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Tuscawilla Centennial Celebration is Saturday, Oct. 15 
Article Posted: 9/21/2016 2:34:28 PM
The City of Ocala invites the public to celebrate Tuscawilla Park’s 100th birthday Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Park Centennial Celebration.

City of Ocala Becomes a Partner with the Big Hammock Race Series 
Article Posted: 9/20/2016 12:55:48 PM

The City of Ocala is proud to partner with the Big Hammock Race Series to help build awareness of the health fitness challenge for Marion County residents. In its second year, the Big Hammock Race Series features eight local races and runners who participate are eligible to receive a special race series shirt, racing gear bag, series race drinking glass, two medals and awards at the end of the series.

Entry fee for the series is $25 through December 31. For more information or to sign up, visit www.BigHammockRaceSeries.com.


Ocala Utility Services to Increase Fees Effective October 1, 2016 
Article Posted: 9/19/2016 11:18:26 AM
Ocala Utility Services will be implementing new and increased fees to billing processes effective October 1, 2016. These fee resolutions were unanimously approved by City Council at the Tuesday, Sept. 6 meeting.

First Friday Art Walk Returns Friday, Oct. 7 
Article Posted: 9/19/2016 10:28:44 AM
The First Friday Art Walk occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month from September through May annually. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, event festivities include over 30 artist displays, acoustic entertainment, free family art activities and extended shopping hours.

One Ocala One America Week Schedule of Events - Oct. 5-8, 2016 
Article Posted: 9/14/2016 2:47:02 PM
A variety show, a children’s event, an outdoor movie and a festival at Citizens’ Circle will highlight the annual One Ocala One America Week happening October 5 to 8. The observance is designed to promote racial harmony and cultural awareness. It is coordinated by the City of Ocala’s Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force, which is chaired by City Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich.

City of Ocala Tire Amnesty Day is Saturday, Oct. 15 
Article Posted: 9/13/2016 3:58:54 PM
The City of Ocala is providing residents with free tire disposal Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Disposal locations will be at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue and the Hampton Aquatic Fun Center located at 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Update on Sinkhole Repairs - 2800 Block of SE 31st Street 
Article Posted: 9/13/2016 8:42:51 AM
The City of Ocala Public Works Department continues to repair areas of the 2800 block of SE 31st Street following a sinkhole opening Saturday, Aug. 13. Please click this link for a full list of construction updates and repairs happening now.

Installation of New Light Fixtures Along Fort King Street to Begin Monday, Sept. 12 
Article Posted: 9/8/2016 1:55:55 PM
Installation of new light fixtures and a conduit system along Fort King Street will begin Monday, Sept. 12. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November 2016. Please click for more information and a full list of road closures.

City of Ocala to Host Zumbathon Event to Benefit the United Way of Marion County 
Article Posted: 9/7/2016 1:26:14 PM
The City of Ocala will host Ocala Zumbathon Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Citizens’ Circle located at 151 SE Osceola Ave. All proceeds from this event will benefit the United Way of Marion County. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ocalazumbathon.eventbrite.com or in person at the Ocala Permitting Office located at 201 SE 3rd St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the event the day of – there will be no price increase.

The NEW Ocala Downtown Market Location is Open! 
Article Posted: 8/22/2016 11:42:54 AM

After months of planning, collaboration and hard work, the Ocala Downtown Market will soon make its debut. This Market, the vision of the City of Ocala and the Ocala/Marion Count Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), is designed to serve as a social gathering space where memories are made and small retail businesses can flourish.

The new Ocala Downtown Market is located at the corner of SE 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those wishing to apply to the new Ocala Downtown Market as a vendor should visit www.managemymarket.com, create a vendor profile and submit a market application.


Call to Plumbers: Septic Tank and Well Abandonment Program 
Article Posted: 6/28/2016 9:14:55 AM

The City of Ocala invites all Certified Plumbers to take part in the Septic Tank and Well Abandonment Program. More than 850 local properties have been identified to have their septic tanks eliminated and be connected to the City’s sewer. To date, 160 projects have been completed, but more plumbing professionals are needed to complete the work by the grant deadline of June 15, 2017.

All plumbers interested in this program must register online at www.bidocala.com. Additional documentation, such as insurance verification, W-9 and an electronic transfer sheet will be required.


City of Ocala Announces Change to Residential Sanitation Collection Schedule 
Article Posted: 5/5/2016 3:32:48 PM
Effective Monday, July 11, the City of Ocala residential sanitation collection schedule will change to Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The current schedule provides collection on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Downtown Road Closures Effective March 14 through June 30, 2016 
Article Posted: 3/11/2016 4:09:05 PM
SE Broadway Street, from SE Watula Avenue to SE Osceola Avenue, will be closed Monday, March 14 through Thursday, June 30. This is to accommodate the downtown parking garage project.

2016 City of Ocala Strategic Planning Report 
Article Posted: 3/4/2016 9:46:17 AM
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, the Ocala City Council conducted its annual strategic planning session. The summary report of that session is available for review. It contains an overview of the 2015 strategic planning session, analysis and assessment of current year and strategic priorities for fiscal year 2017.

Marion County Sales Tax Initiative 
Article Posted: 2/17/2016 10:55:52 AM
On March 15, 2016, Marion County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a one percent sales tax. If passed, the City of Ocala will receive a portion of the tax over the course of four years. The City of Ocala's anticipated uses for these funds include public safety and transportation infrastructure.

CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment Page 
Article Posted: 2/4/2016 2:36:34 PM
CodeRED delivers real-time emergency, community, missing person and severe weather alerts to users within the exact area of impact. Alerts are initiated by your local emergency response team and public safety officials who use the CodeRED community notification system to effectively alert and inform residents to save lives.

Ocala Achieves Florida's First CRS Class 3 Rating 
Article Posted: 12/23/2015 2:39:38 PM

Ocala Achieves Florida's First CRS Class 3 Rating On Dec. 1, the City of Ocala was recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Ocala City Council meeting for its active participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s


Free Wi-Fi in City Parks 
Article Posted: 4/24/2015 2:44:21 PM
The city of Ocala's Telecommunications Department is in the process of implementing complimentary Wi-Fi in the majority of city parks.

2015-2016 City of Ocala Strategic Plan 
Article Posted: 4/8/2015 4:00:40 PM
The final version of Ocala's 2015-2016 Strategic Plan is now available.

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