of The Villages-News
By Meta Minton
Published January 14, 2020
Sumter County Commission meetings are being moved exclusively
to The Villages and will no longer be held in Bushnell.
The commissioners will hold their twice-monthly regular
meetings at the new Everglades Recreation Center on Marsh Bend Trail, in the
rapidly growing section of The Villages south of State Road 44.
The commission meetings for years have been split between
Florida’s Friendliest Hometown and the county seat. Commissioners met in the
parlor room at Colony Cottage Recreation Center on the second Tuesday of the
month and in the Historic Courthouse in Bushnell on the fourth Tuesday of the
Sumter County officials have explained that this move is being made for the sake
While some residents at the southern end of the county may interpret this as
another example of commissioners bowing to the will of The Villages, the
meetings at the Everglades Recreation Center could be a headache for the vast
majority of Villagers living in Sumter County.
The commission meetings will no longer be golf-cart accessible for the
foreseeable future. The timetable is unclear with regard to the promised golf
cart bridges that would connect the rest of The Villages to Fenney, Marsh Bend,
DeSoto and Linden. Even when those bridges are completed, golf cart travel from
the far north of the Sumter County portion of The Villages would be unthinkable
for those residents, many of whom are older.
The Historic Courthouse in Bushnell.