Mayor Andy Betterton

April 27, 2022

NACOLG Congratulates Senator Shelby & His Office for Their Work for Alabama.

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Downtown Cleanup Day was a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who cleaned up Saturday and every day! We had 80 volunteers, collecting nearly 2,000 lbs of trash, helping Keep Florence Beautiful! Thank you to Council President Dick Jordan, Council Members Bill Griffin and Michelle Eubanks and many city employees from Accounting, Arts & Museums, Purchasing, Engineering, Customer Service, Collection, Gas & Water, Business Development, Information Technology, One Stop Shop, and Solid Waste, Street, & Recycle for helping us clean up.

Click below to see a recap video of our day.

Florence Cleanup 2022
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JUNETEENTH Celebration: Calling All Vendors & Organizations!

Sunday, June 19

1:00–8:00 p.m.

Lewis Field-1050 Pruitt Street

The University of North Alabama and the City of Florence invite Shoals Area residents for a day of celebration, fun, and remembrance. Join us for live music, a DJ, spoken word poetry, face painting, and many other activities.

Use the link below to be a part of the JUNETEENTH Celebration:

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Swimming Tournament Hosted by Florence Park and Recreation & Florence Alabama Swim Team

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Council Member Kaytrina Simmons Thanks Everyone Who Attended the District 1 Community Meeting

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Will you help us? Community Development Block Grants use federal funding to expand economic opportunities in low to moderate-income areas.

In Florence, we want to improve the lives of residents by developing strategies that bring partners and resources together. But, we cannot do it alone. We would love to hear from you via our Community Needs Assessment beginning today through Friday, May 20th.

Your participation will assist in developing our plan of action for the upcoming budget year.

The survey will only take a few minutes, but your involvement will help create long-lasting, transformative impact in our community.

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Congrats to our talented AROY Best in Show award winners!

Division I Best in Show - Claire Frederick, MSMS

Division II Best in Show - Bianca Santamaria, RHS

Division III Best in Show - Hannah Doolittle, MSHS

Come see the AROY exhibit before it comes down next week!

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14th Annual Jeff Dropo Run 4 Kids

Benefiting SMILE-A-MILE and the National Brain Tumor Society

Florence High School

Saturday, May 14

8:00 AM


Kathie Pendergrass




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TJ'S Great Big Adventure

MSNHA Programs Coordinator Terrence Johnson is paddling the entire length of the Tennessee River, from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah, Kentucky. He'll start this weekend & will regularly post on the MSNHA Facebook page. Below is a press release detailing his journey.

Follow along with his journey!

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Alabama Leadership Initiative

The Alabama Leadership Initiative Class IV met in Florence during their visit on April 21 & 22.

The ALI class is comprised of a diverse group of 56 statewide young professionals (under 40) who come from many different hometowns in Alabama.

The initiative offers young professionals the opportunity develop personal leadership skills and to establish ongoing relationships with other young leaders across the state.
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Shoals Master Gardener Plant Sale

Friday April 29th, 8a-5p

Saturday April 30th, 8a-3p

Florence-Lauderdale Farmers’ Market

451 Fairground Road (Corner of Cox Creek Parkway and Chisholm Road)

VitAL and ADMH Presents: Stop Judging; Start Healing 2022 Summit

The Stop Judging; Start Healing 2022 Summit will take place April 27– May 13 in 7 locations across Alabama, featuring national speaker Tony Hoffman. This summit will focus on the impact of stigma, medication for addiction treatment stigma, strategies for reducing stigma, and much more.

Community Yard Sale @ The Club

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Yes, the Karsner House, sitting unobtrusively at 301 North Pine Street in downtown Florence, is truly a treasure. (See attached image.) Benjamin Karsner, from Maryland, built this house after his marriage in 1827 to Sarah McCarter, a native of Virginia. The house is based on a Georgian townhouse plan, uncommon in the Tennessee Valley, but very common in early Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Over the years, the house endured various alterations, including, at one point, two standing roof dormers brought together into a single shed dormer; then, complete exterior transformation into, first, an attempt at a Victorian style and, later, into a bungalow appearance. But, thankfully, the Adam-design front entrance was never altered. Undergoing a complete, certified restoration in 1970 through the farsightedness of Mr. Karl Tyree, CEO of the Florence Housing Authority at the time, the house stands today as the only surviving Georgian townhouse in the region. Owned by the City of Florence, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just an aside: The Florence Tree Commission has declared the giant oak tree in front of the Karsner House to be at least as old as the City of Florence itself.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little funny...

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Photo by: Johnny Raper