79.5 F
The Villages
Monday, June 17, 2024

Alligator disrupts traffic on golf cart path in The Villages

A seven-foot alligator disrupted traffic Wednesday morning on a golf cart path in The Villages.

The alligator wandered from a pond and began turning heads at about 8:15 a.m. at County Road 466 at Morse Boulevard.

Three Sumter County sheriff’s deputies attempted to corral the hissing critter, but the alligator was not too cooperative. With an occasional prodding, the alligator would get up and take a few steps. Then he would flop down on his belly and refuse to move.

Villages-News.com was on the scene and was able to capture this exclusive video footage:

The alligator wandered across the multi-modal path near Hope Lutheran Church and at times, brought golf cart traffic to a halt. Villagers were happy to oblige and got out their phones to take photos of the alligator.

A Villager stopped to watch an alligator which halted traffic on a gol cart path in The Villages
A Villager stopped to watch an alligator which halted traffic on a golf cart path in The Villages.

He meandered through the shrubbery and posed for photos near The Villages sign near the Morse Gate. A trolley from The Villages sales Department was stopped at the red light and the passengers, giggled, pointed and snapped photos of the alligator, who seemed to relish his new-found stardom.

The alligator stopped long enough to pose by The Villages sign at County Road 466 and Morse Boulevard
The alligator stopped long enough to pose by The Villages sign at County Road 466 and Morse Boulevard.

There were plenty of theories as to why the alligator was wandering. Perhaps, he had been chased from “his” pond by a larger alligator. Maybe he was looking for love, as it is courtship and mating season.

In the end, the trio of deputies was able to coax and cajole the alligator into the pond behind the church without having to call in a trapper.

Here’s an idea on how to handle SECO’s jacked up pole rental rates

After the outrage over huge increases in pole rental rates by SECO Energy, a Villager offers an idea about how to respond. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Write-in loophole may be legal but flouts intent of Universal Primary Amendment

A Villager who is a leader of the League of Women Voters contends the write-in loophole may be legal, but it doesn’t square with what voters wanted when they approved a 1998 amendment to the Florida Constitution.

The Villages Health Care experience

A Del Webb Spruce Creek resident describes a very pleasant experience he has had with The Villages Health care system. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Checking bias in the news media

A Freedom Pointe resident offers his thoughts on bias in the news. Read his Letter to the Editor.

We need someone younger to represent us in Congress

A Village of Orange Blossom Gardens resident is disgusted with Congressman Webster celebrating the endorsement of former President Trump. She says we need someone younger to represent us in Congress.