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Monday, January 30, 2023

5. Re-vote on Spanish Springs apartments turns out favorably for The Villages

A re-vote on apartments at Spanish Springs Town Square turned out favorably in June for The Villages.

The apartments saga was the No. 5 story in 2022 in The Villages.

The commission on May 2 voted 3-2 to reject The Villages’ plan for apartments at the former home of Katie Belle’s at the Van Patten House. An overflow crowd of residents attended that meeting, making an impassioned plea to stand up to The Villages. Commissioner Ed Freeman joined Commissioner Paul Hannan and Mayor Jim Rietz in voting against the plan for the apartments. However, within days of that meeting, Commissioner Freeman contacted the town’s attorney and admitted he had misgivings about his vote, due to the likelihood of a lawsuit by The Villages.

On June 6, Freeman officially changed his vote and sided with Commissioners Ruth Kussard and Tony Holden in voting for the apartments.

Officials must take common sense approach to affordable housing

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Citrus Grove resident weighs in on the idea of affordable housing.

Response to Robert Moore’s letter about COVID-19

A Village of Pennecamp resident offers a response to a fellow Villager’s previous Letter to the Editor about COVID-19.

Response to workforce housing article

A Lady Lake resident adds her perspective to the call for more workforce housing. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Keep affordable housing projects away from The Villages

A Village of Santiago resident says officials must keep affordable housing projects away from The Villages. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Medicare and Rick Scott

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Briar Meadow South resident says U.S. Sen. Rick Scott should not be trusted when it comes to Medicare.