Renters can ruin a retirement community

For the editor:

I just moved to The Villages after living in a South Florida resort community for over 60 years. I watched developers build high-rise hotels and rental complexes as fast as they could. Who benefited? Builders and City Commissioners. Long-time residences have suffered an increase in traffic and crime. The tenants have no investment in the city, so really don’t care about the well-being of the community. They are passing through and can therefore move elsewhere if they wish. The infrastructure has suffered due to the huge increase in population. Sewer and water pipes were breaking all over the city. People needed to boil water frequently. Crime increased dramatically. Traffic and parking were unbearable. I know The Villages Developer does a magnificent job of creating the beautiful community and have probably never lived in an area that has been destroyed by the construction of too many rental facilities.
If the country was run as well as The Villages, we would be much better off. I pray that our developer continues to safeguard the best interests of the residents who have already made a considerable investment in what is now a little paradise. We do NOT need more rental properties in the Villages. Trust me.

Sharon Hadley
Village of Sunset Ridge

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