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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Let’s be honest about non-residents using our amenities

Let’s be honest. Any non-resident or non-legitimate guest can use almost all the recreation facilities if they really want to.

Without full-time recreation employees at each facility monitoring every activity full time to check IDs there will be non residents or non legitimate guests using the recreational facilities.

If I were not a resident or guest, I could use all facilities except golf or some indoor activities. All I had to do if asked for my information to put on a non-compliance report, which the recreation employees is supposed to verify by looking up that person on a computer, I had gone to the phone directory and had a name, address and phone number of a Village resident then, I am good to go!

As far as the pool IDs, yes being in the pool or appear to be sleeping in a chair the recreation employee is not allowed to ask for an ID! The idea: if you think a person is not legitimate in using the facilities you are to report them is not feasible. Does that mean that the resident is supposed approach a suspect and question him or her? I think not! Every Villager knows that an ID is necessary to use a recreational facility. If someone does not show an ID, then that legitimate resident or guest needs to go and get their IDs, or give their legitimate ID information as a non compliance information which the recreation employee should check. Which of course could be false information, but that is the present recourse.

One way a legitimate guest could help with IDs is having a receipt showing payment of a GUEST FEE! Yes, since it has been noted that we have close to 300,000 guests visiting The Villages and using our facilities. This would add to more ID information and help cover our costs, that come out of our monthly amenities fees and also help with the maintenance costs of maintaining our pools, courts., etc., etc by usage of 300,000 guests! The End!

Terrance Wilson is a resident of The Villages and previously worked for the Recreation Department.

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