"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 Corporation sales literature called Marion Oaks “where your Florida dream home starts.”
“New York Yankees baseball player ‘Moose’ Skowron was an early pitchman for the development,”
Jonathan Christie, a sixth-grade student at Horizon Academy of Marion Oaks, was singled out for his “leadership qualities” in helping classmates with their lessons, excellence in academics and attending the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in July.
Jonathan will receive a plaque and a $300 check from the association.
“It felt good to receive the award. It shows it pays off to work hard and help people,” said Jonathan, 12.
Marion Oaks Civic Association President Richard Dennison was picked as 2013 Marion Oaks Outstanding Citizen."