Newsletter

Mayor Andy Betterton

January 18, 2023

Shoals Scale Back "Health Is Wealth"

Shoals Scale Back is open to the entire Shoals Community. Take advantage of this informative, fun education event.


January 21, 2023, from 1 -4 p.m.

Burrell Slater Gym (610 West College Street, Florence)


Health professionals will share their expertise on health issues and management! Vendor Registration is free to healthcare facilities, service organizations, physical fitness gyms, fraternities, sororities, schools, churches, and others.


For more information, contact:

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Heritage Preservation, Inc. Meeting at Mapleton

Thank you to Brooke and Will King for allowing the HPI meeting to be held the Mapleton. Our sincere thanks to Bill Jordan, Director of Florence Parks and Recreation Department, who presented outstanding plans for the update/expansion of McFarland Park. Thanks also to Jordan Collier, a staff member of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, who shared his excellent research on the development of the local Civil War Trail. Both presentations were well received by everyone in attendance.

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Shoals Bliss

A Ribbon Cutting for Shoals Bliss was held Friday, January 13, 2023 to celebrate Shoals Bliss opening at 1104 Bradshaw Drive. Shoals Bliss is a self-care studio specializing in massage and wellness. Learn more at...

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Times Daily Article Details Upcoming Sportsplex Entrance

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Wheth Go Big or Start Small--Florence Recycling Appreciates All Efforts to Recycle Often and Recycle Right!

Cardboard, Paper, #1 & #2 Plastic Bottles and Jugs, and Steel & Aluminum Cans are the items recycled most easily as they can be placed in blue recycle carts. Items like electronics, motor and cooking oil can also be recycled through drop-off at the Florence Recycle Center!

Detailed lists of accepted recyclables are posted on our website.

Thanks, Florence, for Recycling Often and Recycling Right!

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THE NEW FLORENCE HOTEL (1910)

In 1910, Mr. F.H. Hatch opened the new Florence Hotel in the 100 block of North Seminary Street in downtown Florence (see accompanying image from the message side of a vintage postcard). Prior to opening this hotel, Mr. Hatch had been the landlord of Bailey Springs Resort which was located at the north end of Bailey Springs Road, so he brought years of experience in the field with him for this new venture. Note some of the amenities of the new Florence Hotel: “Every room electric lights”; “The finest beds money could buy”; “A telephone in every room”; “The only hotel that is screened” (perhaps to repel the mosquitoes and flies mentioned near the bottom of the accompanying image). The reference to the “sample rooms finished in quarter-sawn oak and, above all, clean” is probably intriguing to anyone reading it today. Here’s the explanation: hotels of that era catered to many traveling salesmen. A salesman would need not only a room in which to sleep; he would also need a space to display samples of his wares so that local shopkeepers could visit the room, examine the merchandise, and place orders for suits, shoes, pots and pans, etc. to sell in their stores. So, the atmosphere of the sample rooms was very important in order to display merchandise in the very best light. In the case of the New Florence Hotel, the rooms are handsomely lined with quarter-sawn oak, etc. so Mr. Hatch’s hotel could outmaneuver the competition posed by other local hotels.


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Tired Of Waiting On The Leaf Truck?

Remember that bagged leaves on the curb are collected weekly. Leaf collection keeps the leaves out of the storm drains!


Click Here To Follow The Leaf Collection Route!

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Equipment Operator Mower

Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue Florence
Full Time - $31,430.18 Annually

Fire Chief

Fire Department Station #1 402 South Wood Ave Florence
Full Time - $103,409.60 Annually

Laborer Litter Control Solid Waste Part Time

Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Laborer Recycling Part Time

Recycle 1200 Terrace Street Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Laborer Street Part Time

Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Maintenance Technician Police Department

Police Department 702 South Court Street Florence
Full Time - $31,430.18 Annually

Maintenance Worker Part Time Park and Recreation

Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

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NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

February 7, 2023

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little funny...

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