of The Villages-News
By David Towns
Published March 22, 2020
Community Development District 2 Supervisors Bill Schikora
and Jim Cipollone met Thursday with a large group of Villagers who are upset
about a sinkhole-drained pond in the Village of Alhambra.
The pond has repeatedly drained after repairs since the
drenching rainfall which accompanied Hurricane Irma in 2017. The Villagers
recounted the frustration they have had as a result of the failed repairs over
the past two and a half years.
The problems with the pond had been addressed by filling the sinkholes in late
September 2017. The clay and dirt fill failed to seal the sinkhole, which
reappeared in October 2017.
The District then did a number of repairs, which seemed to work until July 2018.
Since then the pond has held very little water and has developed a weed problem,
according to the neighbors. Repairs in 2019 also failed to hold and the pond
today is weed-filled with some mud puddles visible from the yards surrounding
In 2018, the CDD 2 Board approved a $100,000 expenditure for repairs at the
pond. The $100,000 was taken from a reserve account funded by maintenance
assessment fees paid by residents of CDD 2. Over the previous decade, $78,000
had been spent on sinkhole repairs at the pond.
There is no water in the pond in the Village of Alhambra.
Connie Carlisle and her husband bought a home on the pond in
2019. They bought the property after being told by a Villages sales
representative that he had no knowledge of any sinkhole problems.
“We were lied to,” Carlisle said.
Other residents expressed concerns that their property values have declined as a
result of pond problems.
Residents had planned to vent their frustration at the March 13 CDD 2 meeting.
That meeting was canceled due to concern about the Coronavirus.