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Thursday, December 2, 2021
A Dunnellon man was arrested after abandoning his pickup truck, stealing an ATV, and driving the ATV off the victim's property and through numerous gates and fences.
Moss Bluff North Park in Ocklawaha will be temporarily closed for parking lot repairs until next week.

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

Public equipment auction coming to Ocala next week

A public equipment auction is coming to Ocala next week, and will include items such as farm equipment, cars, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, trailers, and more.

Retired OPD officer starts local private investigation company

A retired Ocala Police Department officer recently started a local private investigation company that assists clients with background checks, civil and criminal investigations, insurance fraud, missing person cases, and more.

Ocala Police Department asking for help identifying female battery suspect

The Ocala Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a white female suspect in a battery case that happened at a Macy's on Monday.

Festive holiday event returns to Marion Oaks this weekend

Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting the Marion Oaks Community Center this weekend for a festive Holiday Extravaganza.

Citra man arrested after allegedly attacking woman, stealing her cellphone

A Citra man was arrested after allegedly cutting a woman's face with a knife, punching her, and stealing her cellphone during two separate incidents.

Visitors can cut down Christmas trees at Ocala National Forest

The Ocala National Forest is allowing visitors with proper permit to cut down their own Christmas trees for $10.

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

Bahia Villas receives preliminary approval for 192-unit quadraplex in Silver Springs Shores

Bahia Villas received preliminary approval from county officials for a 17-acre, 192-unit quadraplex planned for the Silver Springs Shores community in Ocala. The board of county commissioners will have the final say on whether the quadraplex gets approved during its regular meeting scheduled later this month.

Pointe Grand Ocala South seeks rezoning for proposed 584-unit apartment complex

Pointe Grand Ocala South is seeking approval to rezone a 38-acre property for the construction of a 584-unit apartment complex in southwest Ocala. There would be 17 proposed residential buildings with three floors, and each of the two bedroom and two bathroom units would be 1,150 square feet.

Cottages of Ocala seeks rezoning for proposed 112-unit home development

Cottages of Ocala is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone a 23-acre property for the construction of 112 cottage-style homes in northwest Ocala. The matter will first be presented to the county planning and zoning commission during its upcoming meeting.

Belleview ordinance lessens restrictions on home-based businesses

Belleview city commissioners approved an ordinance stating that home-based businesses are to be regulated and licensed the same as other businesses, though some exceptions are stipulated to ensure that a home's primary use remains as a residence.

City soliciting quotes for design, repair work on Ocala Cultural Arts public projects

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for an industrial designer and metal fabricator for various Ocala Cultural Arts public projects, including sculpture repairs, mural surfacing, art repairs, and design and fabrication of Discovery Center exhibits.

The Works Dog Grooming granted approval for residential area shop

The Works Dog Grooming was granted a special use permit to continue operating their business inside a residential area on Almond Road in Ocala. The shop has been grooming dogs at this location for over 11 years.

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

Ocala Mall flea market hoping to reopen shuttered location

The Ocala Mall, a new indoor flea market, is hoping to bring new life to a shuttered location in east Ocala that saw a similar concept fail last year. 

Local business Brilliant Bins wants to clean city’s trash cans

Brilliant Bins, a new local business, looks to be a part of the city's sanitation solution by offering a curbside trash can cleaning service.

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila opening downtown Ocala restaurant next month

Cantina Tex Mex & Tequila will officially open its new downtown Ocala restaurant on December 2. The restaurant recently hosted guests to showcase its newly renovated digs and menu, which will feature a bevy of Tex-Mex favorites including Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos.

Ocala Tractor suffers fire, soldiers on

"We suffered a fire today but that will not stop us from serving our community," Ocala Tractor said in a social media post after sustaining structural damage from a large two-alarm fire.

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler visiting Ocala toy store for grand opening

Vintage Toy Universe celebrates the grand opening of their Ocala location this weekend with a special guest: WWE Hall of Famer Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

City reestablishes ordinance allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas at Ocala restaurants, cafes

Ocala has reestablished an ordinance that allows customers to bring their dogs into designated outdoor dining areas at local restaurants and cafes.

Photos
Photos in and around Ocala, Florida

Beautiful Sunset Over Lake Weir

Enjoy this beautiful, colorful sunset over Lake Weir. Thanks to James Gavidia for sharing!

Sunset Between The Trees Near College Of Central Florida

Enjoy this beautiful sunset between the trees in College Park from behind the College of Central Florida. Thanks to Charles R. for sharing!

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Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing endangered adult

UPDATE (December 1, 2021 at 10 p.m.): Jamie Russell Gilman has been located. The county sheriff's office was previously looking for the public’s help to find a 47-year-old man who went missing in Ocala.

Bahia Villas receives preliminary approval for 192-unit quadraplex in Silver Springs Shores

Bahia Villas received preliminary approval from county officials for a 17-acre, 192-unit quadraplex planned for the Silver Springs Shores community in Ocala. The board of county commissioners will have the final say on whether the quadraplex gets approved during its regular meeting scheduled later this month.

Silver Springs man allegedly shoots at neighbor’s home, fires shotgun at deputy

A Silver Springs man allegedly fired multiple shots at a neighbor's home. When a deputy knocked on his door, he fired a shotgun at the front door, and later surrendered after an hour-long standoff. The deputy was unharmed, and the man later claimed he was firing at "Mexicans," not at the deputy.

Workspace Collective celebrating grand opening of second Ocala location

Workspace Collective is celebrating the grand opening of its second Ocala location this week. The event includes hand-crafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment provided by a local country musician and local artists.

Ocala woman allegedly steals from local convenience store, slaps deputy

An Ocala woman was arrested after allegedly stealing numerous items from a local convenience store. When the deputy arrived, she refused to be placed in handcuffs and slapped the deputy on the head. She was forced to the ground and the deputy used pepper spray to finally secure her wrists inside the handcuffs.

Temporary lane closure on SE Maricamp Road in Ocala

Due to stormwater structure repairs, one of the southbound lanes on SE Maricamp Road in Ocala between the intersections of Oak Road and Hickory Road will be temporarily closed.

Festive holiday event returns to Marion Oaks this weekend

Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting the Marion Oaks Community Center this weekend for a festive Holiday Extravaganza.

Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Symphony Under the Lights’ returns this week

The Ocala Symphony Orchestra's popular holiday concert Symphony Under the Lights returns to the Reilly Arts Center's outdoor stage this week. The orchestra will be joined by the Ocala Youth Symphony as they play holiday favorites.

‘Santa on the Square’ begins this week in downtown Ocala

The popular "Santa on the Square' returns to downtown Ocala beginning this week. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for socially-distanced photos on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December.

More Ocala residents share thoughts, concerns on city’s growth and transportation needs

"If this city wants to see an exodus of people leaving, keep up the building. You will have nothing but homes for sale. We moved to Ocala because of the quiet and beautiful surroundings. I moved up here from Fort Lauderdale because of that and I can move to another small town in Florida that does not want growth," says Ocala resident Mike Kaye in a Letter to the Editor.

Ocala residents share thoughts on city’s growth and transportation needs

"The Marion County/Ocala area is known for its serene beauty and for being the 'Horse Capital' of the world, at least this portion of it. This is a nice, quiet area with beautiful scenery and some magnificent horses. These are the reasons many people move here and come to visit here. If this is not what you enjoy, please find somewhere else to move to. Do not try to move here and interject loud, unnecessary, large city transportation nightmares into this beautiful small-city atmosphere," says Ocala resident Charles Vroman in a Letter to the Editor.

Marion County residents share thoughts on Ocala’s transportation needs

"Listen up people, we do not want noisy airplanes flying over our homes at all times. We have that already with choppers and small planes, we do not need any more. So before you move to Ocala or anywhere, check the place out first," says Ocala resident Marta Varnell in a Letter to the Editor.

‘Shark Tank’ style competition being held for Marion County high school students

Marion County high school students will be pitching their ideas for a new business during an upcoming ‘Shark Tank’ style competition being held in Ocala. The business concepts can be based around a product or service that is capable of being launched in Marion County.

Hiring event for Marion County school bus drivers being held this week

A hiring event for Marion County school bus drivers is being held this week at four locations: Belleview-Santos Elementary School, Lake Weir High School, Liberty Middle School, and Marion Technical Institute. School bus drivers receive health insurance, accrued time off, additional benefits, and earn a starting pay of $15.65 per hour.

Oakcrest Elementary School’s principal, assistant principal named top administrators in county

Congratulations to Oakcrest Elementary School's principal and assistant principal for being selected as Marion County's top school administrators. They are now both in the running for a state competition that will select Florida's 2022 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.

Cindy Annette Harvey

Cindy Annette Harvey, of Ocala, She is survived by her husband of 43 years Gene L. Harvey, Jr., her son Travis Harvey (Casey), one granddaughter, three grandsons, sister Cathy Crawford (Gene), sister-in-law Terry Manning (Robert), brother-in-law Robert Harvey (Debbie), four nieces and six nephews.

Allen Jim Dickinson

Allen “Jim” Dickinson, of Ocala, after retirement, spent his free time spoiling his dog Baby, playing cribbage with family, and enjoying watching the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Edmund R. Kern

Edmund R. Kern, of Belleview
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