jennifer Farlow, District Clerk
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.
Marion County - Emergency Management: (352) 369-8100 or
Sumter County—Emergency Management: (352) 689-4400 or
The Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide 2022
Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages. To view the 2022 The Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.
Water Retention Areas
Did you know that many of the water retention areas in our community are connected through various inlets and pipes? In addition to storm water, everything that enters the storm water pipes can end up in the water retention areas throughout our community. This includes trash, leaves, fertilizer, soap from washing vehicles, animal droppings and more.
Please help us ensure the health and continued maintenance of the water retention basins throughout The Villages by not placing ANYTHING in any of the storm water drains. Our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit does not allow dumping into these storm drain systems.
For additional information on storm water management in our community, please visit www.DistrictGov.org
. If you notice any dumping into these systems, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
Update Your Contact Information
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.
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.
Morse Island Shoreline Stabilization
On January 11, 2021, the Individual Project Order Number 3 and associated Task Order KHIPO-3 submitted by Kimley-Horn & Associates for the Morse Island Shoreline Stabilization was approved by the Project Wide Advisory Committee. Please click the header of this announcement for more information.
Under a prior IPO, the District retained Kimley-Horn to prepare design recommendations, permit plans and applications for repair procedures for the shoreline stabilization. Those recommendations are contained in the Kimley-Horn report titled "Morse Boulevard Lake Sumter Slope Stability Analysis", dated July 11, 2016. Subsequent to that assignment, in 2019 Kimley-Horn prepared a design update to consider a new stabilization option, as described below. The District endorsed that option (generally known as the "Geotextile Option"). Under this Agreement, Kimley-Horn will update the prior design plans and permits, update regulatory permits as necessary, and assist with bidding and construction phase support services including
Construction Plans and Permitting - Kimley-Horn will update the previously prepared construction plans, which considered a different stabilization option. The previous plans were completed to "Permit Set" status. Further development of the plans is needed for bidding and construction.
Bidding and Construction Phase Services - Kimley-Horn will provide bidding and construction phase support for the Project.
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 by clicking the header of this announcement.
What Happens When I Call 9-1-1 in The Villages?
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 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.
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.