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The Villages
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

$35,000 worth of landscaping aimed at stopping Bad Parking at Sawgrass Grove

A persistent Bad Parking problem has forced officials to spend $35,000 on landscaping at the Sawgrass Grove entertainment venue in The Villages.

Sawgrass Grove, which features McGrady’s Pub and the Box Car Stage, has rapidly developed a following since opening this past fall. Golf cart parking quickly became a problem when Villagers began parking on a grassy area never intended for parking. With the drought and the beating taken from golf carts on a daily basis, the turf has been severely damaged.

Sawgrass Grove golf cart parking
Golf carts parking on grass has become a problem at Sawgrass Grove.

Project Wide Advisory Committee members on Monday learned the new landscaping at Sawgrass Grove will cost about $35,000. The intent is to block the area where golf carts have been parked.

“We didn’t think about putting up ‘No Parking’ signs?” asked PWAC member Steve Bova, a supervisor from Community Development District 10. “Spending $35,000 for bad behavior is a little offensive to me.”

District Manager Kenny Blocker said experience has shown that “signs don’t work.”

Even though there are more than 200 parking spots, including eight handicapped spots, between Sawgrass Grove and the adjacent Ezell Recreation Center, parking appears to have developed into a problem at the venue which has quickly grown in popularity.

Should motor-driven bicycles be allowed on golf cart paths?

A Villager wonders if motor-driven bicycles should be allowed on the multi-modal paths in The Villages. Read his Letter to the Editor.

A golf cart cut me off and I went over the handlebars

A Village of Fenney resident, in a Letter to the Editor, describes being cut off by a golf cart while riding his bicycle on the multi-modal path.

The multi-modal paths are open to everybody

A Village of Gilchrist woman, in a Letter to the Editor, says the multi-modal paths are to be shared by everyone and are not exclusively for golf carts.

I enjoy riding my bicycle on multi-modal paths in The Villages

A Village of Dunedin resident, who frequently rides a bicycle on the multi-modal paths in The Villages, responds to a Letter to the Editor from a resident of the Village of DeSoto.

Pedestrians are not always treated with respect on multi-modal paths

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Osceola Hills at Soaring Eagle resident says that pedestrians are not always treated with respect on the multi-modal paths.