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February 16, 2019

General Information

Sweetgum Executive Golf Course Closure

In our efforts to keep the infrastructure of the Executive Golf Courses functioning correctly, the Sweetgum Executive Golf Course will be closed Tuesday, February 19, 2019 until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact District Executive Golf 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!




Paradise Dog Park

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Dog Park will be temporarily closed for quarterly maintenance Monday, February 25, 2019 through Friday, March 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 Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.



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.  



Mulberry Grove Dog Park - UPDATED 2/13/19

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Mulberry Grove Dog Park will be temporarily closed Monday, February 11, 2019 through Thursday, February 14, 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.



Holiday Closure

The District Customer Service Center and all District Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, February 19th.  All recreation centers, outdoor facilities and fitness clubs will remain open for your enjoyment.  Guest ID, Trail Fee and Activity Registration services will be available at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower and Rohan Regional Recreation Centers from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Customer Service Center at (352) 753-4508.



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.


Recreation Survey

The Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) directed Staff to receive input from residents and Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups for both internal and external recreation center features, such as meeting space, storage, restrooms, facility enhancements, type of pool and other considerations for the property located at the First Baptist Church, 16985 SE 79th Clearview Ave., The Villages in Marion County. The survey is now available by clicking on the link below and at all recreation centers. To complete the survey, please click on the following link: SURVEY.  For additional information, please contact Recreation Administration at (352) 674-1800.

Survey Information



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



Recreation News

We’re excited to bring you a great new way to navigate through all of The Villages Recreation & Parks fun!  It’s all of the same great information, you’ve come to love – in an easier to read format.  Click here for more information.



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
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (ALTERNATE MEMBER)
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 is seeking an alternate volunteer member to serve as their representative on the Architectural Review Committee.

The applicant must be a full time resident of Lady Lake or Lake County portion of The Villages and have lived in The Villages for at least one year.  Committee members 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 hours (8:00 a.m. until 11:00 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, complete the attached application and return it to the Community Standards Department, 984 Old Mill Run, The Villages, Florida, no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2019.

Application 

Community Development District 1
No updates at this time.
Community Development District 2
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 3
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 4
Chatham Recreation Center Tennis Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Chatham Tennis Courts will be closed for maintenance Monday, February 18, 2019 and Tuesday, February 19, 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 Chatham Recreation Center at 352-753-4570.

Community Development District 5
Churchill Street Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Churchill Street Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for maintenance on Saturday, February 23, 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 Churchill Street Recreation Center at (352) 751-6200.

Community Development District 6
Canal Street Tennis & Pickleball Courts - UPDATED 2/13/19

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Canal Street Recreation Center Pickleball and 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 Canal Street Recreation Center at 352-205-8571.


Canal Street Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Canal Street Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for maintenance on February 16, 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 Canal Street Recreation Center at 352-205-8571.

Community Development District 7
Odell Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Odell Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly cleaning on Saturday, March 2, 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 Recreation Center at 352-750-2700.

Community Development District 8
Fish Hawk Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, Fish Hawk Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for total facility cleaning on Saturday February 16, 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 Fish Hawk Recreation Center at 352-750-3525.


Sterling Heights Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Sterling Heights Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly cleaning on Sunday, February 17, 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 Sterling Heights Recreation Center at 352-753-4510.

Community Development District 9
Bradenton Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bradenton Recreation Center will be temporarily closed for quarterly cleaning on Sunday, February 17, 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 Bradenton Recreation Center at 352-674-8380.

Community Development District 10
Rohan Recreation Center Shuffleboard Courts - UPDATED 2/12/19

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Rohan Shuffleboard Courts will be temporarily closed for resurfacing January 29, 2019 through February 19, 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.

Community Development District 11
No updates at this time.

Community Development District 12
No updates at this time. 


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.