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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Ocala resident shares thoughts on city’s peaceful lifestyle

In response to several recent letters from Ocala residents which discussed the impact of recent growth on Ocala/Marion County, another resident wrote in to share her thoughts on the topic.

“My brother and his wife moved to Ocala 33 years ago from New York and welcomed the serene beauty, peacefulness, and southern hospitality of the locals. I left New York City after 9/11 and moved to South Carolina. Three years ago, I retired in Ocala. There were still horse and cattle farms and bucolic vistas to enjoy.

Since the recent ‘invasion’ of big city northerners and mid-westerners who seemingly hoped to escape city life with its crime, noise, congestion, tall buildings, and concrete everywhere, among other things, it seems they’re looking to turn Ocala into what they left behind. It ain’t gonna happen.

If you want to see malls instead of cow pastures, apartment buildings instead of open fields and forests, and bumper-to-bumper traffic instead of country roads, might I suggest you hop in your car, jump onto I-95, and head north, back to where you came from, since you don’t appreciate what is left of the beauty, peace, and lifestyle of Ocala.

Leave your superficial values, ideas, and lifestyles behind or go back to the city life from whence you came.”

Carol Shalaew
Ocala resident

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