The Florida Family would like to welcome you home for a very special
peaceable assembly. Introducing The New 1998 Ocala Peace and Healing
Gathering at Juniper Prairie in the Ocala National Forest, February
11-25, 1998. The Florida Family has returned to its roots to celebrate
a new florida family, united and working together to seek vision and
peace. The themes of this year's Gathering are unity, clarity, and
It all sounds pretty scary, but it isn't. Hundreds of folks passed through
last year's roadblock with no problems. If you let fear keep you from attending
the Florida Gathering, the government has succeeded in stopping us from
exercising our right to peaceably assemble. Go clean and have a good time!
- Drugs will get you arrested in Florida. Leave them at home.
- Alcohol disrupts our ability to pray in peace and clarity. Try
- Shoplifting is everybody's problem, sewing distrust in the local
community and robbing folks of their livelihoods. We send out a prayer
that every theif who shows up in the Ocala area is accompanied by an
honest person. Refrain from taking people who obviously have no money
into town. We'll feed 'em.
- Panhandlers need a ride back to the Gathering. Please try to
squeeze them in, whether they want to or not.
- Your vehicle will have to stay outside the gathering, because
Juniper Prairie is closed to *all* vehicle use (including bicycles)
and has no roads anyway. Be prepared for a two mile hike into this
year's Gathering. Bring water for the hike.
- Expect to be detained at a multi-agency road-block. Expect to have
your rights violated at this road-block. Don't give the officers at
this road-block any reason to detain you. Don't carry drugs in your
car. Have a sober, licensed driver with no outstanding warrants safely
operating a vehicle that is registered, insured, and fully functional.
Have your license, registration, and proof of insurance handy. Proof
of insurance is required in Florida, even if you are from Tennessee.
In Florida, even a crooked license plate or a malfunctioning horn can
get you arrested. It's for real down here, folks. Be real. Be legal.
- Know your rights and don't hand them away! If your vehicle and
driver are legal, the police have no right to search your vehicle or
your person. They *do* have the right to walk a certified K-9 unit
(with badge) around the outside of your car. Do not consent to this
type of search without first asking for the dog's badge number. A K-9
unit is required to where a badge or carry identification like any
officer of the law. If the dog makes a "hit", the attending officers
are entitled to search your vehicle and your person. Do not resist
because, if you have nothing on you, they will arrest you for
- If you are arrested, legally or not, say nothing. Do not
resist. Call who you need to call. Unless it's a serious charge, make
bail and you'll be out the next day. There is help available at the
Gathering. Show up for court and challenge the charges against you.
Most of the 90 arrested last year were given "time served". Those who
challenged won. Another is still pending with charges greatly
- Keep pen and paper handy to write down officers' names and badge
numbers. Legal action against officers who violate the law is your
right. Please bring video cameras and recording devices as these are
very valuable tools for recording abuses. Share your information with
volunteers from the Ocala Defense Project.
- Speaking to officers of the USDA Forest Service opens you up to a
variety of troubles. If a Forest Service officer asks to speak with
you, invoke your 5th Amendment right to remain silent, because,
"anything you say can and *will* be held against you in a court of
law." Simply ask, "Am I being detained?" If the answer is no, keep
walking. If the answer is yes, invoke your 5th Amendmant right to
remain silent. And, most of all, SIGN NOTHING without first showing it
to a licensed practicing attorney certified by the Florida State Bar
How to get there:
If you are coming from the north on I-75, by-pass the city of Ocala by
exiting at CR 321 then turning left onto SR 40.
Note: FR 86 and FR 90 also link up to FR 65. Go left on FR 65.
- (Going east from Ocala) SR 40 to FR 65, turn left. Go 3 1/2 miles.
- (Going east from Ocala) SR 40 to FR 88. Turn left. Go 3 1/2 miles to FR
76. Turn right. Go 2 1/2 miles until FR 76 ends.
From I-95, exit at SR 40 in Ormond Beach. Go west.
- SR 19 to FR 10 (8 miles south of Salt Springs, 3 miles north of SR 40).
Turn right if you are heading south, left if going north. Go 4 miles.
- SR 19 to FR 65 just south of Salt Springs. Turn right if you are heading
south, left if your are heading north. Go 6 miles. When you get to FR 10, either go forward or turn left onto FR 10. Either way, go 1.2 miles.
Please use all of these routes. Roadblocks in past years began on weekends
beginning Friday afternoon and closed down early Sunday morning. Keep
this in mind when making your travel plans.