I was a hospice of Marion County social worker for 23 years. My territory was the entire Ocala National Forest and most especially Silver Springs for quite some time in the late 1980’s. I drive through there still and there has been zero enhancement with groceries, commerce, rests etc. The many families I worked with there over those years gave me the most special memories I ever had! I also had on call visits there during nights and felt so welcomed and appreciated. I think it’s very unfair for the thousands of all Forest residents to be forced to travel 25+ miles for all services including dental, optical, medical and any big box stores, etc., etc., etc.! They deserve better and more fair consideration! I vote that the Commissioners explore this vast discrepancy before another 30 years pass!
Sincerely, a friend of all the Ocala National Forest.
Peggy Ann Soucy
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