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Old 03-04-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Litchfield County, CT
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Hi, I live in Ct. and am longing to move to Florida-lived in West Palm before for approx. 5yrs. and stayed in Ocala for a few months. I loved the short stay, although I know nothing about Ocala. I still want to move there. How is the school system, my daughter will be going into 5th grade? Any jobs in hotel management? How is the rental apts. Paddock apts. I want something nice with pools, safe....etc.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Please do some research first before you decide to move to Ocala:

familywatchdog.us (do an offender search, you'll find way over national averages living here)

Ocala jobless rate inches up | Ocala.com (Ocala has an unemployment rate of 14.4%)

Check the schools on schooldigger.com

Ocala has fallen dramatically as a decent place to live (for families) as the horse industry has been cut in half and jobs/factories have left the area. It is now a "service industry" type environment with high poverty, crime, and homelessness. The schools are full of the children from families as just described, therefore they are far from what anyone would call "magnet" schools. Ocala lacks the positives such as culture, nightlife, good eats, or the amenities that usually come alongside and help to balance a city's negatives (as previously mentioned). In other words, it is a dying city with no underlying reasons for growth or job creation. Crime is on the rise, school funds are being cut, businesses are closing doors. State Rd 200 (main rd) looks like "skid row" as many businesses are closed. I have a friend there that has changed jobs 5 times in 2 years and is now searching again as businesses go "out of business" and have a large turnover rate. Go to their newspaper's website: Ocala.com , there you can keep up with their news - good luck finding something positive! I wouldn't recommend FL for a family moving as the newly elected governor has just declared massive cuts to the education system. And it seems that all of the north's criminals and drug users move to FL to keep warm....not a "family" place. Florida has and will be for 20 years controlled by retirees, which takes most focus off of families and children. Good luck in your search!
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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Hi, I live in Ct. and am longing to move to Florida-lived in West Palm before for approx. 5yrs. and stayed in Ocala for a few months. I loved the short stay, although I know nothing about Ocala. I still want to move there. How is the school system, my daughter will be going into 5th grade? Any jobs in hotel management? How is the rental apts. Paddock apts. I want something nice with pools, safe....etc.
For apartments, check out Deerwood Village; very nice, close to historic downtown. We almost moved there but then found a quaint rental in the historic district. Everything in Ocala is so close so wherever you choose should be a decent distance from the places you'll need to go.

For your 5th grader, you should check out my program: it's for middle-school children (5th-8th) and we provide lesson plans, curriculum, classroom, community, etc. for home-educated children. It's a blend of parent schooling at home and a classroom setting once a week.

Please visit [URL="http://www.avalonchristianacademy.com/"]http://www.avalonchristianacademy.com[/URL] to learn more about our homeschool program. You can register, review all of the details of the program and check out our curriculum.

You can also find us on Facebook (//www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= ... 5601116571 (//www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368392372#%21/pages/Avalon-Christian-Academy/189215601116571 - broken link)) and sign up for one of our Informational Meetings on March 21st.

If you don't have Facebook, feel free to send an email to let me know if you're interested in attending one of our Informational Meetings (March 21st at 10am and 6pm).

Here's an overview of what the program is:

Avalon Christian Academy uses classical concepts blended with traditional methods to prepare your middle-school students for academic success. ACA offers weekly classes in Ocala for homeschool students in 5th through 8th grades. ACA provides a challenging and well-rounded educational experience for homeschool students, including a comprehensive curriculum of all academic subjects,* field trips, and standardized testing. Biblical principles and logical thinking skills are woven throughout each lesson. Partnering with homeschool parents, ACA helps provide the ultimate learning experience for their students in a safe and fun environment focused on learning.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Since schooling is important look into getting a job in The Villages. They have a charter school for employees children. The Villages is an over 55 community and the largest in the country. I think it is about 10 miles from Ocala.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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For those of you with less-than-sufficient "googling" skills, please take the time and research a location before moving there. Simply looking at the local newspapers online content or local network TV stations will pretty much paint the picture for the area in question. It's simple, if an area has alot of negative news to report, than it is probably a not-so-desirable location. On the flip side, if an area's news has very few negative articles to be found, than logic says it's probably a decent area. This works more times than not as most online media sites archive their stories and are easily searched. Yes, media is sensational, but the nature of the business is to report local news - both good and bad. Take Central FL for example, the media there has a habit of skewing the weather reports to always be full of sunshine. I have seen many days with rain and cold temps that were forecasted to be dry and warm. Maybe this is to attract and keep tourism. But, as you will see most nights watching Florida news networks, the stories are full of death, violence, and other sadness. Central FL has this beautiful resort area that will blow you away when visiting there. But when you leave it's borders, the true picture of poverty, crime, and desperation reveals itself. The villages has a similar effect - it is beautiful inside - but when you leave it's borders, the true picture reveals itself.

My point is, sometimes you can read between the lines of a little bit of bad news (or data). In most cases, though, just use your gut and common sense and do your research. If the news outlets have very little good to report - than you should move on. There are areas of this country that have very few bad things to talk about and offer. Don't fight the data of an area. And remember: you can paint a turd gold, but it will still smell like a turd.

60 Minutes spotlights homeless Central Florida kids - OrlandoSentinel.com
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Retirementland
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Holy crap, do you even leave your house?

Honestly, while Ocala is rather dull, it's not like we live in Gotham. It's a town with issues. Every time you turn on the news, you're going to see something about violence, because it brings in ratings. That doesn't mean there's a rapist on every corner.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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That's true. The media reports news to help their ratings. However, they are still not allowed to make up the stories they report on. In other words, the guy reporting with the microphone won't be the same guy stabbing or raping you - therefore.........news is still what is happening in an area whether you call it sensational or not!
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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To the OP.......you're looking for a job in the hospitality industry?
Good luck with that, dont move here without a job nailed down.
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Retirementland
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That's true. The media reports news to help their ratings. However, they are still not allowed to make up the stories they report on. In other words, the guy reporting with the microphone won't be the same guy stabbing or raping you - therefore.........news is still what is happening in an area whether you call it sensational or not!
No, they don't make up the news, but they do focus their attentions on what violent sort of things are happening. Do you really think that all that happens in Orlando is child molestation, rape, and unsolved homicides?
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Marion County, FL
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That's true. The media reports news to help their ratings. However, they are still not allowed to make up the stories they report on.
I guess you don't watch Fox News Channel.
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