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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Several residents voice their thoughts, concerns on Ocala/Marion County’s growth

In response to recent letters that discussed the rapid growth of Ocala/Marion County, several residents wrote in to share their thoughts and concerns on the topic.

“I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Brian Donnelly and others that Ocala is growing too fast and too large. I’m a native – been here since 1946 and I don’t like what I see happening one bit. Ocala used to be a lovely little place and now it’s just a monster to try to get around in. Stop this crap and take care of your true friends in the community,” says Ocala resident Kay Voge.

“I agree, our way of life is being bought by investors and the people who we voted for. What happened to them? Why? So much growth will make us like Orlando – is this what we all want?” says Michelle Rosen, Ocala resident.

“I live right on the outside of the Dunnellon area. I’m a 77-year-old widow that lives on five acres. My children, grandchildren, and now my great-grandchildren have attended Dunnellon schools. My 80-year-old sister lives with me. I love the animals and birds, and I have left cover with trees on part of my land so they have a safe place. When my children were small, we spent so many hours on the Rainbow River. Please don’t destroy our life and our springs. Save this beauty for our future generations,” says Ocala resident Catherine Gandy.

“I think the extension goes to Jacksonville, but I agree with Marian Fowler and her Letter to the Editor. Think of the displacement of people and natural habitats. Pave paradise and put up a parking lot, so to speak. Once lost, it can never be regained. You can’t pay people enough for the loss of their homes and property. Stop the turnpike,” says Jackie White, Reddick resident.

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