The Joys of Spring!

Mayor Andy Betterton

March 30, 2022

The sun is getting brighter, the temperatures are warmer, and our city is ready to experience spring activities! Residents and visitors can enjoy exciting events and new businesses. Florence has something for everyone!

Big picture

Florence Parks and Recreation Invites You....

Big picture
Big picture

Talking Tourism in the Shoals

Talking Tourism /// March 2022
Big picture

Florence Parks and Recreation Survey

We need your help! Click the link below to complete this short survey and give Parks and Recreation the information needed to serve you better. Thank you for your assistance!
Big picture

Fishing Day at Deibert Park 🎣🐟

Fishing Day at Deibert Park was a ton of fun with over 300 adults and kids! Mark the calendar for future dates.
  • Thursday, April 21, 6:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, June 7, 6:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, September 8, 6:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30am-11:30am
Big picture
Big picture

Chick-fil-A Florence Race Scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2022.

The Chick-fil-A Florence Race will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Chick-fil-A will host a 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This race is part of the Chick-fil-A North Alabama Race Series, where we join 4 other Chick-fil-A franchises from Athens, Madison and Huntsville, AL in raising money for various charities. This year, 100% of the proceeds from our race in Florence will be donated to Shoals Scholar Dollars.

City of Florence Downtown Litter Cleanup

  • Saturday, April 23
  • 8:00-11:00 AM
  • Beginning on Short Court

Mayor Betterton and the all new Keep Florence Beautiful will provide the supplies to clean up our downtown area. Join us for some fun and fellowship as we Keep Florence Beautiful!

Auburn Extension Service--Mother/Daughter Tea

  • Saturday, April 23
  • 10:00-2:00
  • Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum

The Auburn Extension Service partnering with the Lauderdale County Health Department present a unique learning experience with its annual Mother/Daughter Tea. Multiple speakers are slated for the event. Dr. Dorothy Brandon and Dr. Ruth Perkins will speak to mothers about financial planning and creating peaceful spaces. Alyssa Minnefield, a chemical engineer from Ozark, will teach daughters how to prepare for college and help them avoid the student debt minefield. Ms. UNA, Claire Hendrickson, will discuss bullying. Call 256-766-4846 to reserve your spot today!

Florence Lauderdale Public Library Celebrates National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week at FLPL starting Sunday, April 3! There are so many ways that you can celebrate:

  • Visit the library (in-person or online at!
  • Tag us in your posts using the hashtag #FLPLibrary!
  • Participate in Library Giving Day on April 6 visiting or stopping by to make a donation!
  • Follow FLPL on social media (@FLPLibrary on Facebook and Instagram)
  • Attend the FLPL Public Engagement Meeting on Thursday, April 7 at 6 pm!

Artistic Renderings of Youth Exhibit

  • Monday, April 4-May 9 2022
  • 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 217 East Tuscaloosa Street

Artistic Renderings of Youth, a juried exhibit of work by 7th through 12th grade artists from area schools, will be on display from April 4th through May 9th, 2022. This exhibit, coordinated by local art teachers, provides an opportunity for art students to exhibit their artwork and receive recognition for their talent. A reception will be April 7 from 6pm-8pm.

FFCU's Annual Member Event

  • Friday, April 8
  • 6pm Registration
  • 7pm Event Starts
  • Located at McFarland Park, Pavilion 1

It's our favorite time of the year - time to celebrate YOU!

We love our members and are excited to host an evening of giveaways, prizes, free food, and awesome entertainment for all.

Field of Dreams Showing

  • Saturday, April 9th
  • 7:00PM
  • Florence Sportsplex Field 12

Next Saturday- April 9th 7:30 pm/Field #12 @ the Florence Sports Complex. Free to the public. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. It will be a Fun Night!

Big picture
Big picture

Buff City Soap Grand Opening

Thursday, April 7

396 Cox Creek Parkway (next to Old Navy)

Opening Weekend Hours

Thursday-Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm

Meet our amazing team, see us handmake soap right before your eyes, and explore our delightfully scented, plant-based products!

Big picture
Big picture


In the late 18th century, a huge dispute was raging among the State of Georgia, the Federal Government of the U.S., the Government of Spain, and Native American tribes in the Southeast. At issue was who actually owned the land between the western boundary of Georgia and the Mississippi River. In a rather presumptive action, the Georgia Legislature passed a law in 1785 declaring ownership of the vast territory and began to stake its claim by announcing that all of what are today the entire States of Alabama and Mississippi belonged to the sovereign State of Georgia. Further, the Legislature created an entity to be called Houston County that included all of today’s Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Jackson Counties. Four men were appointed to travel into this territory to do the work necessary for a county to function. The four men recruited approximately 75 others, and the whole group set out to accomplish the task. The men established a land office in today’s Lauderdale County and proceeded to appoint magistrates and military officers. But the Native Americans intervened and, in a matter of a few weeks, succeeded in chasing the group away. Had the group of approximately 80 men been successful, the City of Florence would today likely be part of Georgia, not Alabama.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

Big picture
Big picture

Maintenance Worker Park and Recreation Part Time New

  • Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
  • Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Art Director

  • Art Center/Museums 217 E Tuscaloosa St Florence
  • Full Time - $38,936.19 - $51,826.77 Annually

Grille Worker Part Time New

  • Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
  • Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Laborer Street Part Time

  • Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue
  • Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Laborer Electricity Part Time New

  • Electricity Department
  • Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Laborer Recycling Part Time

  • Recycling Department
  • Part Time - $11.08 Hourly
Big picture
Big picture


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

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

Big picture

A little funny...

Big picture

How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:

  • Public and community events or announcements can be submitted by attaching an email, Word document, PDF, or JPG file suitable for viewing on the web. Include graphics in JPG or PNG if possible.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • IMPORTANT: Please submit your information no later than Tuesday of each week (preferably sooner). Submissions after the deadline will be added to the next week's publication. The newsletter is posted on Thursday afternoon.
  • Send your information to or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.
Big picture