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District manager offers upbeat assessment of services and savings enjoyed by Villagers

District Manager Richard Baier on Friday offered an upbeat assessment on the future of The Villages. We've got a link to his entire presentation.

Letters

If we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like tacky town

A Villager contends that if we don’t follow the rules The Villages will look like “tacky town.” Read her Letter to the Editor.

Villager troubled by email from ARC member

A Village of St. James resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says he is troubled by an email from a member of the Architectural Review Committee.

Around Florida

Leesburg firefighters honored for life-saving efforts on teenager injured in vehicle crash

Two Leesburg firefighters have been honored by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with a 2019 Life Saving Award.

Obituaries

Edward Irving Heath

Ed Heath was a member of Kiwanis and served as president of chapters in Maryland and Maine before retiring and moving to Del Webb Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club in Summerfield.

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

‘Rides of March’ car show coming to Phillips Buick GMC

The second annual "Rides of March" car show is coming to Phillips Buick GMC next week. The closest car dealership to The Villages, Phillips Buick...

The Villages expected to nearly double in size in next 20 years

As home building escalates south of the Florida Turnpike, The Villages is expected to nearly double in size in 20 years, according to development plans approved Monday by the Wildwood City Commission.

The plans allow 60,449 homes in three designated areas along with 17.8 million square feet of commercial space and 222,000 square feet of office and governmental space.

The Villages north of State Road 44, not including the villages of Southern Oaks and Fenney, has about 65,000 homes.

The new projects will extend southward to State Road 48 at the city limits of Center Hill and do not include land acquired by The Villages in Lake County near Leesburg, where another 2,800 homes can be built.

The latest development agreements divide The Villages projects into three areas. Area A is the original Villages of Southern Oaks south of State Road 44 on both sides of the Florida Turnpike. Area B, which includes 4,132 acres, is south of County Road 470 where the 8,000-home Landstone development was proposed more than a decade ago. The 8,354-acre Area C is south of the Coleman federal prison in an area known as Stuart Ranch.

In Area A, 24,845 homes are planned along with 2.5 million square feet of commercial space and 32,000 square feet of office and governmental space.

Area B will include 18,413 homes, 2.3 million square feet of commercial space and 110,000 square feet of office and governmental space.

Area C will include 16,191 homes, about 3 million square feet of commercial space and 80,000 square feet of office and governmental space.

The agreements also call for development of a 432-acre industrial park south of Coleman. A related agreement with Sumter County requires a fourth town center or “comparable mixed use retail center” in the Villages of Southern Oaks.

A traffic analysis by the Kimley-Horn & Associates consulting firm found that the entire development will generate 35,932 new external afternoon trips by 2040. Networks of new regional roadways are planned for all three areas. Under a roadway construction agreement, Sumter County will reimburse The Villages or its related entities for construction of the regional roads.

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Villagers’ son arrested after allegedly exposing his sexual organs near school bus stop

The 33-year-old son of a Villages couple is free on bond after he allegedly exposed his sexual organs in front of a woman Wednesday morning at the The Quarters Apartments in Lady Lake.

Miller’s Ale House employee arrested near gate in The Villages

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