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Lady Lake Commission Meeting (1st Reading)
October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lady Lake Town Commissioners :
Ruth Kussard (Ward One), email@example.com
Tony Holden (Ward Two), firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Vincent (Ward Three), email@example.com
Paul Hannan (Ward Four), firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Jim Richards (Ward Five), email@example.com
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The areas that are at stake for this meeting include Spanish Springs, the villages of Del Mar, El Cortez, Oak Meadows, Mira Mesa, La Reynalda, Valle Verde, Za Zamora, as well as Hacienda Villas, Chula Vista Villas, and Courtyard Villas.
We have learned a lot up til now – both what TO say and what NOT to say – and want to share what we have learned.
Do NOT Talk About:
- Amenities – this is a 3rd Gen matter, NOT a Lady Lake one
- Lifestyle / Broken Promises – again, this is NOT a Lady Lake issue
- Anything in Sumter County – Hacienda Country Club, traffic on Morse, etc
DO Talk About:
- Small Town Charm:
- Lady Lake has pride in its small-town atmosphere and charm and apartments will destroy some of this charm
- People who want this small-town atmosphere often move away when additional urbanization occurs
- Crime & Safety:
- The additional 24/7 resident movements in and out of their multi-family home will increase the presence of soft targeted senior citizen’s for crime due to the lack of residential neighborhood area insulation of safety.
- The traffic in Lady Lake is already heavy and MULTI-FAMILY units will make this worse and result in an increase in accidents
- A major safety concern must be the already overburdened strained and poorly rated University of Florida Hospital.
- While urgent care centers are built, unfortunately they do not provide the capacity relief required at a hospital level of care. Many are sent to Leesburg and Ocala, which are minimum 40 minute drives depending on the time of day and the month of the year.
- Impact on Spanish Springs
- Small-town commerce is much different than big-box commercial commerce and again too much urbanization can affect the boutique type commerce with parking.
- Small-town eateries are typically more intimate and where the weather supports offer outdoor café type seating venues. This is often negatively affected by increased urban pedestrian traffic that is solely interested in a parking location, walking to and from their apartment often carrying items that encourage quicker pace.
- Small-town “Commercial Center” streetscape is more concerned and designed with the strolling visitor/shopper than the day to day traffic of both residential pedestrian and vehicular use. Adding the apartment resident with the daily in and out movement and vehicular traffic will present additional safety concerns as the individuals’ intentions are different.
- Small-town “streetscape occupancy” will differ with the addition of apartments to a 24/7 occupancy compared to the current 8-9/11 occupancy. The added urbanization and 24/7 use will contribute to increased litter and dog presence in an otherwise “tourist” pedestrian area.
- Tourist/Resort/Seasonal Effects
- All of the above concerns are intensified in the winter months when the population, traffic, health care demands etc are significantly increased