Wildwood mayor lost power for four days, mobile home parks were evacuated after Irma

A rendering of what the new logo would look like on Wilwood's water tower.

Despite flooding, power outages and downed trees, Wildwood survived Hurricane Irma with minor structural damage, according to City Manager Jason McHugh. “Our infrastructure held up well,” he told city commissioners Monday night. “I’m unaware of any power outages remaining in Wildwood.” Flooding affected mobile home parks and some were evacuated. The worst flooding was in […]

Sumter County to slash overall spending 25 percent

The Sumter County Courthouse has undergone a major renovation.

Sumter County will slash overall spending about 25 percent next year, according to a proposed budget presented Tuesday night to the county board. The county will spend $168 million in 2017-18 compared to $225 million last year. Much of the decrease comes because two new public safety buildings near Pinellas Plaza and in Bushnell, expected to be […]

Sumter County commissioners vote to extend local state of emergency

A kayaker spotted in the Village of Charlotte.

As Sumter County continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, commissioners voted Tuesday night to extend the county’s local state of emergency. County Administrator Bradley Arnold said 10 inches of rain fell on the county during the storm. Despite extensive flooding of golf courses and some multi-modal trails, he said no structures were flooded in The […]

Wildwood budgets for rapid growth of 150 new homes per month

A new home under construction in The Villages.

Wildwood’s 2017-18 budget, expected to be adopted at the end of the month, girds the city for rapid growth. The proposed budget will tax property owners at the rolled-back rate of $4.02 per $1,000 assessed valuation, down from this year’s rate of $4.10. The rolled-back rate is the amount needed to collect the same revenue […]

New Life Christian Church on County Road 462 to open new 16,000-square-foot facility on Sunday

New Life Christian Church on County Road 462 to open new 16,000-square-foot facility on Sunday.

New Life Christian Church on County Road 462 in Wildwood will have the first service in its new church building at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. An auditorium in the 16,000-square-foot building seats 500 people. The construction project, which began last year and includes parking for 370 cars, cost $2.8 million.  Included in the new building are […]