Ocala / Marion County, FL Featured on Today In America with Terry Bradshaw

Ocala has so much to offer: Gorgeous scenery, continuous growth, and vibrant places to live, work, and play. Everything one could possibly want is right here, from beautiful horse ranches to fine restaurants and shopping.

Click here to check out this video that was featured by Terry Bradshaw on, “Today In America” regarding our beautiful Ocala/ Marion County, FL As you view this video I think you will see why so many of us call Ocala and Marion County home!

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There are many beautiful homes and neighborhoods to choose from. Our city has something for you whether you’re looking for a “starter home” or want to upgrade to the home of your dreams! We are just about an hour north of everything the Orlando area has to offer: Disney World, Sea World, Epcot, Orlando International Airport, and a bustling downtown with exciting cultural attractions. Here in Ocala we’re close enough to enjoy it all without having to deal with the congestion of a large city.

Looking to purchase a home…

I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874 Website: www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Going the extra mile with a smile!

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The Ivy House~ Awesome Food!

The Ivy House Of Ocala  

Last week was my first experience going to THE IVY HOUSE in Ocala. The historic Victorian house (used to be Felix’s) is located on Highway 40 (Silver Springs Blvd). If you have not been there, you need to go. The food was awesome. My wonderful Broker, April Fontana of FONTANA REALTY was so generous to take all of her agents there for an agent meeting/social gathering. The room we had was intimate and charming, and the service was great.

Oh my! The Crispy Baked Chicken was FABULOUS and the homemade macaroni and cheese was THE BEST!  It tasted like what my grandmother used to make. The green beans looked amazing with roasted almonds (however, I did not eat them, since I’m allergic to almonds). I also had a salad with honey mustard dressing. Although I am not a tomato eater, I had to try their Fried Green Tomatoes. I was pleasantly surprised and actually had seconds. I almost forgot to mention that the peanut butter pie was absolutely delicious! I will have to try the Filet Mignon next, as I heard that it was wonderful.

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The Ivy House Of Ocala  

(352) 622-5550

917 E Silver Springs Blvd

Ocala, FL 34470

Sunday- 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Monday- closed

Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 am- 8:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 11:00 am- 8:30 pm

Click here for the lunch menu:

Looking to purchase a home…

I can sell any home in Marion County…

Call me today for more information regarding all your Real Estate needs.

Teresa Fikaris, (Realtor) Buyer’s Agent, Fontana Realty

Cell: 352-208-5874 Website: www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

Going the extra mile with a smile!

“What If” the Cross Florida Barge Canal came through Ocala

On February 15, 2012 I submitted a post, “OCALA HISTORY- Cross Florida Barge Canal”  and Travis Dill happen to see the blog and became involved as a follower. He submitted the following information that I wanted to share with you along with a screenshot:

“Here is a current screenshot of the bridge so far, the original supports are done in old mossy concrete to resemble themselves as of now but the rest was done in a new construction look. This is a early build so far, adding trees and recognizable artifacts will follow once the bridge itself is done. Also tossed in a barge model for effect and a laugh. Best part of the model is … no Sherrifs Department in median anymore! lol
Heading down to Santos on Sunday for some more pictures of the area and some measurements of the supports for more accuracy as well.”

This is a screen shot of the 3D model of what the section would have looked like on 441 in the median by the Sherrifs Department near Santos.  Subbmitted by Travis Dill.

One of the Bridge Supports located in the median behind the Sherrif’s Office on 441

Looking to buy or sell…. I can help!

Teresa Fikaris, Buyer’s Agent (REALTOR) Cell: 352-208-5874

Fontana Realty www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

About Ocala~

While looking online I found this awesome youtube movie featuring the highlights of the “Horse Capital of the World” in Ocala, Florida. I think you will enjoy seeing this.

Click here to view this short movie.

Ocala has so much to offer, with continuous growth, a thriving downtown, beautiful horse farms, shopping, golfing, hiking, bike trails, camping, canoeing, tubing, zip lining, River Cruises, and so much more.

If you are looking for well manicured home sites or rural acreage, Ocala has it all. I can sell any home in Marion County, and it would be my pleasure to assist you.

Teresa Fikaris, Buyer’s Agent

Fontana Realty  

www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com

352-208-5874

Please note: this movie was made in 2008. Since then the Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location…. for more information you can reach the Chamber at: 352-629-8051

OCALA HISTORY- Cross Florida Barge Canal

Not long ago I met with a local Historian, Betty DeBary. She briefly mentioned something to me about the history of the Cross Florida Barge Canal that was supposed to run through Marion County. She also mentioned that some of the supports for the bridge are still there. They are located in the median right behind the Sherriff’s station on 441 (in the wooded area). I always look when I’m going that way to try to see them through the trees. Sometimes it’s very hard to locate them, and at other times I can see them clearly. They are still there, three in all, as a reminder of what could of been if the project wasn’t stopped. I cannot even image what our county would of been like if they had succeeded.

One of the bridge supports, in the US 441 median

 The Cross Florida Barge Canal was a canal project to connect the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean across Florida for barge traffic. Two sections were built but the project was cancelled, mainly for environmental reasons. It is now a protected green belt corridor, one mile (1.6 km) wide in most places. Named after the leader in the opposition against the canal, Marjorie Harris Carr, it is known as the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

Green on map indicates area not completed. Red on map indicates completed project.

About 28% of the 107-mile project was built—the cross-country section from the St. Johns River to the Oklawaha River, part of the route along the Oklawaha, and a small section at the Gulf of Mexico end up to the dammed Lake Rousseau.

Photo on right:

One of the two completed sections of the Barge Canal, looking west from the SR 19 bridge south of Palatka.

The idea of such a canal was first proposed by Philip II of Spain in 1567. It was repeatedly considered over the years but found to be economically unviable. Secretary of War John C. Calhoun once again proposed a canal in 1818 in order to solve the losses due to shipwrecks and piracy. The Florida Railroad, finished on March 1, 1861, served a similar purpose, connecting the Atlantic Ocean at Fernandina to the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key.

In the 1930s, regional politicians lobbied the federal government to fund canal construction as an economic recovery program, and president Franklin D. Roosevelt allocated emergency funds in 1935. Local opponents of the canal protested that the canal would deplete Florida’s aquifers, and work was stopped a year later.

Work was reauthorized in 1942 as a national defense project, with dams and locks to protect the underground water supply. Support for the project from Washington was sporadic, and funds were never allocated to USACE to actually start construction.

Planning was once again given the go-ahead in 1963 with support from president John F. Kennedy, who allocated one million dollars to the project. The next year, Lyndon Johnson set off the explosives that started construction. It was hoped that the canal, along with the St. Johns-Indian River Barge Canal, would provide a quicker and safer route across Florida by 1971.

Opponents subsequently campaigned against the canal on environmental grounds, and the project stopped again in January 1971. It was officially cancelled in 1991. The right-of-way was turned over to the state and became the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, named in honor of the woman who led opposition to the canal. Carr had died the prior year, age 82.

Go here to read the full story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_Florida_Barge_Canal

This is also where Ocala Waterway got it’s name. Wow! How different things would be if this hugh barge canal ran through our beautiful county.  Thank you Marjorie Harris Carr for standing up for what you thought was right in the face of what seemed to be an impossibility.

Looking to buy or sell…. I can help!

Teresa Fikaris, Buyer’s Agent (REALTOR) Cell: 352-208-5874

Fontana Realty
www.OcalaBuyersAgent.com