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Kingsland Ocala Waterway Owners Association Receives

2019 Best of Ocala Award

Ocala Award Program Honors the Achievement

OCALA October 15, 2019 -- Kingsland Ocala Waterway Owners Association has been selected for the 2019 Best of Ocala Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Ocala Award Program.

Each year, the Ocala Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ocala area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Ocala Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Ocala Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Ocala Award Program

The Ocala Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ocala area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Ocala Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Ocala Award Program

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​​​​​​​Ways to Secure Attractants From Bears

Bears have a great sense of smell.  Securing garbage and other attractants is an important step in reducing frequent bear visits to residential areas, like your neighborhood. Here are some ways to properly secure your trash and help stop repeated attempts by bears to access garbage.

  • Put household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before.
  • Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.
  • Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place (e.g. sturdy shed, closed garage).
  • Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
  • Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.

  • Screened enclosures ARE NOT SECURE and WILL NOT keep bears out.

  • Inquire whether local waste service providers offer bear-resistant trash cans or dumpsters. 

  • Build a bear-resistant caddy to store your trash can. Caddies are strong, wooden sheds that secure your trash can from wildlife and can hold your garbage until it is ready for pickup. 

From Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission​ your paragraph here.

It is with a heavy heart that I am sad to announce that Walt passed away on Sunday September 1st. He died peacefully. 

We have received multiple phone calls of bear(s) sightings (during late night to early morning hours) from the Cross Florida Greenway to as far out as SW 110th Street and SW 109th Lane.  

​Trash is the No. 1 bear-attractor in Florida. Bears that become food conditioned are more likely to return to residential areas and cause property damage to get to the food source. They also lose their fear of people and can become a threat.

​​​Important Dates: Board of Directors Meetings 

Next meeting will be December 2nd  2019

@ 6:30 pm


7500 SW 61st Ave Ste 600

Ocala, FL 34476

​​​​​​​Important Links and Information:

Florida Wildlife Conservation Marion Co. Office (352) 732-1225​

​​L​​​iving with Florida Black Bears

Many laws protect Florida's wildlife. You can help the Commission (and remain anonymous) by calling888-404-FWCC (3922) to report wildlife law violators. It is illegal to intentionally place food or garbage out that attracts bears and causes conflicts . Anything that attracts dogs, cats or raccoons will attract bears, too! If you see or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears please call the Wildlife Alert Hotline - 888-404-3922.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commision

If you have a nuisance bear in your neighborhood or on your property, please contact your local FWC regional office at (352) 732-1225 or call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
Purchase Bear Proof Trash Cans from Marion County Solid Waste Call (352) 671-8465 *Before purchasing a bear-resistant container, be sure to check with your waste service provider to ensure they will service it.​​

April 1st begins registration for our summer camp programs.  To register go to or you may come into our office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  There is a wide variety of offerings for children 6 years to 16 years.  Don’t delay and miss out.  For more information please contact us at 352-671-8560.   This edition also highlights our Park and Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC); our park spotlight (Benjamin Van Duuren Park); Final Audubon Walk for the season and much more.  Please go to the attached link and enjoy our newsletter .

*****THE NEXT BOARD MEETING is 12/02/19*****

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Hot weather is headed our way. As you spend more time outdoors Ocala Fire Rescue wants to make sure you are fire safe. 

• Keep children, pets, and anything that burns, at least three feet away from outdoor fire sources. 

• If using fire pits, please be sure the fire is out before leaving it unattended.

Remember fire safety starts with you. For additional tips or information, follow Ocala Fire Rescue on Facebook. 

Wishing you a happy and safe summer season,

Your Friends at Ocala Fire Rescue & KOWOA, INC.

​​​​​​​Bear Aware​​continued


With the kids returning to school, more often they will be walking to school. We ask that you pay close attention to the children walking in and around our roads and around the school


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