Mayor Andy Betterton

May 7, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

On Monday, May 3, Alabama Department of Public Health Area Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers, Florence-Lauderdale EMA Director George Grabryan, Mayor Betterton, and public officials held a news conference to address vaccine hesitancy and provided an update on COVID-19. See Mayor Betterton's comments addressing vaccine hesitancy below or view the entire News Conference.

For More Information I ADPH COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

May 6, 2021
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Florence Spring Cleanup: A HUGE Success!

Florence residents are amazing! When Covid threatened to interrupt plans for Citywide Cleanup, we changed plans to include contactless supplies for individuals and groups who wanted to choose an area to clean. The results have been incredible! So far, we have had over 330 volunteers from all over Florence and Lauderdale County (and we still have several upcoming cleanups!). The pictures of smiling faces from area churches, businesses, schools, government entities, and individual volunteers show our residents' love for our area. Watching the litter disappear is both exciting and encouraging. Thank you so much for making Florence beautiful for all!

Spring Cleanup 2021
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Happy National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2-8, 2021

In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, we want to recognize the Florence-Lauderdale Tourism team and celebrate travel. The Power of Travel inspires and educates us while significantly impacting our communities through spending, tax revenues, quality of life, and jobs!

Close Enough to Get Away from It All
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Chloe’s Fund – Massive Yard/Estate Sale!

Over the past few months, our dedicated Chloe's Fund Volunteers have (safely) been culling through estates, yard sales, and donations. We have received beautiful donated items from generous individuals. The quantity (and quality) of the items in this sale is unprecedented.

Please consider visiting us early! All proceeds from the sale go directly into Chloe's Fund – a nonprofit organization assisting with the Shelter animals' medical needs.

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22 from 7 am until 2 pm at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Services building located at 3240 Roberson Road in Florence.

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Message From Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

The Friends Bookstore is accepting donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, but there is a 20 item. For more information...

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Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic: Moderna Second Dose

REMINDER: For those who previously attended the SigDay Pharmacies Moderna clinic, it’s time for the 2nd dose. No Appointment Needed.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

10 AM - 1 PM

Handy Recreation Center

1105 Beale Street

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The Artsy & Coffee Place

1520 Florence Blvd.

The Artsy & Coffee Place opened its second location in Florence on April 14, 2021. The DIY studio offers customers a place to paint as they enjoy a great cup of coffee and pastry. Mayor Andy Betterton and Business Development Coordinator Melissa Bevis had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Morgan Ouellette, and presenting a certificate commending her for creating five jobs with her new location.

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Signor Ferdinand Sannoner lived with his family on Market Street (now Wood Avenue) across from the Public Walk (now Wilson Park) from the time of Florence's founding in 1818 until 1858, when he moved to Memphis, Tennessee. As most people know, Sannoner, John Coffee, and Hunter Peel worked together to survey and "layout" the City of Florence. Unfortunately, the map of the city which resulted from their work no longer exists. In 1852, though, City officials commissioned Sannoner to recreate the 1818 map, and, according to records on file, he was paid the grand sum of $25.00 for the new map -- which still exists 169 years later! It is very large -- approximately five feet by five feet. In 1989 the map was copied, with the copy reduced to a more manageable size for distribution purposes. For years now, it has been duplicated over and over and distributed at historic walking tours and in workshops for educators, historians, tourists, architects, etc. Therefore, a huge debt of gratitude is due to Signor Ferdinand Sannoner for using his considerable skills to recreate such a critically important document.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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Happy Mother's Day!

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