Free parking throughout downtown Ocala for the holiday season

In this file photo, a parking meter is shown on the Ocala Downtown Square in Ocala, Fla. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]
At the Ocala City Council meeting on Nov. 16, City Manager Sandra Wilson informed the council that downtown meters would be bagged from Dec. 6 to Jan. 2.

The city is providing free parking in all metered spaces to celebrate the holidays and support local businesses in downtown Ocala, according to a Nov. 17 press release from the city.

The parking meter rates of 50 cents per hour will not be in effect during this time either. However, the time limit of three hours per space, for most spaces, will still be enforced. Normal parking operations downtown will resume Monday, Jan. 3.

“The holidays are a special time of year and we want visitors and guests to enjoy everything our downtown has to offer. Providing free metered parking has become an annual holiday tradition, much like the lights that decorate the historic square,” said Wilson in Wednesday’s press release. “This is our opportunity to provide a gift to our citizens and visitors during the holiday seasons.”

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala at (352) 629-8201.

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