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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

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Sumter County Democratic volunteers will be monitoring primary voting

Taking direction from the Florida Democratic Party, Sumter County Democrats joined the 2020 Voter Protection effort early in 2019.

The effort has been guided by State Committeewoman Cris Andersen.

During the Presidential Preference Primary in March, an estimated 100 volunteers will staff a “Boiler Room,” from which they will be monitoring voting and helping the state and the Sumter County Democratic Executive Committee identify and tackle problems before the general election in November.

Leading up to the March primary vote, Sumter County volunteers have researched Democrats who have been purged from the voter lists, trained poll watchers and poll observers and educated voters on the election process, according to a news releasee.

“Recent reports highlight Democrat fears of Republican efforts to suppress the vote. An example is an Associated Press report that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee will spend more than $10 million during the 2020 election campaign cycle to bolster their Election Day operations. The GOP expects court challenges accusing states of unconstitutionally suppressing participation in the elections,” Democrats said in the news release.

The Florida Democratic Party notes that not everything that suppresses the vote is intentional.  Insufficient parking, poorly trained workers and inaccessible polling locations can also have an impact. A monitoring program allows the Party to identify and tackle these issues before the general election. 

“Voter trickery also takes place well before elections,” the news release said.

Sumter County Supervisor of Elections William Keen recently issued a warning of misleading mailings.  His advisory said voters may have received mailings from groups such as the Voter Participation Center or The Center for Voter Information. Keen, who stressed that the mailings were not from his office, said these organizations have, in the past, used outdated and incorrect data to mail pre-filled Florida Voter Registration applications to voters who are already registered, minors, pets and even deceased family members.

Voters who witness problems during the March Presidential Preference Primary can report it to the Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Hotline at (833) 368-3352.

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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.

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.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

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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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

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

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

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

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.