About the Belleview EDC
The Belleview Economic Development Council helps our community prosper through: property improvement grants, community event sponsorship and facilitating commerce growth. The Belleview, EDC “Partnering in Prosperity”.
The Belleview Economic Development Council has been entrusted with the mission to ease the path to prosperity for both new and expanding businesses in our area. The council will find avenues in which to advertise the qualities of the City of Belleview, weather they are location, labor force, or business environment. The council will help make the area more attractive through façade grants to local businesses and landscape projects throughout the community. The council will host events throughout the City to attract local tourism. It is the overall goal of the Belleview Economic Development Council to help facilitate a vigorous local economy thereby benefitting the entire community. We fully believe if our community businesses are successful our city will be as well.
On behalf of the entire Belleview Economic Development team
Belleview’s history centers around Lake Lillian and the railway. The little lake in the center of Belleview was first called Butler Pond (1843), then Roach Pond, Nine Mile Pond, and finally Lake Lillian (1885). Early farmers grew cotton, vegetables, sugar cane and cattle. Arrival of the railroad in 1884 made it easy to deliver crops to market. The railroad also brought mail, merchants, and a new interest in the little settlement. In 1885 Marion Land & Improvement Company developed the City of Belleview around the renamed Lake Lillian and the railroad station. Belleview grew rapidly. Tourists came by railroad to enjoy the mild winters and the “beautiful view”. Victorian homes were built on tree lined streets. A stage coach route called the “old Wire Road” ran through town connecting it with Ocala and Wildwood. Belleview grew into a commercial center for South Marion County. Lake Lillian, circled by historic houses remains a “beautiful view” (1998 Belleview Historical Survey).
Belleview EDC Members
Dawn Kitzmiller is a life time resident who with her family, owns and operates Belleview Heating & Air, Marion County’s oldest family owned AC company. If asked, being married for 25 years and proudly raising a 14 year old son here in Belleview is a blessing to her. She proudly organizes the annual Light Up Lake Lillian celebration and the annual Easter Egg Hunt here in Belleview at beautiful Lake Lillian. She has served her community in many ways including servicing as President of the Kiwanis Club of Belleview, Board of Directors for the Exchange Club of Belleview, Press volunteer for Relay For Life, and is currently serving as President of the Belleview Historical Society. She has received the Keys to the City award and Citizen of the Year award from the City of Belleview recognizing her diligent commitment to her community. Combined, Dawn has volunteered for 25 years of her 45 year life!
Chef Darin Nine
Chef Nine graduated from the Dedman School of Hospitality at The Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration (BSHA) and earned his MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the California Southern University in Costa Mesa. He began his Food Service Industry career at the age of 13 while growing up in Eustis, FL. Chef Nine has owned and operated restaurants, managed food and beverage operations at private clubs and resorts and continues to work with others in a consulting capacity. He is Director of Culinary Education at the Academy of Culinary Arts@Belleview High School in the Heart of Central Florida outside of Ocala, FL. He works at the regional, state and national level with SkillsUSA and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors with Florida SkillsUSA. He is a nationally award winning educator who believes education coupled with experience is the most powerful tool to engage a student and maximize performance. Chef Nine is a National Restaurant Association Foodservice Management Professional (FMP), an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and Certified Culinary Educator (CCE). He is also a National Restaurant Association Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) and a member of the World Association of Culinary Societies (WACS). Chef Nine lives in the Ocala National Forest with his wife Diana, their two rescue dogs – Scooter and Whitley and a found cat – LBK.
Deborah P. Scrambling
Deborah P. Scrambling is a state of Florida Licensed Mental Health counselor who provides a full range of services from in-office counseling to distance (telephone/internet) counseling services, Parenting skills program development and instruction, and motivational coaching and provides Qualified Supervision services for Florida registered MH counseling interns. She has more than 22 years of experience in the mental health field and in counseling all ages of individuals, families, children, and couples. Deborah is an adjunct professor and Student Advisor/Counseling Program Coordinator with Webster University. She is a popular public speaker, educator, and writer. In addition to her board membership with the Belleview, FL Economic Development Council, she also is an Ambassador with the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce and has a rich history of community and volunteer involvement. She may be contacted at: 352-362-3452 or hopehelpdirection.com.
Clay Waldron is passionate about Belleview and the South Marion Community. He was born in Ocala and has enjoyed living in the area for over 30 years. Waldron helps operate the family business the Voice of South Marion which is a local community newspaper that has been published in Belleview for 46 years. In 2006 Waldron purchased Belleview Meats & Seafood which sells high quality meats retail and wholesale at discounted prices. Waldron has been and is currently involved in many local organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Exchange Club, Elks Club, Shepherds Light House, and The Belleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce. Waldron hobbies include spending time with his two children, fishing, and snowskiing.