Monday , 19 February 2018

Business & Politics



Downtown Ocala June 10th, 2014 – The iconic Concord Square in Ocala’s downtown business district is getting a fresh face on the back and sides.  Renovations began Monday and will continue for roughly 7 weeks.  The entire back portion of the block including the sides will be refinished with smooth stucco, brick stamping and new paint to give the block ... Read More »

Whats Up Media Studio Renovation


Development Update:  Recently there has been activity at the old Rockversity Building at 112 S. Pine Avenue in Ocala.  The building, now owned by BG Capital Group, used to house a music school, but during the downturn in the economy fell into disrepair and was eventually given back to the bank that financed the original purchase.  Now, there are signs ... Read More »

Wild Waters now hiring


For months there has been a petition gathering signatures in an effort to keep Wild Waters waterpark a part of the Ocala Marion County community. Today marks the first day of a three year deal that Silver Springs Management, LLC has been awarded under a multi-year contract with the Department of Environmental Protection. The contract is to manage operations at ... Read More »

Wild Waters Opening Date


The Department of Environmental protection shows the current state of Wild Waters Water Park to vendors. The park will not be opened as anticipated on Memorial day. A goal of June 6th has been identified as the new targeted opening date for Wild Waters.  Read More »



The Florida Legislature just concluded another session in Tallahassee.  Each year, one of the most important things the legislature does is pass a budget.  This year, they have once again produced a budget that is balanced and what the House Majority leader’s think is a fiscally responsible one.  Among the notable accomplishments in this years budget is it provides the ... Read More »

Ashley Farms to be reinvented to become Trilogy at Ocala Preserve


Plans for an active-lifestyle community at the old Ashley Farms location on U.S. 27 are underway.  Shea Homes, a division of the J.F. Shea Co based in Walnut, Calif., has acquired the land through its subsidiary, IHP and will develop an active-lifestyle community with a focus on golf, walking & biking trails, and other lifestyle amenities.  Trilogy at Ocala Preserve ... Read More »

ELO Board of Directors votes to support Silver Springs Film Festival

ELO Board January 2014

Ocala, FL – Feb 14th 2014 Emerging Leaders of Ocala, a young professionals’ organization geared towards providing its members a platform to be influential and successful, met with Laurie Zink, the Executive Director of the Ocala Film Foundation on Wednesday. The board voted in support of offering its members the opportunity to participate in welcoming young filmmakers to the Ocala ... Read More »

Stand Your Ground movie premier – The Marion Theatre


      Premiering this Friday, January 17th at the historic Marion theater is director Michael McClendon’s latest film, Stand Your Ground. The movie, based on a true story, tells the struggle of Jackie Carpenter (played by actress Francine Locke) and her son Jason Veitch (played by actor Drew Matthews) as they fight for Veitch’s freedom after a controversial shooting. Was ... Read More »

The Waters of Silver Springs

Glass Bottom Boat on the Silver River

The waters of Silver Springs are still flowing, the cormorants are still out sunning themselves on logs, and the famous glass bottom boats are still gliding over the head spring. While on the surface things appear as they always have, October of 2013 has sent ripples of change throughout the park, which will affect it for years to come. Silver ... Read More »

Horse $ense II Program Educating Local Community

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The Marion County Equine Alliance holds its “Horse $ense II” program on October 10th to further its goal of bridging the gap between the equine community and the broader population of the county. “There’s this disconnect that happened in the equine industry and I was finding that people had no connection to it at all,” said Crystal Fernung, an event ... Read More »