News from Mayor Steve Holt

City of Florence, Alabama

May 14, 2020

NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

The Florence City Council meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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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

Florence First Relief Grant

Click here for small business grant information, criteria, and application.

Florence Utilities Information and Updates

Follow this link for online bill payment, current information about late fees and disconnections, as well as payment plan options.

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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.

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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

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COVID-19 Update: Safer At Home

Find out the details of Governor Ivey's amended "Safer At Home" order.

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SPIRIT OF FREEDOM CELEBRATION POSTPONED

Rescheduled for Veterans Day, November 11, 2020

CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT CITY EVENTS

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Shoals Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Thursday, May 14th, 8am to Friday, May 15th, 7pm

451 Fairground Road

Florence, AL

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!

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Helter Shelter: Art in Isolation

Tuesday, June 2nd, 10am

217 East Tuscaloosa Street

Florence, AL

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


Artists may go to our website to access the submission form and get full details on how to submit their work. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. Questions may be emailed to nmairesse@florenceal.org.


Artwork Submissions accepted: 04/28/20

ArtworkSubmissions deadline: 05/20/20

Tentative exhibit opening: 06/02/20

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Florence Shred Day 2020

Friday, June 5th, 11am-2pm

702 Veterans Drive

Florence, AL

  • 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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  • Send your information to mmorgan@florenceal.org or call Melinda Morgan with questions at 256-760-6408.