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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Residents share thoughts on growth, needs of Ocala/Marion County

In response to recent letters discussing the growth of Ocala/Marion County, more residents submitted letters to share their thoughts on the topic.

“I am very concerned about how much Marion County is growing. We are the center of Florida. Has anyone considered that we may run out of fresh water, or if the impact could cause us to split off into the ocean?” says Ocala resident Sheryl Balogh.

“It’s really sad that we have to travel out of town for “better” prices. We need to keep our residents satisfied. Stop all the unnecessary things that we already have enough of. We really need to focus on our community. Stop sending money all over the world and take better care of our citizens, the taxpayers,” says Audrey Rembert, Ocala resident.

“I have been living in west Ocala, near the airport, for over 35 years. There has never been a grocery store on west State Road 40, from Pine Avenue or 301 all the way to Dunnellon. There are so many Publix’s on State Road 200 within miles of each other. Why can’t they build a Publix or Winn-Dixie on west State Road 40? There is so much land out there for sale. The only restaurants are near I-75 on State Road 40, but not one shopping center. There are a lot of homes out there and we have to travel at least 15 miles for a shopping center,” says Ocala resident Beverly DeMarco.

“We moved here to get out of the rat race in southern Florida. We still love it here. Just move to a quiet subdivision and you won’t realize the growth. Well, at least until you get out on the roads,” says Carole Stockman, Dunnellon resident.

“I live off of 110th Street and Highway 40. Other than Mexican food stores, there are no stores up here, and no banks as well. We are growing and need these here. I personally would like a Publix and a Wells Fargo bank,” says Ocala resident Marge Grone.

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