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    • First Friday Art Walk Returns Feb. 1
      The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Post Date:01/14/2019 2:11 PM OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2019) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following […]
      MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 10, 2019)- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives are currently investigating the discovery of possible human remains found at a residence located at 18760 SW 47 Street in Lake Tropicana. The couple who lived at the residence have been reported missing by their family, and detectives are investigating their […]
    • Road Closure: SE/NE Osceola Avenue – Through Oct. 23, 2019
      Construction will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will not occur during any City-recognized holidays. Post Date:01/11/2019 1:55 PM OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2019) – Due to construction for the City of Ocala’s Osceola Multi-Modal Trail, or Osceola Trak, SE/NE Osceola Avenue, from SE Third Street to NE Fifth Street, may […]
    • After Dark in the Park: THE GOONIES [PG]
      Date:01/18/2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Location:Scott Springs Park 2825 SW 24th Avenue Ocala, Florida 34471 Free movie with popcorn, hot dogs and drinks available for a small fee.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!  *Movie titles subject to change.  For details, please contact the Recreation and Parks Administration office at 352.368.5517. The […]
    • Animal Abuser Registry – Molly’s Law – is Now Online
      Marion County Board of County Commissioners has established an animal abuser registry, otherwise known as Molly’s Law. Molly’s Law requires any offender convicted of an animal abuse crime as defined in Marion County Code, Chapter 4, Section 4-15 to be placed on the animal abuser registry. This database will allow citizens, pet sellers, and rescues to […]
    • ‘ARC Expressions: ARC Marion’s 2019 Art Exhibition’ Opening Reception – Thursday, Jan. 24
      This art exhibit will be on display Thursday, Jan. 24 through Friday, March 26. Post Date:01/08/2019 8:52 AM OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) – An opening reception for ‘ARC Expressions: ARC Marion’s 2019 Annual Art Exhibition,’ will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. This […]
    • Greenwood Cemetery Volunteer Cleanup – Saturday, Jan. 26
      Volunteers will assist with cleaning headstones, raking leaves, picking up fallen tree limbs and cleaning up debris. Post Date:01/08/2019 2:09 PM OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) – The Friends of the Historical Evergreen Cemetery, Sons of Confederate Veterans Pvt. William R. Milton Camp 741 and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Marion Dragoons Chapter 2311, […]
    • Looking for events and things to do in Ocala?
      Ocala Parks and Recreation has lots of fun things to do in January. Take advantage of the cooler Florida weather. Check out these events. Or check out their website for further information and activities. THE ART OF CARLYNNE HERSHBERGER EXHIBIT City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. Mondays-Fridays | Now-Jan. 18 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. […]
    • Marion County Parks and Recreation Rotary Sportsplex Project
      Director Jim Couillard, PLA, ASLA Project Rotary Sportsplex Cost $415,000 Size 80 acres Contractor Boyle Construction, Ocala (batting cage) Ethridge Construction, Ocala (ADA and spectator improvements) Established in 1998, Rotary Sportsplex provided the community with 11 baseball fields and five soccer fields. The improvements to the park completed in 2018 include the construction of a […]
    • Ocala Half Marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K Run
      Date: 01/13/2019 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM Location: Paddock Mall 3100 SW College Rd. Ocala, Florida 34470 The Ocala Half Marathon has been an anchor in the Ocala running community since 1999.  The running event consists of the half marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K distances.  All start and finish at the Paddock Mall, course runs […]
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      MARION COUNTY, Florida (December 10, 2018) – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives have positively identified the remains of husband and wife, Robert Lee Cooper (DOB: 01/22/1981) and Ariel Vanessa Prim (DOB: 04/16/1989), whose remains were found inside their home after it had caught fire on July 28, 2018. Detectives are now asking […]
    • Where do you work?
      During this holiday season, I am often asked at parties “Where do you work?” While many people are aware of the CEP, I find a number of people are confused by our initials and who we are. It is easy to assume everyone knows who we are and what we do, but that is not […]
    • CEP
      Three of the key areas on which the CEP focuses to drive our mission is Business Attraction, Business Retention, and Business Creation. Each of these areas is equally important as we seek to be the catalyst for a more prosperous community by serving as the voice of the business community and working to create and […]
    • Moving Forward
      One of the goals and primary focuses of the CEP from its inception has been to raise the wage level in our community. From our initial 5-year strategic plan (Moving Forward), one of the three BIG goals has been to not only attract new jobs but jobs which pay an average wage which is 15% […]