Corporal Chris Larson looks on as construction begins.
The new Ocala Florida Highway Patrol station is under construction. The project began on September 17, 2003 with an anticipated completion date of sometime in March 2004. The $1.4 million dollar project will replace the old station built in 1964 when only 14 troopers were assigned to the district. Ocala, one of the fastest growing areas in the state, now has 32 troopers assigned and desperately needs the room for growth. The latest projections are that by 2025, Marion County's population will increase by 82%.