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According to a report by the Ocala Star Banner, the sector of the economy in Florida’s Marion County that serves snowbirds appears to be alive and well, a decade after the first rumblings of the Great Recession.

Ocala Sun RV Resort is a case in point.

The motorhome campground on Southwest County Road 484 is planning an expansion to begin in April that will add 200 lots and more than double its capacity, hopefully in time for next winter.

Kandi Torres, Ocala Sun’s office manager, said on Feb. 9 that campers occupied all 187 available lots at the park.

“You wouldn’t believe the waiting list,” she said. “People are constantly calling.”

How soon would Ocala Sun be able to fill the new lots?

“By next winter season,” Torres said. “Easy.”

Torres estimated that snowbirds account for about 90 percent of Ocala Sun’s clientele. Canada, Michigan and Indiana are among the more popular recent points of origin.

Meanwhile, building appears to be picking up in retirement communities along the State Road 200 corridor. Grocery chains and restaurants have followed, and even car dealerships have picked up stakes to be closer to the retirees. On Northwest U.S. 27, Shea Homes revived an aborted subdivision as Trilogy at Ocala Preserve, an active-lifestyle community.

Click here to read the full report.