January Vmail – A Year in Review
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January Vmail – A Year in Review

August 11, 2019


(“THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST
HOMETOWN…THE VILLAGES”) WELCOME TO THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF THE VILLAGES
VMAIL! 2017 HAS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR FOR GROWTH AND
OPPORTUNITY HERE IN THE VILLAGES. TODAY, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF
THE MILESTONES THAT SHAPED THIS PAST YEAR, AND WE’LL GET A SNEAK PEAK AT JUST SOME OF
THE EXCITEMENT 2018 HAS IN STORE. (MUSIC) FROM SHOPPING TO DINING, THERE WAS SOMETHING
FOR EVERYONE THAT POPPED UP ACROSS OUR HOMETOWN. WE WELCOMED THE OPENING OF SEVERAL NATIONAL
CHAINS…AS WELL AS SOME OF OUR VERY OWN HOMETOWN BOUTIQUES. GUY FIERI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN AND BAR AND
METRO DINER JOINED AN IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF DINING OPTIONS, OFFERING VILLAGERS EVERYTHING
FROM BIG BITE BURGERS TO FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. IF SHOPPING IS MORE YOUR SPEED, BROWNWOOD’S
VERY OWN CHRISTINE’S EXPANDED WITH THE GRAND OPENING OF THE LIME LIGHT BOUTIQUE IN LAKE
SUMTER LANDING. AND VILLAGERS NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
EXPERIENCE THE CONVENIENCE OF OUR COMMUNITY’S FIRST WALMART NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET, WHICH OPENED
IN OCTOBER IN OUR HOMETOWN. THIS BRAND NEW FACILITY PROVIDES ONLINE ORDERING
AND GOLF CAR PICKUP; A TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND THE VILLAGES EXPERIENCE. AND OUR GROWTH WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NEW
YEAR, WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES AROUND EVERY CORNER. AS THE VILLAGES CONTINUES TO HELP MAKE RETIREMENT
DREAMS COME TRUE, RESIDENTS WILL ENJOY AN EVEN GREATER VARIETY OF OFFERINGS AND ADDITIONAL
LOCATIONS OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITES. PROGRESS IS MOVING AHEAD ON CODY’S ROADHOUSE
IN THE MULBERRY PLAZA, WHILE SHOOTER’S WORLD IS GETTING READY TO BREAK GROUND. AND KEEP AN EYE ON BUSINESSES COMING TO BROWNWOOD
PADDOCK SQUARE, GRAND TRAVERSE PLAZA, AND LAKE DEATON PLAZA…YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT SURPRISES
ARE AROUND THE CORNER! THE VILLAGES HAS CERTAINLY CONTINUED TO LIVE
UP TO ITS NAME AS AMERICA’S HEALTHIEST HOMETOWN IN 2017, AND THE VILLAGES HEALTH HAS HELPED
VILLAGERS ON THEIR QUEST TO LIVE AN ACTIVE AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. DELIVERING WORLD-CLASS HEALTH CARE, THE VILLAGES
HEALTH OFFERS PATIENTS MORE THEN 40 PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS AND OVER 20 SPECIALISTS, PROVIDING
HIGH QUALITY CARE FOCUSING ON PREVENTION AND CARE COORDINATION. AND THE VILLAGES HEALTH EXPANDED THEIR CARE
CENTER OFFERINGS IN 2017 WITH THE GRAND OPENING OF THE VILLAGES HEALTH BROWNWOOD SPECIALTY
CARE CENTER, OFFERING BOTH PRIMARY AND SPECIALTY CARE. 2018 WILL CONTINUE TO BE A BIG YEAR IN HEALTHCARE
FOR THE VILLAGES, AS WE’RE EXPANDING OUR OFFERINGS AS THE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE
CENTER FOR ADVANCED HEALTHCARE AT BROWNWOOD. THIS BRAND NEW, GOLF CAR ACCESSIBLE, HIGH-TECH
SPECIALTY CARE FACILITY WILL OFFER VILLAGERS A WIDE ARRAY OF MEDICAL SERVICES. AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR, VILLAGERS WILL FIND THE
BROWNWOOD HOTEL AND SPA. FEATURING A WOLFGANG PUCK RESTAURANT, HOTEL,
AND UPSCALE, FULL-SERVICE MEDI-SPA, VILLAGERS WILL FIND THE BROWNWOOD HOTEL AND SPA CONVENIENTLY
CONNECTED TO THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED HEALTHCARE AT BROWNWOOD BY A COMMON COURTYARD. WHILE 2017 WAS A BIG YEAR IN HEALTHCARE, IT
WAS ALSO A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR ENTERTAINMENT HERE IN THE VILLAGES, WITH OVER 325,000 TICKETS
SOLD FOR SHOWS AT VENUES ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. THE VILLAGES BROUGHT SOME BIG NAME ENTERTAINERS
TO OUR HOMETOWN THIS PAST YEAR, INCLUDING JEANNE ROBERTSON, STYX, FOGHAT, OLIVIA NEWTON
JOHN, THE BEACH BOYS, LEE GREENWOOD, KINKY BOOTS, JOHNNY MATHIS, AND WILLIE NELSON, JUST
TO NAME A FEW. AND AS THE VILLAGES CONTINUES TO GROW, SO
DO THE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS AND PERFORMANCES TRAVELING TO THE COMMUNITY. VILLAGERS HAVE ACCESS TO WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT
JUST A GOLF CAR RIDE AWAY; 2018 IS PROMISING TO KEEP UP PACE WITH EXCITING OFFERINGS AVAILABLE
TO OUR RESIDENTS. VILLAGERS HAVE A TO CHANCE TO SEE SOME WORLD-RENOWNED
ENTERTAINMENT COMING THROUGH THE SHARON, INCLUDING TONY BENNETT, JERSEY BOYS, AIR SUPPLY, DIRTY
DANCING, AND CABARET. MEANWHILE, SEASON 2 OF THE STUDIO THEATRE
IS IN FULL SWING, WITH THE REMAINING SHOWS OF FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, AND PERFORMANCES OF
COMPANY AND RED. 2018 WILL BE A BIG YEAR FOR THE VILLAGES ENTERTAINMENT,
WITH SAVANNAH CENTER HIGHLIGHTING PERFORMANCES FROM BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS; THE GUESS WHO
AND THE GRASS ROOTS. 2017 MARKED A BIG MILESTONE FOR US IN FLORIDA’S
FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN: WE EXPANDED THE LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVEN MORE VILLAGERS WITH
THE CONTINUATION OF THE VILLAGES DEVELOPMENT SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 44, AND WE CELEBRATED
THE GRAND OPENING OF THE VILLAGE OF FENNEY. (MUSIC) THE FENNEY RECREATION, SALES AND INFORMATION
CENTER FEATURES PICTURESQUE INTERIOR MEETING SPACES, AS WELL AS THE ORANGE BLOSSOM CAFE,
WHERE VISITORS CAN GRAB A QUICK COFFEE OR PASTRY BEFORE HEADING OUTSIDE. ONCE THERE, YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE
VILLAGES FIRST RESORT-STYLE POOL, OR HEAD OVER FOR A STROLL ALONG THE FENNEY NATURE
TRAIL. THE FENNEY GRILL OPENED AS WELL, OFFERING
VILLAGERS A CASUAL AND CONVENIENT DINING EXPERIENCE RIGHT NEXT TO THE RED FOX AND GRAY FOX EXECUTIVE
GOLF COURSES. AND AS OUR COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO GROW, SO
DO THE WIDE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE VILLAGERS. 2018 PROMISES TO BE A YEAR FULL OF CHANGE
AND EXCITEMENT ACROSS OUR HOMETOWN! THE MOCKINGBIRD VILLAS WILL OFFER OUR RESIDENTS
YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY ALL OF THE LIFESTYLE OFFERINGS HERE IN OUR HOMETOWN. IN ADDITION TO MOCKINGBIRD VILLAS, THE VILLAGES
CONTINUES TO CREATE AND OFFER GREAT SPACES AND PLACES YOU’LL WANT TO CALL HOME. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANOTHER QUAINT PATIO
VILLA NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE’LL ALSO BE SHARING AN ALL NEW SERIES OF HOMES CALLED THE GARDEN
SERIES. WHERE EVERYTHING YOU LOVE ABOUT COURTYARD
VILLA LIVING COMES TOGETHER WITH SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR DESIGNER HOME FEATURES. AND ONCE YOU FIND THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS,
IT’S THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO HEAD ON OUT AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW GOLFERS ON ONE OF
THE VILLAGES 12 CHAMPIONSHIP OR 35 EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSES. 2017 USHERED IN THE GRAND OPENING OF THE BRAND
NEW RED FOX AND GRAY FOX EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSES. NESTLED AMONG BEAUTIFUL OAK HAMMOCKS, THESE
COURSES ARE TRULY UNIQUE, GIVING GOLFERS THE CHANCE TO BE SURROUNDED BY NATURE DURING THEIR
ROUND. AND IN ADDITION TO OUR EVERY DAY GOLF OFFERINGS,
RESIDENTS CAN ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO SOME OF NEXT YEAR’S SPECIAL EVENTS. VILLAGERS WILL HEAD OUT TO THE ANNUAL VILLAGES
GOLF FESTIVAL ON MARCH 2ND AND 3RD FOR SPECIAL GUESTS, GIVEAWAYS, AND CONTESTS INCLUDING
THE MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE. ALSO COMING IN 2018 IS THE VILLAGES GOLF ACADEMY
PERFORMANCE CENTER. LOCATED IN THE GOLF ACADEMY AT PALMER LEGENDS,
THIS CENTER WILL OFFER VILLAGERS THE CHANCE TO WORK ON THEIR PUTTING GAME THROUGH ADVANCED
ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY. AND WITH THE CONTINUING GROWTH OF GOLF ACROSS
OUR HOMETOWN, THE RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES IN 2017 PROVED TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN
EVER. THE FENNEY PUTT AND PLAY IS TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND. THE VILLAGES FIRST PUTTING COURSE OPENED IN
2017, OFFERING VILLAGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES 18 PUTTING HOLES, GREENS FOR LAWN BOWLING
AND CROQUET, AND SPACE FOR FISHING. FROM WATER RELAYS TO TRACK AND FIELD, THE
2017 SENIOR GAMES HAD SOMETHING FOR ALL RESIDENTS, WITH NEARLY 1,500 VILLAGERS PARTICIPATING
IN EVENTS ACROSS THE BOARD. THE LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION SHOWCASES OUR VILLAGERS’
ENTHUSIASM AND DEDICATION TO LEADING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE…PROVING WHY THE VILLAGES TRULY
IS AMERICA’S HEALTHIEST HOMETOWN. AND JUST BECAUSE YOU MOVE TO THE VILLAGES
DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE THE CHANCE TO OCCASIONALLY REVISIT THE DAYS OF PLAYING
LIKE A KID. JUST ASK THE 4,000 VILLAGERS WHO PARTICIPATED
IN THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF CAMP VILLAGES, ENJOYING THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME
MEMORABLE BONDING TIME WITH THE GRANDKIDS. ADJACENT TO THE VILLAGE OF FENNEY, CONSTRUCTION
IS WELL UNDERWAY ON A VARIETY OF BRAND NEW RECREATION FACILITIES IN THE VILLAGE OF DESOTO. VILLAGERS WILL SOON HAVE THE CHANCE TO CHECK
OUT THE SUGAR CANE RECREATION AREA, FEATURING A FITNESS PARK, AIR GUN RANGE, AN ADULT POOL,
AND DUDLEY CANINE PARK AND ARCHERY RANGE, JUST A FEW OF THE MANY NEW RECREATION AND
LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES COMING TO YOU IN 2018. 2017 WAS FULL OF GROWTH AND NEW OPPORTUNITY
FOR ALL OF US HERE IN THE VILLAGES, AND WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT
2018 HAS TO OFFER. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS MONTH’S EDITION
OF THE VILLAGES VMAIL. WE’LL SEE YOU AROUND TOWN, LOVIN’ THE
VILLAGES LIFESTYLE! (“THE VILLAGES”)

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