Groundbreaking for development project
Red Rock Developments will have a groundbreaking ceremony at its newest development site, 3171 NW 44th Ave., Ocala, at 9 a.m. June 2.
Pest control news announced in south Marion
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators last week announced the merger and acquisition of Summerfield-based Advantage Green Pest & Lawn Solutions.
“This transaction will facilitate Arrow’s ability to grow and serve more customers in Central Florida with a full line of services including termite and mosquito services,” Arrow said in a news release. “Advantage Green’s passion for customer service and their experienced team members makes Advantage Green a perfect fit. We are now perfectly positioned to take care of the needs of consumers and businesses in Ocala, The Villages and Marion and Sumter counties.”
Arrow is the nation’s sixth largest pest and termite control company.
Safe dining:Marion County restaurant inspections for May 17-22
Residential real estate:Sizzling: Average sale price of existing single-family home in Ocala/Marion up 20.2%
Helping out where needed:A for effort: Marion County company steps up to honor teachers/staff at multiple school
United Way has openings for Strong Families program
United Way of Marion County has opened applications for its next Strong Families class, an initiative to help residents get out of poverty and become more financially stable. Families will learn financial education and life skills “to enhance their income, educational attainment, housing and debt status,” according to a press release.
Strong Families serves around 90 families a year and has increased household income for participants by 65% on average. The program will include 16 weekly skill-building sessions where community partners offer financial literacy lessons on budgeting, managing credit, building resumes and interviewing. Individuals and families will also meet with success coaches biweekly to set goals.
Applications for UWMC’s 11th Strong Families class are open through June 25. More at UWMC.org/strongfamilies.
Record tourist tax collection in Marion County
Marion County’s tourist tax on short-term (less than six months) rentals brought in $402,060.20 in March. “This is the highest revenue to date, for a single month, since voters approved the TDT (Tourist Development Tax) referendum effective January 2005,” county government said in a news release.
“It is great to see tourism in the county not just recover, but thrive,” County Commission Chairman Jeff Gold said in the release. “Especially following the year that we have had, we tip our hat to the community for helping keep this very important industry alive; to the restaurants, hoteliers and attractions for enduring the tough time; and to our tourists, for choosing Marion as your destination.”
Veteran employee at The Villages Insurance Partners gets new assignment
The Villages Insurance Partners announced that Barbara McDonald, who has worked for the agency for 19 years, will transition from the Personal Lines Management Team to become a commercial account manager with the Commercial Risk Management Group.
CareerSource CLM and CEP win national award
The National Association of Workforce Boards has announced that the 2021 Laurie Moran Partnership Award will go to CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership.
The two organizations have worked on many initiatives together, including the annual Marion County Youth Career Expos, CareerSource CLM said in a news release.
Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM, noted in the release that Marion County Public Schools also deserves recognition for its role in workforce-business-career-awareness initiatives.
Have you seen this place?:A peek inside WEC’s Equestrian Hotel: Pillow fluffing, a patisserie and posh style galore
Development pressure:Small private school inspires big public outcry from CR 475/CR 312 part of SW Marion
Big money:How much did that house go for? Ocala/Marion County deed transfers from April 19-23
Paddock Park Medical Center sells for $3.9 million
The Marcus & Millichap commercial real estate brokerage firm announced that it has arranged the sale of the Paddock Park Medical Center, the 42,763-square foot office park at 3200 SW 34th Ave., Ocala.
The seller was described in a news release as a South Florida-based private investor, and the buyer as “a fund manager with ties to South America.” The sales price was $3.9 million.
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