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Thursday, June 30, 2022

More residents from Ocala submit letters regarding Ocala/Marion County’s growth

Numerous letters have been submitted in recent weeks regarding the topic of growth in Ocala/Marion County. In response to those letters, more Ocala residents wrote in to share their thoughts on the topic.

“Ocala was held back from being developed to its potential over 30 years ago. So now we’re in a new era. We have a younger population with families who have discovered the Horse Capital of the World, which was also known as ‘Slow-cala.’ If we Ocalans can remember, about 5 to 6 years ago, we lost the New York Yankees minor league team which would have made a wonderful addition to the city of Ocala. Instead, it was turned down by the horse people that were controlling city hall then. So now it’s our time to make Ocala shine,” Ocala resident Noel Tulley.

“Everyone has a right as an American to move anywhere they want. Why the massive exodus since Joe Biden took control? Why not before in such numbers? We, as Floridians, didn’t live our lives in our way of life to have it destroyed by bureaucrats who evidently couldn’t care less about the area. While growth is inevitable, this is money generated, in my opinion, and it’s not looking to the safe keeping of our way of life or the environment,” says Ron Kimmel, Ocala resident.

“My wife and I moved from Fort Lauderdale to Ocala 26 years ago. We left there because of the crowds and traffic. I see Ocala growing quickly. The county officials seem to be unaware regarding the need to improve the intersections. Drive 66th Street in the morning, heading west towards 200, and look at the traffic heading to 475A which is coming from the new opening off 49th Avenue. It’s crazy. Also, I think when you see all the Wawa’s, 7-Eleven’s, and car washes being built, those large companies knew where the growth was going to be back then. Luckily, we have an opportunity to leave and head to another small town in North Carolina. I was born and raised in Florida, and I have siblings here. But it’s time for a big change and to get back to a slower lifestyle like Slow-cala once was,” says Ocala resident Chris Haussman.

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