Gate strikes account for 75 percent of gate malfunctions in The Villages

This gate arm was down at Rio Grande Avenue and Avenida Central in The Villages.

Gate strikes account for 75 percent of gate malfunctions in The Villages.

The renewal of a contract for gate maintenance sparked a conversation about the gates during Wednesday morning’s meeting of the Amenity Authority Committee.

The $187,088 contract with Royce Parking Control Systems prompted questions from AAC member John Wilcox, a frequent critic of the costs associated with maintaining the gates.

“We are not a private community. We are a community with gates,” Wilcox said.

He raised an eyebrow when he saw the contract included gate maintenance for Oak Meadows and Hickory Head Hammock. Oak Meadows is a golf-cart accessible community located behind Rolling Acres Plaza and Hickory Head Hammock is not accessible using a standard-issue Villages gate card.

Those who knock down gates are assessed a fee of $250.

Last year, the District recovered about $50,000 as the result of gate strikes.