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Residents packed the City Council chamber in Ocala for a hearing on a code change enabling a landfill to seek expansion. Photo: Joe Byrnes
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Ocala OKs change allowing landfill to seek expansion in black neighborhood

Against the advice of city staff and the urging of northwest Ocala residents, the city has approved a code change that could allow a construction and debris landfill to expand. Ocala council members stressed the need to bring the Friends Recycling landfill into agreement with the city’s code. Then the city can set rules for things like the landfill’s height. “I would love to turn back time and ensure this never existed in the first place, but unfortunately that’s not available to me today,” said Councilman Justin Grabelle. “What’s available to me today is either to reject this ordinance or accept this ordinance. In rejecting it, it still stays open.” But the code change they approved Tuesday night also gives …
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