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Concerned About Growth? The EAR Needs to Hear From You.

Concerned About Growth? The EAR Needs to Hear From You.

The population is estimated to grow to nearly 500,000 residents by 2040. That’s an increase of about 150,000 new people living and working in Marion County.

You can help plan for this growth! Marion County is updating its policies in the Comprehensive Plan through the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). The Comprehensive Plan is like a road map for the community and it will guide where and how Marion County grows over the next 20 years.

Planning for the next 20 years is important and your feedback on how best to manage growth and guide the community’s vision for the future will help keep Marion County an amazing place to live!

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Summer Membership Roundup

Summer Membership Roundup

It’s Summer, and our grass roots are growing deep and strong. We are carried forward by the longstanding commitments of our Board and members – both organizations and individuals. See who has renewed their commitments this quarter, and allow us to introduce you to our newest herd mates.

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Horse Farms Forever® Celebrates Six Years

Horse Farms Forever® Celebrates Six Years

Horse Farms Forever was founded six years ago to unify the community to help stop the proposed toll road, and while the toll road was stopped, the development pressure has only increased. For a traditional 6th anniversary gift, iron is given to symbolize strength. Over the past six years, the commitment to our mission has become even stronger due to the tremendous community support to protect Marion County’s iconic landscapes.

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Greenway Trojan Horse – Updated

Greenway Trojan Horse – Updated

Tillman and Associates should have played Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi while they rode their Trojan Horse into the Planning and Zoning meeting this week. Not only are they applying to pave 15-acres of paradise with a 500-vehicle parking lot, but it turns out that companies apparently affiliated with On Top of the World have recently bought two adjacent parcels: the 122-acre pasture across the street and the 12-acre horse farm next door to this subject parcel.

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Cowboys, Cattle and Conservation

Cowboys, Cattle and Conservation

Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson and Florida cattleman Jim Strickland spoke to a packed house at Horse Farms Forever’s Spring Speaker Series Event held at Golden Ocala on April 24. Photos by Sean Dowie Photography

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Call It What You Want. It’s a Truck Stop.

Call It What You Want. It’s a Truck Stop.

RaceTrac Travel Centers and EDO stores are specifically designed with truck drivers in mind. Travel center amenities include plenty of interior store space, an outdoor patio, extended canopies for high-flow diesel with bulk diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), free Wi-Fi and a seating area.

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We work hard to keep you informed, and to represent our members' interests in preserving our horse farms, farmland and the unique character and culture of Marion County's 193,000 acre Farmland Preservation Area.

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