As crews were preparing to put the new Chitty Chatty Bridge in place on Wednesday night, the Project Wide Advisory Committee was looking at welcoming the new village to its fold of shared responsibility.
The Chitty Chatty Bridge over State Road 44 will provide golf cart access to the Rohan Recreation Center, Deaton Plaza and Brownwood Paddock Square from the Village of Chitty Chatty.
The village is named after the adjoining Chitty Chatty Swamp, south of Rohan Recreation Center on the south side of State Road 44. Waterfront lots at Chitty Chatty had been selling at a brisk pace prior to the onset of the Coronavirus crisis.
As the bridge was being put into place, PWAC was looking at the plan to bring aboard the 585 accessible acres of the Village of Chitty Chatty in Community Development District 13’s Phase 1. That means the Village of Chitty Chatty will be contributing $823,579 in 2020-21 to the PWAC coffers which fund shared infrastructure costs.
The purpose of PWAC, which includes CDDs 5 through 12 south of County Road 466, is to spread out the cost and risk of infrastructure and facilities that benefit residents within those boundaries.
The largest member of PWAC is CDD 10 with 1,489 accessible acres. CDD 10 will contribute $2.097 million to PWAC in 2020-21. CDD 9 recently decided to add the Lofts at Brownwood to its acreage. CDD 9 is budgeted to contribute $1.66 million to PWAC in 2020-21.
Eventually, the cost of maintenance of the four golf cart bridges that will provide connectivity to sections of The Villages south of State Road 44 will fall to the residents. There have been complaints that the bridges, with the large emblems of The Villages, are nothing more than advertising for Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.
Some officials have expressed concern that the bridges will bring unexpected costs like the anticipated revetment work at the Morse Boulevard bridge embankment.
The other bridges will be the Brownwood Bridge, the Water Lilly Bridge and the Bexley Bridge.