Comments: Florida Living as of Late

Now that's just funny...the carts, not the water.

Since you are on well, does that mean you are restricted, too?

Posted by Rave at June 23, 2011 06:08 AM

Yaa, I never took my timer off my water. twice a week only. The canals are really low in my area as well.

Posted by vwbug at June 23, 2011 06:12 AM

All of us are restricted. The aquifer I'm on could have problems too. The city pulls from Lake Okeechobee and the Lake is scary low. It's the lowest it's been since the 1930s I think they said, and they weren't getting water for 100,000 people then...

Bad stuff...

There are people watering EVERY DAY and in the middle of the day. Even if we were OK because we were on well, I'd be like, "really? In the middle of the day?"

Posted by Bou at June 23, 2011 07:06 AM

We're in a drought and on one-day a week watering here in Lantana. If your lawn is green, you're cheating. It should be obvious to Code Enforcement or whoever enforces the rules.

My Mom considered buying in The Villages, but decided it was too much for her. The landowner was pretty smart, he sold land away from U.S. 27 to retirees, but leased out all the highway frontage to stores, restaurants and such. So he has guaranteed income one way or the other. I gather a lot of residents are conservatives, as Republican candidates and officeholders regularly make it a campaign stop. The Northeasterners retired to South Florida. Central Florida got the Midwestern folks.

On golf carts: A lot of retiree community homes up that way are sold with two-and-a-half car garages, with the half being used for a golf cart. The Villages even has a bridge over busy U.S 27 so cart drivers can cross without worry.

Posted by George P at June 23, 2011 09:32 AM

My mom did the Villages thing, but then alienated all her friends and ended up moving back home.

Too bad they couldn't take all that flood water from the Northern States and transport it somehow to the South.

Our area even flooded this year we have so much rain. Matter of fact rain is the in the forcase everyday though next week. We are tired of the rain, please take it, it would do us a favor.

But I guarantee in Mid-September Florida will have rain fever because we are going to Disney this year for vacation. Either a monsoon or hurricane while we are there.

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 23, 2011 11:15 AM

I really wish there were some practical way to transfer the excess from up here (MN/ND) to you...

Posted by Versatek6 at June 23, 2011 12:26 PM

I would be happy to send you all some of our flood water. Seriously- it won't stop raining here...

All I can hear when you say The Villages is Joe Biden singing their theme song... Ack!

Posted by Jody at June 23, 2011 02:51 PM

The neighbors on either side of me and quite a few others in the community have golf carts, but they can only use them to play golf.

Posted by Jim - PRS at June 23, 2011 08:47 PM

We need some vast underground tubing railroad to transport all that water to areas that need it. No rain... again today.

Salt water intrusion into the wells is my biggest fear. How expensive it THAT to fix? My well is only down to 100 feet and the aquifer below that is 1000 feet... I can't imagine how much Kaching it takes to drill that deep.

And it's a $50 fine. Big deal. It should be a % of the value of your home. That would stop some people...

Posted by bou at June 23, 2011 11:06 PM

I wrote about The Villages a few months ago after we spent an afternoon there with Eli (hizzownself) and Toni. I felt like Margaret Mead must've felt in Samoa.

And the carts! Each one, emblazoned with the names of the owners. Bob and Carol. Fred and Ginger. And after Bob croaks, Carol paints over his name with the name of her new squeeze. Really.

Posted by Elisson at June 24, 2011 04:19 PM

Ellison, I recall that article. You had a picture of the carts parked next to one another.

Bou, your father and I don't see golf carts in our future.

Posted by mom at June 24, 2011 04:58 PM

Come to Wisconsin! We've had 7" of rain so far this month. We had to mop up the basement yesterday, and the whole yard is spongy. Please... take some away!

Posted by MonicaC at June 24, 2011 07:23 PM