News from Mayor Steve Holt
City of Florence, Alabama
May 14, 2020
Welcome to the City of Florence newsletter! We are excited to present a newer and more modern version and hope you will enjoy it. Providing event information and important announcements will remain my priority. I hope you will continue following the City of Florence newsletter to stay informed and encouraged by what is going on in Florence. I invite you to share the newsletter with your friends and family. Simply click on “follow” at the top of the newsletter, fill in the information, and you will be subscribed to received our weekly newsletter.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of what makes Florence such a great community for many to enjoy!
- Mayor Steve Holt
Click here for small business grant information, criteria, and application.
Follow this link for online bill payment, current information about late fees and disconnections, as well as payment plan options.
Many people throughout the Shoals are unaware that The Help Center Food Pantry is remaining OPEN for food distribution. We are happy to help feed those in need of food and groceries.
This Saturday we will be giving food out from 8:30 until noon for our families in need.
STREET NAMES IN THE DOWNTOWN GRID
As John Coffee, Hunter Peel and Ferdinand Sannoner worked in 1818 to survey the 5,515+ acres in order to create the new city of Florence, they knew that the streets they were envisioning needed names. After thoughtful consideration, they determined that most of the streets running north and south should bear the names of indigenous trees. So, from Locust on the west to Oak and Magnolia on the east, all but three were given tree names. Exceptions are: Court, Seminary and Market (the latter being renamed Wood Avenue in time). Court received its name to reflect its governmental role; all three Court Houses have been located on it. Seminary was designated as the street to house a college or seminary -- which did happen in 1847. Market Street (now Wood Avenue) was designed as a farm-to-market road. So, it appears that nothing was left to chance as these visionary men carved a town out of the frontier wilderness. (Next Week: East-West Streets in the Downtown Grid) --Billy Warren, City Historian
Find out the details of Governor Ivey's amended "Safer At Home" order.
SPIRIT OF FREEDOM CELEBRATION POSTPONED
Rescheduled for Veterans Day, November 11, 2020
CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT CITY EVENTS
Shoals Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Thursday, May 14th, 8am to Friday, May 15th, 7pm
451 Fairground Road
ANNUAL PLANT SALE!!
Thursday, May 14th from 8 am - 7 pm and Friday, May 15th from 8 am - 7 pm
Free admission & Free parking
Choose from a wide selection of potted annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs, natives, succulents, shrubs and trees. Sharpening services are also offered for your dull implements.
Funds raised benefit public gardens and facilities throughout the Shoals area. Come Join Us!
Helter Shelter: Art in Isolation
Tuesday, June 2nd, 10am
217 East Tuscaloosa Street
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is accepting artwork submissions for a community art show that will be the Art Center's first exhibit upon reopening. The exhibit opening is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd. The Helter Shelter exhibit will be centered around making art in isolation; we are asking artists to submit artwork created while sheltering at home that responds to their experience of social isolation.
We will be accepting artwork in the following mediums:
2D: Painting, Drawing, Photography and Collage
3D: Sculpture, Mixed Media and Mobile
Artwork Submissions accepted: 04/28/20
ArtworkSubmissions deadline: 05/20/20
Tentative exhibit opening: 06/02/20
Florence Shred Day 2020
Friday, June 5th, 11am-2pm
702 Veterans Drive
- Document limit of (3) three bags or boxes per vehicle.
- Documents should be placed in the trunk area of the vehicle.
- Remain in your vehicle; this is a no contact event.
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