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Mayor awards second ‘Citizen of the Month’ to local bank president

The Mayor of Ocala awarded his second "Citizen of the Month" award to a local bank president who has made it her mission to help others from behind the scenes.

City officials may allocate $150,000 more for painting services across Ocala

The Ocala City Council will decide whether or not to spend an additional $150,000 on city-wide painting services that were originally contracted last year for $30,000.

The Outrageous Mishandling of Road Paving in Lake Weir Gardens

"Residents of Lake Weir Gardens have found themselves at the center of a debacle that epitomizes bureaucratic negligence and community disregard. Despite a binding contract stipulating that Marion County would maintain the neighborhood's roads, the county has taken the audacious step of imposing a heavy assessment on these residents. This burden, unfairly placed on the shoulders of the community, demands immediate attention and redress".- A

City officials to consider rezoning of 1.2-acre site for multi-family development

The owner of a 1.2-acre lot in northwest Ocala is seeking the city's approval to rezone the property in order to make a new, multi-family development.

Dog park in southeast Ocala getting makeover

A dog park in southeast Ocala will close this week for repairs and improvements, including new play equipment.

Ocala country singer headlining city’s patriotic drone show

A popular country singer in Ocala will headline the city's first "Patriotic Skies" event this July 4, which will feature a drone show by a company that just made it to the next round of "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

Council discusses parking problems in downtown Ocala before opening up dozens of reserved spaces to public

"There is a problem downtown and nobody seems to realize it. And I'm not talking about one spot, I'm talking about all the retailers down there are starting to have an issue with people not being able to park." - Ocala City Council members discussed downtown parking options during their meeting on Tuesday.

Ocala business owner pleads with city to clean up homeless problems in downtown

The owner of a business next to the Salvation Army in downtown Ocala says homeless individuals are regularly getting into fights, leaving their litter and used hypodermic needles on the ground, defecating on the sidewalks, and having sexual relations in retention ponds after visiting the nonprofit organization for food.

City looking to purchase electric buses and vans, build electric infrastructure with federal grant

The city of Ocala is hosting a public hearing to review and receive comments on a proposed $16 million grant from the Federal Transportation Administration to purchase electric buses and vans, and to construct an electric vehicle maintenance facility.

City looking to increase downtown Ocala parking spaces, revenue with new meters

City officials are looking to appropriate funds for three new parking meter pay stations and 46 new paid public parking spaces in downtown Ocala.

Rezoning of 1.2-acre plot for multi-family development coming before Ocala officials

A request to rezone a 1.2-acre property in northwest Ocala for the purposes of building a multi-family development will have its first reading during Tuesday's meeting of the Ocala City Council.

City cutting ribbon on new park in northwest Ocala

City officials are inviting the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of a new park in northwest Ocala.

New campground opens next to Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

A new campground next to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion has officially opened.

Mayor awards first ‘Citizen of the Month’ award to former WNBA player helping county’s ‘most vulnerable’

Ocala's mayor doled out his first "Citizen of the Month" award to a former professional basketball player who founded a nonprofit that helps children in foster care. 

City sells 115-acre property at Ocala International Airport for $12 million

Ocala City Council members approved the sale of a 115-acre property at the Ocala International Airport for just over $12 million, going against the Airport Advisory Board's recommendation to deny the sale and lease the land.

Ocala’s drinking water earns ‘best tasting’ award at regional competition

The City of Ocala was awarded the best-tasting drinking water at a regional competition that took place earlier this week in Marion County.

City officials cut ribbon on future community hub at Tuscawilla Park

Ocala officials broke ground last week on a new "Heart of the Park" community space that they hope will serve as a community hub for residents from all across the city.

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.

Marion tourists produce nearly $700K in tax revenue during record-setting month

Marion County officials reported that the county collected nearly $700,000 in tourism tax revenue during a record-setting month earlier this year.

Nonprofit that employs those in need looking for van donation from city

A nonprofit organization is asking the city of Ocala to consider donating a work van to help the group create employment opportunities for local residents in need.

City seeking FDOT’s support for free Downtown Trolley Service

City officials will look to adopt a resolution seeking additional support from the state for a new trolley service that will run between various landmarks in and around downtown Ocala. 

7 new ambulances join Marion County Fire Rescue fleet

Marion County Fire Rescue recently added seven new ambulances to its fleet.

Construction rapidly progressing on new EMS station in Ocala

Construction on Marion County Fire Rescue's new Emergency Medical Services station is progressing at a rapid rate. 

City looking to donate surplus vehicles to high school, corrections facility

City officials are looking to donate three surplus vehicles to a corrections facility and a local high school to help law enforcement personnel with their duties and students pursuing automotive careers.