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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

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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

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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.

Villager takes fight to save his landscaping to Sumter County

A Villager has taken his fight to save his landscaping to Sumter County.

Thomas Rinker, of 1462 Pelican Path in the Village of Sunset Pointe, spent about $4,000 to put in landscaping 15 years ago on property he believed was under his ownership.

Several months ago, an anonymous complaint was received alleging he put the landscaping in the Sumter County right of way. Rinker claims he was unfairly targeted by trolls who made the anonymous complaint. The complaint was verified by Community Standards.

Thomas Rinker is fighting to save this landscaping at his home in the Village of Sunset Pointe.

Rinker appeared Friday morning before the Community Development District 5 Board of Supervisors and said he visited a Sumter County official and received information different from what he had been told by the district.

“He said The Villages doesn’t have any right to tell us what to do with our property,” Rinker said. “In fact, he said they appreciated it being kept up so well, otherwise they’d have to send a crew out to mow it.”

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Rinker and his wife, who are from Pennsylvania, bought their home in 2005 for $213,100.

Rinker said he did not realize he had put the landscaping in the county’s right of way. He said his Properties of The Villages sales agent did not explain the limitations when he purchased his home in the deed-restricted community.

A positive that has come out of the landscaping misunderstanding is the support Rinker has received from fellow Villagers since the story came to light.

“Many nice people have contacted me and said they want to help me,” Rinker said. “This past month I’ve met a lot of new people. I have had a lot of support.”

For the foreseeable future, Rinker’s landscape can remain in place. Villages officials will coordinate with Sumter County officials about possible next steps.

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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

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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

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

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