September 29, 2023

With summertime households and grandchildren and short-term renters swelling {the summertime} inhabitants of The Villages, residents are questioning if anybody is checking IDs.

Becky Lampien of the Village of St. James mentioned she has been going to the swimming pools every single day for 5 years.

“I’m a resident and haven’t ever been requested to point out my ID,” she mentioned.

She mentioned she is “constructive” renters are “by no means requested.”

Villager Joseph Farrell claims that non-residents are dipping within the swimming pools and taking part in on the pickleball courts.

“I’ve met individuals in line whereas taking part in pickelball. They inform me they’re staying at a close-by RV camp and touring to factors south. They declare they arrive on to The Villages to play and swim. ‘We’ve got been doing it for years,’ they are saying,” Farrell mentioned.

He additionally participates in actions outdoors The Villages and interacts with non-resident who aren’t shy about admitting to utilizing services inside Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

“I’m amazed at tales non-residents boldly inform me,” Farrell mentioned.

He contends one thing have to be performed to curb the abuse of facilities by those that don’t pay amenity charges.

“Maybe we might have volunteer residents checking IDs if there aren’t sufficient paid staff to do the job,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, Director of Recreation John Rohan argues that the statistical knowledge collected by his division doesn’t match the anecdotal proof.

He mentioned violations on the swimming swimming pools aren’t as frequent as residents appear to assume and most of these violations are simply defined.

“It’s normally a resident bringing their good friend from a neighboring neighborhood,” Rohan mentioned in June earlier than a gathering of the Venture Broad Advisory Committee.

He mentioned nabbing violators is a neighborhood effort.

“In the event you witness an ineligible individual on the pool, use the courtesy telephone to report it,” Rohan mentioned.

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