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Awesome Outings in Autumn


With autumn in full swing, there are so many things to do in Ocala. Check out the fun events we picked out for this fall.


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The End of Summer Last Hurrah List


Oh summer. What a wonderful season full of adventure, relaxation, and new experiences. With the end of summer nearing, we wanted to compile our top three choices for things to do in Ocala, a sort of “last hurrah,” if you will. Summer, we will miss you dearly.




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Enjoy Cooler Weather at Marion County's Fall Festival


Fall is here and the kids are back in school.  Maybe eventually we will have some cooler weather, but being Florida it could be 95 for Thanksgiving.   However, fall does mean that the Ocala/Marion County area has lots of fun fall activities.

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New 12 Screen Movie Theatre in the Works for Ocala


Epic Theatre's plan to build big 12 screen movie theatre near the Heathbrooke is a bit closer. 

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Ice Cream, You Scream


Help lick the heat this summer with a cool treat at a local Ocala ice cream stop. There are several to chose from and you won't have to travel far to find a good spot. 

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'Kroger' Grocery Chain Moving into Florida


Publix has dominated the grocery market for years in the state of Florida but nationwide giant Kroger may have something to say about that. Having recently purchased a shopping center in Florida, we may see the competition start to grow as Kroger looks for a hold on the market.

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State approves $5.5M towards new commerce park


Funding has been approved for the development of the new 'Cross Florida Commerce Park' that is in the works. Marion County has pledged to match the $5.5 million from the state with another $6 million. Projections see the park having a massive impact on the surrounding area, providing a major source of much needed job availability. 

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Texas Roadhouse coming to Ocala


Yet another ‘Roadhouse’ style restaurant is coming to Ocala. The market for restaurants that allow you to throw your peanut shells on the ground just got a little more competitive.

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Upcoming business in Marion


A new breed of large convenience stores known as “hyper convenience stores” are exploding across Marion County. The competition between chains has fostered more and more growth in the area. A new car wash is also in the works.

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Local job fair is huge success


The market has seen significant improvement in the past few years. A recent job fair received drastically improved results from one back in 2014.



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Is the housing inventory decline coming to an end?


The big story in real estate over the past couple years is just how little there is on the market.  Buyers, particularly in the lower price points, are finding few homes from which to choose, and frequently end up in bidding wars, driving up prices.

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Low inventory continues to drive up values in Marion County


Recently, news came out that today's market is is one of the most competitive in history. Marion County buyers, particularly in the under-$200k price bracket, are seeing this as well.

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Meet Ocala’s “Big Shot” math whiz


Ocala’s got itself another celebrity in seven-year-old Miguel Secillano. He’s a third-grader at Dr. N.H. Jones and has a passion for high-level math. Watch his feature on Steve Harvey’s TV show this Sunday night.

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Ground breaking set for downtown Ocala hotel


The construction of a new hotel in downtown Ocala has been set. There are high hopes that the new hotel will draw more attention and promote new activity in the area.

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Good year for economic development


With the help of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), Ocala has seen many recent changes and a flurry of growth. Several companies have pledged their support and local wages have seen an increae

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What’s happening around Marion?


February is going to be a busy month. Marion County is seeing lots of development, from new restaurants to new hotels. 

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Bojangles’ first Ocala store opens


Famous southern-style fast-food chain Bojangles’ opens its first store in Ocala. Opening day was a success and prizes and gift cards were given out.

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Busy start to the development year


The new year has already seen several major instances of development. Multiple convenience stores, subdivisions, and other plans are in the works or already in progress!

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Beloved Carmichael’s restaurant returns to Ocala


Past Ocala-favorite restaurant ‘Carmichael’s’ will be returning to its original location. It will be taking the place of Burger 21. Many Ocala residents voice their excitement after hearing the news.


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Fore Ranch: a hot market in a primo location


Fore Ranch is a very popular planned community in SW Ocala and the market there has been very hot over the past few years.

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