101 Committee Formed; Port To Close Application Window; Fire Closes 101; Gas Prices Hold Steady

Committee Taking Shape

A new committee faced with the task of drawing a cohesive economic picture for businesses outside of the Old Town district met for the first time yesterday to begin formulating a plan.  The Uptown 101 committee is looking to find opportunities to promote all of the businesses that are not currently included in what is considered the tourism corridor of Florence.  The committee was spearheaded by Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan and the committee consists of business leaders along highway 101 and beyond.  One of the main objectives of the committee is to remind residents of the wide range of services available to them here in Florence in hopes of keeping spending local.  The committee selected Jerry’s Place Owner, Karl Engel as its chairperson and Dan Lofy as secretary.  The group will initially meet twice a month as it determines its best plan of action.

Port To Close Management Window

After a brief executive session yesterday afternoon the Port of Siuslaw commissioners went into open session to declare that they are officially closing the application process for a new Port Manager.  As of Friday, March 2nd they will no longer accept any applications and then begin the task of narrowing down candidates and begin the process of interviewing.  Interested parties still have until 5pm to submit an application.

Fire Closes 101

Highway 101 had to be closed in Winchester Bay yesterday afternoon as a fire ripped through a local business.  Firefighters from three agencies workd to control the blaze at a local ATV repair shop.  The shop sits directly across from the Pelican Plaza Market on 101.  The shop was a total loss for the owners.  Traffic was temporarily diverted away from 101 causing minor delays for travelers and local residents.

Gas Prices Hold Steady

Prices at the pump hold steady this week as the market sees oil prices remain above 60 dollars a barrel.  According to Marie Dodds at AAA Oregon prices will soon see sharp increases as demand for travel climbs toward the beginning of the spring driving season.  The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Florence is at $2.69 a gallon.  In addition to pricing concerns, local Fred Meyer fuel station is closed for the next 2 days as it undergoes some remodeling and upgrades to its pumps.  They are expected to reopen by Friday.