Marion County meetings
The Marion County Board of Commissioners holds its regularly-scheduled meetings in the McPherson Governmental Complex Auditorium (601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala) on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. The zoning portion of the meeting is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. All commission and zoning meetings are open to the public.
General public items, public hearings, consent agenda items and other items that the board is expected to discuss are posted on this page by the Friday before each board meeting. Items are downloadable for your convenience.
Meeting minutes and video are also posted; to watch meetings live, click on the "LIVE" link beside the meeting you are interested in viewing. Previously aired meetings will show as "Video" in search results. To view video, disable pop-up blocking software. If pop-ups are not temporarily disabled, viewers may need to set their software to accept downloads.
During meetings that are broadcast live, users can access live streaming video on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices on Marion County government's YouTube channel and clicking the "Marion County FL Live Stream - LIVE NOW" video. (Please note, Marion County government does not endorse advertisements that may appear during live streaming on mobile devices as part of the application that is used to air them.)
Placement on the commission agenda
Citizens who wish to be placed on the agenda must submit a request stating the date he or she wishes to appear and the subject matter to be discussed (County Commission Policy 93-13). Supporting materials or background data to assist the Commission may also be requested. The request to speak must be submitted to County Administration by 5 p.m. at least seven days prior the next commission meeting (Tuesday of the week prior to the meeting). Requests can be mailed to or dropped off in person to: Marion County Administration, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471. Citizens may also call 352-438-2300. Through this process, the citizens will be listed in the agenda under “General Public Items” and will have five minutes to make a presentation. Those who do not submit a request in accordance with the above guidelines are still welcome to sign up to speak on the day of the meeting, but will only be allotted two minutes.
|Click here for five-minute speaking request form.|
Anyone who addresses the board will need to state his or her name and address for the record and speak clearly into the microphone. If distributing additional back-up material, please provide the county administrator with 10 copies prior to the beginning of the commission meeting.
Speaking at board meeting and public hearings
Anyone from the public may participate in discussion held at public hearings. Discussion is limited to the item listed on the meeting’s agenda. The board chairman will call for interested parties to be heard as each item for discussion is introduced. Parties interested in speaking should walk to the front of the auditorium and stand at either speaker's lectern to be recognized by the board. The individual will need to give his or her name and address and indicate who he or she represents. All public hearings will be advertised according to law.
Televised commission meetings
Commission meetings are televised through various local cable companies on a taped-delay basis on the following channels:
- Brighthouse, Channel 496.
- Cablevision of Marion County, Channel 13.
- Comcast, Channel 99.
- Cox Communication, Channel 12.
- Oak and Pine Run, Channel 99.
- Ocala Palms, Channel 11.
- On Top of the World, Channel 60.
- Time Warner, Channel 17.
All of these broadcasts are subject change per the decision of the service provider. For questions or more information, call 352-438-2300 or email our office.
Copies of meeting audio, minutes or video
The Marion County Clerk of Court keeps the official minutes and audio recordings of commission meetings, workshops and public hearings. To request a copy of these materials, contact the Clerk's Office at 352-671-5622. The Marion County Office of Public Information also offers video recordings of most board meetings, workshops and public hearings (when applicable). For more information about video recordings, call the Marion County Office of Public Information at 352-438-2300.