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The Villages
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hurricane fears fueling tank-topping and last-minute pruning of palms at town square

Villagers are furiously stocking up and filling up ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Ian while The Villages started last-minute pruning of palm trees at town square.

The hurricane is expected to arrive on Wednesday and Villagers who may not have been taking Ian seriously are obviously doing so now.

Villagers were topping off their gofl cart tanks Tuesday morning at the 7 Eleven at Colony Plaza
Villagers were topping off their golf cart tanks Tuesday morning at the 7 Eleven at Colony Plaza.

Many Villagers have been topping off their gas tanks. The fuel pumps at 7-Eleven at Colony Plaza were roped off with yellow tape Monday night. However, a tanker apparently arrived overnight and a line had formed Tuesday morning at the station with Villagers and numerous contractors filling up or topping off their tanks.

Contractors and service workers were busy filling up their tanks
Contractors and service workers were busy filling up their tanks.

Both Circle Ks at Southern Trace Plaza were out of gasoline on Tuesday morning.

A tanker truck driver at Walmart at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages said the central location in Tampa where tankers fill up ran dry Tuesday morning. He also reported seeing a long line of tankers trying to replenish their loads at the Marathon central facility, also in Tampa.

A line formed Tuesday morning at Wawa at County Road 466 and U.S. 301
A line formed Tuesday morning at Wawa at County Road 466 and U.S. 301.

The Wawa at County Road 466 and U.S. 301 in Oxford was a busy hub of activity Tuesday morning as a fresh shipment of gasoline was received.

Replacement water arrived Monday night at Winn Dixie at Pinellas Plaza
Replacement water arrived Monday night at Winn-Dixie at Pinellas Plaza.

In addition, water has been flying off store shelves. The shelvers were nearly bare Monday night at Winn-Dixie at Pinellas Plaza. However, cases and cases of bottled water were wheeled in and it was apparently useless to try to offload them onto the store shelves. Shoppers were taking them directly off the palette.

Last-minute pruning of palm trees

Last-minute pruning of palm trees was taking place Tuesday morning near the Properties of The Villages Sales Center at Lake Sumter Landing.

Last minute pruning of palm trees took place early Tuesday morning at Lake Sumter Landing
Last-minute pruning of palm trees took place early Tuesday morning at Lake Sumter Landing.
Excess foiliage was being plucked from pine trees near the sales center at Lake Sumter Landing
Palm trees were being plucked near the sales center at Lake Sumter Landing.

High winds could knock plenty of fronds from the trees.

Orange barrels removed from U.S. Hwy. 27/441

The orange barrels which have become a fixture during construction on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake have been removed. The barrels were removed by the Florida Department of Transportation.

 

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There should be a law against begging

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Helping our down and out neighbors

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Outsiders caught hanging around pond need to be locked up

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