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The Ocala City Council voted unanimously to appeal a judge's decision that a 2014 prayer vigil was an "unconstitutional government endorsement of religion," with the city's legal representation advising that it might take another 12 to 24 months and tens of thousands of dollars to win the case.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of stealing over $3,000 from an elderly woman he befriended at a Walmart in Ocala.

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

$9K reward offered for info on Ocala shooting that left one woman dead

A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed in Ocala last month, and detectives are hoping that an increased cash reward of nearly $10,000 will encourage anyone with information on this shooting to come forward.

Ocala Skate Park gets new art panels

Over a dozen new art panels that were created by local artists during this year's Levitt AMP concert series are now on display at the Ocala Skate Park.

Man accused of stealing table from Ocala park says he thought it was ‘broken,’ abandoned

A 36-year-old man accused of stealing a table from an Ocala park says he thought the item was broken and had been abandoned.

Have you tried this brunch restaurant in Ocala?

A restaurant in southeast Ocala has been serving up classic breakfast, lunch, and brunch favorites since it opened earlier this year.

VIDEO: Man burglarizes vehicle in Ocala neighborhood

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to identify a man accused of burglarizing a vehicle in an Ocala neighborhood.

Company managing SunTran seeking $1.2 million contract increase for paratransit services

A transportation management company that entered into a $6.47 million contract to manage Ocala's SunTran bus service is asking the city for more money for the second time since entering the contract in 2021, bringing the total cost to just under $8.4 million.

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

Ocala City Council voting on millage rate for next year’s property tax calculations

As city council members consider new millage rates for the upcoming fiscal year, estimates show that the city will generate at least $46 million in property tax revenue from approximately $7.8 billion worth of "taxable value" in properties across Ocala.

City to consider $300,000 purchase of A/V equipment for Ocala Police Department vehicles

City officials will consider purchasing $300,000 worth of emergency audio/visual warning devices to standardize Ocala Police Department patrol vehicles.

Ocala, Marion officials condemn Trump assassination attempt, offer prayers for former president

Officials across Ocala and Marion County condemned yesterday's assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, labeling it a "senseless act of violence" and offering prayers for the soon-to-be 2024 Republican Presidential Nominee.

Ocala looking to reimpose Fire Assessment fee for another year

Ocala officials will consider a resolution on Tuesday to reimpose a "Fire Assessment" fee for the upcoming fiscal year, less than two months after voting to keep millions of dollars in unclaimed payments from a class action lawsuit over a previous fire fee that cost the city $65 million.

Marion County Fire Rescue releases action-packed recruitment video

Marion County Fire Rescue has released a new recruitment video to entice members of the community who believe they “have what it takes” to become a firefighter.

36 parking spaces added to downtown Ocala after restrictions lifted on reserved lot

A previously reserved parking lot in downtown Ocala has been opened to the public, adding 36 more parking spaces to the area.

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

Have you tried this new cafe in Ocala?

A new cafe near downtown Ocala has drawn hundreds of favorable reviews from visitors in its first few months.

Construction beginning on new Pandora coming to Ocala

A luxury jeweler that sells its merchandise at thousands of retailers across the world will soon begin construction on a new location in Ocala.

Third new Mexican restaurant in Ocala this year nearing completion

A new Mexican restaurant under construction near the Paddock Mall is nearing completion, marking the third such restaurant to open in Ocala this year. 

Fast food chain gets approval for new mural on south Marion location

A fast food chain with over 500 locations across the country has gotten approval to add a new mural to one of its locations in south Marion County.

Poké Go opens new ramen, bubble tea restaurant on SR 200

A new restaurant specializing in poké bowls, ramen, and bubble tea recently opened along Ocala's busiest highway.

Popeyes opening soon at Ocala’s Paddock Mall

A new Popeyes location under construction at the Paddock Mall will "open soon."

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Stunning cloud formation in Dunnellon

Check out this stunning cloud formation photographed in Dunnellon on SW 140th Ave. Thanks to Jamie Fox for sharing!

Beautiful crape myrtle blooming in Stone Creek

This beautiful crape myrtle in Stone Creek was an overachiever, with an abundant number of blossoms. Thanks to Rosean Staple for sharing!

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

Stretch of roadway south of downtown Ocala closed today for electrical work

A small stretch of roadway just south of downtown Ocala will be closed through the afternoon on Tuesday for electrical work.

Ocala City Council voting on millage rate for next year’s property tax calculations

As city council members consider new millage rates for the upcoming fiscal year, estimates show that the city will generate at least $46 million in property tax revenue from approximately $7.8 billion worth of "taxable value" in properties across Ocala.

Trooper-involved shooting on I-75 in Marion County under investigation

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 75 in Marion County on Sunday evening.

I-75 on-ramp at SR 200 closing tonight for resurfacing

The southbound on-ramp from State Road 200 to Interstate 75 will be temporarily closed from 8 p.m. this evening through 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday as crews make improvements to the busiest interchange in Ocala.

City to consider $300,000 purchase of A/V equipment for Ocala Police Department vehicles

City officials will consider purchasing $300,000 worth of emergency audio/visual warning devices to standardize Ocala Police Department patrol vehicles.

Shannon Roth Collection closes downtown Ocala shop after 30 years in business

Shannon Roth Collection has permanently closed its business in downtown Ocala after over a decade in the space and over 30 years in business in the city.

Ocala Skate Park gets new art panels

Over a dozen new art panels that were created by local artists during this year's Levitt AMP concert series are now on display at the Ocala Skate Park.

Friday Foodie Fest returns to Belleview this week

The Friday Foodie Fest is set to return to a local park this week.

Fort King hosting soap-making workshop this weekend

Children are invited to participate in a Fort King Youth Summer Workshop this weekend where they will learn how to make soap.

We miss Italian beef and hot dogs

"Having moved here from Northern Illinois, we really miss the great Italian beef and hotdogs from Portillo’s. I would really love to see them build one here in Ocala. I would think they would do quite well, and I’m sure others who have enjoyed them up North would welcome them" - A new Ocala resident shares his thoughts.

Resident shares thoughts on seafood options in Ocala

"Ocala needs that one unique place that caters to family; working family, and their budgets in offering a place that's comfortable, affordable, healthfully tasty, and a wow factor which fills the belly and pleases the blue-collar pallet" - An Ocala resident shares his opinion.

We need a Trader Joe’s in Ocala.

"About once a month, several friends and I drive to Gainesville just for Trader Joe's. It's a great store with healthy, fresh food and great wine. Ocala is no longer a sleepy town with beautiful horse farms. We have grown up and need more choices for groceries" - An Ocala resident shares her opinion.

Teachers wanted: Marion school district hosting final hiring fair before school year begins

Marion County Public Schools will hold its final hiring fair for the new school year this week. 

Board approves ‘shocking’ $2.9 million contract for design of new school in Silver Springs Shores

After expressing shock at the overall price tag, Marion school officials approved a nearly $3-million contract on Tuesday evening for the design of a new middle school in Silver Springs Shores.

$2.9 million contract to design new middle school in Silver Springs Shores coming up for vote

The Marion County School Board will vote on whether or not to enter into a $2.9 million contract with a South Florida-based company that is hoping to design a new middle school in Silver Springs Shores.

Donna Peach

Donna Peach was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Gregory Lee Fox

Gregory Fox enjoyed studying his Bible, preaching God's word, woodworking, singing, playing his guitar, enjoying his grandchildren and learning as much as he could.

Robert F Hanson

Robert F Hanson enjoyed reading and learning new things. He would tell everyone that his best friend was the library.
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