U.S. 441 Reconstruction Project

This Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project includes the widening of State Road (S.R.) 500/U.S. 441 from four to six lanes from Lake Ella Road to Avenida Central (at Griffin Avenue) along with the addition of bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The existing bridges over County Road (C.R.) 25 will be removed and replaced with an at-grade intersection.

Other project features include: signing and lighting, aesthetics (including landscaping), access management updates, and a plan for maintenance of traffic during construction.

The design phase of this project is anticipated to be completed by April 2019 with construction expected to begin in early spring of 2020. Please visit the FDOT project site for more information.

Gov. Scott Reappoints Two to Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of two to the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council.

Kerry Marsalek, of Clearwater, is the manager for the Clearwater Office on Aging. She is reappointed for a term beginning September 27, 2018, and ending September 30, 2020.

Dr. Mohammad Choudhry, 52, of Leesburg, is a Neurophysician. He is reappointed for a term beginning September 27, 2018, and ending September 30, 2019.

Johnny Mello Show & Dance.

Tickets to The fall Johnny Mello Show & Dance are now on sale. If you like Doo Wop, Country & Rock N Roll, you’ll love this show. You’ll enjoy seven different singers live on stage, a special 10-gift basket raffle, a 50/50 cash drawing, line and regular dancing, lots of door prizes and much more.

It’s a fundraiser with net proceeds benefiting Have A Heart For Companion Animals, Inc., as they continue their animal welfare education efforts. They are a 501 c-3 not for profit organization.

The show is being staged at the Lady Lake American Legion Hall in Lady Lake (466 & Rolling Acres Road). (Door open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday 10/26/2018.) Showtime: 6-9.

Tickets are $15 per person and if you buy 6 or more, you can have a table reserved just for your group. Tickets are available at Whole Earth Pet Supply, in The Villages or on-line at www.thejohnnymelloshow.com. [Read more…]

Multi Modal Paths are not only for Golf Carts

The term “Multi-modal” is commonly used to describe shared use paths since it accommodates multiple forms of transit.

Multi-modal or Shared Use Paths are paved, off-street travel ways designed to serve nonmotorized travelers.  Across our community, golf carts and bicyclists are typically the most common users of shared-use paths.  However, shared-use paths are frequently also used by pedestrians, roller skaters, skateboarders, wheelchair users, and users of many other modes except automotive.

Diamonds painted on the road indicate a restricted lane, which means only vehicles meeting certain criteria may use the lane. This is usually further indicated by a sign with the same diamond on it, displayed overhead of the lane or at the side of the road, or painted on the lane, which describes the restriction.

Local government agencies are frequently asked who is allowed to use the Multi-modal paths. [Read more…]

Active Shooter Training Lunch & Learn

The Active Shooter Training Lunch & Learn was hosted by the Lady Lake Library and presented by the Lady Lake Police Department. It was held at the Lady Lake Library September 27. The goal was to learn to recognize potential workplace violence indicators and know what to do and how to handle yourself before you’re in an active shooter situation. It was very informative. Thank you Lady Lake Chamber and Lady Lake Police Department.

Nothing But Networking

Take time to meet with like-minded business professionals and enjoy great food at a beautiful location. This is a great opportunity to make new connection at the Waterfront Inn. A great time was had by all.

MacInnis Dermatology Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting was at MacInnis Dermatology. They had their open house. Lady Lake Chamber representatives attended, along with office staff and friends. Their office is at 12950 Laural Manor Dr. The Villages 32162

Summerfield Murder Investigation


MARION COUNTY, Florida (September 26, 2018) – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives have arrested 36-year old Jake Napier (DOB: 06/28/1982) for the murder of Walter Russell Elliott which occurred in July of 2018. During their investigation, MCSO Major Crimes detectives discovered surveillance video that depicted Napier shooting and killing the victim.

On July 28, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., MCSO deputies were called to 5495 Southeast 145 Street in reference to a man being shot and set on fire. Deputies responded and found victim Elliott deceased in a workshop located under a pole barn on the property. MCSO Major Crimes detectives responded and began their investigation. It was later determined that Elliott’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and that his body was set on fire after his death. During their investigation, detectives discovered surveillance cameras in the workshop which captured the murder on camera. The footage showed the victim sitting in a chair at the workshop with Napier and several other witnesses in the room. Napier suddenly shoots the victim in the head and the witnesses scattered. Napier is then seen pouring accelerant on the victim and the surrounding area, and setting the victim on fire. [Read more…]


Lake County and all of Florida are safer today thanks to a new state law that gives law enforcement a valuable tool to prevent gun violence by helping keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who demonstrate an obvious threat to themselves or others.

Florida joined a handful of states earlier this year when it passed the Risk Protection Order Act (RPO), or red flag law, spurred to much-needed action in response to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.  This important law, passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature, allows law enforcement to remove firearms and ammunition from violent or mentally ill individuals while affording citizens their due process.

The process for obtaining an RPO is straightforward and puts the decision to remove guns in the hands of a judge. First, law enforcement files a petition listing the statement, actions or facts which give rise to a reasonable fear of significant dangerous acts by respondent. The petition is heard by a Judge within 24 hours to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or others in the near future by having in their custody any firearm or ammunition. If granted, the respondent is served with the temporary order, and they must immediately surrender their firearms, ammunition and concealed weapons license pending a final hearing. [Read more…]


Lady Lake Chamber host a Nothing but Networking Luncheon every month. Here is a picture from that luncheon at the Water Front Inn in the Villages. The people at this table are all business people networking with each other. When you sit there and have lunch and listen to how each other’s businesses work and what is a perfect referral for them, then they can help each other. It’s like a hundred sales people on the street.