Location Williston is located in rural Levy County in north central Florida.
Population According to recent population estimates, there are 2,297 people in Williston and 24,450 people in Levy County. Over 600,000 people live within 50 miles of Williston.
Terrain The elevations around Williston vary from 75 to 100 feet above mean sea level, the city is surrounded by rolling green hills, although the city’s Industrial Community is almost perfectly flat.
Climate Williston has a temperate climate. Average temperatures range from 57.9/F in January to 82.1/F in August. Average annual rainfall is 45.3 inches. The city’s inland location greatly reduces any dangers from tropical storms.
Education Williston has five schools including four public schools. Two community colleges, a vo-tech center, and the University of Florida are within 25 miles of Williston.
Media Two weekly and two daily newspapers serve the area. No local television stations. Most networks are available through cable or satellite.
Library The Williston public library is located at 10 SE 1st Street and Noble Avenue. It has 10,000 books and is a member of the Levy County Library System.
Churches There are 15 churches, representing most major denominations.
Organizations Social and fraternal organizations are available for the civic minded.
Government Williston has a Mayor-Council form of government. The city can arrange revenue bonds to help qualified industries establish local plan facilities.
Medical Services Nature Coast Regional Hospital has 40 beds and provides 24 hour emergency services and a 4 bed intensive care unit. Oakview Nursing Home has 180 beds. There are 10 physicians, 3 dentists and 2 chiropractors in Williston.
Utilities Electric service is provided by the city of Williston to customers inside the city limits. The city offers water, sewer, and natural gas service inside the city limits. These services will be extended to the industrial community when warranted by sufficient demand. Sprint provides telephone service to the area.
Services A 13 man police force protects both the city and the Industrial Community. A 22 man volunteer fire department offers protection to the city and the Industrial Community. Williston has a fire insurance rating of 7.
Lifestyles and Recreation Williston offers a great deal more than most comparable sized small cities. Recreation is centered around the outdoors with excellent opportunities for golf, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, cave diving and horse back riding. The city has several parks including lighted tennis courts and athletic fields. Residential areas are quiet and shaded by large oak trees. Newer neighborhoods feature modern homes of brick and glass. Apartments are available.
Finance Williston has two banks.
Southwind Industrial Community Located 2 miles south of Alternate 27 and U.S. 41. Approximately 700 acres are available for light and medium industrial uses. Parcels vary in size from 1 to 30 acres. The city prefers to lease parcels to provide a continuing source of revenue to fund planned improvements. The community is zoned M-1 for industrial land uses. Minimum lot size is one acre with required setbacks.
Highways The city is located on U.S. 41 and U.S. 27. Interstate 75 is minutes away to the east and north.
Railroads CSX Transportation tracks run through the city. Freight service is available.
Airports Williston Municipal Airport is located adjacent to the Industrial Community. It features 2 runways of 7000 and 5000 feet. A portion of the larger runway is lighted. Facilities include a fixed base operator, aircraft maintenance and charter services. Adjoining acreage within the fenced airport tract are excellent locations for aviation related industries. Gainesville Regional Airport located 22 miles north, provides daily flights by a number of national airlines. Charter service is available at Williston Municipal Airport.
Trucking At least three trucking companies from Gainesville and Ocala serve the Williston area.
The City of Williston has a lot to offer your business or industrial operation!! In fact, Williston probably has more to offer than any comparably sized city in Florida. Along with all the natural climate and tax advantages there is no impact fee. Williston offers you a central location, access to strategic markets, a cooperative municipal government and a wholesome rural atmosphere.
The City of Williston wants to grow, but not at any cost. Williston’s way of life is rooted on the surrounding countryside. Agriculture is still a primary activity. Orderly growth and the attraction of clean, well managed enterprise are the city’s goals. The city is eager to work with industries which respect the land as much as the people of Williston do themselves.