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Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Letters

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Around Florida

DeSantis vows fixes to online system overwhelmed by unemployment claims

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Obituaries

Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Marco Rubio’s GOP opponent makes appeal to Villages group

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Carlos Beruff spoke to the Villages Tea Party on Monday evening at the Savannah Center and explained what he believes gives him an edge over the incumbent Marco Rubio.

Born in Miami to “revolutionary parents” who attempted to bring change to a Fidel Castro-controlled Cuba, Beruff learned early on the value of hard work as his mother eventually fled to America to seek freedom and worked many jobs to sustain the family.

Carlos Beruff speaks to The Villages Tea Party.
Carlos Beruff speaks to The Villages Tea Party.

Beruff continued to discuss his early adult life, explaining his first experience with business at the age of 22, the struggles he encountered during his time as a businessman and eventually the triumphs over his struggles that lead to his success.

“I have lived the American dream,” said Beruff reflecting on his life of business, which he believes has equipped him for negotiating deals in Washington D.C.

Answering his own rhetorical question as to why America has currently been facing issues, Beruff stated, “We keep electing the same morons to Washington over and over again.”

He then told the audience that he is not looking for a career, since he has had one all his life, and that “no one owns” him compared to other career politicians.

“It is time to tell special interests we don’t want them running our country anymore,” said the longtime businessman.

Talking about his opponent, Beruff described Rubio as a man whose life “has become Washington” and “has no life” other than politics.

Though he depicted Rubio as a hungry politician seeking continuation of his career, Beruff was still questioned about his own performance in polls compared to his establishment opponent.

“I’ve always been an underdog,” said the Manatee County resident.

Proudly affirming his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Beruff accused Rubio of being “conducive” for supporting the nominee after initially refusing to affirm his support.

He then said that politicians simply go where the wind blows and that “they don’t take a stand.”

Beruff shocked attendees after indicating that Rubio voted to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State.

“[You] gotta send people who don’t need a job, who have already lived a career,” said Beruff.  “People who’ll do public service.”

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Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Opinions

Dr. Trump hawks outlandish ideas

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Op-Ed, says Dr. Trump is hawking some outlandish ideas and what hangs in the balance is only our lives.

Crime

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.