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Conservation Summit 2022

November 14 @ 11:00 am EST


Summit 2022

Let's Talk Transportation

Monday, November 14
11am to 1:30pm
Live stream begins at 12 Noon










Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.


Ocala Breeder’s Sales Co.

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From 10:30am to 2pm, buffet lunch will be available to purchase and enjoy in the OBS dining area.


Let’s Talk Transportation

Whether you call it a threat, opportunity, or both, transportation impacts conservation. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently working with Marion County on no fewer than 42 projects.

We’re bringing you transportation leaders from both FDOT and Marion County for an important conversation about how these projects will impact our horse farms and equine industry.

Join us!


Jared W. Perdue, PE
Florida Department of Transportation

Jared W. Perdue was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Ron DeSantis on April 7, 2022. As Secretary, Perdue oversees the lead agency in state government with the statutory responsibility to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced transportation system serving all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities.

Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, the FDOT will continue to prioritize safety and embrace innovation to create and deliver a robust multimodal transportation system to support Florida.

Secretary Perdue received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is married to his beautiful wife Brandis and has five daughters.

Tracy Straub, PE
Assistant County Administrator
Marion County Board of County Commissioners

Tracy Straub is a graduate from the University of Central Florida’s environmental engineering program and is a Florida-licensed professional engineer with 25+ years experience in engineering and management. She began employment with the Marion County Board of County Commissioners in 2001 and was appointed the county engineer in 2015.

In June 2021, Tracy became an assistant county administrator for Public Works and Growth Services. She oversees the Office of the County Engineer, which consists of the Road Maintenance, Stormwater, Transportation Design, and Traffic Management sections. She is also responsible for the Growth Services department and its sections; Planning and Zoning and Code Enforcement. Tracy’s duties also include the departments of Building Safety, Community Services, MSTU/Assessment, and Tourist Development.

As an Ocala native and fifth-generation Marion County Floridian, Tracy takes great pride in her community and helping to shape its public infrastructure while preserving the beauty and environment of her home.


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Diamondback Hospitality Group

William Kearns

Leonard & Lois Green Charitable Foundation

Live Oak Stud Ocala Marion County Florida
Live Oak Stud Ocala Marion County Florida
Misty Lane Cattle Co.
Misty Lane Cattle Co.

Cathy D. Perry Estate

Stonehall Farm

Saint Bernard Foundation

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Highlights from the 2021 Summit

The Second Annual Conversations About Conservation Summit was held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Ocala Breeder’s Sales Co. The purpose of the Summit was to inspire a community wide Conversation about how to preserve the horse farms and agricultural lands that are fundamental to Marion County’s global brand as the Horse Capital of the World®.

Resources on Transportation Projects in Marion County

HFF Talks Turnpike with FDOT

HFF Talks Turnpike with FDOT

In October 2021, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), began an Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) study to evaluate the extension of Florida’s Turnpike from its northerly terminus in Wildwood to a logical and appropriate terminus as determined by FDOT.  The Northern Turnpike Extension (NTE) study area includes Citrus, Levy, Marion, and Sumter counties.

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The Master Plan For I-75

The Master Plan For I-75

Improving I-75 is one of the most significant transportation issues facing the county.

There is no doubt that I-75 is near capacity. To accommodate the projected population growth and increased truck traffic, the road’s capacity will have to be expanded.

Horse Farms Forever recently met with the team from the Florida Department of Transportation to learn more about the Master Plan to improve nearly 50 miles of I-75 in the Marion County area. I-75 also runs through the Farmland Preservation Area, so we are watching this project closely.

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UPDATE: SW/NW 80th/70th Avenue Road-Widening

UPDATE: SW/NW 80th/70th Avenue Road-Widening

At the Marion County Commission meeting on Tuesday, the Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) was approved for the 10.5-mile segment of SW/NW 80th/70th Avenue. This road will be widened to four lanes, starting at SW 90th Avenue to 0.5 miles north of US Hwy 27. Funding for design of phased portions of the corridor is available in the current budget.

Paul Wildman, P.E., from Guerra Development Group, presented the PER, a 900-page document with detailed maps and conceptual designs of the proposed road. The PER report is the first phase. The next three phases are: design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction.

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