To the Editor:
I agree in part to Ms. Shalaew’s letter regarding people complaining about what they have “lost” in relocating to Ocala. Ocala is a small town that has indeed evolved into a small city (and continues to evolve, some may say unfortunately). But since retiring here two years ago from Jacksonville, we continue to find the easygoing, small town lifestyle still prevalent here to be very nurturing.
As far as things to do here, within 15 minutes of downtown there are parks galore such as Zip the Canyons for horseback riding, kayaking, and zip lines for the most adventurous. Also, the activities offered at the historic Silver Springs park, just to name a couple. Flea markets and craft fairs abound, both indoor and outdoor, throughout Ocala, as well as several world class museums and historical areas.
For nightlife, there are so many great restaurants that you could visit a new one every night and not hit all of them in a year. And, of course, the piece de resistance is without a doubt our magnificent World Equestrian Center where there are a myriad of events happening every weekend. Just too many things to do in and around Ocala’s central Florida location to cover in less than a library.
The part I disagree with in the letter is the extreme political bias that is demonstrated. The most off-putting topic I have found in central Florida is the almost rabid angst of individuals foisting there beliefs on others, whether others care to hear it or not. The proclivity to spout anger and bias is contrary to the Christian teachings they espouse to follow.
In closing, let me reiterate that Ocala is a great place to live and raise a family. You all just need to get out and enjoy it.