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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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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.

18 cases of Coronavirus in Sumter County

Forty-five people in the tri-county area have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus – 18 of whom reside in Sumter County.

Eleven of those Sumter County residents are men and seven are women. They range in age from 49 to 79, with an average age of 66. Eleven have been deemed travel-related cases, while four are not and three remain unknown.

Seven of the Sumter County patients – including 67-year-old Village of Monarch Grove resident Tony Perry – remained hospitalized. Sumter County contains the vast majority of Villages homes and the mega-retirement community is quickly continuing to expand in the Villages of Southern Oaks and into Leesburg.

Twenty-two people in Lake County, including one non-resident, have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Ten are men, 12 are women – including a woman in her 60s who lives in the Lady Lake Mobile Home Park – and six remain hospitalized. Their ages range from 18 to 84, with an average age of 55. Eight cases are travel related, six are not and eight remain unknown.

In Marion County, only five residents have been diagnosed with the virus. Three are women and two are men, ranging in age from 40 to 68, with an average age of 55. Three of the cases are travel related, two are not and none of the patients currently are hospitalized.

All told, Florida is reporting 1,977 positive results – 1,867 Sunshine State residents and 110 non-residents. There have been 23 deaths and 1,665 people currently are being monitored for the potentially deadly virus.

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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.