CEP’s Mission

As part of the CEP’s mission to be the catalyst for a prosperous community, the organization partners closely with local governments (as well as state and Federal) to ensure that we are creating and maintaining a business climate which encourages growth and prosperity. A recent example of this can be found in the issue of transportation impact fees.

In December, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on transportation impact fees. Among those who expressed their support in keeping these fees at their current rate was the Impact Fee Task Force coordinated by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP).  The Task Force is composed of a broad range of professionals who are working on issues related to building and development every day.  This group partnered with the County to study the impact fees when first proposed in 2015 and looked at the issue again last fall. At the conclusion of this hearing, the Commission made the unanimous decision to keep these fees at their current level. [Read more…]

What is MCSO doing?

Sheriff Billy Woods talks to the local business group about what the MCSO is doing. He said he has moved money from the top to the money for officers pay. This picture supplied by MCSO. There were many questions by the attending members. In all it was a very informative event.

OBL Breakfast Club

Pictured here is Steve Wilson of Kinetico Water speaking to the OBL Breakfast Club about the Kinetico products, water filtration and the water stats in Marion County and The Villages areas.

Eliminating the Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits

Attorney General Bondi’s Weekly Briefing

January 26, 2018

Great news this week in our campaign to eliminate the backlog of untested sexual assault kits. The latest progress report just issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows the state processed more than 6,000 kits. I am thrilled by the progress we have made as we approach our goal of testing 8,600 by June of 2019.

Processing these previously untested kits unlocks DNA evidence that can be used to solve crimes and bring some closure to sexual assault victims. So far testing these kits has produced 1,461 hits in key DNA databases. One of those DNA matches led to the recent arrest of a Virginia man on charges related to a 20-year-old sexual battery in Fort Myers. Our campaign to eliminate the backlog breathed new life into this cold case—and I believe more cases will be solved through our efforts. [Read more…]

Dog Rescued from 30′ Hole

At 12:21pm, MCFR units were dispatched to the 2600 Block of NW 140th St, Citra, reference a Citizen’s Assist, Animal Rescue. Firefighters from MCFR Anthony Station #1 arrived on scene to find the dog, Dora, had been exploring on her own and fell into a hole approximately 30’ deep. Crews immediately called for the MCFR Special Operations Technical Rescue Team for their help.

Crews performed a rope rescue utilizing a twin tension system of ropes and pullies. They were able to lower a Technical Rescue Technician to harness Dora and bring her out of the hole.

We are happy to say that Dora is back with her dog sitter and doing well. No animals or firefighters were injured during this harrowing rescue.

Units on Scene: E1, Sq21, L21, DC1, Div1

The Don Harrison Foundation 5013C Charity 

Presents a two-fer – 2 Golf Tournaments in one day at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club

March 25- 2 shot gun starts – 4 person scramble

Learn more about our 5 local charities that will benefit & Sign up to: Play, donate &/or volunteer

GOTO: www.donharriosnfoundation.org

Thank you so very much, please call 352-229-3300 with any questions

UNIVERSITY WOMEN WILL MEET

The American Association of Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch will meet at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, at 1:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, for their regular monthly meeting.

The speaker for this meeting will be Emmett Coyne.  He will speak on Black History. Coyne has a Master’s Degree in African-American Studies from Boston University.  He taught African-American Studies at St. Mary’s University, Baltimore and the University of Maryland.

All are welcome to attend this meeting and learn about Black History and the AAUW organization.  For further information please call 352-237-4889.

E. L. Foster Walking Trail Dedication Ceremony – Friday, Feb. 2

A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. for the E. L. Foster Walking Trail, formerly the 31st Street Start! Walking Trail.

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2018) – A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. for the E. L. Foster Walking Trail, formerly the 31st Street Start! Walking Trail. The ceremony will take place at the walking trail located at 2025 SE 31st St.     

Mr. E. L. Foster served as the Mayor of Ocala from 1995 to 2002 and lead the City’s designation as an All-America City. Additionally, he was instrumental in the formation of the Marion Cultural Alliance through his enthusiastic support of the original Horse Fever public art project and serving on the board of directors. He supported many other community causes during his 48-year residency in Ocala and was also the owner/operator of the Holiday Inn in Silver Springs. E.L. Foster passed away in 2016 at the age of 82. [Read more…]

Call to Artists 2018 April, May, September and October

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members

Title of Exhibit: Ocala’s Backroads: Bike, Hike and Walk

Description of Exhibit: This exhibit is in conjunction with our annual fundraiser, Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo. Please submit works of art that interpret our theme accordingly. All accepted pieces for this exhibit must have been completed in the past two years; please do not bring in anything that has been exhibited prior in Marion County. Please see requirement list below, as changes have been made. [Read more…]

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Road Closure: Watula Avenue Roadway Improvement Project

to construction for the Watula Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, Phase 1, portions of Watula Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and are expected to re-open in early April 2018.

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2018) – Due to construction for the Watula Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, Phase 1, portions of Watula Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and are expected to re-open in early April 2018. According to the City Engineer’s Office, this project will reduce flooding in the downtown area.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, Watula Avenue will be closed from Silver Springs Boulevard north to NE Second Street. Beginning in mid-February, SE Watula Avenue will be closed from E Silver Springs Boulevard to SE Broadway Street. [Read more…]