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Officials contend apartment dwellers not paying fair share in The Villages

Community Development District 7 supervisors are contending that apartment dwellers are not paying their fair share for the upkeep of The Villages. CDD 7 supervisors have hired independent attorney Michael Eckert who has been researching the assessable acreage formula which sets out the amount of money each CDD pays toward the upkeep of The Villages. Residents fund the upkeep, from flowers to multi-modal paths, through their maintenance assessments.
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CDD 10 slams door on resident’s request for accommodation for big truck

The Community Development District 10 Board of Supervisors has slammed the door on a resident’s request to accommodate his oversized truck. The board split 4-1 on Thursday on the request for a 9-foot-wide garage door from Terry Hovanec in the Village of Antrim Dells. The Crown Point, Ind. resident and his wife purchased their home at 3867 Fenster Lane in 2015 for $335,300. They had been living up north, but have been transitioning to full-time residency in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. To complete their lifestyle here, they need an accommodation for the big truck.

Woman in car with Pennsylvania plates arrested after traffic stop at Marsh Bend

A woman riding in a car with Pennsylvania license plates was arrested after a traffic stop at the Village of Marsh Bend. Vickie Rhymer, 51, of Wildwood, was traveling as a passenger in the vehicle at 1:44 a.m. Monday when it was pulled over for a traffic stop, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. The Ohio native was found to be in possession of a glass pipe and she admitted she uses it to smoke cocaine. She was arrested in 2017 after admitting to smoking cocaine with a pipe.

Apartment complex will drive more traffic onto Rolling Acres Road

An new apartment complex in Lady Lake will drive more traffic onto Rolling Acres Road as well as County Road 25. The Lady Lake Commission on Wednesday night signed off on a site plan for the 288-unit apartment complex, which will include nine buildings, featuring amenities to include a clubhouse and pool, maintenance building, mail kiosk, five garage buildings, dog park area, and children’s playground. The parking lot will include 627 parking spots, which means it is anticipated each unit will have occupants with at least two vehicles. The complex will be located on 24 acres of land, located at the southwest corner of County Road 25 and Griffin Avenue.
Citrus County Chronicle

Cabana roof collapses, entraps worker

Marvin heard the noise when he was throwing out the last of the wooden panels he and his coworker removed from the side of a waterfront cabana in a Crystal River-area home’s backyard. “I just happened to come and dump the last piece ... and I heard kaboom,” said...

Man with criminal history arrested after alleged attack on lady friend

A Wildwood man with a criminal history was arrested after an alleged attack on a lady friend. Sumter County sheriff’s deputies responded at 6:54 a.m. Wednesday to an apartment in Wildwood where a woman was heard screaming. A deputy entered the apartment and took 40-year-old Stephen Charles Scarlott into custody. He declined to speak to deputies.
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The Villages fraud suspect ‘wanted to vote twice,’ FBI says

THE VILLAGES, Fla. – A Connecticut native who also owns a home in Florida admitted to casting ballots in both states during the 2020 election, newly released court records indicate. Charles Franklin Barnes, 64, was questioned by FBI agents after a Connecticut elections official identified records indicating Barnes may...

City policy, hard lessons

The Gazette’s review of court records, city shade minutes reflect mismanagement of litigation after passing unconstitutional policy that left the taxpayer and Ocala’s most vulnerable paying the price. The City of Ocala has weathered a few high-profile court cases over the years that have left many wondering—how did...
Villages Daily Sun

Fiesta Grande owners put down community roots

Jessie Reyes strives for his customers to have a good dining experience when they come into Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill. Reyes and his family have served The Villages for the past decade, offering Tex-Mex-style foods at Brownwood Paddock Square and Colony Plaza. The Brownwood location, which opened. Jan. 13, 2021,...

Silver Springs man arrested after crashing stolen vehicle, swallowing fentanyl

A 29-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after crashing a stolen vehicle, fleeing the scene of the accident, and swallowing fentanyl. On Thursday, December 30, an Ocala Police Department officer was near the 4900 block of E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala in reference to locating individuals who were involved in a traffic crash with injuries.

Oxford man arrested on DUI charge while free on bond in burglary case

An Oxford man free on bond in a Christmas Day burglary has been arrested on a drunk driving charge. Michael Lee Arnot, 50, was driving a white Chevy pickup at 64 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday on State Road 44 at Industrial Drive, according to an arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Missing: Where is Keyonna Cole?

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — Keyonna Cole’s family is still desperate for answers. Cole had a busy life raising her toddler son and getting ready to become a mom again. But, in October 2018, at five months pregnant, investigators say she was attacked at Russell Street Park in Brooksville.
Villages Daily Sun

Omicron's Spread Pushes Sumter's Positivity Rate Higher

The omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads so easily from person to person that Sumter County is now staring at its highest positivity rate since the pandemic began. It also accounts for 148 people in local hospitals Thursday, new patient and visitor guidelines at UF Health's flagship hospital and discussion about refining vaccines.

Ocala man arrested for fraud after pretending to modify victim’s truck

A 31-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he pretended to modify the victim’s truck after receiving over $25,000 in payments for the work. On November 24, 2021, a male victim contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to report an incident of fraud. According to the victim, he entered...