FEMA hauler’s subcontractors head south rather than pick up Villages debris

Debris in a driveway in the Village of Fernandina.

The Villages District Office has acknowledged that subcontractors working for a FEMA-approved hauler have headed south. The District made the admission as anger mounts over post-Hurricane Irma debris which remains uncollected in countless Villages’ driveways. Frustrated residents began dumping debris at postal stations and recreation centers. The District is now moving to Plan B. “It is […]

Saddlebrook Tunnel reopens after restoration project

The Saddlebrook Tunnel has reopened.

The Saddlebrook Tunnel has reopened after being closed for several weeks for a restoration project. The multi-modal path tunnel, located under Buena Vista Boulevard at the Saddlebrook Recreation Center, shut down in mid-August. Earlier this year, Community Development District 3 supervisors awarded a $53,525 bid for the project to G&G Construction of Marion County Inc.

Congressman Webster’s office hosting event on FEMA assistance available to residents in wake of Irma


Congressman Daniel Webster’s office will be hosting an event this week on assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Lake-Sumter State College in Sumterville. FEMA workers will provide guidance and answer questions […]

18-year-old arrested for impersonating an officer in Marion County

Isael Ibrain Lima

An 18-year-old man was arrested Monday for impersonating a law enforcement officer in Marion County. On Saturday, Belleview Florida Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call at a local convenience store, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office media release. BPD officers made contact with an individual, who had identified himself as an off-duty MCSO […]

Convicted child pornographer registers address in San Miguel Villas


A convicted sex offender has registered an address in the San Miguel Villas in the Village of De La Vista. Jason Keith Martin, 38, on Friday registered an address of 863 Rialto Road with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Martin was released July 5 from the Lake County Jail for violating his probation on child […]