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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.

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.

City looking to spend nearly $300,000 for cables, other ‘inventory’ for Ocala Fiber Network

The Ocala City Council will consider the purchase of nearly $300,000 worth of fiber optic cables and materials for Ocala Fiber Network during its regular meeting.

Solid waste disposal rates going up at Ocala transfer station

The county has increased solid waste disposal rates and flat-rate disposal fees for cars, trucks, and other vehicles without trailers at Ocala's most trafficked landfill in an effort to "offset rising costs."

City surveying residents, businesses about trash collection services

The City of Ocala Public Works department is surveying residents and businesses this week to gather feedback on sanitation collection practices. 

New campground next to Southeastern Livestock Pavilion nearing completion

A new campground next to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion is nearing completion, with county officials saying it should open in a few weeks.

Restrooms at three Ocala parks closing for repairs

The restrooms at three Ocala parks will be closed beginning next week as crews work to repair and replace flooring in the facilities. 

City spending $70,000 for parking signs at downtown garage

Ocala officials have approved a $70,000 agreement to fabricate and install signs at the downtown parking garage to help motorists and pedestrians. 

Ocala council abruptly ends public comments after residents wait over hour to speak

The Ocala City Council abruptly ended the public comments portion of its meeting on Tuesday night, telling multiple speakers who had signed up to speak about the conflict in the Gaza Strip that their comments were redundant and unnecessary.

Marion County voter summit returning this week

The Marion County Voter Summit will return to a local community building this week.

Temporary trail closure at Ocala Wetland Recharge Park

City officials announced a temporary trail closure at the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park due to ongoing construction and repairs. 

Ocala may pay son $75,000 for selling the burial plots he bought next to his parents

An Ocala resident who purchased four burial plots in 1971 will likely receive a $75,050 settlement after it was discovered the city sold two of the plots to "unidentified individuals" who are now buried next to his parents.

City may spend $100,000 for consultant’s help on Ocala Fiber Network

Ocala officials will consider entering a $100,000 consulting agreement with a Colorado-based company to help the city determine the "growth and viability" of Ocala's Fiber Network throughout residential and commercial neighborhoods. 

City considering $100,000 settlement for child struck by oak tree at Ocala park

City officials looking to avoid a jury trial will consider a $100,000 settlement to the mother of a child who was struck by a large oak tree at an Ocala park in 2020.

What should Ocala look like in 25 years? City seeking ‘Vision 2050’ survey responses

Ocala officials are still seeking input from residents for a "vision" document that will act as a blueprint for the city's future. 

Ocala Fire Rescue adds new rescue emergency vehicle to fleet

Ocala Fire Rescue announced the addition of a new emergency service response vehicle stationed in Southwest Ocala to address an area that has seen a surge in development.