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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ocala moves proposed redistricting public meeting to October 13

The City of Ocala’s proposed redistricting public meetings, which were originally scheduled to take place later this week, have been rescheduled.

In a press release, the city announced that the public meeting will now be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at Council Chambers, which is located on the second floor of Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).

According to the city, the meeting will cover the proposed redistricting maps, and staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

By ordinance, the Ocala City Council has the authority to redesignate the boundaries of each district after each decennial census conducted by the United States Government.

Redistricting is the process of drawing boundaries for political districts and to ensure equal representation. It is also a current reflection of population shifts that have occurred within the city limits.

The public meeting on October 13 will also be accessible in real-time via a live stream for those who are unable to attend or are uncomfortable with attending meetings in person.

Here are the instructions to access the live stream video of the meeting:

  • Click here to go to the City of Ocala’s website.
  • On the main page, under the word, ‘Government,’ a drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click on ‘Agendas and Minutes’ in the left column.
  • Participants will be directed to the meeting page – find the column marked ‘Upcoming Meetings.’
  • In the video column, select the hyperlink labeled ‘In Progress’ to see the current live stream.

For more information, or if reasonable accommodations are needed, please contact the City of Ocala Growth Management Department at 352-629-8404.