The Works Dog Grooming has received approval from Marion County Commissioners as part of the consent program to continue business in a residential area.
Plaintiff Nora McGuire and company owners Joseph and Joni Cogdell received approval for a special use permit from the Marion County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16.
The Cogdells have operated their dog grooming business at 178 Almond Road in Ocala for over eleven years. The store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until the end of their daily work, which is usually no later than 4.30 p.m.
Up to four dogs can be scheduled for grooming at a time, but the shop also allows for walk-in appointments. Dogs are dropped off at their appointments and stay there for about one to two hours until grooming is complete.
The office was created from a converted house. The external properties located in the subdivisions along Baseline Road are mostly zoned RO (Residential Office), while the internal properties are zoned R-1 (single family dwellings).
The request to continue operations on Almond Road was approved on the following conditions:
- All dog droppings should be enzyme treated and / or picked up daily, and droppings should be removed from the site weekly.
- The company must meet the Marion County Animal Services kennel operating requirements.
- No night boarding for dogs on site.
- No parking in the right-of-way.
- Existing vegetative buffer zones must remain and be maintained.
The Special Use Permit expires November 16, 2026, but it can be renewed through the Director of Growth Services for up to five additional years.
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Government Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).