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August 7, 2020

General Information

Brinson Perry Dog Park

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Brinson Perry Dog Park will be closed for maintenance Monday, August 17, 2020 through Friday, August 21, 2020. 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 SeaBreeze Recreation Center at 352-750-2488.


Escambia and Okeechobee Executive Golf Courses

Due to the resurfacing of the Moyer Recreation Center parking lot, both Escambia and Okeechobee Executive Golf Courses will be closed Monday, August 10, 2020 through Friday, August 14, 2020. We thank you for your patience during this time.


Amberwood and Oakleigh Executive Golf Courses

The Practice Green at the Amberwood and Oakleigh Executive Golf Courses is closed until further notice for the renovation and construction of a brand new green. We thank you for your patience during this time.


Information Provided by The Villages Commercial Property Management
Glenview Tennis and Aquatic Center Closure


Starting Monday, August 17, 2020, the Glenview Tennis and Aquatic Center will be closed for Vak-Pak replacement. The closure is tentatively scheduled to take two to three weeks for completion. There should be no blockage of the cart path.


Information Provided By The Florida Department of Transportation

As part of the Multi-Modal Bridge project over Florida’s Turnpike at milepost 303, in Sumter County, we will be performing a full closure of northbound and southbound Florida’s Turnpike between CR 470 (Exit 296) and US 301 (Exit 304) to allow crews to set the bridge.

To perform this work, traffic will be detoured during the following dates and times:
Northbound and southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 between CR 470 (Exit 296) and US 301 (Exit 304)
Overnight full road closure, 11 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, to 5 a.m. Thursday, August 27.
If necessary, this closure may also occur from 11 p.m. Thursday, August 27, to 5 a.m. Friday, August 28.

Detour information:
  • Northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to continue north will be directed to exit at County Road (CR) 470 (Exit 296), travel east on CR 470 to US 27, travel north on US 27 to SR 44, travel west on SR 44 to W. Main Street/SR 44, continue west on SR 44 to US 301 and travel south on US 301 to access northbound Florida’s Turnpike.
  • Southbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 traffic wishing to continue south will be directed to exit at US 301 (Exit 304), travel south on US 301 to Commercial Street/US 301, continue south on US 301 to CR 470 and travel east on CR 470 to access southbound Florida’s Turnpike.
  • Okahumpka Service Plaza traffic wishing to access northbound Florida’s Turnpike/SR 91 will be directed to travel south on Florida’s Turnpike and exit at County Road (CR) 470 (Exit 296), travel east on CR 470 to US 27, travel north on US 27 to SR 44, travel west on SR 44 to W. Main Street/SR 44, continue west on SR 44 to US 301 and travel south on US 301 to access northbound Florida’s Turnpike.

During the closure, motorists will not have access to the Okahumpka Service Plaza. The Turkey Lake Service Plaza located at milepost 263 will work as an alternate stop for drivers. Please note this schedule may change due to inclement weather or unforeseen conditions.


Voting Precincts

2020 is a presidential election year and many of our recreation centers are voting precincts! Below is some information to help you.

Early Voting: Primary Election: August 8th through 15th from 9 am – 6 pm

Lake County

  • No locations for early voting in The Villages facilities
Marion County
  • Mulberry Grove
Sumter County
  • Allamanda
  • Laurel Manor
  • Rohan
  • Tierra Del Sol - Early Voting Only

Primary Election: August 18th from 7 am – 7 pm

Lake County

  • La Hacienda
  • Moyer
  • Paradise
Marion County
  • Mulberry Grove
Sumter County
  • Allamanda
  • Canal Street
  • Captiva
  • Coconut Cove
  • Colony Cottage
  • Eisenhower
  • El Santiago
  • Fenney
  • Laurel Manor
  • Pimlico
  • Rohan
  • Saddlebrook
  • Savannah
  • SeaBreeze
  • Sterling Heights
  • Truman

For questions as to what precinct/center you are assigned to, please refer to the Supervisor of Elections website for the county you reside in. Each have a precinct locator and other helpful information.

Voting Websites:
Lake County- https://www.lakevotes.com/
Marion County- https://www.votemarion.com/
Sumter County- https://www.sumterelections.org/


Atlas Canine Park

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Atlas Canine Park will open every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for mowing. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Rohan Recreation Center at 352-674-8400.


Information Provided by Jacobs

With developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of changes and interruptions in our lives. Many are without adequate supplies of toilet paper and may have no choice but to use other products in the restroom. It is important to make sound decisions to prevent clogs and damage to sewer systems. To ensure that wastewater systems continue working properly, please flush only the appropriate waste down the toilet. For more information, please click on the link below.

Unflushables



Rio Grande Air Gun Range

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, construction on a new Air Gun Range at Rio Grande will begin Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1216 Rio Grande Ave. For the safety of our residents, as well as the general public, access to the construction area will not be permitted. The current air gun range will remain open during construction. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Chula Vista Recreation Center at 352-753-0002 or District Property Management at 352-753-4022.


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 0.646% from June 2019 to June 2020. This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of August.


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 - Updated 12/23/2019

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
La Hacienda Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the La Hacienda Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance Monday, August 24, 2020 through Sunday, September 6, 2020. Weekend services for guest ID cards, trail fees and TEA registration will not be available during this time period. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. All outdoor facilities will remain open. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the La Hacienda Recreation Center at 352-753-1716.


La Hacienda Sports Pool & Outdoor Facilities

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the La Hacienda Sports Pool and Outdoor Recreation Facilities will be closed for maintenance on Sunday, September 6, 2020. 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 La Hacienda Recreation Center at 352-753-1716.


Rio Grande Lawn Bowling/Croquet Court

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Rio Grande Lawn Bowling/Croquet Court will be temporarily closed for maintenance from Friday, August 7, 2020 through Monday, September 7, 2020. 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.

Community Development District 1
Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center Pool Furniture

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center Adult Pool Furniture was recently replaced. Please stop by and enjoy! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center at 352-753-4412

Tierra pool furniture
Community Development District 2
El Santiago Recreation Center Indoor Facilities, Outdoor Facilities and Family Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the El Santiago Recreation Center Indoor Facilities, Outdoor Facilities and Family Pool will be closed for quarterly maintenance on Sunday, August 9, 2020. 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.

Community Development District 3
There are no updates at this time.

Community Development District 4
The Village Community Development District No. 4 Board

The Village Community Development District No. 4 Board will hold a special meeting for the purpose of discussing resident modifications in the District right-of-ways and easements on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the Savannah Regional Recreation Center.

Community Development District 5
Bridgeport Recreation Center Family Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bridgeport Recreation Center Family Pool will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 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 Bridgeport Recreation Center at 352-259-6590.


Allamanda Recreation Center Family Pool Furniture

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Allamanda Recreation Center received new pool furniture! Please stop by and enjoy! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Allamanda Recreation Center at 352-750-1941.

Allamanda pool furniture
Community Development District 6
Lakeshore Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Lakeshore Pool will be closed for the installation of an aquatic access lift Wednesday, August 12. 2020 and Friday, August 14, 2020. 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.


Coconut Cove Recreation Center Family Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Coconut Cove Recreation Center Family Pool will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 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.


Canal Street Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Canal Street Recreation Center will be closed for quarterly maintenance on Sunday, August 9, 2020. 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 Canal Street Recreation Center at 352-205-8571.

Community Development District 7
Duval Adult Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Duval Adult Pool will be closed for the installation of an aquatic access lift Wednesday, August 12. 2020 and Friday, August 14, 2020. 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.

Community Development District 8
SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, a portion of the SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance Monday, August 24, 2020 through Sunday, August 30, 2020. The theatre and craft room will remain open. Services for guest ID cards and trail fees will be available. 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 SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Center at 352-750-2488.


Sterling Heights Recreation Center Bocce Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Sterling Heights Recreation Center Bocce Courts were recently refurbished! Please stop by and enjoy! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Sterling Heights Recreation Center at 352-753-4510.

sterling height boccce courts
Sterling Heights Recreation Center

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Sterling Heights Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance on Saturday, August 15, 2020. 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 Horseshoe Pits

In our efforts to provide additional lifestyle opportunities, horseshoe pits have been added at the Bradenton Recreation Center! Please stop by and enjoy! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Bradenton Recreation Center at 352-674-8380.

bradenton horseshoe pit
Bradenton Recreation Center Family Pool

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Bradenton Recreation Center Family Pool will be closed for maintenance Wednesday, August 5, 2020 through Saturday, August 15, 2020. 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
Big Cypress Recreation Center Pool Furniture

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Big Cypress Recreation Center Family Pool Furniture was recently replaced! Please stop by and enjoy! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Recreation Center at 352-674-8385.

Big Cypress Pool furniture
Burnsed Recreation Center Billiards Hall

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Burnsed Recreation Center Billiards Hall will be closed for maintenance Wednesday, August 19, 2020 through Friday, August 21, 2020. 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 Burnsed Recreation Center at 352-674-8430.


Callahan and Belle Glade Villas - Updated 7/28/2020

District Property Management (DPM) has received the necessary permit modification from Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to complete work within Wetland 88 (District wetland asset identification) under conditions of the Environmental Resources Permit. Regular updates of the District’s progress to design, permit and advance the work are presented monthly to the District 10 Board of Supervisors. Now that the design is complete and the permit modification has been approved by SWFWMD, the District is proceeding with the procurement of a contractor to complete the work within the wetland. DPM will present a recommendation to award the contract for this project within Wetland 88 to the Project Wide Advisory Committee (PWAC) and the Sumter Landing Community Development District (SLCDD) for approval to proceed with the award of the contract.

The engineering review process of all existing conditions potentially impacting the pavement life span was necessary to develop the best solution to provide improved pavement conditions. It was determined from the review of the geotechnical borings performed that the pavement condition was being impacted by the seasonal groundwater intrusion into the pavement subgrade. Once the project within the wetlands is completed, DPM will monitor the groundwater elevations beneath the road surface for a few months to verify the intended results are achieved. Once the intended results are verified, the District will be able to move forward with the planned pavement restoration project. Based on current schedules the paving project is most likely to occur late in 2020 as part of the fiscal year 20-21 budget (beginning October 2020). The District will continue to provide regular updates to the District 10 Board, PWAC and Villa residents regarding project milestones and related project progress. Thank you for your patience and be assured the District is working diligently to provide a long-term and cost-effective pavement restoration solution. For questions and updates please contact Blair Bean, P.E., Director of District Property Management at 352-753-4022.

Community Development District 11
Moyer Recreation Center Indoor Facilities, Family Pool and Outside Facilities

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Moyer Recreation Center Indoor Facilities, Family Pool and Outside Facilities will be temporarily closed for parking lot sealcoating and striping Monday, August 10, 2020 through Friday, August 14, 2020. 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 Moyer Recreation Center at 352-674-8440.

Community Development District 12
Fenney Lawn Bowling and Croquet Courts

In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Lawn Bowling and Croquet Courts will be closed for maintenance Thursday, August 13, 2020 and Friday, August 14, 2020. 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.


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.