Sumter County officials want to see more gas stations and restaurants at interchanges

Interstate 75 and the Florida Turnpike carry thousands of cars each day through Sumter County.

County commissioners hope more drivers will stop and spend money.

They gave final approval Tuesday to a plan to promote commercial development at several interchanges, hoping to add gas stations, fast-food restaurants and other businesses. They endorsed land-use amendments that designate these areas for urban development.

“The proposal indicates our intent to facilitate intense commercial development at these interchanges,” said Karl Holley, county development services director.

The plan was reviewed by the state without objection, although state officials will continue to monitor development because of their oversight of interstate highways.

Targeted interchanges include I-75 at county roads 470 and 673 in southwestern Sumter County. At CR 470, the plan would expand development west of the interstate.

Significant development already is in place at the intersection of I-75 and State Road 44, while some development has occurred at the U.S. 301 and turnpike intersection in Wildwood.

Under the plan, utility lines for municipal sewer and water will be extended to the development areas.

A report prepared for the state Department of Transportation on interchange land development strategies emphasizes the importance of careful planning.

“It is critical to create an uncluttered environment, with good signage and easement in accessibility,” the report stated. “Ideally, traffic leaving a freeway should not compete with traffic leaving a site.”

Commissioner Doug Gilpin said the interchange development plan is important to the county’s growth.

“It’s going to really help us out in the future,” he said. “It’s much needed.”

More Headlines

25 more Villagers test positive for COVID-19 as virus claims 2 Lake County residents

Twenty-five more Villagers have tested positive for COVID-19 and two Lake County residents have succumbed to the virus as it continues to slam assisted living facilities, Florida’s Friendliest Hometown and the communities that surround it.

Mayor suggests sealing off La Zamora gate to cure Chula Vista headaches

The mayor of Lady Lake has suggested sealing off the gate at the Village of La Zamora could solve traffic problems on Chula Vista Avenue.

Photos

Rainbow Cloud Above The Villages Of Parkwood

Check out this beautiful rainbow cloud above The Villages of Parkwood. Thanks to Denise Walters for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Glowing Sunset Near Hogeye Preserve

Check out this glowing sunset captured near Hogeye Preserve. Thanks to Victoria Ascione for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Roseate Spoonbill On A Pond In The Village Of Hemingway

Check out these roseate spoonbills on a pond in the Village of Hemingway. Thanks to Kirk Freundt for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

Letters to the Editor

Response from Minnesota to Donald Simson’s Letter to the Editor

A Minnesota resident says he had never heard about The Villages until President Trump’s re-tweet of the “white power” chant at a golf cart rally. Now he has something to say about Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Business

Two Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations preparing to reopen in The Villages

Two of the three Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations in The Villages are preparing to reopen Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime

Summerfield man jailed after nasty battle with lady friend over Facebook post

A Summerfield man was arrested Sunday after a nasty altercation with his battered lady friend over a Facebook post.

Opinions

The Villages no longer Florida’s Friendliest Hometown

Villager Miles Zaremski, writing in an Opinion piece, makes the case that The Villages is no longer Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Top Stories

T&D companies took government money in COVID-19 response

A spreadsheet from the Small Business Administration has revealed that at least three subsidiaries of the T&D conglomerate of companies took money in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

25 more Villagers test positive for COVID-19 as virus claims 2 Lake County residents

Twenty-five more Villagers have tested positive for COVID-19 and two Lake County residents have succumbed to the virus as it continues to slam assisted living facilities, Florida’s Friendliest Hometown and the communities that surround it.

Mayor suggests sealing off La Zamora gate to cure Chula Vista headaches

The mayor of Lady Lake has suggested sealing off the gate at the Village of La Zamora could solve traffic problems on Chula Vista Avenue.

Letters to the Editor

Response from Minnesota to Donald Simson’s Letter to the Editor

A Minnesota resident says he had never heard about The Villages until President Trump’s re-tweet of the “white power” chant at a golf cart rally. Now he has something to say about Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Do we have to sacrifice golf cart rallies?

A Village of Monarch Grove resident, in a Letter to the Editor, wonders if one bad apple will cost Villagers the right to stage golf cart parades.

Not all bicyclists are obeying traffic laws

A Village of Caroline resident was traveling in a golf cart when he noticed a bicyclist who did not stop at a red light. He describes what happens in a Letter to the Editor

Crime

Summerfield man jailed after nasty battle with lady friend over Facebook post

A Summerfield man was arrested Sunday after a nasty altercation with his battered lady friend over a Facebook post.

Driver with suspended license arrested in roundabout at Village of Charlotte gate

A Summerfield man driving a pickup towing a trailer was arrested when he was caught driving on a suspended license after a crash near the gate at the Village of Charlotte. 

Oxford woman lands behind bars after altercation with man friend

An Oxford woman landed behind bars after an altercation with her man friend.