Villa residents make plea for taller landscaping to cut down on traffic noise

A Michigan couple who own a mansion on Morse Boulevard in The Villages advocated larger landscaping to reduce traffic noise.

The wall leading to her yard mansion in the Harlow mansions in the village of LaBelle North was hit by a car on December 23 when a 66-year-old villager suffered a medical episode.

The driver of this vehicle was seriously injured on December 23 after a medical episode.

The bushes on the wall were removed when repairs were made to the wall.

Christine and Kevin Cummings, who reside at Dolan Court, told the 10 Community Development District Board of Directors on Thursday that this was an opportunity to plant something that could reduce traffic noise from Morse Boulevard.

The Cummings’ courtyard mansion leads to Morse Boulevard.

The couple stated they were making a quick flight to The Villages when they bought the villa for $ 280,000 in 2019.

“We really didn’t have a good view of all the traffic that was constantly going by,” said Christine Cummings.

With the recent crash against the wall, the Cummings were hoping this could offer a chance to put some major landscaping on the wall behind their home, preferably bamboo. The couple even offered to get involved to pay for the landscaping costs, which could help reduce the noise from Morse Boulevard

District manager Richard Baier reminded superiors to be “careful”.

Special landscaping requests may appeal to some homeowners but disappoint others. Granting the special request would likely inspire other homeowners to make similar requests, and it could become an expensive proposition. While the Cummings offer to help pay for the landscaping was welcomed, Baier said the offer could not be accepted as it would create a “pay-to-play” situation that would favor homeowners who choose it could afford to make such offers.

The supervisory authorities agreed not to make any changes to the existing landscape plan.

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