CDD 8 chairman joins chorus calling for reduced Recreation News

Duane Johnson
Duane Johnson

The chairman of the Community Development District 8 Board of Supervisors on Friday joined the chorus of elected officials in The Villages calling for a reduction in the print frequency of the Recreation News.

CDD 8 Chairman Duane Johnson echoed the sentiments of Community Development District 9 Supervisor Don “Smoke” Hickman expressed one day earlier. Hickman said it is time to cut the $14,000 weekly press run and convert Recreation News to a once-a-month publication.

Johnson, a longtime officer with the Villages Homeowners Advocates and head of The VHA Community Foundation Board, called Hickman’s suggestion a good idea.

“I think that’s something that needs to be looked at,” Johnson said.

Like many other elected officials, Johnson indicated he’s been hearing from residents about the Recreation News, the pricetag for which was $800,000 last year. It is paid for with amenity money.

Critics of Recreation News complain that the same information is printed over and over. Recreation News is no longer a candidate for the recycling bin, as the recycling program in The Villages is ending and will be burned at a waste-to-energy facility.

“Under the circumstance we need to be prudent. People are really not satisfied. And we can do something about it,” Johnson said.

Earlier this week, Community Development District 2 Supervisor Bryan Lifsey assailed the Project Wide Advisory Committee about the “Gutenberg” mentality that he says keeps the information in the Recreation News shackled to pulp and press. Like many other elected officials in The Villages, Lifsey has suggested it’s time to catapult Recreation News into the modern digital age.

More Headlines

Villager’s troubled son leaps to his death from cell phone tower

A Villager’s troubled son leapt to his death from cell a phone tower on the Historic Side of The Villages.

Villager wants buffer to shield his home from noise from Turnpike

A Villager wants a buffer to shield his home from noise from the Florida Turnpike.

Photos

Hawk In Flight Around Village Of Collier

Check out this hawk that was spotted flying above the Village of Collier. Thanks to Cindy Farkus for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

Old Truck At Brownwood Paddock Square In Black And White

Check out this awesome black and white shot of the old truck at Brownwood Paddock Square. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local...

Brown Anole With Extended Dewlap

This brown anole with an extended dewlap was spotted on Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Naly de Carvalho for sharing! Share your local photos with...

Letters to the Editor

Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages

Two Villages couples, speaking out jointly in a Letter to the Editor, contend the Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages.

Business

Two Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations preparing to reopen in The Villages

Two of the three Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations in The Villages are preparing to reopen Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime

‘Apologetic’ suspect arrested in theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart

An “apologetic” suspect was arrested in the theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Opinions

Is it too much a task to wear a mask?

Hugo Buchanan, writing in an Opinion piece, wonders if it is too much a task to wear a mask?

Top Stories

Deadly COVID-19 virus continues to hammer The Villages and nearby communities

Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in and around The Villages on Monday as Florida continued to see massive increases in new patients battling the potentially deadly virus.

Villager’s troubled son leaps to his death from cell phone tower

A Villager’s troubled son leapt to his death from cell a phone tower on the Historic Side of The Villages.

Villager wants buffer to shield his home from noise from Turnpike

A Villager wants a buffer to shield his home from noise from the Florida Turnpike.

Letters to the Editor

Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages

Two Villages couples, speaking out jointly in a Letter to the Editor, contend the Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages.

Destroying the Hacienda pool and restaurant

A Village of De La Vista North resident, in a Letter to the Editor, points to the demolition of Hacienda Hills Country Club and says she’s very disappointed with the way things are going in that area of The Villages.

The Villages Daily Sun finally gets it!

A Village of Hillsborough resident says that after months of ignoring the Coronavirus crisis, The Villages Daily Sun is finally understanding the significant threat of COVID-19. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Crime

‘Apologetic’ suspect arrested in theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart

An “apologetic” suspect was arrested in the theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Speeding driver from Mexico arrested near Okahumpka Service Plaza

A speeding driver from Mexico was arrested near the Okahumpka Service Plaza.

Oxford woman jailed after Facebook-inspired brawl sends ‘friend’ to ER

An Oxford woman was jailed after a Facebook-inspired brawl sent her “friend” to the emergency room.