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Monday, April 19, 2021

Leaders send message to Tallahassee about seizing authority from local officials

Lady Lake leaders are sending a message to Tallahassee about the state government’s efforts to take authority away from local officials.

Several bills have been filed in the current legislative session that, if passed, would restrict the ability of municipalities to address issues of public concern at the local level.

Rep. Brett Hage has been criticized for backing legislation that could limit local government’s ability to impose impact fees.

State Rep. Brett Hage, R-Oxford, is co-sponsoring legislation that would restrict the ability of local government to raise impact fees. Hage’s bill has become controversial in neighboring Sumter County where commissioners recently voted to raise impact fees.

Lady Lake Mayor Ruth Kussard recently received an email from Florida League of Mayors President Terrill Hill, mayor of Palatka, seeking support of a resolution urging “all members of the Florida Legislature to oppose unwarranted or overly broad preemptions of the municipal home rule powers.”

Mayor Ruth Kussard

The League of Mayors warns that a number of the bills would “under cut the intent of the citizens of every municipality in Florida, who voted to incorporate their community and exercise the broad Home Rule powers granted by the Florida Constitution to govern themselves and, thereby, effectively address the unique concerns of their community.”

Kussard is sounding the call about a dangerous trend in which Tallahassee wants to take control away from the local level.

“This is where the residents come when they have a problem. They don’t go to Tallahassee,” she said.

The mayor and other commissioners have vowed to support the Florida League of Mayors in its effort to curb state government’s taking control from local officials. Commissioners have unanimously agreed to support the resolution put forth by the Florida League of Mayors.

Official reveals UF Health could be replacement for firefighters’ medical response

The Sumter County administrator has revealed that UF Health is among “multiple options” to be presented to commissioners next month as the future of medical response by The Villages Public Safety Department remains a mystery.

Villagers’ son arrested after allegedly stealing gun from father’s storage unit

The son of a couple in the Village of Fenney was arrested after allegedly stealing a gun from his father’s storage unit.

Wife hiding in bathroom dials 911 after husband splits door with his fist

A wife hiding in the bathroom of her home in The Villages dialed 911 after her husband split the door in half by pounding on it with his fist.

Official reveals UF Health could be replacement for firefighters’ medical response

The Sumter County administrator has revealed that UF Health is among “multiple options” to be presented to commissioners next month as the future of medical response by The Villages Public Safety Department remains a mystery.

Villagers’ son arrested after allegedly stealing gun from father’s storage unit

The son of a couple in the Village of Fenney was arrested after allegedly stealing a gun from his father’s storage unit.

Wife hiding in bathroom dials 911 after husband splits door with his fist

A wife hiding in the bathroom of her home in The Villages dialed 911 after her husband split the door in half by pounding on it with his fist.

CDD 7 forced to postpone meeting on its relationship with PWAC

The chairman of the Community Development District 7 Board of Supervisors has decided to reschedule a meeting which had been set for April 30 to discuss the future of CDD 7’s relationship with the Project Wide Advisory Committee.

Villager’s son with history of arrests nabbed with drugs in traffic stop

A Villager’s son with a history of arrests was nabbed with drugs in a traffic stop after leaving the Tikki Hut on County Road 466 in Oxford.

Police arrest woman with drugs at barbecue restaurant in The Villages

A woman with drugs was arrested at a barbecue restaurant in The Villages.

Get the facts right on server shortages at restaurants

A reader with some insight on the restaurant industry, says Villages-News.com should “get the facts right” on server shortages at local restaurants. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Great article on the labor shortage at restaurants in The Villages

An Ocala reader, in a Letter to the Editor, points out that the restaurants in the area aren’t the only businesses dealing with staffing shortages.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.