Flooded golf courses, more sinkholes in The Villages photographed by readers of Villages-News.com

Aerial photo of flooding at Turtle Mound Golf Course

Villages-News.com readers have been busy documenting the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Perhaps none show the magnitude quite like this photo taken by FAA certified drone pilot, George Meidhof, over Turtle Mound Golf Course. More than half of the course was turned into a lake that stretches from one edge of the course to the other. […]

Hurricane Irma continues to batter central Florida with heavy winds and rain

Hurricane Irma damage in Umatilla

Hurricane Irma continues to batter central Florida with heavy winds and rain that have damaged trees, power lines, homes and local businesses. With an unidentifiable eye and hurricane-winds extending over 80 miles from its center, Irma has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane by the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane is still producing wind gusts […]

New Joint Institute officially open for business at The Villages Regional Hospital

Ribbon cutting at Joint Institute in The Villages

Dozens of local business professionals and politicians were in attendance for the official opening of The Villages Regional Hospital’s Joint Institute on Wednesday. Located on the third floor of the hospital, the new branch services a wide array of joint ailments, including replacement surgeries. “You may wonder why I’m here: I’m not just a pretty face. […]

Local Boys and Girls Club receives generous backpack donation

Boys and Girls Club backpack drive

More than 50 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake-Sumter county received backpacks and lunches on Wednesday afternoon after a collaborative effort between local professionals and MVP Sports Clubs of The Villages. Supplies for the drive were collected over the month of July at MVP Sports Clubs and through a local Business Networking International group. […]

Lady Lake Driving Range upgrades completed under budget

Part of the path that was paved at the driving range.

The planned changes and upgrades made to the Lady Lake Driving Range along Rolling Acres Road are now complete and came in under budget by over $3,000.  Parks and Recreation Director Mike Burske shared the news with Lady Lake Commissioners during last week’s Lady Lake Commission meeting.  “The job that was done on that driving range […]

Water usage and conservation critical in planning Wildwood’s future

A rendering of what the new logo would look like on Wilwood's water tower.

During a meeting last week with local health care and business professionals, Wildwood Development Services Director Melanie Peavy laid out the city of Wildwood’s water conservation efforts and usage, fielding questions about the current crisis conditions. According to Peavy, a single family residence in the city of Wildwood is estimated to consume around 300 gallons of water each […]

‘Damp and dark’ Wildwood police station to be repurposed for storage

Wildwood Police Station on Huey Street

The building that previously housed the Wildwood Police Department may soon be repurposed as a records room. According to Development Services Director Melanie Peavy, the police station, located at 100 Huey Street, will likely be turned into a records room. “That building was an old bomb shelter; it’s a bunker” remarked Peavy. “We’re going to use it for records storage.”  […]

Wildwood Development Director details new initiative to clean up ‘concentrated mess’ in ‘bad areas’

A meeting on the Unity Enhancement & Redevelopment Plan is set for June 26 in Wildwood.

A new campaign being implemented by the city of Wildwood is being billed as an initiative to unite its residents. The Unity Enhancement & Redevelopment Action Plan (URAP) is the city’s newest initiative to foster community outreach. According to Wildwood Development Services Director Melanie Peavy, one of the goals of the program is to “incorporate the bad areas” […]