Thank you, Veterans!

Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

November 10, 2021

Due to the prediction of heavy and steady rain tomorrow morning, the outdoor Veterans Day Program has been cancelled. Please join the University of North Alabama in the GUC Performance Hall for an indoor Veterans Day Service at 11:00 am. It is open to the public. Please join us in honoring our Veterans!

In honor of Veterans Day, Florence Municipal Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Thursday and Friday's Garbage & Recycling Collection Will Be Delayed

November 11, Thursday - Veterans Day – No Collection

Tuesday and Wednesday – No change

Thursday pickup will be Friday
Friday pickup will be Saturday

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Honoring Our Veterans

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library invites you to view its honor wall featuring photos of local veterans. The gallery of photos is located to the right as you enter the library from the parking lot and will be on display through Nov. 15.

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Keep Florence Beautiful Is Official

Mayor Andrew Betterton, City of Florence Council Members, and the Florence Forward Sustainability Committee are excited to launch Keep Florence Beautiful. The City of Florence will join more than 700 national affiliates including Keep Alabama Beautiful, Keep The Tennessee River Beautiful, and Keep the Shoals Beautiful to foster a Cleaner, Greener, More Beautiful Community. Denise Taylor with Keep Alabama Beautiful presented a certificate of affiliation.

The event also debuted the new walking track for the senior center made from recycled pavement and the launch of a “Get Caught Recycling” Right Campaign for the holiday season.

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"The Club" Florence Senior Center Walking Track Is Now Open!

The quarter-mile walking track at the Florence Senior Center was constructed with recycled pavement from South Court Street. The project was possible due to the Rogers Group of Tuscumbia employees Rickey Posey, Ben Adomyetz, and Kenny Adomyetz for providing the materials and a $5,000 donation from Thomas Trissl at Schönox in Florence. The donations provided one inch of asphalt for the walking surface.
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Check Out The New Signage at the Sportsplex

Thank you to the Florence Wayfinding Committee and the Florence Parks and Recreation Committee for your support and dedication to the facilities and our youth.

Florence Wayfinding Committee: Dick Jordan, Blake Edwards, Bud Pride, Melissa Bailey, Libby Jordan, Martha Murphy

Florence Parks & Recreation Committee: Jimmy Oliver, Blake Edwards, & Bill Griffin

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Florence 8th Grade Football Team Organized A Fundraiser for Cramer Children's Center

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Did you know? Posting a sign to a light pole or in the right-of-way is illegal.

Signs placed on the public rights-of-way are hazardous and illegal. Signs placed on light poles, at intersections, obstruct visibility and distract drivers. They are also unsightly. Violation of the sign ordnance per day/per sign could be subject to fines and penalties of up to $500.
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South Florence, earlier known as South Port, was an incorporated town which, until Tuscumbia Landing came into being, was the only steamboat passenger port for eastern points south of the Tennessee River. By the 1820’s, there were warehouses for various types of merchandise located there. Its fortunes waxed and waned until the Civil War and for a while afterward. In 1889, it was platted and recorded in the Colbert County Courthouse, and it appears on county maps as late as 1907. Roughly speaking, South Florence was located on the southern bank of the Old Railroad Bridge and extended through the area known today as the TVA Reservation. Maps showing the actual layout of the town still exist. The late Alfred McCroskey, a well-respected local historian (he prepared and submitted the paperwork in 1976 for Florence’s first historic district, the Sannoner District on upper North Court and North Pine Streets), lived in South Florence as a child. He remembered walking daily during the school year with his young friends across the Old Railroad Bridge to Patton Elementary School on East College Street in downtown Florence.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Registration is happening now! If you’re planning on participating, please submit your paperwork!

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Johnsonville Tailgate Event

Saturday, November 13 from 11 AM - 3 PM

Wilson Park, Florence

Free Johnsonville Sausage, facepainting, inflatables, and more. Donations benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Twirl in a Parade Mini-Camp

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 FROM 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

300 N Broadway St, Florence, AL 35630-3174, United States

The Mini Camp is for kids ages 3 & up who are interested in twirling. Students will learn basic twirls/marching skills and will march in the Florence Christmas Parade. Batons are not provided. For additional details visit

Textile installation by artist Aaron Sanders Head and Piecemakers Quilt Guild Show at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will show two textile-based exhibits in the Annex Galleries from November 18th through December 20th. The center will feature an installation of multi-media work by artist Aaron Sanders Head as well as entries in the Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s Annual Challenge. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 18th from 5:30 -7:30 pm.

"The Official United State Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World"

Alabama State Tourism Director Lee Sentell will present his book, "The Official United State Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World" beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the library's fiction colonnade. Sentell will talk about his book and will be available to sign copies. His book spans the fight for American civil rights - a fight that continued for more than two decades in several states. The book also takes a journey through school integration, protest marches, freedom rides and sit-ins, as well as explores historic sites from Topeka, Kansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Selma and Birmingham, Alabama. Sentell launched the Alabama Civil Rights Trail, the first in the country, in 2004. After tasking a major university to inventory civil rights landmarks open to the public, he founded the U.S. Civil Rights Trail with his fellow Southern state tourism directors. The trail features more than 120 landmarks in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

YOUNG LEARNER’S SERIES: Native American Heritage Month

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is hosting a series of children’s programs where students can explore the early history of the Shoals through hands-on learning exercises. The programs will cover a wide range of topics within Native American history and culture and are aimed at an elementary level age group. Each program will have a creative component with hands-on learning, and all events are free.

Our program on Native American Heritage Month will take place Saturday, November 20th at 10 am. Students will engage in a short lesson about Native American history in the Shoals and work in groups to create an exhibit for the Museum. Please visit to sign up.

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

Tuesday, November 16, 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 laugh...

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