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Monday, August 15, 2022

Resident wants more grocery shopping options in SW Ocala

To the Editor:

I have been living here in Ocala since 1980. Why are there no Publix or Winn-Dixie grocery stores in the southwest area of Ocala?

From Pine Avenue and State Road 40 all the way to Dunnellon on State Road 40, there has never been a shopping center in west Ocala. I have to go to Highway 27 in order to go to the nearest Publix or Winn-Dixie for food shopping, or to State Road 200 to Shady Road in the Grand Oaks shopping center. I live near the airport and there is so much land there with nothing on it.

Also, there is no bus transportation in west Ocala – they only go to the college on 20th Street. How are these new graduates supposed to get to their jobs if they can’t afford to get a car with these expensive gas prices and car insurance rates?

The city council will take care of immigrants but they don’t help their own communities? I went to apply for help with my co-pays and I was denied coverage because my social security was a little bit higher than what I was qualified for. But immigrants and people who have eight or nine children, and don’t know where their fathers are, get free food stamps and free health care?

Beverly DeMarco
Ocala resident

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