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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

I didn’t bargain for loss of community feel in The Villages

A Village of Belvedere defends points made - and roundly criticized - in a Letter to the Editor earlier this week.

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

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.

Action Gator Tire wins approval for location on County Road 466A in Wildwood

Action Gator Tire, an automobile service and tire repair shop, is planned for the Beaumont property near the northeast corner of county roads 466A and 462 across from Pinellas Plaza.

Special Magistrate Grant Watson granted a special zoning exception Tuesday at a meeting of the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Board. It was the first special exception of this kind approved in the city.

The special exception allows Action Gator Tire to locate the shop in an area zoned for central mixed use. It also will run with the property so a future owner also would be covered.

Action Gator Tire is planning a new location on County Road 466A in Wildwood.

The shop will be located near the proposed Sweetwater Car Wash along CR 466A. Sweetwater currently has four locations in the Orlando area.

Before approving the exception, Watson was told that the project must meet specific conditions. All work must be done in an enclosed garage and the building must be buffered or screened from surrounding businesses and homes.

The building is designed with its eight service bays facing future adjacent businesses instead of homes to the north or CR 466A to the south. The 16,600-square-foot site will have 24 parking spaces.

Action Gator Tire has 21 locations in Central Florida, including Oxford. Besides tires, the company offers oil changes, inspections, diagnostics, maintenance and major repairs.

The Beaumont commercial area also will include a 55,706-square-foot Home2 Suites Hotel. A site plan for the hotel was approved recently by the city commission.

Besides the businesses planned for 14 commercial lots, the first phase of Beaumont construction also includes 133 homes and 134 townhouses.

Homes are under construction at the rear of the 154-acre property and the hotel is expected to open by the end of the year.

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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

Joe Diffie and many other musicians have died from COVID-19

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks at the death of country performer Joe Diffie from COVID-19 and attempts to determine if musicians are somehow more at risk of the Coronavirus.

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.