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There’s a lot more traffic — tying up roads and golf cart paths alike — and a lot more new faces than there were when the Solomonsons moved in a decade ago.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people we talk to in The Villages say ‘We love it here,’ ” Bob Solomonson said, raising his voice over a saxophone solo a musician was belting out for the patio patrons around him. “One percent say ‘It’s too busy.’ And you talk to them a little while longer, and it’s because they miss their grandkids.”
So some leave, but in an average day, 20 newcomers move to The Villages to take their place.
Welcome boards in the recreation centers list each day’s newcomers by name and home state. A board on a recent Tuesday showed almost two dozen new names, including one more couple from Minnesota.
A happy retirement isn’t a competition. But if it was, the Minnesota Club would be medalists.
At the end of another busy day, the Kruses headed out to hear a friend’s blues band perform at McCall’s tavern. The band fired up, the crowd jumped to their feet.
Time to dance.
Jennifer Brooks • 612-673-4008
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