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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

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

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.

Officials object to residents’ buying bridges to pay for Villages’ advertising

Two elected officials in The Villages have raised objections to residents one day soon purchasing the golf cart bridges that will act as billboards advertising Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

The golf cart bridges being erected across State Road 44 and the Florida Turnpike will provided a crucial artery for golf cart transportation to and from the Village of Fenney, the massive yet-to-be-constructed Villages of Southern Oaks and other areas in the southern end of The Villages.

A golf cart bridge at State Road 44 and Morse Boulevard will be a key artery linking The Villages proper to Fenney, Southern Oaks and other sections in the south.

Two Community Development District 8 supervisors are already raising questions about the inevitable purchase of those bridges by the residents. The cost of maintenance of the infrastructure will be absorbed by the Project Wide Advisory Committee, which includes CDDs 5 through 12.

“I don’t know what it’s costing to build those bridges, but it’s got to be millions,” said CDD 8 Supervisor Larry McMurry. “We are going to get to buy it, and we are going to get to maintain it.”

He said it’s not too soon to begin forecasting what the cost of maintenance of the bridges will be, if for nothing more than “transparency” for the residents who will soon be footing the bill.

He pointed to the coating on the bridges.

“No how matter how well you coat them, it’s going to corrode,” he added.

CDD 8 Supervisor Sal Torname had a slightly different take on the golf cart bridges that remain under construction in the southern end of The Villages. He said the bridges are giant advertising billboards for The Villages.

“Why doesn’t the Developer offset the cost for us with advertising expense? We are promoting The Villages,” Torname said. “We are providing the structure that supports the advertisement  for The Villages, and they are selling housing.”

A district official said PWAC will take over maintenance of the bridges “six months after they are operational.”

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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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No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

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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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