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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.

Wildwood leaders meet for first time adhering to strange rules of Coronavirus

Adapting to the constraints of social distancing due to the Coronavirus, Wildwood commissioners met Monday night by phone, segregated in separate rooms of city hall.

Mayor Ed Wolf sat alone at the table and called for roll-call votes on every agenda item. Commissioners approved resolutions declaring a state of emergency for the city and creating an infectious disease policy.

Mayor Ed Wolf sits alone at the dais as City Manager Jason McHugh speaks from the podium.

City Manager Jason McHugh said he is suspending utility shutoffs for 30 days due to the crisis.

Seven people were present in the meeting room, including Wolf, McHugh, Police Chief Randy Parmer and Cassandra Smith, city clerk and chief financial officer.

The state of emergency declaration, effective through April 14, gives the city manager or a person he designates the authority to protect the public due to the coronavirus crisis.

McHugh said the declaration prepares the city for unforeseen issues and also would help Wildwood qualify for aid if needed from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

The infectious disease policy gives the city manager “broad discretion to implement reasonable measures and take proactive steps to prevent or reduce the transmission of infectious diseases” in the city workplace.

Measures include regular cleaning of frequently used areas such as bathrooms and asking employees to stay home if they have disease symptoms. Employees also are asked to learn about precautions to prevent disease transmission.

In extreme circumstances, the policy also allows the city manager to set up work-from-home or other alternative work arrangements.

The policy states that the city will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee with an infectious disease, but reserves the right to exclude them from the workplace or other activities if necessary to protect the person or other employees.

Recognizing the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus, McHugh said he will not shut off anyone’s utilities due to non-payment for 30 days.

Wolf suggested McHugh talk to each user to make sure economic hardship is the reason they can’t pay the bill.

Commissioner Joe Elliott said a few may try to get away with something, but praised the action that he said will benefit those facing serious hardship.

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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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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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