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Ocala officials will consider entering a $100,000 consulting agreement with a Colorado-based company to help the city determine the "growth and viability" of Ocala's Fiber Network throughout residential and commercial neighborhoods. 
An Ocala Breeders’ Sales director was arrested last week after he was accused of snatching a backpack from a PETA investigator who recorded the euthanasia of a horse involved in a racing workout accident.

Headlines
News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

88-home planned development seeking rezoning approval from Ocala City Council

The owners of a 16-acre property in northwest Ocala are seeking rezoning approval for the site to clear the way for a planned development with 88 single-family homes.

Extensive bomb testing this week at Ocala National Forest

The United States Navy will conduct bomb testing for at least 12 hours each day this week at a site within the Ocala National Forest.

City considering $100,000 settlement for child struck by oak tree at Ocala park

City officials looking to avoid a jury trial will consider a $100,000 settlement to the mother of a child who was struck by a large oak tree at an Ocala park in 2020.

VIDEO: Ocala woman forgets ABCs during DUI stop

A 61-year-old Ocala woman was arrested earlier this month on a drunk driving charge after she was unable to recite the alphabet during a traffic stop.

What should Ocala look like in 25 years? City seeking ‘Vision 2050’ survey responses

Ocala officials are still seeking input from residents for a "vision" document that will act as a blueprint for the city's future. 

New Florida panther license plate available for purchase

Proceeds from a new, "Protect the Panther" license plate now available for purchase throughout the state of Florida will go directly into the Florida Panther Research and Management Trust Fund. 

Government
Government meetings, press releases, and Politics in Ocala, Florida

City considering $100,000 settlement for child struck by oak tree at Ocala park

City officials looking to avoid a jury trial will consider a $100,000 settlement to the mother of a child who was struck by a large oak tree at an Ocala park in 2020.

What should Ocala look like in 25 years? City seeking ‘Vision 2050’ survey responses

Ocala officials are still seeking input from residents for a "vision" document that will act as a blueprint for the city's future. 

Ocala Fire Rescue adds new rescue emergency vehicle to fleet

Ocala Fire Rescue announced the addition of a new emergency service response vehicle stationed in Southwest Ocala to address an area that has seen a surge in development.

New lofts in downtown Ocala targeting Summer opening

A downtown development of lofts and shops that was approved by Ocala officials in 2021 has broken ground and is working towards opening later this year.

Two Marion government websites not working

Two Marion County government websites have been down for several hours on Friday. 

Ocala mayor announces ‘Citizen of the Month’ award

A new award announced by Ocala Mayor Ben Marciano on Tuesday seeks to recognize citizens who are making a positive impact in the community. Any resident of Ocala may be nominated.

Business
Business news, press releases and openings in Ocala, Florida

Construction underway for drive-thru coffee chain’s second Marion location

A drive-thru coffee brand that expanded into Marion County earlier this year is currently working on its second location in the area.

Bakery closing Ocala location seven months after opening

A cheesecake baker says he will close his brick-and-mortar location in Ocala at the end of this month, just over seven months after it first opened. 

Greek restaurant chain working on new Ocala location

A new Greek restaurant chain with locations across two dozen states is currently building out its first location in Ocala, just a couple of doors down from the new Crumbl Cookies.

Pepsi opens new distribution center in south Ocala

Pepsico Beverages North America has opened a new distribution center in south Ocala that is ten times larger than the previous facility in the city.

Tidal Wave opens second car wash in Ocala, six miles from first

Tidal Wave Auto Spa has opened a new car wash in Ocala just over six miles south of its first location, which opened along State Road 200 in 2021.

Smash Lab of Ocala closed amidst move to new location

A "rage room" that opened its doors in Ocala last Summer is temporarily closed as the business works on moving to a new location.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Beautiful morning sunrise on horse farm near Citra

Check out this beautiful morning sunrise on a horse farm near Citra. Thanks to Chuck Sipple for sharing!

Gorgeous sunset near the World Equestrian Center in Ocala

Check out this gorgeous sunset photographed near the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. Thanks to Ramiro Membreno for sharing!

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News, events, politics, government in Ocala, Florida

Marion triathlete representing Florida in European Special Olympics Triathlon

A Marion County triathlete is one of three individuals who have earned the right to represent the state of Florida in the 2024 Special Olympics European Open Triathlon.

Ocala man indicted on meth, fentanyl distribution charges

A 41-year-old Ocala man was indicted this week for allegedly being caught multiple times with methamphetamine and fentanyl that he intended to distribute.

New Mexican restaurant opening near Paddock Mall

A new Mexican restaurant is currently under build-out at an Ocala plaza next to the Paddock Mall.

Ocala Fire Rescue adds new rescue emergency vehicle to fleet

Ocala Fire Rescue announced the addition of a new emergency service response vehicle stationed in Southwest Ocala to address an area that has seen a surge in development.

Cocaine found in DUI suspect’s pickup truck

A 25-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence is facing additional charges after cocaine and marijuana were found in her vehicle during a traffic stop.

Boomtown Days festival in Dunnellon this weekend

The City of Dunnellon is gearing up for the return of its popular Boomtown Days festival this weekend.

Bacon festival near Marion County this weekend

A bacon-based festival with bacon entree and dessert competitions, as well as a bacon-eating contest, will return to Williston this weekend.

Cheesecake competition in downtown Ocala this week

A cheesecake battle featuring local food trucks, live music, and other festivities is coming to downtown Ocala this week. 

Boomtown Days festival in Dunnellon this weekend

The City of Dunnellon is gearing up for the return of its popular Boomtown Days festival this weekend.

‘Greedy developers’ don’t care about ‘way of life’ in On Top of The World

"Accidents will be more prevalent causing our insurance rates to sore! Delays for emergency vehicles will suffer and deaths will be caused by these delays...Especially at OTOW! An adult retirement community will be mostly effected as our way of life will be forever changed" - A resident of one of Ocala's 55+ communities shares his opinion on development in southwest Ocala.

These are letters to the editor that we didn’t publish.

Ocala-News.com receives dozens of letters to the editor every week. Unlike other publications, we do our best to publish as many as we can and share your voice. Here's a collection of all the letters we didn't get to publish.

Marion School district is failing to pickup our children in Fort McCoy

"The school board, lacking adequate transportation for our children, is now putting our children in danger and not communicating with parents. Because they don't have enough drivers, we get the phone call every day for the last 6 months that our children have to sit at the bus stop for an extra 45 minutes to an hour" - A Fort McCoy parent shares an opinion about bus transportation in the county.

Marion students to be recognized for audio and video production excellence

Marion County students of all grade levels will be recognized for their outstanding work in the fields of audio and video production during the 23rd installment of the Marion County Student Media Festival this week.

Car rear-ends Marion school bus carrying 50 students

A 28-year-old woman from Ocala was injured on Thursday morning after her vehicle rear-ended a Marion County school bus that was carrying 50 students.

Marion Schools leader finalist for Superintendent of the Year

Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diane Gullett is one of four finalists vying to become the Magnet Schools of America Superintendent of the Year, and she is in need of community votes.

Daisy Lynn Eckenrod

Daisy Eckenrod was a cosmetologist, she loved being apart of Girls in Action at her church.

James Warren Lumpkin

James Lumpkin was a professional truck driver, avid NASCAR fan and former stock car driver, fisherman and hunter.

Kate Ruby White

Kate White loved the Lord and was committed to her church. She was involved in several programs in her church, her favorite was to prepare delicious meals.
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