There were 36 in attendance at this week’s meeting. We listened while Michelle Stone, Marion County Commissioner for District 5  told us about a few things that are happening in Marion County. She touched on two of the topics the Commission is focused on; Public Safety and Economic Development.

The 1 cent sales tax is helping fund Public Safety. With 60% of the money raised to help with improvement of roads and infrastructure, 20% to the Sherriff’s Department and 20% to Fire Rescue.

To help with Economic Development, the County has welcomed new commerce such as Chewy and Auto Zone. They are also reviewing options to develop tracts of land in Belleview. Michelle recognizes how important it is to preserve land while offering opportunities for development.

In her fight to protect our water Michelle is learning a lot about how to appropriately develop space at Silver Springs in a protective manner. She reminded us all that we will soon be a part of the 220 miles of biking trails across Florida.

Medical Marijuana is also a hot topic as we learn what regulations and ordinances will be in place.

Government is a collaborative effort and Michelle will continue to work with various offices to help develop this community. She has promised to be accessible and to be your voice when needed. She can be contacted at

Visit for more information on the development of Marion County.

Fairbanks Construction is hiring! Please send outgoing, friendly sales people to Maureen Quinlan.


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