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Saturday, February 24, 2024

First-ever apartments at Spanish Springs officially ready for occupancy

The first-ever apartments at Spanish Springs Town Square are officially ready for occupancy.

This past week, the Lady Lake Building Department issued certificates of occupancy for the Lofts at Van Patten House. There are seven apartment units and one office unit.

The Villages’ desire to put apartments in at the former home of Katie Belle’s has been a sore point with many longtime residents.

In 2022, the Lady Lake Commission voted 3-2 to reject The Villages’ plan for apartments at the Van Patten House. However, within days of that meeting, Commissioner Ed Freeman contacted the town’s attorney and admitted he had misgivings about his vote, due to the likelihood of a lawsuit by The Villages. Ultimately, Freeman changed his vote, providing a margin of victory for The Villages.

Last week, the commission on a 3-2 vote opted to change its site plan approval process declaring it was “inefficient.” That means that site plans which meet the town’s requirements, will no longer go before the commissioners for their review, which means there will be no public airing of the plans for the project. Officials acknowledged the change was proposed because public outcry to issues like the Spanish Springs apartments had made commissioners uncomfortable.

We should not vote for anyone spreading Russian propaganda

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Poinciana woman contends we should not vote for anyone for re-election that has knowingly spread Russian propaganda in the halls of our government.

Please reconsider closing down Texas Hold’ em poker games

A Village of Marsh Bend resident is hoping officials in The Villages will reconsider its decision to shut down Texas Hold’em games.

Ralph is embarrassing himself in rants about Trump

A Village of Piedmont resident fears that frequent letter writer Ralph Bennett is embarrassing himself in his rants about former President Trump.

Shocked to see bumper sticker at Lake Sumter Landing

A Haciendas of Mission Hills resident writes that he was shocked to see a bumper sticker at Lake Sumter Landing.

Don’t take poker away from residents who need it most

A Village of Calumet Grove resident, in a Letter to the Editor, is pleading with officials in The Villages to restore the poker games that mean so much to residents.