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April 24, 2019

General Information

Lake Sumter Line Boat Tours

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Lake Sumter Line Boat Tours will be temporarily closed from Monday, April 29, 2019 through Thursday, May 2, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at 352-751-7110.


Belvedere Executive Golf Courses

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the Belvedere Executive Golf Courses will be closed for single day aerification, sanding and chemical applications.
  • Belmont will be closed on Monday, April 22, 2019.   
  • Pimlico will be closed on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.   
  • Churchill Greens will be closed on Thursday, April 25, 2019. 
This early maintenance recovery transition program is used to encourage quality conditions. While every effort will be made to ensure smoothness, please plan on a 14 to 21 day recovery cycle and plan your tee times accordingly. These schedules may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this transition, please contact District Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885.


Hogeye Preserve Pathway

Save the date! Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Hogeye Preserve Pathway in the Village of Marsh Bend. The pathway starts at the Cattail Recreation Area at 5219 Marsh Bend Trail, The Villages, Florida 32163. For additional information, please click on the following link.

Hogeye Preserve Pathway


Executive Golf Course Closures - UPDATED 4/15/2019

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the Bogart, Sweet Gum, Mangrove, Tarpon Boil and Redfish Run Executive Golf Courses are closed until further notice for early transition repairs and recovery. This is a planned early maintenance recovery program to ensure quality conditions. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this transition, please contact District Executive Golf Course Maintenance at 352-674-1885.



Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve Observation Tower

The Observation Tower at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve will be closed until further notice. For your safety, please refrain from visiting the Observation Tower. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


The Enrichment Academy Instructor & Speaker Recruitment

Interested in becoming an Instructor or a Speaker for The Enrichment Academy? Join us at our informational presentation to speak with staff members, ask questions, and learn how instructors and speakers can bring new and innovative learning opportunities to the program. Two sessions are available at Lake Miona Recreation Center on April 26th at 9 am or April 30th at 5:30 pm. For more information, please click the link below.

TEA Instructor and Speaker Recruitment


Amenity Fee Adjustment

Per your individual Declaration of Restrictions, amenity fees are subject to an adjustment based on the fluctuation of the National Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The timing of this adjustment can vary based on the Declaration of Restrictions in your unit. For information specific to your home, please refer to your Declaration of Restrictions.  For assistance in obtaining them, please contact Community Standards at (352) 751-3912.  

Each month, the percentage of adjustment will be provided in What’s Happening for your reference.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Finance Customer Service at (352) 750-0000. 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 1.520% from February 2018 to February 2019.   This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of March.  



Information Provided by Executive Golf

The United States Golf Association recently implemented a new rule under Rule 13.2a (2): 

•There is no longer a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole. 

•Players are not required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).

Information obtained from www.usga.org

Removing the flagstick to help in retrieving a golf ball from the cup is still considered proper etiquette and requires that we complete the task by hand. Using the flagstick to pinch and pull up the golf ball from the cup is frowned upon and not considered good etiquette standards.

The challenge for Executive Golf Courses in The Villages is that many residents use assistance or ball removal devices for the convenience of not bending as far to remove golf balls from cups. When ball retrieval devices are inserted with flagsticks still in place (Photo 2) the damage to the delicate edges of cups occur.  It also causes degradation of the putting surface for the players that follow.  

We are asking all residents that use these devices to simply pull the flag stick out gently (Photo 1) and remove the golf ball with your device. This will ensure the integrity of the cup edges and allow players to enjoy the same crisp quality of the cups as the players before them. 

We appreciate your cooperation!



Pet Owners

Please be considerate of others and all properties.  Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.  Please take all waste home for disposal.  Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags.  In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash.  



Registration for Monthly Socials Available Online

The Villages Recreation & Parks Department offers monthly socials to help Villagers enjoy the companionship of others in a friendly, fun atmosphere, as well as fulfilling the recreational, educational, emotional or physical needs of the participants.  Beginning December 27, 2018, registration for the monthly socials will be available online, in addition to walk-in registration at all regional recreation centers.

For online registration follow these easy steps:

1. Go to www.DistrictGov.org.

2. Click on Departments.

3. Click on Recreation.

4. Click on the Socials (on the right hand side).

5. Click on Registration.

6. View the month’s social offerings.

7. Create an account or login.

8. Register for the socials of your choosing.

For questions or assistance, please call Recreation Administration at 352-674-1800.



Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk

New signage has been added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found along the trail.  Drop by and take a look.

Fenney Springs Nature Trail Sign 5   Fenney Springs Nature Trail Sign 6



Media Release 

Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and by participation in the activity, participant irrevocably consents to be photographed/recorded and grants The Villages of Florida, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licenses the right in perpetuity to distribute the results of such photography/recording in all media throughout the world.



Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling facilities will be closed periodically for maintenance.  Please see the schedule below for a listing of closure dates.  This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Fenney Recreation Center at 352-674-8460.

Closing Schedule



Polo Fields

The polo player entrance gate off of Buena Vista Boulevard is locked.   All clubs will need to enter through the electronic gate at the south end during off season.  Walkers and approved Resident Lifestyle Groups will be allowed admittance from 7:00a.m. -12:00p.m.  The timer is being set and the gate will automatically open as each car/golf cart hits the pad during these hours.  For further information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.



Weather Policy

The Recreation Department has created consistent and uniform guidelines regarding inclement weather that may impact the public, health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, participants and facilities.  Please click here for the complete guidelines!



Recreation Center Emergency Address Information

Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle.  When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from.  Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information.  We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information.  Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas. 


Village Center & Sumter Landing Community Development District

No updates at this time.


Lady Lake / Lake County
Chula Vista Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Chula Vista Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance on Saturday, April 27, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Chula Vista Recreation Center at 352-753-0002.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
FOR THE LADY LAKE / LAKE COUNTY PORTION OF THE VILLAGES


Village Center Community Development District for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) is seeking a primary and alternate volunteer member to serve as their representative on the Architectural Review Committee.

The primary applicant must be a full time resident of the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) 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 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages (this area does not include Fruitland Park) 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 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in becoming a primary or alternate volunteer representative for the Lady Lake / Lake County portion of The Villages, applications are available by clicking the application link below. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Application



Community Development District 1
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 2
El Santiago Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the El Santiago Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the El Santiago Recreation Center at 352-753-1410.


Villa Roadwork - UPDATED 4.9.2019

Rainey Construction Company is tentatively scheduled to begin resurfacing the following villa roads. Dates may be adjusted due to weather or equipment issues.

Villa De Leon – Monday, April 15, 2019 – Friday, April 19, 2019
Villa Del Canto – Monday, April 22, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019

The contractor will do everything possible to minimize your inconvenience. For the SAFETY of our crews and all residents, we ask that you reschedule any work or deliveries to your Villa until the paving is complete as they may be denied access. Only residents and emergency vehicles will have immediate access during the construction.

PLEASE DO NOT run your irrigation, wash your vehicle or empty your pool during the week as it will make the work take longer.

ALL vehicles and trailers must be parked OFF of the roads and overflow parking areas as this will impede the work. If you know anyone that parks in the overflow area, please remind them to move their vehicle.

Please be advised that newly paved roadways will take approximately one hour to cure and should not be driven on while hot! Driving before this time could result in tracking asphalt onto your driveway and damaging the new roadway.

If you must travel through the construction, PLEASE drive slowly and watch for and listen to directions provided by the contract workers.


Our goal is to give you a new road that will last a maximum life with the LEAST amount of inconvenience. Your cooperation is GREATLY APPRECIATED. If you have any questions during the work there will be someone on sight to help. For additional information, please contact District Property Management at (352) 753-4022.

Community Development District 3
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
Is seeking an alternate committee member for
Village Community Development District No. 3


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 for District 3, please click the link below for the application. 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 Friday, April 26, 2019. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 751-3912.

District 3 Application

Community Development District 4
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
is seeking an alternate volunteer committee member for
Village Community Development District No. 4.

Village Community Development District No. 4 (District 4) is seeking an alternate representative on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC).

The alternate applicant must be a full time resident of District No. 4 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 4 hours (8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.).

If you are interested in becoming the alternate volunteer representative for District No. 4, please click the application link below. 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 Tuesday, April 30, 2019. For information about the position, contact the Community Standards Department at 751-3912.

Application


Community Development District 5
Bridgeport Shuffleboard Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bridgeport Recreation Center Shuffleboard Courts will remain closed for maintenance until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bridgeport Recreation Center at 352-259-6590.


Laurel Manor Pickleball & Tennis Courts - UPDATED 4/22/2019

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Laurel Manor Pickleball and Tennis Courts will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Wednesday April 24, 2019.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at 352-751-7110.


Lake Miona Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Lake Miona Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for total facility cleaning on Sunday, April 28, 2019. We will be open for guest pass and trail fee services from 8 am until 12 pm. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Lake Miona Recreation Center at 352-430-2950.


Lake Miona Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Construction is under way for the new outdoor fitness equipment at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center. For your safety, please refrain from visiting the area until the project has been completed. For further information, please contact the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center at 352-430-2950.
fitness equipment construction under way

Community Development District 6
Bacall Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Maltese Falcon, Casablanca and Key Largo rooms at Bacall Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for chair replacement on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bacall Recreation Center at 352-350-2281.


Canal Street Billiards Hall

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Canal Street Recreation Center Billiard Room will be temporarily closed Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Friday, May 3, 2019.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Canal Street Recreation Center at 352-205-8571.



Sabal Chase Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Sabal Chase Pool will be temporarily closed for acid washing Friday, April 19, 2019 through Friday, April 26, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bacall Recreation Center at 352-350-2281.


Coconut Cove Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Coconut Cove Tennis Courts will be closed for maintenance until further notice. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.  We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Coconut Cove Recreation Center at 352-750-5870.


Community Development District 7
Colony Cottage Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Colony Cottage Regional Center will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Saturday, April 27, 2019. All outdoor facilities will remain open. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Colony Cottage Regional Center at 352-750-1935.

Community Development District 8
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 9
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 10
Big Cypress Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Big Cypress Recreation Center indoor and outdoor facilities will be temporarily closed for quarterly cleaning, maintenance and parking lot resurfacing Saturday, April 27, 2019 and Sunday, April 28, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Recreation Center at 352-674-8385.

Community Development District 11
Moyer Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Moyer Recreation Center Shuffleboard Courts will be temporarily closed for maintenance until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Moyer Recreation Center 352-674-8440.

Community Development District 12
Cattail Recreation Area Pickleball Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Cattail Recreation Pickleball Courts will be closed until further notice. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Recreation Administration at 352-674-1800.



Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Public Records Custodian Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State or Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Please forward requests to:
Jennifer McQueary, District Clerk
984 Old Mill Run
The Villages, Florida 32162
jennifer.mcqueary@districtgov.org
Phone No. (352) 751-3939
Fax No. (352) 753-6430
Please Note Florida law prohibits the Board of Supervisors from communicating with residents about Deed Compliance or Architectural Review issues/cases.  Please contact the Community Standards Department directly at deedcompliance@districtgov.org to report any concerns you might have.