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Welcome to Ocala!

Whether you are looking for a place to spend a lifetime or an afternoon, we invite you to consider Ocala/Marion County. You'll be glad you did!



Ocala Downtown Market to Open Saturday, Sept. 3 
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.

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.


First Friday Art Walk Returns September 2 
Article Posted: 8/18/2016 4:32:21 PM
The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala for the 2016-2017 season Friday, Sept. 2. The 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.

City of Ocala Holiday Sanitation Schedule Announced - Labor Day 2016 
Article Posted: 8/16/2016 9:44:42 AM
The City of Ocala’s business offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Monday, Sept. 5. Residential sanitation collection for Monday, Sept. 5 will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6; Collection for Tuesday, Sept. 6 will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7; Collection for Wednesday, Sept. 7 will take place Thursday, Sept. 8; Collection for Thursday, Sept. 8 will take place Friday, Sept. 9.

Ocala Utility Services: Ways to Save on Your Utility Bills This Summer 
Article Posted: 7/12/2016 1:56:43 PM
As temperatures continue to rise, Ocala Utility Services offers a few tips to help you save on utility bills this summer. Did you know home cooling systems are working harder than ever to maintain your current temperature settings? Air conditioning accounts for approximately 50 percent of the power cost on your utility bills. To keep costs low and cut down energy usage, try these helpful energy saving tips around your home this summer!

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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