08 Apr Known for fun in sun, Villages now wants to build nursing homes
Age may be finally catching up with The Villages, the sprawling retirement haven for the over-55 that promises recreational activities “beyond imagination.”
It needs nursing homes.
Proposed bills in the Legislature would allow developers of the community with 100,000 residents to build nursing homes, adding up to 240 bed spaces, despite the state’s moratorium on new nursing-home beds.
State Rep. Marlene O’Toole, sponsor for the House version of the bill, said the population of The Villages, which stretches over Lake, Sumter and Marion counties, has “exploded.”
“The need is now for us,” the Lady Lake Republican said.
That need may not jibe with the healthy, active lifestyles promoted at The Villages, which dubs itself as “America’s Friendliest Hometown” and boasts dozens of golf courses, social clubs and restaurants — but lacks a cemetery.