News and Information
Thanksgiving Holiday Information
The District Customer Service Center and all District administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30th. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.
All recreation centers, offices, District offices, fitness clubs and boat tours will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020. The outdoor facilities and swimming pools will be open for your enjoyment. While the offices will remain closed on Friday, November 27, 2020, the recreation centers and fitness clubs will reopen.
Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, November 29, 2020 – Guest ID Card, Trail Fee and Activity registration services will be available from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower, Rohan and Everglades Regional Recreation Centers.
Sanitation Holiday Information
Village Community Development Districts 1-11
If you live in Village Community Development Districts 1-11 in the Sumter County, Marion County or Fruitland Park portions of The Villages, there will be no sanitation collection on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Collection will be on Saturday, November 28, 2020.
Village Community Development District No. 12 and No. 13
If you live in Districts 12 and 13, there will be no sanitation collection on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Collection will be on Monday, November 30, 2020.
If you live in the Lake County portion of The Villages (not including VCDD No. 11), please contact Lake County Solid Waste at (352) 343-3776 for information on your sanitation schedule.
If you live in the Town of Lady Lake portion of The Villages, there will be no sanitation or recycling collection on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Trash will be collected on Monday, November 30, 2020. Trash and recycling will be collected on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
Village Community Development District No. 4 (District 4) is seeking an alternate primary representative on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC).
The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 4, 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 1/2 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.).
If you are interested in becoming an alternate volunteer representative for District No. 4, applications are available by clicking 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 January 22, 2021. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 352-751-3912.
NOTICE OF VACANCY
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT NO. 1 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Village Community Development District No. 1 Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in filling Seat 3, which is vacant because a qualified elector did not qualify for the Seat. The remainder of the unexpired term is November 2024.
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 you may contact Jennifer Farlow District Clerk at (352) 751-3939 or obtain a copy of the application by clicking the header of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted to the Jennifer Farlow, District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2020 at the District Office, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages.
The Board of Supervisors will interview applicants during a Board Meeting to be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. in the Savannah Regional Recreation Center, 1545 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.**
On Tuesday November 3, 2020 the District Clerk’s Office held Landowner Elections for the following Districts and one Committee:
• Village Center Community Development District
• Sumter Landing Community Development District
• Brownwood Community Development District
• Village Community Development District No. 11
• Village Community Development District No. 13
• Amenity Authority Committee (AAC)
The Landowner Election process is prescribed in Florida State Statutes and provides for one vote per acre, or portion thereof, for each platted lot or unplatted area owned and located within the boundaries of the respective district or service area. This election process applies to both residential and commercial property owners.
In accordance with Florida Statute 190.006, the 2020 Landowner Election Results reported have been certified by Richard J. Baier, District Manager. The results are as follows;
Village Center CDD
• Kelly Flores – 4 year term
• Peter Evans – 4 year term
• Doug Tharp – 2 year term
Sumter Landing CDD
• Brad Brown – 4 year term
• Gerry Lachnicht – 4 year term
• Mike Berning – 2 year term
• Chad Ritch – 4 year term
• Jim Sprung – 4 year term
• Gerry Andrews – 2 year term
VCDD No. 11
• Phil Grayber – 4 year term
VCDD No. 13
• Karen Crews – 4 year term
• Bobby Gulati – 2 year term
• Mike Hoopfer – 4 year term
Amenity Authority Committee – District 3
• Donna Kempa – 4 year term
Qualified elections fall under the purview of the Supervisor of Elections office for each respective county. Please use the link provided to view updates on the election results for the following Districts that had contested races in Sumter County;
• Village Community Development District No. 5
• Village Community Development District No. 9
• North Sumter County Utility Dependent District
Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Office Website: https://enr.electionsfl.org/SUM/Summary/2767/
Holiday Decoration Policy
The District Boards have adopted a 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 1071 Canal Street, The Villages and sign the Activity Release of Liability. Please click on the header of this announcement for the Holiday Decoration Policy and the Activity Release of Liability. You may also contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022 for additional information.
The District Team embarked on our mission to maintain The Villages and Districts’ Core Values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Hard Work, and Innovation & Creativity while embracing enhancements and cost-saving measures to sustain what The Villages created for today, as well as tomorrow. The Balanced Scorecard attached with a breakdown of facts and figures, provides numerous accomplishments, cost-saving measures, enhancements, and various projects that have been implemented over the last year. These implementations resulted in a total annualized savings of more than $2 million dollars. In addition, there have been several organizational changes to provide more efficient operations. Cost-saving measures such as BS&A software, a utility purchase, contract negotiations, bond savings, fleet, fleet maintenance, and fuel savings to name a few. As with many things throughout the community, the dedication to a balanced budget that delivers consistency, transparency, and cost-effectiveness is paramount. For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement.
Village Center Service Area (VCSA) Inspections
Jacobs will be performing a study to evaluate potential sources of inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the wastewater collection system in several neighborhoods in the Lady Lake/Lake County portion of The Villages.
Some of the inspection activities that Jacobs will be conducting include surveying, manhole inspections, smoke testing, pipe cleaning and closed-circuit television activities. The activities began September 1, 2020 and should end by mid-December 2020.
Door hangers will be distributed approximately 48 hours before smoke testing begins in each area. Each affected residence or business will be provided information regarding the procedure. Smoke testing activities will require only a few hours in each area. Smoke testing is scheduled to begin on September 14th, pending weather conditions.
As the inspections take place, you may see Inspection Teams. Their vehicles will have the Jacobs’ logo displayed on the door panels for easy identification. In addition, each inspector will be wearing an identification badge. Inspections will occur during normal business hours, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. We anticipate that the inspection activities will require only a few hours in each area.
Additional information concerning these activities is available by contacting District Finance Customer Service at 352-750-0000.
NSCUDD Solid Waste
Beginning October 1, 2020, all solid waste and yard waste in the Village Community Development Districts 1-11, located in Sumter County, Marion County and The Villages of Fruitland Park, will be collected and transported by Jacobs to the Covanta Lake II, Inc. Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Okahumpka.
For updated information about the new program, please click the link below for the new Sanitation Collection Information.
You can also find answers to the Frequently asked questions, by clicking the link below.
Please take a moment to click on the link below for a guided tour of one of Covanta’s EfW facilities.
Executive Golf Updates – UPDATED 10/12/2020
As Golf is an independent sport and continues to remain open, there continue to be several modifications that remain in place to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
- Beginning August 1, 2020, guests will be permitted to play on all Executive Golf Courses with a valid guest pass and photo ID.
- Beginning October 12, 2020 cash will be accepted for payment of daily trail fees when playing golf on the Executive Golf Courses.
- A new temporary monthly flat fee of $ 20.00 per month for Trail Fees is available. If you have already paid your 6-month or yearly trail fees, you do not need to make an additional payment.
- To pay your Executive Trail Fees over the phone, please call the District Customer Service Center Monday –Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (352) 753-4508 or contact any Regional Recreation Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.-
- Paradise - 753-0637
- La Hacienda - 753-1716
- Savannah Center - 750-6084
- Mulberry Grove - 259-6040
- Laurel Manor - 751-7110
- Lake Miona - 430-2950
- Colony Cottage - 750-1935
- Sea Breeze - 750-2488
- Eisenhower - 674-8390
- Rohan - 674-8400
- Fenney - 674-8460
- Everglades - 674-8434
- To pay on the weekends, please contact the following Regional Recreation Centers from 8:30 a.m. to noon:
- La Hacienda - 753-1716
- Lake Miona - 430-2950
- Eisenhower - 674-8390
- Rohan - 674-8400
- Everglades - 674-8434
- Golf courses are now open for normal operating hours.
- Golfers still have the ability to play by walking with a pull cart or carrying their own bag.
District Action Plan - 11/2/2020
The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages community continues to be of utmost importance to the District. As the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and Governor DeSantis on the prevention of COVID-19 continues to update, the District continues to modify our operations. Please continue to monitor www.DistrictGov.org
and The Villages Recreation & Park News for the latest updates. District Administrative Offices located at 984 Old Mill Run
The District Administrative Offices at Lake Sumter Landing remain open on an appointment only basis. Appointments can be made by emailing or contacting the appropriate District Department. If you do not know which department to contact, please call the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508. Masks are required for all appointments at the District offices.
There is a drop box available in the breezeway outside of the District office. If you need to drop off correspondence, please utilize the locked drop box. Recreation Centers & Activities
To view a complete list of the activities and facilities, as well as the guidelines and restrictions for use, please click on the following link: Recreation & Parks Publication
• All outdoor courts and swimming pools are open to full capacity and social distancing guidelines in place.Other District Cancellations:
• Bring your own water. Drinking fountains are unavailable.
• Residents are encouraged to sanitize all outdoor equipment before and after using it.
• Limited Recreation Sponsored Events will be available in November.
• CDD Orientation
• Resident Academy
• The Villages Public Safety Department
o Smoke detector changes
o CPR classes District Board Meetings
• To comply with social distancing guidelines, all District Board meetings are being held at the Savannah Center, with the exception of District 12 and District 13. District 12 and District 13 meetings are being held at the Everglades Recreation Complex.
The District continues to utilize additional cleaning, sanitization and safety measures for the protection of residents, staff and guests. Some of the additional safety measures you may see throughout the community include
• Additional cleaning and disinfection
• Aerosol disinfection
• Social distancing measures including screens or added spacing between team members
We continue to encourage you to follow all guidance provided by the CDC as is relates to social distancing and individual responsibilities pertaining to personal preparedness. Please visit www.DistrictGov.org
and ensure you are signed up to receive e-Notifications for the most up-to-date information.
District Office Information
The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages community continues to be of utmost importance to the District. As the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and Governor DeSantis on the prevention of COVID-19 continues to update, the District implemented a carefully phased re-opening plan.
District Administrative Offices located at 984 Old Mill Run
The District Administrative Offices at Lake Sumter Landing are open on an appointment only basis. Appointments can be made by emailing or contacting the appropriate District Department. If you do not know which department to contact, please call the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508. Masks are required for all appointments at all District Administrative offices.
There is a drop box available in the breezeway outside of the District office. If you need to drop off correspondence, please utilize the locked drop box.
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
Political Campaign Activities Memo
Each election period raises questions about allowable campaign activities within The Village Community Development Districts. Please click on the header of this announcement for more details.
Resident Academy - Updated 9/21/2020
Are you interested in learning information about The Village Community Development Districts? Help alleviate the confusion, questions and misinformation that exist regarding the responsibilities and functions of the Districts. The Resident Academy provides an opportunity for all residents to learn more about the District Departments working together to make this a premier community! Participants will hear presentations from The Villages Fire Rescue, District Property Management, Community Watch, Recreation & Parks, Finance, Utilities and will even have the chance to tour the North Sumter Utility Plant!
With an improved format and no waiting list, register for one of our sessions!
April 21, 2021 at the Eisenhower Recreation Center - 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
July 19, 2021 at the Savannah Recreation Center - 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
October 18, 2021 at the Rohan Recreation Center - 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
November 15, 2021 at the Rohan Recreation Center - 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
For additional information, please click on the header of this announcement or contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508. To register, click on the link below.
Sumter County Mosquito Control
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County (DOH-Sumter) and Sumter County Mosquito Control are advising residents of an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Sumter County. For more information provided by Sumter County, click the header of this announcement.
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
2020 The Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide
Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. (BDA) compiled a list of animals to identify protected wildlife species in The Villages. To view the 2020 The Villages Protected Species Wildlife Guide, please click on the header of this announcement.
Congratulations to The Villages Public Safety Department on continuing the StormReady recognition for The Villages community for another three years! For additional information on this accomplishment, 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.
Friendly Golf Recommendations
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
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 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.
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.
Morse Boulevard Island Embankment
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 by clicking the header of this announcement.
Sharps Disposal Program
The Sumter County Department of Health offers 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
For additional information, please visit the Sumter County Department of Health
website or contact them at (352) 569-3131.
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.
Information Provided by Sumter County Sheriff's Office
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.
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.