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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

The Villages is alleging salespeople who went rogue still have sensitive spreadsheets containing customer information important to the highly successful sales arm of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

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.

Villager in wheelchair wins permission for wider golf cart garage door

A Villager in a wheelchair has won permission for a golf cart garage door that will be wider than normally would be permitted by the Architectural Review Committee manual.

A request from Virgil and Connita Frese of 2290 Nehaul Terrace in the Keystone Villas was considered Thursday morning during a public hearing before the Community Development District 7 Board of Supervisors.

Virgil Frese, who is in a wheelchair, sought an 8-foot wide golf cart garage door at his villa. The ARC manual dictates that in that villa community, such a golf cart garage door would be limited to 6 feet wide.

The home at 2290 Nehaul Terrace in the Keystone Villas.

Carrie Duckett, resident services and communications director, said Frese’s disability is within the definition of the Fair Housing Act accommodation which is “necessary” for an applicant to have “equal opportunity to enjoy his dwelling.”

The board approved the request, with the understanding that if the accommodation is no longer needed, the homeowner will be required to bring the property back into compliance. In other words, if the couple decides to sell their villa, it would have to be retrofitted with the 6-foot-wide golf cart garage door. The couple had no objection to that restriction.

CDD 7 Supervisor Mark Gallo worried that the cost of downsizing the garage door would be “astronomical.”

However, fellow Supervisor William Vondohlen said he understood the couple’s desire to push ahead, knowing the day might come that they would have to undo the modification.

“You don’t know how much you need these things until you need these things,” said Vondohlen, who noted his wife is in a wheelchair.

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The Villages alleges rogue salespeople stole customer information

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Downsizing memories to squeeze into Independent Living

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Crime

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

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