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Food Wizards food truck temporarily closed for 13 violations during failed inspection

Food Wizards food truck was forced to temporarily close operations after a health inspector found 13 violations, including 20 live roaches present underneath a sink.

Pointe Grand Apartments approved for 360 units in southwest Ocala

Pointe Grand Apartments received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex along Ocala.

Marion County Public Schools receives five national honors for public relations efforts

Marion County Public Schools is being honored for its public relations efforts during the last school year by the National School Public Relations Association.

Optimum RV headquarters in Ocala to receive $150,000 economic grant

Optimum RV will receive a $150,000 economic grant from the city of Ocala for renovations to their new headquarters in southeast Ocala. 

Storming Crab offers wide array of seafood, prepared in variety of ways

In addition to four types of crab (blue crab, Dungeness crab, snow crab, and king crab), the new Storming Crab restaurant features shrimp, white clams, green mussels, lobster tails, and scallops, among other seafood options. Have you visited? Share your experiences with us in a comment.

New southwest Ocala swimming facility celebrates construction milestone

The Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training center celebrated a construction milestone this past week as crews make brisk progress on the multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art swimming facility in southwest Ocala.

New business sells ‘little of everything’ in northeast Ocala

Ocala Misfit Liquidations, a new, independent retailer, is open for business and ready to sell “a little of everything” in northeast Ocala.

Ocala taco food truck reopens with new look

Taqueria Lupe, a popular taco food truck in southeast Ocala, has reopened for business with a new look.

Digital media, internet marketing agency cuts ribbon on new southwest Ocala location

A digital media and internet marketing company that has been steadily growing over the past several years celebrated the opening of a new, southwest Ocala location last week.

Downtown Ocala construction progress update

Construction of Mutiny (a pirate-themed bar) and Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant has been progressing at a rapid pace as downtown Ocala undergoes an immense commercial and residential transformation.

Optimum RV seeking $150,000 grant to renovate new headquarters, bring 50 jobs to southeast Ocala

Optimum RV is hoping for the City of Ocala’s approval for a grant to offset the costs of renovating a building for their new southeast Ocala headquarters.

New reception hall opens doors in south Ocala

A new reception hall has opened the doors on its south Ocala location and is ready to host events. 

Sky Fine Dining remains closed amidst remodel, pandemic woes

Sky Fine Dining, which reopened and closed its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has remained closed since November amidst a remodel.

360-unit Pointe Grand Apartments seeking city’s approval for southwest Ocala site

A developer is hoping to gain approval from the Ocala City Council to move forward with a new 360-unit, multi-family apartment complex in southwest Ocala.

Culver’s hiring in midst of construction progress on new Ocala location

A new Culver’s is currently hiring all positions while its Ocala location is constructed at a rapid pace along State Road 200.

Lake Diamond developer hoping for re-approval of apartments

The developer behind the Lake Diamond and Golf and Country Club community is asking Marion County to approve a site plan after a previous approval expired in 2017, saying the community wasn't built previously “due to the decline in the demand for multi-family housing in Marion County,” and specifically in the Diamond Ridge community.

Ocala Denny’s, McDonalds, Popeyes all receive health inspection warnings

Multiple fast and casual dining restaurants across Ocala, including Denny’s, McDonalds, and Popeyes, were all issued warnings this month for a collection of basic, intermediate, and high priority violations.

Chinese restaurant in Belleview forced to close after failed health inspection

A Chinese restaurant in Belleview was forced to close its doors this past week after the facility failed a food health inspection for rodent activity, among other violations.

Zaxby’s in south Ocala temporarily closed after failed health inspection

A Zaxby’s in south Ocala was temporarily closed last week after failing a health inspection for multiple high priority violations.

Rooted, Reefs-A-Lot open interactive plant, fish shops side-by-side

A husband and wife have teamed up for a dual, interactive plant shop and fish store at a new southeast Ocala location. 

Ocala logistics center looking for rezoning approval to begin on 350,000 sq ft warehouse

A company is hoping for a zoning change from the City of Ocala for 4.51 acres in northwest Ocala on which they hope to build a 350,000 square-foot warehouse.

Additional lofts keep downtown Ocala residential, commercial space growing at unprecedented rate

With the additional construction of 16 new lofts and commercial space, downtown Ocala continues to be in the midst of a commercial and residential growth boom. Currently, downtown Ocala has multiple residential construction projects in various stages, including the Watula South town homes, the Tuscawilla "Artpartments," the One Fort King row homes, and the Lamplighter Legacy Apartments, which will bring over 100 units.

Do you think Ocala needs more fine dining options?

The Downtown Ocala area plays host to the highest concentration of fine dining restaurants in the city with Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, Katya Vineyard, La Cuisine, and Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, which is located on Pine Avenue. What fine dining restaurants would you like to see come to Ocala and Marion County? Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

Brester’s Coney Island brings taste of Michigan diner to central Ocala

Brester's Coney Island, a diner-style made popular in Michigan known for its chili, diced onion, and yellow mustard-topped hot dogs, recently opened a location in Ocala where they have been serving up breakfast and lunch favorites.