• The Villages wall torn down after residents' fight


    SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - Residents in The Villages are claiming victory Monday afternoon after a wall that blocked a popular golf cart path was taken down over the weekend.

    Golf cart traffic was once again flowing along the path that leads in and out of The Villages of Country Club Hills.

    "We were very, very happy.  It was a time to celebrate," said resident Gary Andes.

    "When that crane was behind the wall, we knew that we won, I guess," said resident Sandy Andes.

    "We were all very jubilant about the fact that The Villages conceded," said resident Bob Schwarz. "They'd done something wrong and the residents were right and got what they needed back."

    Although the wall is gone, the topic is still set for discussion at the Lady Lake Town Hall meeting Monday night.

    Residents accused of the developer of trying to keep them from shopping at stores or visiting doctors' offices that are outside The Villages boundaries.

    "Hopefully this is the end of it.  But there's some talk that it may not be," said Schwarz.

    Some residents said a compromise could be a gate with key cards that gives only Villages residents access.

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