Florida Changing Stand Your Ground to Grind Your Stand

Two years ago I wrote a story about a den of sin in a retirement community called The Villages in Florida. Some told me it was all hear-say, but the willie is out of the bag again, as they say. You might call The Villages slightly Orwellian.  Big Brother booms out of the lamp posts, the media reports only good news, and there are hundreds of petty rules about living there, author Andrew Blechman told MailOnline. 'Yet at night, it’s a whole different story.'

Dozens of couples have been caught copulating outdoors before but police rarely issue more than a warning for fear of mucking up the area’s low crime figures--until two weeks ago. On June 2, Margaret Ann Klemm, 68, and David Bobilya, 49, were charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after being allegedly caught sans pants in the "square" of the staunch Republican community. They were still at it when the cops arrived 10 minutes later,' said a bartender at Red Sauce. Peggy, who retired to Florida from Pennsylvania with her wheelchair-bound husband, is no stranger to local law enforcement.

Four days before the outdoor sex arrest she’d been placed on probation for drunk driving in her golf cart. This is just one great example why popular news site Fark has a Florida tag. With Orlando just an hour’s drive away, The Villages expanded rapidly 25 years ago from a tiny hamlet of 800 people into the world’s largest retirement complex.

When you think of buffets at Bennigans opening at 4 for the retirees and leisurely golf games you should add something else to that vision. Some are having sex with random strangers and giving each other sexually transmitted diseases. I know; how you can possibly look at grandma and grandpa with a straight face now. The unofficial leader of the late-night gang used to be a perma-tanned retired biology teacher, who called his manhood Mr. Midnight.

His conquests were legendary until he invited author Andrew Blechman to join him on the prowl and accidentally exposed a side of the Villages that most residents didn't want their own children to know about.

When Blechman’s book 'Leisureville' came out, Mr Midnight was almost run out of town. The Villages’ Daily Sun newspaper prints only good news – with rising house prices and wedding anniversaries creating the headlines. Asked if the paper had covered Peggy’s arrest for open-air sex, associate editor Tom Burton said: 

'We have not. We don’t cover things like that. Our crime coverage is pretty minimal. It’s very low key.'


— There are "ten women to every man" and there's a black market for Viagra in the community of 100,000 residents.

— "All of the women work hard to look good. Turn your back for a minute and someone will try to steal your husband," said resident Belinda Beard, 62. British-born Jan Summerfield, who owns a village flower shop  with her husband John, said: 'If I pop my clogs first, I’m pretty sure John won’t be single for long.

— A local bar is selling a "Sex on the Square" cocktail in honor of the arrested couple.The rum, coconut and cream concoction – complete with a cherry on top – costs just $3.75 and the elderly clientele can’t get enough. Katie Belle’s Music Hall is the epicenter of bad behaviour from 4pm when the early bird special meals start. Happy hour – with half-price cocktails with names like Green Nipple  – runs all the way through to 9pm.

Are these recent news reports some kind of marketing campaign for this place? I say good for them if it makes them happy! Typically, you just “clap your hands” for the happiness rush, but apparently they do more in Sumter County.

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Comment by Shelley Smith on June 24, 2014 at 12:03pm

Something to look forward to! :) It's true about the ratio. When John's dad was alive, he had a harem who followed him around. HE LOVED IT!!!!!!!

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 20, 2014 at 1:44pm

I had no idea Creekend

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 20, 2014 at 7:50am

Marsha... no not from Steve.. it has been al over the news hahah

KA51 Glad to hear that:)

Comment by Marsha Shearer on June 19, 2014 at 7:04pm
Ha Ha! Glad I was able to meet your expectations. Bet Steve provided you with some of those details!
Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 19, 2014 at 2:12pm

Yes they do Chuck

Poor tink

Marsha.. we were waiting for your comment.. well said young lady hahah

Comment by chuck wilson on June 19, 2014 at 1:58pm

Another thing! Don't older people drink beer? You never see them in commercials.

Comment by Jason Giecek on June 19, 2014 at 1:14pm

I popped my clogs once, was in the hospital for months!! What? :D

Comment by Marsha Shearer on June 19, 2014 at 1:01pm
Whoa there. This is a 100,000 plus community so you can expect behaviors out of the norm...the numbers and the bell shaped curve assures that. What draws attention is that it's seniors who are the actors here. As a resident in The Villages, and not a visitor looking for weirdos, I can assure your readers that every behavior you find everywhere else, you'll find here. No more, no less. Except unfortunately we are overrun by republicans. That's the real sin!
Comment by Steve S on June 19, 2014 at 12:29pm

Did some actuarial work on Medicare Supplement insurance for a company in that region about 15 or 20 yrs ago. I was told the "legendary active sex life" reputation comes form a very small subculture in The Villages. I recall at that time one particular restaurant/bar was known as the place to meet & mate.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 19, 2014 at 11:06am

LOL matt

Thanks Zanelle


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