Mayor Andy Betterton

April 8 , 2021

Dear Friends,

Governor Ivey has announced the removal of many mandatory restrictions which were part of the health order set to expire Friday, April 9th at 5:00 pm. The new health order lifting these restrictions will take effect at the time the old health order expires.

The City of Florence has followed Governor Ivey’s guidance since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, and we will continue to follow her guidance at this time. As stated in the Governor’s press conference, the mask requirement is now at the discretion of business owners. I invite you to respect the decisions of our local business owners as it pertains to their individual requirements for service. Although masks are no longer required, the Florence City Council members and I strongly encourage the citizens of Florence to continue wearing masks and social distancing, and ask that you act responsibly and with consideration when gathering, especially if you choose to do so in large groups.

With the increase in vaccine eligibility, we are hopeful that the end of the pandemic is near and will soon return to some sort of normalcy. Until then, we can work together to create a more positive environment for our community by considering one another and respecting those with whom we share our beautiful city.

Mayor Andy Betterton

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On Tuesday evening, Mayor Betterton had the honor of presenting three proclamations to organizations and three commendation certificates. These organizations and individuals make an impact on our community every day.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week APRIL 11-14

The proclamation was received by George Grabryan, Lauderdale County EMA Director, and representatives from the Florence Police Department.

Emergencies that require police, fire, or emergency medical services can happen at any time. When an emergency occurs, a prompt response is essential to protecting life and preserving property. The City of Florence is proud to recognize the value and accomplishments of its Public Safety Telecommunicators. We extend our sincere appreciation to them for the compassion, understanding, and proficiency they exhibit during their job performance.

Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month was received by Teresa Robertson on behalf of the Attention Homes of Northwest Alabama and Tammy McDaniel with Community Action.

The proclamation designating April as Sexual Assault Awareness month

was received by Donna Beck on behalf of One Place of the Shoals.

Please be aware that the work of raising children stands as one of our greatest responsibilities and most profound blessings as parents, as communities, and as a nation. Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up with the promise and protection of a loving family. Tragically, nearly half a million children are reported as abused or neglected every year. Additionally, there is a critical concern for victims of sexual violence and a desire to support their justice and healing needs. National statistics show 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point. We must work together to support survivors, educate our community about child abuse and sexual violence prevention, and speak out against harmful actions.

Commendations For Feeding the Community

The City of Florence is proud to recognize Brent Hester of Hester's Food Services for his dedication to the North Alabama Christian Children's Home by using his knowledge of the food industry and connections to distribute free chicken to individuals across the State of Alabama and in neighboring states.

The City of Florence recognizes Kelly Robinson (not pictured) of Service One Transport and honors Service One Transport founder Robert Walker's memory for his exemplary philanthropic vision and dedication. Because of his compassion and provision, Mr. Walker's legacy continues to make a difference in the lives of so many individuals who live in the Shoals community.

The City of Florence recognizes Don Williams of the North Alabama Children's Home for efforts arranging, collecting, and distributing donated chicken to non-profit organizations in the Shoals area. Through your vision, care, and resourcefulness, our community has been given an opportunity to work together and change lives.

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Volunteers needed for Tennessee River cleanups this Friday and Saturday!

If you're ready to have a great time while making a huge difference in our river environment, then you're ready for a river cleanup! When you join a river cleanup, you'll be heading out in one of five 30-foot boats that take volunteers to clean shorelines and coves.

The River Cleanup events, held on Friday and Saturday, are hosted by Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful in partnership with the national nonprofit Living Lands & Waters.

Cleanup gear and life vests are provided. You'll receive a free t-shirt and stainless steel water bottle for participating. All you need to bring is an enthusiastic attitude, willingness to eliminate litter, and a plan to have a blast on our beautiful river!


Friday, April 9, 2021 from 2 - 5:30 pm

Launching from Second Creek Boat Ramp in Joe Wheeler State Park



Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 9 am-Noon

Launching from TVA Fleet Harbor Boat Ramp near Wilson Dam


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Thank you, Shoals Mountain Bike Club!

Volunteers with the Shoals Mountain Bike Club have worked hard clearing trails and cleaning up Wildwood Park. Thank you to all who have made the park and trails safer and more beautiful for all to enjoy!
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First Friday's Are Scheduled

Downtown Florence Alliance is excited to announce that the theme for First Fridays 2021 is "Celebrate Community." We hope that everyone will come to Downtown Florence for First Friday's Florence June 4th--the first event for the 2021 season! If you are interested in becoming a vendor for 2021, please review the guidelines and application at
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Nominations Open!

The University of North Alabama opened its doors to women 150 years ago this year, marking yet another “first” – as Alabama’s oldest four-year university, the south’s oldest coeducational state-supported institution, and America’s oldest coeducational teacher’s college.

The Office of Alumni Relations and the UNA National Alumni Association Board of Directors are pleased to announce for the first time in UNA history; all Fall 2021 Homecoming Alumni Award Honorees will be women. To nominate a deserving alumna for a Homecoming alumni award, please click the link below and follow the directions.

Office of Alumni Relations I 256-765-4201 I

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New Business – Now Open

Christopher’s Moving & Storage

244 Seville Street, Suite 5

The professionals at Christopher's Moving and Storage are ready to help you move. Whether your move is large or small, a home or business, local or long distance, you can trust Christopher's Moving and Storage to handle everything safely and efficiently. For more details about Christopher's moving services, call 256-284-2099.

New Business - Now Open

405 E. Tennessee Street

Mayor Andy Betterton and City Council President Dick Jordan welcomed That Nutrition Place Florence on their opening day to downtown Florence. A variety of coffees, smoothies, and protein donuts are just a few of the items you can find at their new place.

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In the later years of the 19th century, Sears, Roebuck Company became the pacesetter for the mail-order business in America. By purchasing from a catalogue published by this innovative company, residents in even the most remote sections of the United States had access to the newest, top-grade merchandise of all types. Over time, the company's specialty catalogue mailed to homes around Thanksgiving became a much-anticipated treasure trove of Christmas gifts for all ages. Not as well known, though, is an unusual item of merchandise offered through its general catalogue which was also published annually: houses! Just as a person could order clothing, toys or garden tools, he or she could actually order a house. There were several styles in various price ranges available. The purchaser would select the style and size of the house based on individual taste and the amount of accessible funds. The house would arrive, usually by rail, in prefabricated sections. The customer or, perhaps, the customer's contractor, would meet the train in a flatbed truck or wagon, transport the disassembled house to its predetermined site and proceed to assemble it. Sears, Roebuck obviously had excellent designers on staff because the completed house was handsome on the exterior and beautifully designed on the interior. Two such fine houses, purchased in the 1920's, sit side-by-side in Florence, at 517 and 521 North Seminary Street.

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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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