We learned this week that in addition to the previously announced golf cart bridge over the Turnpike connecting golf cart traffic to villages in the growing southern region with established villages to the north, there will be a 2nd bridge over the Turnpike, this one a little further south, connecting BOTH golf cart and vehicle traffic to future areas.
“These bridges will add not only to the ease of movement throughout the community, but will continue to be a fun, celebratory sense of arrival and departure for years to come,” said Tracy Mathews, The Villages vice president of design.” [The Villages Daily Sun]
In other news…
According to the Orlando Sentinel, residents in one part of The Villages are upset over the amount of taxes they are paying.
The article quotes one couple who moved here from southern California, at least in part for lower taxes, but “said they aren’t seeing a big difference considering the couple downsized last year to a home within the boundaries of a once-sleepy city, which is enjoying a bounty of property taxes fueled by more than 2,000 new rooftops in immaculately manicured neighborhoods.” [Orlando Sentinel]
The stories detailing the many ways that residents give back seem to be never ending around here, and this week, an article about residents volunteering as tutors to local elementary students caught my eye.
“The volunteer group known as Tutors for Kids now consists of about 500 local residents who tutor students in schools in the tri-county area.” [The Villages Daily Sun]
We began this week’s email talking about bridges, and speaking of, here’s a look at the progress on the nearly completed Brownwood Pond multimodal bridge, just south of Brownwood Paddock Square: