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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Marion County announces government office and service closures, sanitation schedule

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management and local government agencies have announced multiple government office and service closures due to the potential effects from Hurricane Ian.

Here is a list of the recent closures throughout Marion County:

  • The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will close at noon on Wednesday, September 28, and will reopen on Monday, October 3.
  • All Marion County offices and facilities will be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30.
  • The Baseline Landfill and all recycling centers will be open until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.
  • The Marion County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 28, and will reopen on Monday, October 3.
  • Ocala Police Department Headquarters Lobby will be closed beginning on Wednesday, September 28 until further notice.
  • The Fifth Circuit Courts are scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29.
  • City of Dunnellon Government offices are scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29.
  • The Federal Courthouse is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29.
  • The Marion County Property Appraiser’s Office is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Thursday, September 29.
  • All Villages District Administrative Offices will close at noon on Wednesday, September 28, and will remain closed through Thursday, September 29.
  • City of Ocala business offices will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 28. Normal business office hours of operation are expected to resume on Monday, October 3.
  • SunTran bus routes will be suspended beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 or when storm gusts reach 30 miles per hour, whichever comes first.

The parks and facilities listed below will be closed on Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2. These facilities are expected to reopen on Monday, October 3.

  • E.D. Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NE 4th Street in Ocala).
  • Lillian F. Bryant Community Center (2200 NW 17th Place in Ocala).
  • Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center (830 NE 8th Avenue in Ocala).
  • Fort King National Historic Landmark Visitor Center (3925 E Fort King Street in Ocala).
  • Barbra G. Washington Adult Activity Center (210 NW 12th Avenue in Ocala).
  • Discovery Center (701 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala).
  • Any park programs that are scheduled during this time have been canceled.

All campgrounds and recreation areas at the following State Forests are closed due to Hurricane Ian:

  • Belmore State Forest
  • Carl Duval Moore State Forest and Park
  • Cary State Forest
  • Charles H. Bronson State Forest
  • Deep Creek State Forest
  • Etoniah Creek State Forest
  • Four Creeks State Forest
  • Goethe State Forest
  • Indian Lake State Forest
  • Jennings State Forest
  • Kissimmee Bend State Forest
  • Lake George State Forest
  • Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
  • Little Big Econ State Forest
  • Matanzas State Forest
  • Myakka State Forest
  • Newnans Lake State Forest
  • Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
  • Peace River State Forest
  • Picayune Strand State Forest
  • Ralph E. Simmons State Forest
  • Ross Prairie State Forest
  • Seminole State Forest
  • Tiger Bay State Forest
  • Watson Island State Forest
  • Welaka State Forest
  • Withlacoochee State Forest
  • Additional State Forests may be closed depending on the storm’s path. Reopening will occur as soon as possible, pending damage assessments after the storm.

The approaching hurricane will also affect residential and commercial sanitation routes. All routes will continue with normal operations through Wednesday, September 28.

Beginning on Thursday, September 29, all residential and commercial sanitation routes will be suspended. Commercial routes will resume on Friday, September 30.

No commercial or business collections will occur on Wednesday night or Thursday night. Residents who are scheduled for Thursday collection will instead be collected on Monday, October 3.

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Monday, October 3 through Thursday, October 6 will experience a one-day delay and will instead be collected on Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please call the Citizens Information Line at 352-369-7500.