Thanks to all who attended our Grass Roots Rally yesterday, Saturday Sep 4 at the Hacienda Hills Country Club (HHCC) postal station. We enjoyed seeing many new faces who hopefully either are or will become Villages Promise Preservation Watch (V2PW) supporters.
We did not have anyone from south of 466 yet; however, we hope expand awareness of our group with the additional help we are receiving. A not-to-distant EVENT is to visit Brownwood and Fenney to Meet-and-Greet and market our efforts. We want to include all of the Villages in our efforts. Please pass this along to your friends!
Our really BIG NEWS of this week’s success is the deployment of our website Villages Promises Preservation Watch (V2PW) and our Facebook page, same name. To support our efforts, we need you to JOIN the Group on the web page. Please take the time to JOIN and support us. We are free and working extremely hard to Preserve our LIFESTYLE!
Our research on governance continues. We mentioned the orange signs posted throughout Spanish Springs for Development of Reginal Impact (DRI) Amendment and Rezoning. The DRI process, established in 1973 ensures that visible notification is given when a zoning change is requested. In this case the Villages Operating Company is requesting a change to the existing Planned Commercial (CP) status. While we do not know the contents of the requested zoning in Amendment of the Planned Commercial Uses via Second Supplemental Agreement, we do not know what is request. We can assume this may be related to the publicized desire by The Villages (TV) 3rd Generation Developers (Gen Dev) to install apartments where Katie Bells was. WE INVITE A TV RESIDENT FROM LAKE COUNTY TO JOIN OUR EFFORTS and pursue Lake County as we are Sumter. And timing of critical, as it only takes 3 meetings for the proposal to be approved and the first meeting is Monday Sep 14, 2020 at 530 pm. We can greatly assist TV Lake County residence in the process to get involved. Please contact us to volunteer. We can’t answer any additional questions regarding Lake County but will add a Lake County TV resident to our Team and advise as we take parallel paths.
Through some Q & A discussion we brainstormed the required ingredients to successful problem solving and negotiations and pinpointed that; you must ensure you are talking to the decision maker who has the authority to fix your problem or conduct binding negotiations. This is important to realize as we pursue our goals. Expending time and energy lobbying the wrong group or person, simply will not yield success and typically frustrates the claimant. We want to be results driven not activity centered to ensure that our invested time, effort, and energy CAN yield success.
Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) was discussed and we recommend another full house meeting. We have a prepared message. PACK THE HOUSE. PACK THE HOUSE.
We shared the importance of the Property Owners Association (POA) within TV and suggest TV residents join. Will be the best $10.00 annual investment you make. POA has a long track record of working “for” residents to protect our invested Lifestyle. The POA is supporting this effort. Be sure to read the current bulletin AND JOIN!!!!!
Then we had a few moments of unintended humor as I wanted to introduce two items which have a connection and bumbled. I began my introduction of Chris Briggi who many know as the creator and lead of the Preserve Hacienda Hill Nextdoor and Facebook campaign, and before I continued I said, “well I might as well address the elephant in the room” to which Chris with good humor replied, “so I’m the elephant”… Well there simply isn’t a good recovery. So, without a graceful recovery, I did address my intended elephant being TVs expressed intentions to expand apartments across TV and the fact that our group V2PW isn’t fighting to prevent TV apartment expansion; but rather, to focus on any and all TV actions that remove the clearly Marketed Lifestyle that we buy and buy into when we pay the purchase premiums for our homes. We realize that TV must remain relevant to the next generation of retires and the needs of our older neighbors who would love the freedom and safety that apartment living can provide them. Chris was graceful; however, I suspect I will never live this down… Hopefully, we can all have some fun and shared humor along this otherwise challenging path.
EVENTS: I introduced Chris and he explained his decision to join the V2PW team and transition the Preserve Hacienda Hill campaign. Chris will lead our Events efforts which he has demonstrated passion and energy to do. We all agree that our unified efforts will exponentially benefit the short term and long-term goals of the otherwise parallel groups. Welcome Chris and Thank You.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Social Distance and Mask required.
- AAC Meeting, Sep 9, 9 AM Savannah Center – pack the house. We will also have some marketing involved.
- Info Display, Sunday Sep 13, 630 PM Hacienda South. We will have an Information Display concurrently with Hacienda South Craft Fair, come one, come all. Thank you, Hacienda South, for the invite!
We shared our Elevator Speech which is sooooo important as we share why this is important, who we are, and how to get involved or at least informed. We will be more effective if we have the same message. If we all sound different, then it’s just noise and easily ignored. Youtube elevator speech explanation
|WHY SHOULD YOU CARE… Our Elevator Speech
If you live in The Villages (TV) or are looking to purchase here, then you realize you invested in, or are considering investing in, an amazing Lifestyle. You also realize that retirement can be financially scary regarding investments that do not yield what you expected. When you decide to invest in TV you invest financially and emotionally in a home and an almost unbelievable Marketed Lifestyle.
It is impossible to visit TV without realizing why TV is an extraordinarily successful Lifestyle community. From TV marketing materials sent upon request, the Lifestyle Preview visits, the elaborate sales offices, the trolly and boat tours, TV daily newspaper and radio, and last but not least the continuously streaming music in the town squares, you know you are buying a Lifestyle.
You can find a lot of information inside and outside TV about purchasing and living here; however, so far what you probably haven’t found is what happens when TV takes back the promised features that affect your lifestyle and just as important, your property values.
A trend of eliminating lifestyle features is escalating within TV by the 3rd Generation Developers, and you should at least be aware and know enough to ask TV the right questions. And, if you already live here, join our efforts to influence the 3rd Generation Developers to “keep their promises” by joining Villages Promise Preservation Watch (V2PW). Please visit our Website and subscribe for updates and to support our efforts and our Facebook page. If you are looking to purchase in TV, take this BUYERS CHECKLIST with you.
We stressed the importance of locating and understanding your deed and restrictions and that you must insure when you look for this, if on-line, that you use your exact location, as the deeds and restrictions vary throughout TV. Find your deed restriction here
Our Historical Lead is seeking marketing information to review, so if you have some, please contact her via the website or on FB and let her know.
WANTED if you have experienced a Broken Promise or know someone who has, please visit our website and submit your story. This isn’t to be a random complaint story but truly where you had a Marketed Lifestyle Promise and TV reneged and Broke the Promise.
We are now ready to get our message out and thankfully Joann Flood volunteer to Lead our Public Affairs efforts. Now that we have a solid organizational structure, communication venues, and our message established we can move out.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: We still need Marketing, Logistics & Support, and Communication Leaders. No background or training required. Ability to work as a Team and think Outside-the-box, fast paced, exhausting, and fulfilling. Fun will come at some time. Please step up.