Holiday Schedule: Independence Day, July 4

City of Ocala business offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Post Date:06/20/2018 1:10 PM

OCALA, Fla. (June 20, 2018) – City of Ocala business offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Wednesday, July 4.

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Wednesday, July 4 will be collected Thursday, July 5; collection regularly scheduled for Thursday, July 5 will be collected Friday, July 6.  [Read more…]

Road Closure: NW First Avenue – June 18 to Aug. 2, 2018

Post Date:06/18/2018 10:54 AM

OCALA, Fla. (June 18, 2018) – NW First Avenue, from NW First Street to NW Second Street, will be closed Monday, June 18 through Thursday, Aug. 2. This closure is to accommodate work being done on the exterior side of the Marion County Courthouse.

All necessary devices will be in place to re-direct traffic. Detour will be as follows:

Northbound traffic will go east onto NW First Street, north onto NE First Avenue, west onto NW Second Street, back onto NW First Street.

Southbound traffic will go east onto NW Second Street, south onto N Magnolia Avenue, west onto W Silver Springs Boulevard, back onto NW/SW First Avenue.

Citizens’ Circle Splash Pad is Now Open

The splash pad at Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., is now open to the public following a temporary closure for maintenance.

Post Date:06/18/2018 10:51 AM

OCALA, Fla. (June 18, 2018) – The splash pad at Citizens’ Circle, 151 SE Osceola Ave., is now open to the public following a temporary closure for maintenance that began in late May. This splash pad, along with the splash pad at Lillian Bryant Park, 2200 NW 17th Pl., are free and open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

Opening act is “Left on Broadway” with “Velvet Caravan” headlining.

Get AMPed for a summer of FREE concerts with the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series! There will be free live music, good food and fun for the entire family every Friday night from June 15 to Aug. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. at Webb Field. [Read more…]

Attorney General Bondi’s Weekly Briefing

6/1/2018

Today, marks the first day of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season and it is also a time when tourists love to visit Florida. Close to 21 million people call Florida home, and millions more visit the beauty Florida offers from the panhandle all the way to the Keys. In the past two years, Florida has been reminded of the impact of mother nature during the past hurricane seasons that have brought destruction and devastating flooding to our communities.

Everyone, whether you are a resident or a visitor, should make safety their number one priority and be prepared for this upcoming hurricane season. Hurricane experts predict this hurricane season to be an active one, and I want everyone to be prepared. My Hurricane Preparedness Guide provides a detailed checklist of items you will need in the event of a hurricane. To view my guide, click here. [Read more…]

Senior Fishing Derby

The Biggest Fish [24 inches]: Joy Ennis

The Second Biggest Fish [23 inches]: Mary Morand

The Oldest Fisherman: Robert Bulter 93 years old

The Sponsorship was Nelson‘s Lawn Service, Greater Hopewell Baptist Church, Carlos Nieto [ASB Financial] also donated chips, Cala Hills Endodontics. Clay Electric Cooperative Inc, Dustin Echols. The prizes was donate by Tom Loury, Trophy’s by B J Trophies and thanks to the city of Ocala. [Read more…]

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins Friday, June 1

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Friday, June 1 and ends Friday, Nov. 30.

Post Date:05/31/2018 4:42 PM

OCALA, Fla. (May 31, 2018) – The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Friday, June 1 and ends Friday, Nov. 30. While Ocala/Marion County does not have a coastline, our community can still experience freshwater flooding when tropical storms and hurricanes move across the Atlantic Ocean. The City of Ocala strongly encourages its residents to be alert, aware and prepared this hurricane season. [Read more…]

Future Stars Basketball Program Begins June 4

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Future Stars Basketball program Mondays through Saturdays, June 4 through July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Post Date:05/31/2018 1:56 PM

OCALA, Fla. (May 31, 2018) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Future Stars Basketball program Mondays through Saturdays, June 4 through July 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center located at 1510 NW Fourth St. Games will take place Saturdays, June 9 through July 7 at 8 a.m. at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center. [Read more…]

Fishing off Aruba

Twelve foot Marlin caught and released off Aruba by Bob Irwin of Bob’s Coin and Jewelry in Summerfield, Fl.  Bob Irwin of Bob’s Coins & Jewelry, Inc. and Wendy Netherclift of TomL Publishing LLC pictured in Aruba on a fishing trip. Bob said he wanted to target a Marlin and that’s what he did. The Marlin weight was approximately 450-500 lbs 12’ long, the largest Marlin the Charter Boat Captain had ever seen on that side of the island. It was caught and release. They were fishing in 1600 feet of water. The trip also caught 8 tuna 70-80 lbs and 5 tuna 20-30 lbs.

Governor breaking ground

WILDWOOD, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott attended a groundbreaking ceremony in The Villages to kick off construction of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, as well as the Brownwood Hotel and Spa. Governor Scott said, “It was great to celebrate a project that will create jobs and serve the 120,000 residents of The Villages. The Villages is a prime example of our state’s economic success. Florida has created more than 1.5 million jobs since December 2010 because of projects like the one we celebrated today.”