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Ocala to offer free parking throughout downtown area during holiday season

The City of Ocala will provide free parking in all metered spaces in downtown Ocala beginning on Thursday, December 1, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023, in an effort to encourage residents to support local businesses during the holidays.

Ocala International Airport passes federal safety inspection

The City of Ocala has announced that the Ocala International Airport-Jim Taylor Field recently passed its annual inspection, which was conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Belleview Police Department to host upcoming Citizens Prosecutor Academy

The Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office will host its free six-week Citizens Prosecutor Academy course at the Belleview Police Department beginning in February, and residents of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties are eligible to sign up.

Unemployment rate in October holds steady as holidays approach

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region held steady at 3.4% in October, which is unchanged from the previous month and 0.8 percentage points lower than the region’s rate a year ago. In the Ocala metro area, which covers all of Marion County, the mining, logging, and construction industry added 500 new jobs and grew by nearly 6%.

Ocala to host final public session on redistricting at Lillian F. Bryant Community Center

The City of Ocala has announced that an informational public session will be held at the end of the month to cover the process of redistricting, including demographic information and map utilization, along with the city's proposed redistricting.

Ocala releases holiday schedules for sanitation collection, SunTran ahead of Thanksgiving

The City of Ocala has released its holiday schedules for sanitation collection and the SunTran bus system ahead of Thanksgiving.

Marion County launches anti-litter campaign

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson and Solid Waste Resources Liaison Lucy Flores kicked off an anti-litter campaign in Marion County.

City of Ocala to host Cooking Oil Recycling Day on November 29

The City of Ocala Water Resources Department will host a cooking oil recycling day on Tuesday, November 29 at two locations. This event is part of the department's “Protect Your Pipes” campaign that focuses on educating Ocala residents to not pour fats, oils, and grease down their drains.

Farm City Week begins in Marion County

At the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regularly scheduled meeting that was held on Tuesday, the commissioners declared the week of November 16 to November 23 as “Farm City Week.” There are just over 37,500 agriculture or related industry jobs in Marion County, and agriculture brings in $2.06 billion, according to estimates from the University of Florida.

Two Marion County Commissioners sworn in for new term

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, Carl Zalak, III and Kathy Bryant were sworn in as commissioners for another four-year term.

Ocala to host two public meetings this week on proposed redistricting maps

The City of Ocala has announced that two additional public meetings about the proposed redistricting will be held this week. Both meetings, which are free and open to the public, will cover the proposed redistricting maps, and city staff will be available to answer any questions.

PNC Bank “Grants for Great Hours” program donates $3,000 to benefit Marion County Public Library System

A team of PNC Bank employees from Ocala recently presented a $3,000 check to the Friends of the Ocala Public Library to help support the Marion County Public Library System’s educational programs for local children and families.

City of Ocala seeks $190,000 contract with local company for concert-related services

The City of Ocala is seeking approval of a two-year, $190,000 contract with a local video and film production company to produce and manage concerts throughout the year.

Over 1,200 Ocala Electric Utility customers without power

Ocala Electric Utility crews are working throughout the city to restore power after multiple outages were caused by Tropical Storm Nicole.

Marion County announces government office closures for Tropical Storm Nicole

The Marion County Division of Emergency Management has announced closures for several government offices and services in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole.

Marion County commissioners declare local state of emergency as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Wednesday, November 9 in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Tropical Storm Nicole as it nears the Sunshine State.

Ocala Electric Utility receives “Building Strong Communities” award

The “Building Strong Communities” award was presented to Ocala Electric Utility during the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show, which was held earlier this week in Orlando.

Winter irrigation restrictions in effect for Ocala

The City of Ocala is reminding residents to roll back the clock and reset automatic sprinkler systems beginning on Sunday, November 6. Irrigation restrictions will be in effect for the city on specific days during Eastern Standard Time (early November through mid-March), and no irrigation should occur between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MCPS to host Veterans Day ceremony at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

Hundreds of students from Marion County Public Schools will show their support for local veterans by leading, attending, and participating in Marion County’s official Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park.

Cattle, peanut farmer to be inducted into Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame on November 17

Terry Teuton, a local cattle and peanut farmer, will be inducted into the Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame during a banquet that will be held later this month in Ocala.

‘Bring the Harvest Home’ holiday food drive underway in Marion County

Marion County is encouraging residents and businesses to help those in need this holiday season by taking part in its 11th annual “Bring the Harvest Home” holiday food drive. Last year, nearly 21,000 pounds of food, baby, and toiletry items were collected during the food drive, along with monetary donations that totaled nearly $160,000.

Ocala releases holiday schedule for Veterans Day

The City of Ocala has announced that business offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Ocala’s Customer Service Office implements new hours of operation on November 1

The City of Ocala’s Customer Service Office will have new hours of operation beginning on Tuesday, November 1.

Volunteer cleanup day at Evergreen Cemetery this Saturday

The Evergreen Cemetery is in need of volunteers for a cleanup day that will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 8 a.m. to noon.