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Is Florence Destined For TV?; Storms Not Done; Streetscape Project Nearing

Florence Poised For TV Show

A television show that showcases Main Street America has chosen Florence as one of its top 20 finalists for its new season.  The Deluxe Corporation produces the television show “Small Business Revolution – Main Street.”  The top 20 selected cities will then be further vetted and a pairing of 10 will be chosen from that list.  Producers will then decide on 5 or 6 locations that will vie for a $500,000 main street makeover.  Show host Amanda Brinkman says the top 20 alone are all winners when it comes to the selection process all with their own charms that brought them to the attention of the show.  The announcement of the top ten list will be made on December 12th.  Season 1 and 2 of the show are available on Hulu.

Small Business Revolution – Main Street Series: Season 3 Top 20

Storms Cause Slight Problems for Florence

Rain and high winds swept through Florence yesterday. Just over a half inch of rain fell in the area over the last 24 hours with winds gusting briefly in the upper 50’s causing some minor power outages in the area as well as some tree damage.  There was a brief break in the rough weather overnight but a storm warning has been issued for the coast of Florence beginning at 4pm this afternoon and continuing through until 4am Wednesday.  Additionally a gale warning producing winds as high as 50 knots is also in effect until 4 pm this afternoon.  16 to 20 foot waves are expected to accompany the storm warning from Florence northward.  Beachgoers are cautioned to watch out for heavy surf and stay in areas safe from dangerous waves.  A hazardous seas warning is also in effect from Florence south until 7 pm this evening.

FURA Almost Ready to Break Ground

The City of Florence is getting closer to seeing the first phase of the new streetscape project for highway 101 from the Siuslaw river bridge to highway 126.  City Manager Erin Reynolds says they are very near planning completion

“We’ve submitted 90 % plans for ODOT review which means we are really close to going out to bid.”

Reynolds also says that we could see some construction begin as early as late spring.

“Closer and closer to the actual construction and reality of this project starting as early as June 2018,  about 8 months away.”

The Florence Urban Renewal regular meeting will be tomorrow evening at 6pm at city hall.