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ACRONYMS FOR VILLAGERS


The POA Bulletin often uses a variety of abbreviations and acronyms
in the pages of the Bulletin and in conducting its monthly meetings.

Here is a summary of the key terms with definitions:

AAC - Amenity Authority Committee is a committee of the VCCDD, authorized for the purpose of decision-making on all amenity issues for the VCCDD administrative area north of CR466. This Committee was established as a result of the Lawsuit Settlement with the Developer and the VCCDD in early 2008. This committee is comprised of six members: an elected resident from each of the four residential CDDs north of CR466, an elected resident from the Lake County portion of The Villages, and an appointed representative from the VCCDD. The AAC meets monthly and the meetings are open to all residents. The AAC has control over all VCCDD non-bond related amenities funds.

AED - Automatic External Defibrillator

ARC - Architectural Review Committee is the committee that will approve or deny all owner applications seeking to make any external structural alteration, including, but not limited to, landscaping, tree removal, home repainting, additions, sheds, arbors, repairs or improvements to their homesite.

BCCD - Brownwood Community Development District is the commercial district in Brownwood. It has no residents, and has no responsibility for any services to any residential districts like the VCCDD or SLCDD.

CDD - Community Development District is a form of special purpose government in Florida. CDDs are somewhat similar to other forms of government such as towns, municipalities, and cities. In The Villages, there are twelve residential CDDs and three commercial CDDs, two of which administer the functions of The Villages. Please read the Bulletin article entitled: "CDD The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" in the CDD section of the POA website for additional information. The District also conducts “CDD Orientation” every Thursday at 10AM at the District office in Lake Sumter Landing. No reservation is needed. Commercial District CDD Supervisors are elected by the landowners of those districts (the Developer). Residential CDD Supervisors are elected by registered voters living in the District. In most cases, supervisors in the commercial districts do not live in The Villages.

CDD1, CDD2, etc., through CDD11 - The numbered Community Development Districts are the residential districts. Ms. Janet Tutt is the District Manager of each of these residential CDDs.

Chapter 190 - This is the Florida statute (law) passed in 1980 that authorized and continues to regulate Community Development Districts (CDDs). CDDs are very popular in Florida where over 600 have now been formed. CDDs perform many of the functions of towns and cities, but do not have police or judicial powers.

CIC - Community Improvement Council

CIAC - Contribution in Aid of Construction

CPM - Commercial Property Management

CPI - Consumer Price Index

DPM - District Property Management

EAP - Employee Assistance Program

EMT - Emergency Medical Technician

EMT-P - Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic

FF II - Certified Florida Fire Fighter

FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act

FRPA - Florida Recreation and Park Association

F.S. Chapter 190 - This is the Florida statute (law) passed in 1980 that authorized and continues to regulate Community Development Districts (CDDs). CDDs are very popular in Florida where over 600 have now been formed. CDDs perform many of the functions of towns and cities, but do not have police or judicial powers.

FY - Fiscal Year

IAC - Investment Advisory Committee

IDLH - Immediately Dangerous to Life/Health

LSL - Lake Sumter Landing

LSSA - Little Sumter Service Area

NRPA - National Recreation & Park Association

NSU - North Sumter Utilities

OMI - Operations Management International, Inc.

PAC - Pension Advisory Committee

PO - Purchase Order

THE POA - The POA (The Property Owners' Association of The Villages, Inc.) is the original property owners' association in The Villages, founded in 1975. The POA is an independent organization with no ties to the Developer of The Villages which might compromise its ability to speak out for Residents' Rights and the best interests of all Villagers.

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment

The PWA - The Project Wide Agreement is an interlocal agreement established in 2003 between the Sumter Landing Community Development District (SLCDD) and at that time Community Development District 5 (CDD5), stating that its purpose was to provide that the expense of maintaining certain project wide improvements is shared equitably among all Districts within the area subject to the Agreement. Over time, the agreement has been amended to now include CDDs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. All improvements listed in the Project Wide Agreement are located in The Villages and are south of CR466 and north of CR44. The improvements to be maintained now include landscaped rights of way (Buena Vista, Morse, CR466 and CR466A) including street lighting and irrigation, entry features (CR44, CR466 and CR466A), lakes, shorelines, conservation, storm water retention and buffer areas, roads, bridges (except the Lake Sumter bridge), and transportation/recreation trails (multi-modal paths) and tunnels.

The PWAC - The Project Wide Advisory Committee was established by the SLCDD in January 2013 to provide input, explore issues and provide advice and recommendations to the SLCDD on issues related to the maintenance of Project Wide Improvements. PWAC is comprised of one Board Supervisor from CDDs 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, each who must be a resident of the District appointing him/her. (CDD11 does not yet have a resident Board member). Among other items outlined in the establishing ordinance, the PWAC duties include: 1) Review and recommend the annual budget to the SLCDD, review budget to actual statements and recommend all capital expenditures through or outside of the budget process as necessary as it pertains to the Project Wide Fund. 2) Review and recommend contract renewals and bid/proposal awards to the Board related to the Project Wide Improvements. 3) Explore significant and important issues pertaining to the Project Wide Improvements as they arise and provide advice and recommendations to the SLCDD.

RAD - Recreation Amenities Division is the operating fund that accounts for revenues and expenses related to amenity facilities owned by the Villages Center Community Development District, and collects the amenity revenues paid by residents in Community Development Districts 1–4 and residents in Lady Lake - Lake County. The RAD budget is set by the Amenity Authority Committee (AAC).

RAC - Residents Advisory Council

RAP - Rolling Acres Plaza

RCU - Recreation Center Utilization

RFP - Request for Proposal

RFQ - Request for Qualifications

ROW - Road Right of Way

SCBA - Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

SJRWMD - St. Johns River Water Management District

SLAD - Sumter Landing Amenities Division is the operating fund that accounts for revenues and expenses related to amenity facilities owned by the Sumter Landing Community Development District, and collects the amenity revenues paid by residents in Community Development Districts 1–11. The SLAD budget is set by the SLCDD. Currently there is no AAC or other resident-elected body with control over the SLAD budget.

SLCDD - Sumter Landing Community Development District provides services, security, fire and emergency medical response, recreation facilities and services, etc., to residents in The Villages area south of CR466. The SLCDD is also a Center CDD and basically encompasses the downtown commercial area of the Sumter Landing Square. Because there are no residents within the boundaries of the SLCDD, the Developer, as the property owner in the District, continues to elect the supervisors of the SLCDD, as he does for the VCCDD and BWCDD. The SLCDD administers services for residential CDDs 5-10 in Sumter County and CDD11 in Lake County. Ms. Janet Tutt is also the District Manager of the SLCDD.

SWFWMD - Southwest Florida Water Management District is the state regulatory agency for this area that issues water permits.

VCDD - This is an abbreviation for Village Community Development Districts. It is not actually a community development district, which creates some confusion among residents. This is the acronym in the LOGO used on many District documents, vehicles, employee shirts, name tags and buildings. It is a collective term that includes all 12 districts located within The Villages. It was incorporated when the decision was made to unify departments which include customer service, community watch, property management, administration and others.

VCCDD - Village Center Community Development District provides services, security, fire and emergency medical response, recreation facilities and services, etc., to residents in The Villages area north of CR466. The VCCDD is a CDD and is often referred to as a Center or Commercial CDD. The actual geographic boundaries of the VCCDD are roughly the downtown area around the Spanish Springs town square, and encompass most of the area bounded by Avenida Central and Hwy 441/27 with an extension for the area of the Target shopping center. There are no residents in the VCCDD. Because of this, the Developer of The Villages, being the primary landowner in this area, continues to elect all five supervisors, many of whom are business associates, employees, or friends of the Developer, and often do not even live here. The VCCDD administrative/service area includes residential CDDs 1-3, in Sumter County, CDD4 in Marion County, and also the areas of The Villages in Lake County on either side of Hwy 441/27. The District Manager of the VCCDD is Ms. Janet Tutt. Additionally, the VCCDD administers the General Fund and allocates costs to the various users for all management personnel employed by the District. VCSA - Village Center Service Area

The VHA - The VHA (Villages Homeowners' Association) is the larger of the two property owners' associations in The Villages, founded in 1991 with the encouragement and support of the developer of The Villages. The VHA is closely aligned with the developer and it is unlikely that the VHA will take an independent position different from that of the developer on any Residents' Rights issue.

THE VILLAGES - The residential community where we live is referred to as The Villages.

VLS - The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. (aka “The Developer”) is the Morse family corporation that developed The Villages. We often refer to Mr. Gary Morse as the Developer of The Villages. Mr. Morse is the son of the founder of The Villages, Mr. Harold Schwartz, and served as the President of The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. until his passing in the fall of 2014. His son, Mr. Mark Morse, now serves as the President of The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc.

VOSS - Village of Spanish Springs

VPSD - Villages Public Safety Department

VWCA - Villages Water Conservation Authority

WRA - Water Retention Area

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