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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.

DeSantis carefully distances himself from Trump on COVID-19 social distancing

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was careful with his words Wednesday during his daily COVID-19 press conference as he seemed to distance himself from one of his biggest supporters – President Trump.

DeSantis, who was in The Villages earlier this week to open a testing site at the polo fields, was asked about the president’s plan to possibly loosen social distancing guidelines as the country struggles economically in the face of the deadly Coronavirus. Trump has gone so far as to say he expects to see “packed churches” on Easter, which is just two and a half weeks away.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was in The Villages earlier this week to open a Coronavirus testing site at the polo fields, said on Wednesday that Floridians will continue to practice social distancing, even though President Trump – one of his biggest supporters – has said he expects to see ‘packed churches’ by Easter.

“We are going to continue to have society respond to be able to fight this virus,” DeSantis said. “There is no chance we are just going to say, ‘The hell with it,’ and not even worry about it. That is going to be a part of our daily lives until we have a solution to this.”

DeSantis quickly defended Trump, however, by saying he doesn’t believe the president really wants to relax social distancing guidelines.

“I think what he said is you don’t have massive lockouts,” DeSantis said. “That does not mean you don’t have social distancing.”

The governor said there are ways to accomplish those goals without “thrusting people into protracted economic misery” that most likely would include some public health “challenges” as well.

“There’s no way we’re just going to walk away from any social distancing,” he reiterated. “We’re learning more and more about the virus, which is great. But there’s no treatment for it. There’s no anti-viral and there’s no vaccine.”

As of Wednesday night, the Florida Department of Health was reporting 1,977 cases in Florida, with 23 deaths and 1,665 people being monitored. More than 65,00 cases had been reported in the United States, with 921 deaths. And worldwide there were more than 466,800 people suffering from the disease, with 21,152 fatalities.

All of which means, DeSantis said, that everyone must continue to take precautions as the virus moves across society.

“I think there’s ways you can do that and still have a society that is doing more than simply on lockdown,” he said.

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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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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.