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August 24, 2019

General Information

The Villages Softball Fields

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, all softball complexes will be closed for scheduled maintenance from Friday, August 16, 2019 through Sunday, September 1, 2019. The fields will open on Monday, September 2, 2019. All fields and complexes will receive routine scheduled maintenance including work on the infield/outfields and general complex areas. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.


Wilkerson Creek Walking Trail

The Wilkerson Creek Walking Trail in Lake Sumter Landing will be closed for maintenance Wednesday, August 21, 2019 through Wednesday, August 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 District Property Management Department at 352-753-4022.

Wilkerson Creek Trail Closure



Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve Deck

The deck at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve will be temporarily closed until further notice due to high water levels. The walkway and tower will remain open. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


Executive Golf Course Closings - Updated 8/20/2019

For public safety, the District will be closing the following Executive Golf Courses until further notice for water management implementations due to excessive rain. 
  • De La Vista
  • Chula Vista
  • Mira Mesa
  • Heron
  • Pelican
  • Volusia
  • Oakleigh
  • Sweet Gum
  • Mangrove
  • Palmetto
  • Turtle Mound
  • Sandhill
  • Amberwood
  • Hill Top
  • Silver Lake
The movement of water from one area to another helps the District ensure the integrity of our holding capabilities throughout the various water retention basins. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the District Executive Golf Maintenance Office at 352-674-1885. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Trails & Pathways

The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click below for more information.

Trails and Pathways


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 1.790% from May 2018 to May 2019.   This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of July.  


Saddlebrook Executive Golf Course

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the Saddlebrook Executive Golf Course will be closed starting on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for approximately four and a half months. This is a planned full course renovation including resurfacing of greens and tees. 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 District Executive Golf Maintenance Office at 352-674-1885.


Oakleigh and Briarwood Executive Golf Courses

In our efforts to keep the Executive Golf Courses in optimal condition, the #2 green of Oakleigh and the #5 green of Briarwood will be renovated starting on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 while the course remains open. There will be a temporary green in front of each original green until construction is complete in early September. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this project, please contact District Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885.



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
Paradise Family Pool

Paradise Pool Aquatic Access Lift
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Family Pool recently had an aquatic access chair lift installed. Stop by and check it out! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.





Paradise Recreation Center 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance on Saturday, August 31, 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 Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.


Paradise Archery Range

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Archery Range will be temporarily closed for maintenance and improvements from Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Tuesday, September 24, 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 Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.

Community Development District 1
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT No. 1 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE 


Village Community Development District No. 1 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 District 1 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 District 1 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 Village Community Development District No. 1, applications are available on the link below. Please complete the application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida no later than September 30, 2019.

Applications
Community Development District 2
There are no updates at this time.

Community Development District 3
Saddlebrook Recreation Center Outdoor Sports Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Saddlebrook Recreation Center Outdoor Sports Courts will be closed on Friday, August 23, 2019. The Saddlebrook Adult Pool 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 the Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
VILLAGE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
DISTRICT NO. 3 (ALTERNATE MEMBER)


Village Community Development District No. 3 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 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. 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 an alternate volunteer representative for Village Community Development District No. 3, please click on the link below for the application. 

Application



Community Development District 4
Mulberry Grove Sports Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Mulberry Grove Sports Pool will be closed for installation of an aquatic access chair lift Monday, August 26, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 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 Mulberry Grove Recreation Center at 352-259-6040.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
Is seeking an alternate committee member
For Village Community Development District No. 4


Village Community Development District No. 4 (District 4) is seeking an alternate representative to fill a vacancy on the Architectural Review Committee to complete the term which expires on March 31, 2023.

The applicant must be a full time resident of District 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. 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 an alternate representative for District No. 4, applications are available by clicking the link below or you may contact the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida, at 751-3912. Applications must be received by the Community Standards Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2019.

Application



Road Closure

The Villages of Marion Unit 56 Drainage Project will commence on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The project will restore gravity storm sewer functionality to the area. The contractor has already begun mobilization of equipment and materials to the project site. Beginning Tuesday, June 25, 2019 for approximately 30 days, a portion of SE 82nd Calumet Avenue between the Calumet postal building and McLawren Terrace will be closed. The closure and detour route maintenance of traffic will be in place to notify the traveling public of the change in traffic flow. The project is scheduled to take 150 days for completion.

Calumet Avenue Closure


Community Development District 5
Allamanda Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Allamanda Recreation Center will be closed Sunday, September 1, 2019 through Monday, September 30, 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 Allamanda Recreation Center at 352-750-1941.


Churchill Street Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Churchill Street Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, August 24, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Churchill Street Recreation Center at (352)751-6200.

Community Development District 6
Bacall Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bacall Recreation Center will be closed for quarterly maintenance on Saturday, August 24, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience. All outside facilities will be open for use. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bacall Recreation Center at 352-350-2281.


Coconut Cove Tennis Courts - Updated 8/23/2019

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Coconut Cove Tennis Courts will be closed for maintenance until October 2019. Work is actively being done on the new drainage, playing surface and fencing. 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
Odell Recreation Center Pickleball & Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Odell Recreation Center Pickleball and Tennis Courts will be closed Monday, August 26, 2019 through Sunday, September 1, 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 Odell Village Center at 352-750-2700.


Odell Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Odell Recreation Center will be closed for quarterly cleaning on Sunday, August 25, 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 Odell Recreation Center at 352-750-2700.


Truman Recreation Center - Updated 7/31/2019

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Truman Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for maintenance from Monday, August 19, 2019 through Saturday, August 24, 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 Truman Recreation Center at 352-751-2650.


Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center Theater

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Parlor Room (Theater) will be closed at Colony Cottage Regional Recreation Center for floor maintenance from Monday, August 12, 2019 through Sunday, September 1, 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 Colony Cottage Regional Recreation 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
Rohan Recreation Center Sports Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Rohan Recreation Center Sports Pool will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Thursday, August 29, 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 Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


Eisenhower Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Eisenhower Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance on Sunday, September 1, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Eisenhower Recreation Center at (352) 674-8390.


Soaring Eagle Parking Lot

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Soaring Eagle Parking Lot will be temporarily closed for resealing and restriping from Friday, August 23, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 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 Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


Rohan Recreation Center and Sports Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Rohan Recreation Center and Sports Pool will be temporarily closed for quarterly cleaning on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Rohan Fitness Center and all other outside facilities will remain open during this time. 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 Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


Burnsed Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Burnsed Recreation Center will be closed for quarterly maintenance on Sunday, September 8, 2019. All outside 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 the Burnsed Recreation Center at 352-674-8430.

Community Development District 11
Moyer Billiards Hall

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Moyer Recreation Center Valencia Billiards Room will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday, August 28, 2019 through Friday, August 30, 2019. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Moyer Recreation Center at 352-674-8440.

Community Development District 12
Fenney Recreation Center – Parking Lot 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Recreation Center Parking Lot will be temporarily closed in sections for resealing Monday, August 26, 2019 through Tuesday, September 10, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.




Spanish Moss Recreation Area – Parking Lot 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Spanish Moss Recreation Area Parking Lot will be temporarily closed in sections for resealing Wednesday, August 28, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.




Sugar Cane Recreation Area – Parking Lot 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Sugar Cane Recreation Area Parking Lot will be temporarily closed in sections for resealing Monday, August 26, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.




Dudley Canine Park and Archery Range – Parking Lot 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Dudley Canine Park and Archery Range Parking Lot will be temporarily closed in sections for resealing Monday, August 26, 2019 through Saturday, August 31, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.



Fenney Recreation Center Parking Lot

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Recreation Center Parking Lot will be temporarily closed in sections for resealing Monday, August 26, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.


Fenney Putt & Play (Sunfish) 

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play Sunfish 9-hole course will be temporarily closed for maintenance Friday, August 23, 2019 through Thursday, August 29, 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 Fenney Recreation Center 352-674-8460.


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.