Ocala News

Date: 03/05/2021 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Downtown Ocala
100 SE 1st Ave.
Ocala, Florida 34470

The First Friday Art Walk will feature Retro Sounds, a music and art event, in downtown Ocala Friday, March 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s Retro Sounds event will celebrate the disco era of the 1970’s with a performance by Bee Gees tribute artists, Bee Gees NOW.

A band fueled by a moment in time during the disco era, the Bee Gees have become a timeless classic brand of American pop music. The Bee Gees were formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The movie “Saturday Night Fever” with John Travolta brought the band to the musical forefront in the 1970s with hits like “You Should Be Dancing,” “Stayin Alive” and “Night Fever.” Playing those hits and more, tribute band Bee Gees Now, brings that ’70s dance fever to downtown Ocala. Continue reading

The Ocala Police Department strives to make our community one of the safest places in Florida to live, work, and play. Every member of the agency is dedicated to this mission, which is accomplished by effectively responding to crime, addressing our community’s safety concerns, and by maintaining an effective presence throughout the City of Ocala. The Ocala Police Department is an exceptional law enforcement agency with over three hundred employees who are dedicated to selfless service and who hold an immense commitment to their community. As your new Police Chief, it is an honor to represent these fine men and women who give so much for so little.

As most people know, 2020 proved to be a challenging and tumultuous time for law enforcement. While trying to deal with a deadly pandemic, police around the country were also faced with protests, violence, and general anti-police sentiment which seemingly swept across the nation. We, however, are lucky enough to serve a great community, one that supports their law enforcement officers while still demanding the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards.  Continue reading

Clark Yandle of “Yandle Building Material” was named Ocala Business Leader of the year. Here you see President of OBL Tony Clayton of Ocala Electric presenting Clark Yandle his award. Clark has been a member for many years and is also highly visible in the community helping others and working hard for the improvement of the North Magnolia, what he calls the “MIRCLE MILE”. Clark Yandle is very deserving of the Business Leader of the Year award, congratulation Clark.

Ocala Business Leaders recently had a guest speaker. The newly name police Chief Balken came to introduce himself at one of the OBL breakfast meeting. Chief spoke briefly about our loss of tPolice Chief Greg Graham who recently died in a plane crash. Chief Balken said he will be missed. The new Chief spoke on a number of local issues, gave us important statistics and had a good question and answer session. Chief Balken was well received.

Brooklyn Back Yard Restaurant. Interesting lunch Ocala Florida Silver Springs Blvd. We had a business lunch in the middle of the month. My business guest order a Calzone, said it was delicious. I had create a burger, no bun. Lettuce, Tomato, onion, pickles with mixed veggies and some really hot coffee! Enjoyed it and will go back soon. The restaurant is located close to Staples.

Stacy Cruz ARNP was speaker at Ocala Business Leaders one of last months Business Breakfast. During her talk she announced that she would become the soul owner of Magnolia Urgent Care LLC in 2021. She also discussed COVID-19 and the operation of her Urgent Care. It will soon become a COVID test sites (out doors) . Many of the people at then breakfast got up and gave testimony of the great care they received.

Rob Moffitt explains how Anytime Fitness is a totally different experience! Anytime Fitness has three locations in Marion County. Rob is located at ANYTIME FITNESS 3290 SE 58th Ave Ocala Florida 352-624-7393

Coffee n’ Cream

201 NE Cholokka Blvd.

Micanopy, FL 32667


A nice Sandwich and Ice Cream Parlor. A perfect place after Antique shopping in Micanopy.

After walking through the little shops, my wife and I stopped for lunch. We ordered drinks and their specialty, Chicken Salad Sandwich served with a bag of chips. We sat outside on the porch, where they had an acoustic guitar musician as live entertainment.

It’s a good place to rest after hours of standing and shopping.  If you use the facilities, there’s a voluntary septic fee request. There’s only two food establishments in town.  Continue reading

Ocala Business Leaders met Rodney Gutierrez, CMP Sales Manager for the World Equestrian Center. Rodney was Invited by April Savarese of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County to speak to the OBL group about what the facility has to offer the Community.

We are #1! It is a chant and cheer that can meet a variety of different things but it almost always a positive. In this case, the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) is celebrating being named the national Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for 2020. In other words, the CEP is the #1 chamber in all the land. This is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers.

At the CEP, this is more than just a pretty trophy and banner to hang on the wall. It is recognition of the unique partnerships which exist in this community between businesses, local governments, education providers, and the CEP. The idea behind chamber of the year award is to recognize those chambers which have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities. The partnerships that exist and drive growth in this community is at the heart of what is recognized with this award. In other words, it is not just a CEP award but it is an award for the entire Ocala Metro.

One might wonder why this matters to the community at large? If one does not own a business, why does the CEP, the voice of the business community, receiving recognition really matter? It means the entity designated to lead growth and development for our area is operating at the highest level and leading efforts to meaningfully impact our community. The combination of metrics reviews, white papers, and in-depth interviews means that data is being tested and reviewed and it is consistently coming out among the very best. In fact, this year it is the very best! Continue reading

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