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City accepting $20,000 for drone show on July 4th

Ocala officials will likely accept and appropriate $20,000 from the county this week to advertise and promote the city’s inaugural Fourth of July drone show, which will feature 300 drones lighting the sky over Tuscawilla Park.

On Tuesday, the Ocala City Council will look to adopt a resolution accepting and appropriating a tourism grant from the Marion County Tourist Development Council (MCTDC).

According to city records, the grant will be used for advertising, event signage, production expenses, and a potential broadcast or livestream of the event.

In February, Ocala City Council members unanimously approved a one-year agreement with Sky Elements, LLC to produce the drone show. The contract includes the option for two separate one-year renewals.

Sky Elements Drone Shows example of how the drone show would look at Tuscawilla Park
An image showing how the drone show would look for audience members at Tuscawilla Park. (Photo: Sky Elements, LLC)

In March, the city applied for the grant through the county. Later that month, the MCTDC approved a $20,000 grant.

The grant was awarded this month during a meeting of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.

Although the city has not historically hosted a 4th of July event, this year’s celebration will include a drone show, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and demonstrations honoring veterans.

The city estimates that the drone show is expected to draw “10,000 visitors due to the unique nature of the event in the region.”

The show will feature 300 drones lighting up the sky with custom formations, animations, and synchronization.

Sky Elements Drone Shows sample photo of their patriotic drone show
Sky Elements Drone Shows sample photo of their patriotic drone show. (Photo: Sky Elements, LLC)

The drones can be programmed to create a variety of elaborate shapes, logos, or messages in the sky while reaching heights of up to 600 feet.

Sky Elements says it will allow the city to tailor the drone show to themes that represent the local community. The company has successfully conducted over 700 drone light shows.

The Ocala City Council regularly meets at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue) on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m.