City of Ocala News – December 2018

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the new General Aviation Terminal at the Ocala International Airport was held Monday, October 29 at the site of the current terminal located at 1770 SW 60th Avenue. 

The new, 17,500-square-foot General Aviation Terminal will include office space for Sheltair Aviation, the airport’s fixed-base operator, airport administration, a large restaurant with meeting rooms, three car rental service areas and additional office space for future tenants. The new terminal is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Funding for construction of the new terminal was made possible through grants received from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, airport funds and the City of Ocala’s partnership with Sheltair Aviation. The approximate cost for this project is $6.1 million.   

For more information, visit 

Ocala Fire Rescue: The Gift Of Smoke Alarms

This holiday season, Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) invites you to put safety first and gift your loved ones’ peace of mind with a working smoke alarms. Despite their small size and modest design, working smoke alarms provide early warning signs of a fire, allowing potential victims valuable escape time. With statistics showing that home fire incidents tend to increase during winter months, there’s no better time than the present to give and install smoke alarms. Through OFR’s Smoke Alarms for Escape (SAFE) program, homeowners residing inside the city limits can request a complimentary smoke alarm to be installed free of charge. 

Although having working smoke alarms is key, their placement and maintenance will ensure your family is protected year-round. When it comes to smoke alarms, here are the most important things you should do: 

Install smoke alarms at least 12 inches from the ceiling in every level of the house, outside of common areas and inside each bedroom. 

Test smoke alarms monthly.

Replace batteries every six months, unless your alarms have a non-replaceable, 10-year battery. 

Replace alarms every 10 years. 

To submit a smoke alarm request or for more information about the SAFE program, visit 

Ocala Electric Utility: Winter Money Savers

Happy Holidays from Ocala Electric Utility! OEU would like to share a few simple energy-saving tips to keep your home comfortable and electric costs down this winter season: Change your air-conditioning and heating system filters every 30 days, and vacuum the surrounding area. » Purchase LED holiday lights, and use a timer to turn your displays off and on.  

» Check and replace all damaged weather-stripping on doors and windows around your home. » Change the direction of your ceiling fan(s), and leave it on a low speed setting. » Install a programmable thermostat and never worry about forgetting to turn the heat down again! » For more conservation tips, contact Ocala Electric Utility at (352) 629-2489 or visit 

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