Ocala Paramedic Earns Critical Care Certificate

(OCALA, Fla.) July 17, 2018 – After months of seemingly endless practical and theoretical sessions, Ashley Andrews, Ocala Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic, has become a certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP).

Seeking a challenge and further knowledge of the field, Andrews, a 10-year department veteran, enrolled in the University of Florida’s Critical Care Paramedic program. “I have never been more academically challenged,” said Andrews of the immersive program. “Although [the certificate] was difficult to attain, it was certainly worth it.” [Read more…]

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County was invited to meet and skate with Erin Jackson.

Ocala native and former Boys & Girls Club member, Erin Jackson, is a world champion inline speed skater and the first African-American woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Long Track Speed Skating Team. After winning 11 world championship medals and more than 45 national championships in a decorated inline skating career, Erin transitioned to the ice in 2017 to pursue her Olympic dream. Less than a year later, the 25-year-old phenom earned a spot on Team USA [Read more…]


It was a great event. Ribbon cutting celebration and open house at Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle to  show off their facility. The Independent Living /Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care facility is one of the best. The event was well attended by residents and CEP/Ocala Chamber of Commerce members. The food was great, prepared in house. Great DJ, and staff. While I was there I shared an elevator to the second floor with a nice looking elderly lady. I asked “do you live here? She said “yes I do!” I asked “how do you like it here?” She replied “The staff here does a great job.” Pictured here are the staff, residents and visitors group dancing to music. Before it was over everyone was dancing. Great fun and I’m sure the residents loved it.

Bobby Myrick with CVS (Creative Vinyl Systems)

CVS has been in business since 1972 providing excellent home improvements for N Central Florida residents. Over the years, CVS has established an impeccable service record with over 68,000 home improvement projects completed and along with that, some very satisfied customers.  For over eighteen (18) consecutive years, CVS was voted the “Best of the Best” by the customers they serve. For all of your replacement windows screen enclosures, garage screen doors and many other home improvements, call Bobby at 352-425-0317 and visit www.cvswindowsfl.com.

Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

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.

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series returns for a second year to elevate the Webb Field at the Ocala Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Complex—an underused space located in the once-thriving neighborhood of West Ocala—capitalizing upon the momentum of the last year to build awareness of the neighborhood’s rich history and ongoing revitalization efforts, while providing a dynamic space for the community to come together.

Presented by the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA), a nonprofit catalyst and advocate for cultural impact in the Ocala community in partnership with the City of Ocala. [Read more…]

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is a country wide program designed to assist law enforcement with solving crimes. The program encourages citizens in the community to provide information to assist law enforcement agencies fight against crime.

Crime Stoppers is based on the principle that “someone other than the criminal has the information that can solve the crime” and was created to combat the three major obstacles faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of reprisal
  • An attitude of apathy
  • Reluctance to get involved

[Read more…]

West Coastal Corridor

The Board of County Commissioners of Marion County, Florida:

In order to protect our rural lands, our vital equine industry, our precious conservation land tracts, and the quality of life of our citizens and the overall objectives of our adopted Comprehensive Plan, the Board hereby opposes each and every one of the five alternative corridors of the Coastal Connector currently under consideration through western Marion County, as well as any new proposed corridor that would traverse the Farmland Preservation Area of western Marion County, as depicted on Exhibit B, attached hereto; or any new proposed corridor within the City of Dunnellon or rural areas adjacent thereto, conservation lands including Halpata Tastanaki Preserve, Ross Prairie, Rainbow Springs state park (and its additions), and Lake Rousseau.  [Read more…]

Day Break Studios

Bronson brought his “tools” in to share with the members of Ocala Business Leaders. Day Break Studios is a video production company specializing in cinematic productions. We learned that there are different types of video available:

  • Highlight Business Feature – a quick informational video about what you and your business do
  • Sketch/Skit Video – tell a story, sometimes silly
  • Documentary/Testimonial style – People will speak about their experience with you and your business

In some cases, a business may choose to do a combination of all three types of videos.


Climate Control

Ocala Business Leaders visited one of their members business, Climate Control. Pictured are some of the representatives that were in attendance. From left: Mick Ritter, Rachel West, Louie WiseIII (CEO Owner) and Dylan Wambles. Not pictured was Jerry Elkins who is on the mend from surgery. Climate Control is located in the Intec Building on NW 4th St. 

Columbia Bank

Columbia Bank celebratied their one year anniversary by having a ribbon cutting. CEP / Ocala Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, friends and customers attended. Columbia Bank is located on Silver Springs Blvd.