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Friday, June 2, 2023

Two readers discuss activities for youth in Ocala

Two readers submitted letters to Ocala-News.com to share their thoughts on the activities that are available for children, teens, and young adults in Ocala/Marion County.

“We moved to Ocala from Miami 33 years ago because we wanted our children to grow up in this type of area. Ocala has drastically changed since we’ve been here, just like it’s changed in every area around the world. I’m disabled and we solely relied on my husbands journeyman sheet metal worker’s salary. Money is and has always been tight. There are so many activities available for children and young people, you just have to look for them. Ocala has many youth sports groups, libraries, clubs, museums, churches, the drive-in, the forest, natural springs, walk areas, splash park, school activities, and places to volunteer (so you can learn how lucky you are), to name a few options. Everything has costs now, either with cash or with the time you put into the activity. The cost of the activities that you do have to pay for is less here than in other areas. Ocala can and is a great place to raise a family and grandchildren. Try to look for the positives in the area and help make it better. We all live here, treat it as if you want to live here,” says Ocala resident Pam Moran.

“I am 59 years old and have been in Ocala about 12 years. It is a nice city for those who are older, but Ricky Pordo is right. If I was young, this is not where I would necessarily be. There should be more for those that are younger. His opinion is very valid. I look around and see that and think something more should be done for that demographic. That said, it’s been about 3 to 4 years or more since there was supposed to be a beach barge and expansion at Silver Springs. It’s never been done and that would be a start for those younger to have something fun to do. Residents should think of those who are younger and let their local politicians know how their kids feel. Good luck to Ricky! Great letter,” says Ed Bales, Ocala resident.