Thursday, November 26, 2020
77 F
The Villages

Vote on Spanish Springs apartments pushed back until January

A potential vote on a controversial plan to put apartments at Spanish Springs Town Square has been pushed back until January.

The Lady Lake Commission had been scheduled to discuss at Monday night’s meeting The Villages’ plan for up to 45 apartments at Spanish Springs. However, a Lady Lake Commission agenda released Thursday indicates that the matter has been tabled until Jan. 20.

Earlier this month, The Villages asked that the apartment issue be tabled due to the sudden hospitalization of Lady Lake Mayor Jim Richards. He has been undergoing dialysis three times a week and was not expected to be able to participate in Monday’s meeting.

The latest delay was requested during a phone call from Villages Vice President Marty Dzuro to interim Lady Lake Town Manager Thad Carroll. Dzuro told Carroll he would like to see the mayor, who represents Ward 5, present “as his constituents are all residents of The Villages.”

The delay could be seen as a ray of hope for Villagers who have been battling the proposal for apartments at Spanish Springs, the former site of the Hacienda Hills Country Club, Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood.

The group Villages Promises Preservation Watch (V2PW) has hired an attorney to help guide them through the David vs. Goliath battle with The Villages. However, those Villagers were dealt a blow this week after a five-hour meeting of the Sumter County Commission. That body, which includes three lame duck commissioners voted out in August due to anger over a 25 percent tax increase, gave the green light to an apartment complex at the Hacienda Hills site and to allow conversion of second-floor offices to apartments in multiple buildings on four parcels at Lake Sumter Landing.

Lady Lake commissioners will determine the fate of the 45 apartments to be located on the second floors of commercial space at Spanish Springs. A large percentage of the second floors over Margarita Republic and the former Demshar’s restaurant are occupied by The Villages Daily Sun, whose printing plant is located on Rolling Acres Road across from The Villages Elementary at Lady Lake. Seven of the 45 apartments would be located at Katie Belle’s, which closed earlier this year.

The Villages has complained that business demand has declined for that second-floor space.

More Headlines

Long-term care residents will be first to receive vaccines in Sumter County

Sumter County is planning for COVID-19 vaccinations and has prepared a list of long-term care facilities where residents and staff will be among the first to receive the vaccine. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Large sinkhole opens up near postal facility in The Villages

A large sinkhole has opened up near a postal facility in The Villages.

Photos

Belted Kingfisher On Branch

This belted kingfisher was spotted resting on a branch. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Great Egret With A Snack

This great egret was spotted taking off with a snack in its mouth. Thanks to Garry Kolb for sharing!

White Pelicans Fishing With Wood Storks Watching

White pelicans are back fishing in local ponds, but the wood storks on shore don't look too happy about it. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Letters to the Editor

The fascist regime of Donald Trump has ended

Villager Linda Hallinan is back with a Letter to the Editor and proclaims that, “The fascist regime of Donald Trump has ended.”

Business

Groome Transportation resuming Shuttle Service between The Villages community and Orlando International Airport

Groome Transportation is resuming its airport shuttle service between The Villages and Orlando International Airport.

Crime

Harbor Hills woman arrested after crashing in roundabout in The Villages

A Harbor Hills woman was arrested after crashing in a roundabout in The Villages.

Opinions

Blood pressure during and after exercise

Dr. Gabe Mirkin warns that high blood pressure puts you at increased risk for suffering a heart attack or stroke and damaging every organ in your body. Lowering high blood pressure helps to protect you from these complications.

Top Stories

Donated bicycles can light up Christmas for children in need

The bicycle clubs in The Villages are preparing to support the Sumter County Sheriff’s Annual Bicycle Collection. Villager Dave Lawrence explains how you can help brighten Christmas for a child.

Long-term care residents will be first to receive vaccines in Sumter County

Sumter County is planning for COVID-19 vaccinations and has prepared a list of long-term care facilities where residents and staff will be among the first to receive the vaccine. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Large sinkhole opens up near postal facility in The Villages

A large sinkhole has opened up near a postal facility in The Villages.

Letters to the Editor

The fascist regime of Donald Trump has ended

Villager Linda Hallinan is back with a Letter to the Editor and proclaims that, “The fascist regime of Donald Trump has ended.”

What a relief that this nightmare is coming to an end

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Belvedere resident is relieved that, “This nightmare is coming to an end.”

Right to life is the first priority

A Village of Santiago resident, in a Letter to the Editor, contends this nation’s top priority should be the right to life.

Crime

Harbor Hills woman arrested after crashing in roundabout in The Villages

A Harbor Hills woman was arrested after crashing in a roundabout in The Villages.

Best Buy manager foils employee’s attempt to steal Samsung Galaxy phones

A manager at Best Buy in Lady Lake foiled an employee’s alleged attempt to steal Samsung Galaxy phones from the store.

Jealous Oxford man jailed after allegedly writing curse words on lady friend’s car

A jealous Oxford man was jailed after allegedly writing curse words on a lady friend’s car.