News from Mayor Steve Holt

City of Florence, Alabama

August 6, 2020

NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

The Florence City Council meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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Sorting Through the Facts

Mayor Holt will be live with Rob Sloan, a research director from The Wall Street Journal, on Wednesday, August 12 at 11:30 AM. The purpose of this webinar is to provide real answers to many of your questions regarding the recent cyber attack on the City of Florence. The link for the webinar will be posted on the City's Facebook page prior to the event.


Mark you calendars; you do not want to miss it!

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COOL OFF WITH THE CENSUS

Monday evening from 5 – 7 pm, we will again be offering curbside help for residents to fill out the census survey. It will only take a few minutes, and all you need is your address. The Kona Ice truck will be there to offer a FREE cool treat for you and the kids.


The event will be a DRIVE-THRU event. Please maintain social distancing, and masks are required.


Remember, this survey will determine the next ten years of federal and state funding. Florence families have more at stake than ever before. Florence Counts! Get Counted Online now.


Handy Recreation Center

Monday, August 10 | 5pm - 7pm

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Vote by Absentee Ballot City of Florence Municipal Elections: August 25, 2020

Due to Covid-19, the Secretary of State is allowing Alabama voters concerned about the coronavirus to cast an absentee ballot.


  • Check the box: “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls.”
  • Photo ID required to receive an absentee ballot.



Vote Absentee by Mail

Fill, print, sign, & mail the online absentee voting application along with photo ID. If you would prefer to receive an application to vote absentee by mail, call the City Clerk’s Office at 256-760-6679. Deadline to request an application is August 20. Mail the application along with a copy of your photo I.D. to the following address:

City of Florence

Attention: Absentee Election Manager

P.O. Box 98

Florence, AL 35631


Once your application is received, along with the copy of your I.D., a ballot will be mailed. Complete the ballot and mail it back or deliver in person by August 24. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by August 24 and received by noon on August 25 to be counted. Please place one application per envelope.


Vote Absentee In-Person: August 3-August 20

Vote in-person by absentee ballot with a photo I.D. by August 20 at the following address:


City of Florence City Clerk’s Office

110 West College Street,

Florence, AL 35630

256-760-6679


For Additional Information, click here.

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SOLVING THE POST OFFICE MYSTERY

The story has floated around in Florence for years that the grand Post Office/Federal Courthouse on Seminary Street in downtown Florence was intended for Florence, South Carolina, but, through a mysterious foul-up, it was built in Florence, Alabama, instead. The story is patently untrue. Around 1907, a group of local attorneys, Emmet O'Neal among them, grew very tired of having to go to the Federal Courthouse in Birmingham whenever they were involved in a Federally-related case. So, they literally made more than one trip to Washington to lobby for the construction of a Federal Courthouse in Florence. Ultimately, they were successful; the doors of the elegant Courthouse, with the added benefit of a Post Office on the first floor, opened in 1913. Architectural drawings for this fine building are still in existence; they have "Florence, Alabama" in large letters on each page.


Billy Warren, City Historian

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