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    • Let’s Skate Ocala!
      Date:11/18/2018 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location:Tuscawilla Park 829 NE Sanchez Avenue Ocala, Florida 34470 Join us for Let’s Skate Ocala! from Nov. 17-Dec. 30 located in beautiful Tuscawilla Park at 825 NE Watula Ave.  The “synthetic” ice rink is open to the public Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Fridays, 5-10 p.m., Saturdays, 2-10 p.m. and Sundays, […]
    • City of Ocala Holiday Schedule – Thanksgiving
      There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Thursday, Nov. 22. OCALA, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2018) – City of Ocala business offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Thursday, […]
    • Sept jobless rates lowest in a decade
      OCALA (Oct. 19, 2018) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.7 percent in September, down a full percentage point over the month and 1.1 percent lower than the same time last year. The labor force was 202,042, a bump of 1,707 over the month and 795 more over the […]
    • “Highwaymen” Artist, Curtis Arnett, to Speak
      The Ocala Art Group (OAG) is hosting a lecture by acclaimed artist Curtis Arnett, one of the original Florida Highwaymen, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm in the auditorium of the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470. Arnett is one of the youngest of […]
      Welcome to Bargains by the Pallet.  Bargains by the Pallet is a new locally owned business, open to the public.  Our clients vary from online stores, flea market merchants, brick and mortar small business retail stores to individuals needing items for themselves.  We sell full pallets of mixed merchandise that arrive straight from various retail […]
    • Ocala Fire Department Receives Cancer Exposure Decontamination Kits
      (OCALA, Fla.) Oct. 19, 2018 – Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) received 14 cancer exposure decontamination kits from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Thursday, Oct. 18. The decontamination kits are 14 of 4,216 units obtained through a $1million grant to the Firefighter Cancer Mitigation Grant Program, awarded to 405 fire departments across the state […]
    • Ocala Business Leaders
      Ocala Business Leaders had an old friend come by and visit. Sandy Mandell used to come to the OBL meetings as a District High Patrol supervisor. He is now in Tallahassee Fl as Bureau Commander of of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence. He spoke to the group about what was going on state-wide. The Bureau Commander […]
      One of the speakers this month at Ocala Business Leaders was Stacy Edmondson Cruz ARNP. Stacy and her husband have Magnolia Walk In Clinic. Picture from left Stacy Edmondson Cruz ARNP, John Hoogerhyde office manager and not pictured Miguel Cruz, MD. The audience was sharing their experiences at the clinic. One patient said that when […]
    • 35th Annual Light Up Ocala is Saturday, Nov. 17
      This year’s event will feature two stages and two entertainment zones throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors. OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2018) – Light Up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Here We Glow Again.” This […]
    • First Friday Art Walk Returns Oct. 5
      OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2018) – The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities: 6 to 9 p.m. – Live music by Chris Ryals on the main event stage located at the downtown square near the gazebo. […]
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    • 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% […]
    • New Hearing-Impaired Driver Program
      MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAM FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED DRIVERS MARION COUNTY, Florida (August 24, 2018) – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has just introduced a new program designed to assist hearing-impaired drivers interact with our deputies. Statistics show that nearly 3 million Floridians have some form of hearing loss. Realizing the potential for […]
    • Renewal of the 1 Mil School Referendum
      Over the next several weeks, you are going to be frequently seeing and hearing Vote Yes! from the CEP. Our Board has formally endorsed the renewal of the 1 Mil School Referendum. This renewal is incredibly significant to the continued growth of our community. It is important to me that our community understands why you […]