of The Villages-News
By Meta Minton
Published June 24, 2020
Signs will be going up at a villa community in The Villages
which has been the scene of a bitter parking war.
A Villager was arrested earlier this year in an angry dispute over an oversized
truck that has been parking at the La Cresenta Villas.
In response to the issues in that villa community, the
Community Development District 2 Board on Friday voted to put up signs that make
it clear that the parking spots are intended for guests’ vehicles and not the
vehicles of homeowners in the La Cresenta Villas.
Linda Strange, a resident of the La Cresenta Villas, said she went to the
hospital and the truck was parked in guest parking.
“Four months later I came back, and the truck was still there,” she said of the
truck, which is owned by a homeowner in the villa community.
She warned that the board needed to take action on the matter.
“If you keep putting it off, something bad is going to happen,” Strange said.
This truck has infuriated neighbors in a villa community
in The Villages.
Supervisor Jim Cipollone shared the frustration expressed by
residents of the villas.
“The people are upset that the truck has been parking there for two years and
nothing has been done about it,” he said.
Fellow Supervisor Bart Zoellner said the truck’s owner, as well as other
residents, appear to be abusing the guest parking.
“We keep going round and round about this truck. He is a resident of those
villas. So he can’t park there,” Zoellner said.
“What we’ve heard today is residents are also using those spots. Those residents
are not in compliance, either,” he added.
Chairman Bryan Lifsey said the deed compliance process could be used to enforce
the intent the spaces be used exclusively for guest parking. As a first step in
the process, board members agreed to put up signs that would make it clear the
parking spots are intended for guests.