Trump visits Ocala on Wednesday

October 12th, 2016 by Staff


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes the stage at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Sept. 28. He speaks in Ocala on Wednesday. (Kristin Streff/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)


Posted Oct 11, 2016 at 7:08 PMUpdated Oct 11, 2016 at 11:27 PM

The rally is at noon in the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Ocala Wednesday, and local authorities are ready.

The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office said they are working with the Secret Service on security but declined to provide any additional details. About 10,000 people are expected.

Though the rally starts at noon, look for activity to begin well before that at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road.

Media trucks must pre-set all equipment, including satellite equipment, by 6:45 a.m. A security sweep is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Doors are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. for the public.

Local residents were still arranging for tickets on Tuesday. They were available at It’s not known whether the tickets will still be available Wednesday; at 6 p.m. Tuesday the website was still accepting applications.

This is the first time Trump has made a campaign stop in Ocala — and, perhaps, the first time a GOP presidential candidate has ever been here. After this event he is scheduled for a 3 p.m. Lakeland appearance.

Trump was campaigning in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton was in South Florida stumping with Al Gore.

“I’m just honored that Mr. Trump is going to be here,” said Glen Fiorello, who chaired the Trump campaign in Marion County during the primary season. “He’s here to straighten out America.”

Paul Skinner, Marion County Republican Party chairman, said this is “a great opportunity” for Marion, “especially this close to the general election.”

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