ocala: California Chrome Fails to Take Ocala's Crown! - 06/07/14 11:02 PM
California Chrome Fails to Take Ocala's Crown As Horse Capital of the World!
 
No crown for Chrome "Elmont, N.Y. — Marion County held onto its 36-year title as home to the reigning Triple Crown winner when Belmont Stakes favorite California Chrome’s hopes of sweeping all three classic races crumbled Saturday. Tonalist, at 9-1 odds, won the race.""
 
By Fred Hiers
Staff writer
 
Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.  
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ocala: Marion County Horses Take 2nd & 3rd Behind California Chrome! - 05/17/14 10:31 PM
Marion County Horses Take 2nd & 3rd Behind California Chrome! 
 "Behind California Chrome in the 139th Run for the Black-Eyed Susans were Marion County horses Ride On Curlin, broken at Eisaman Equine in Marion County, finishing second, and Social Inclusion, broken by Eduardo Azpurua Jr. of Marion County, and owner of Azpurua Stables, finishing third."
 By Fred Hiers
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 6:27 p.m. Still, Marion County is on the map as The Horse Capital of the World
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ocala: Looking For a Great Home in Marion County Florida? - 05/16/14 03:19 AM
Looking For a Great Home in Marion County Florida?
Thinking of retiring to the central Florida area?  Maybe you have heard about The Villages.  
But have you heard about all the other great retirement communities with better prices and similar amenities?
 
AVONDALE        COBBLESTONE      COLLEGE PARK       CRYSTAL LAKES       DALTON WOODS        HUNTERS RIDGE      LAKE DIAMOND        OCALA PALMS         OAK RUN                                  ON TOP OF THE WORLD                   … (2 comments)

ocala: Ocala area seen as a top 'hot spot' - 05/13/14 12:25 AM
Ocala area seen as a top 'hot spot'  
"A national analyst says Marion County is among 15 "hot spots" in the United States in terms of projected nonresidential construction.
The Ocala metro area is listed in the top 15 in the "Expansion Index" of Reed Construction Data of Norcross, Georgia. Ocala is one of 11 metropolitan statistical areas to have a index of rating of greater than 10."
                By Richard Anguiano
Business editor  
Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
This is really welcome news as Ocala & Marion County … (0 comments)

ocala: Study: Ocala Ranked No. 5 as Homeownership Area - 04/28/14 04:20 AM
Study: Ocala Ranked No. 5 as Homeownership Area
"A recent study ranking the best homeownership areas in the United States puts Ocala at No. 5 in its population category. The analysis by NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based consumer finance website, ranks metropolitan areas based on three basic questions: Are homes available? Can I afford to live there? Is the area growing?"..."Also in Ocala’s favor, she said, was its figure for homeowner costs as percentage of monthly household income at 36.4 percent, calling it the “sweet spot for affordability.”             
  By Richard Anguiano Business editor Published: Monday, … (2 comments)

ocala: Ocala & Marion County Real Estate Market Update - 04/09/14 03:30 AM
Ocala & Marion County Real Estate Market Update
 
The Ocala & Marion County real estate market although improving, has not recovered as well as most of the rest of the country.  2013 saw some improvement in the first half but then stalled in the second half.  We ended the year with almost the same inventory as we started.
 
However, there were some interesting changes.  This chart shows the sales vs. inventory by price point.  
Of significance is that the price point has been moving up and now three tiers are either sellers markets or balanced.
 

This … (0 comments)

ocala: Ocala Horses Star in Hunger Games movie - 11/27/13 08:51 PM
Ocala Horses Star in Hunger Games movie  
Another feather in Ocala and Marion County's Horse Capital Cap!
"When Lionsgate Films contacted Tom Warriner almost two years ago about the herd of black Friesians he oversees at the Grand Oaks Resort and Museum in southern Marion County, he never thought two of them, Dieuwe and Tristan, would play prominent roles in the recent released film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
 
The pair were among 17 Friesians used in the movie, but Dieuwe and Tristan were the two chosen to pull the chariot carrying the two main characters, Katniss Everdeen, played … (3 comments)

ocala: Disney World in Ocala? - 11/26/13 02:24 AM
Disney World in Ocala?
"Consider Disney World in Ocala, the Ocala Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Ocala Magic playing in the Ocala Amway Center this weekend.
How about Universal Studios theme park off State Road 200, and SeaWorld Ocala not much further out, with an international airport hauling in tourists by the thousands each year?
It could have been.
On Nov. 20, 1963, Walt Disney flew in his private plane to Tampa and drove to Ocala the next day to consider Marion County as the site of his next theme park: Disney World."
By Fred Hiers
Staff writer Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at … (6 comments)

ocala: Ocala & Marion County Unemployment rate drops in October - 11/22/13 08:23 PM
Ocala & Marion County Unemployment rate drops in October Ocala & Marion County economic and real estate market continue to show improvement.
"Marion County's unemployment rate for October fell to 7.3 percent, down from 9.1 percent a year ago and the lowest since May 2008. The rate was 7.6 percent in September.
 
The county's labor force during October was 134,243, about the same as last year."
                By Fred Hiers
Staff writer  
Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. Not Seasonally Adjusted Record High:
14.3%
(January, 2010)Record Low:
3.0%
(December, 2005)  
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ocala: Ocala & Marion County Homes Sales and Price Gain! - 11/20/13 11:31 PM
Ocala & Marion County Homes Sales and Price Gain!
 
Home sales up almost 25%, median price at $102,250 "Existing home sales in Marion County for October were up almost 25 percent from the same month last year, according to data released by the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors on Wednesday."
"The Realtors' report also showed:
• a 33.1 percent increase in new pending sales — 575 last month compared to 432 in October 2012;
• a 26.1 percent decrease in median days on the market, 105 compared to 142;
• a 26 percent increase in sales paid in cash, from … (0 comments)

ocala: How Long Before Ocala Gets Commercial Air Service? - 11/15/13 08:15 PM
How Long Before Ocala Gets Commercial Air Service?
Although it is not in the current plan, Ocala airport is improving.
Ocala eyeing major improvements to the airport
"The city of Ocala has completed about 90 percent of its master plan for Ocala International Airport and part of the plan investigates the best way to phase in development of the airport's west side.
Airport Director Matthew Grow said the city is not changing the scope of the airport. It will remain a general aviation airport, which means it will not offer commercial air service. But the city has invested $5 million in … (4 comments)

ocala: Country Living in the City of Ocala - 11/12/13 03:28 AM
Country Living in the City of Ocala
YES, in the upscale deed restricted community of Bellechase that offers country living in the City of Ocala and is still located close to everything.
Bellechase is a quietly elegant and exclusive residential deed restricted family development. A dream location for individuals who love and choose to be surrounded by natural beauty but are still close to city conveniences. A manned gatehouse screens visitors and welcomes you home to a private world within a world.
 

 

Bellechase is composed of wooded sites on 600 beautiful rolling acres. Ornate, natural gas … (0 comments)

ocala: HIGHLAND HOMES HEADS NORTH TO OCALA - 11/06/13 05:56 AM
HIGHLAND HOMES HEADS NORTH TO OCALA Home buyers will soon have more opportunities than ever to purchase a new home from Highland Homes! We are pleased to announce our expansion northward to Ocala. Coming soon, Meadow Glenn will offer stylish and affordable Florida new homes in Ocala with pricing from the mid-$100,000’s.
“2013 has been an uplifting year for Highland Homes and we are excited to announce our expansion into the Ocala housing market,” said Bob Adams, President and Owner of Highland Homes. “We have been researching the Ocala market for the past 18 months and concluded there was a real … (2 comments)

ocala: Marion County Well Represented at Breeders' Cup - 11/01/13 06:55 AM
Marion County well represented at Breeders' Cup "ARCADIA, Calif. — About 160 horses will race in Friday and Saturday's 30th Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park. But before coming to Arcadia, Calif., more than a third once called Marion County home.
 
Five Breeders' Cup races will run Friday, with $5.5 million in guaranteed purses and nine races will run Saturday with $19.5 million in purse money. The two days will be the richest in horse racing.
 
The county's connections run the gamut, from morning-line favorites Game On Dude in Saturday's climactic Classic and Friday's Royal Delta favorite in the … (2 comments)

ocala: Updates on the "New" Ocala Yankees - 10/29/13 07:16 PM
Updates on the "New" Ocala Yankees
 
The city of Ocala recently revealed the proposed location for the Yankee stadium.  Behind Market Street of Heath Brook, raises some interesting questions.
"Market Street at Heath Brook, a shopping mall that has recently gone through a foreclosure, bankruptcy and auction, is in the area being proposed for the stadium. Mondell said the city believes Market Street will do well in the future and it and other area businesses could benefit from having the stadium."
 
This has raised some local concern already about SR200 in the area, already one of the most … (1 comments)

ocala: The "New Ocala" Florida Yankees? - 10/25/13 09:50 PM
The "New Ocala" Florida Yankees?
 
Yankees talk on Tuesday, negotiated deal in hand  
"After announcing nearly a year ago it was in discussions with the New York Yankees about the possibility of relocating the Yankees' Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team to Ocala from Tampa, city staff will present an agreement it has negotiated with the Yankees to the City Council at Tuesday's workshop meeting for consideration."
 
 
By Susan Latham Carr
Staff writer  
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. Horse Capital of the World with baseball?  We'll have to see!!
 
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ocala: The BIG Fall Weekend in Ocala & Marion County - 10/25/13 02:26 AM
The BIG Fall Weekend in Ocala & Marion County
 
Fall has lots to do in What & Where is Ocala?, but this may be the biggest weekend of all.
Here are a few of the great happenings in and around town:
THURSDAY
Blessed Trinity Carnival: Midway, rides, games and food, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and School, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala. (622-5808, ext. 356, or www.btcarnival.com)
FRIDAY
Mini-Monster Boo Bash and Halloween Flick: Family Halloween party, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, … (5 comments)

ocala: First Major Cold Front to Cause Ice in Ocala - 10/21/13 11:22 PM
New Ice Rink Will Debut During Light Up Ocala  
Ok gotcha!  But an ice rink is coming to Ocala.
 
"Locals and visitors aspiring to be the next Tara Lipinski, Michelle Kwan, Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretsky will be happy to learn that the city of Ocala's new synthetic ice rink will be ready for skaters during Light Up Ocala, the downtown event that will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 23.
 
“It'll arrive the week before Light Up,” said Kathy Crile, the city of Ocala's recreation and parks director. “The rink will only take a day to … (4 comments)

ocala: Marion Oaks a Major Community within Ocala & Marion County - 10/19/13 10:50 PM
Marion Oaks a Major Community within Ocala & Marion County  Much has evolved in Marion Oaks since its start  
"A celebration of the 40th anniversary of Marion Oaks’ founding was hosted Saturday night by the Marion Oaks Civic Association at the development’s Community Center.
The expansive 15,000-acre development with nearly 28,000 subdivided home sites located about 18 miles southwest of Ocala is now home to more than 14,000 residents. It was launched by Mackel Brothers builders in 1973 with an “instant neighborhood” core of homes and has endured the recent real estate downturn and yet still strives for cityhood.
Deltona … (2 comments)

ocala: Ocala Ignores Government Shutdown - 10/18/13 10:18 PM
Ocala Ignores Government Shutdown
What did much of America do when the government shutdown last month?  It shut down as well.   But not Ocala! How did Ocala react to: No unemployment report for September? It announced new job growth! Manufacturer moving its home base to Ocala  "A manufacturer of machined plastics and assembler of medical components is planning to create new jobs as it moves its corporate headquarters to Ocala from Waukesha, Wis., the company said Friday.
Keith Hoffmann, ProFab president and CEO, said the firm hopes to create some 60 jobs within 12 to 18 months, with 25 to … (0 comments)

 
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