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Dispose of unwanted tires for free on October 7

The City of Ocala will be hosting a free tire disposal event for residents on Saturday, October 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City considering $900,000 laptop purchase to improve remote work efficiency

Ocala officials will consider a proposal to purchase over $900,000 worth of laptops to replace 6-year-old devices that staff say cannot be upgraded to Windows 11. 

Street renamed to honor Marion County educator

A street in Ocala has been renamed in honor of an 84-year-old retired educator who spent three decades teaching children in Marion County.

Marion County commissioners adopt $1.4 billion budget for 2023-2024

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the final budget for next fiscal year, which totals $1.4 billion and runs from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024.

Ocala has new mayor; two council members retain seats in general election

It took eight months and four elections, but Tuesday night the Ocala City Council was finally made whole again.

Marion County to host passport, marriage license events this month

The Marion County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office will host Marriage License and Passport Day events with extended hours on Wednesday, September 27 through Friday, September 29 at the Marion County Clerk of Court Annex Building in Ocala.

First Responder Career Fair in Ocala this weekend

A career fair will be held in Ocala this weekend for individuals who are interested in a career as a first responder.

Volunteer fire chief in Marion County retires after 51 years

After over half a century of service, Volunteer Chief Ronald Replogle has retired from being an active volunteer with Marion County Fire Rescue. 

U.S. Navy to test bombs in Ocala National Forest

The U.S. Navy will conduct live and inert bomb tests in the Ocala National Forest beginning on Tuesday, September 5.

City releases holiday schedule for sanitation collection, SunTran ahead of Labor Day

City of Ocala business offices, along with the SunTran bus system, will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Marion County preparing to ‘return to normal’ after Hurricane Idalia

Several hours after Hurricane Idalia made landfall along the Gulf coast of Florida, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management announced plans to return to normal operation once all sheltered citizens have returned home.

City suspending sanitation, recycling routes due to Hurricane Idalia

The City of Ocala is suspending sanitation and recycling routes due to the potential impact of Hurricane Idalia.

Local government office closures, shelter update in preparation of Tropical Storm Idalia

Due to the potential impact of Tropical Storm Idalia, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management and local government agencies have announced multiple closures that may affect some citizens.

Parking in downtown Ocala discussed amidst denial of renting lot of former auto shop

Ocala officials discussed parking in downtown Ocala last week after denying a request by a local business owner to use and manage his lot as additional city parking for $2,500 a month.

City hosting roundtable event for building industry professionals in September

The City of Ocala’s Growth Management Department, in collaboration with the Marion County Building Industry, will host a roundtable event next month for members of the building community.

Dunnellon councilwoman resigns amidst ‘disrespect’ from mayor to citizens

A Dunnellon councilwoman resigned last week after citing the mayor's "offensive" and "unwarranted" comments towards citizens who spoke on public record during their meeting.

Golf cart age limit lifted to 18 by Ocala City Council

City officials approved a revision to Ocala's golf cart ordinance that will prohibit people under the age of 18 from operating the vehicles and require all operators to possess valid driver's licenses. 

City council recognizes six police officers for their 15-plus years of service

During the Ocala City Council meeting that was held on Tuesday, six police officers were recognized for their many years of service and commitment to keeping the citizens of Ocala safe.

City announces Labor Day closures

The City of Ocala business offices will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott visiting Ocala as part of county tour

U.S. Senator Rick Scott will make a stop in Ocala this week as part of his 67 Counties Tour throughout the state of Florida. 

Marion commissioners approve legislative priorities for 2024 session

On August 1, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners approved several priorities for the 2024 state legislative session.  

Golf cart access expanded to downtown Ocala

Golf cart drivers gained access to downtown Ocala this week as an expanded golf cart map approved earlier this year went into effect.

Ocala seeks volunteers to serve on boards, advisory committees

The City of Ocala is currently seeking volunteers to fill vacancies across committee and advisory board positions within the city government.

Nonprofits: Deadline approaching for Ocala’s street banner lottery

The City of Ocala Public Works Traffic Division is accepting applications for its street banner lottery through Tuesday, August 1 for the 2024 calendar year.