Noon Forum: Revision Update; Support for Wall That Heals Needed; Construction Delays; Tribute Concert

Noon Forum: Revision Update

This Thursday the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce will host city staff for its monthly Lunch and learn.  The city will be providing the business community with updates to the revision Florence project and discuss how the project will effect businesses in the area as well as offer some tips on how to survive the construction period.  The City of Florence has printed a “Construction Survival Guide” that details the project’s timeline, communication plan, creative tips for promoting business in the construction zone, and who to call for questions and answers.  Construction and road closures have worried some businesses in the area and some have already said that business has dropped due to accessibility issues.  Construction crews are working to limit the time that access is affected and the city is even providing Open for Business signs.  Businesses are also permitted to put up temporary signs without a sign permit.  Tomorrow’s Chamber noon forum is located at the Best Western Pier Point Inn.

Support for Wall That Heals Needed

The organizers that are bringing The Wall That Heals, traveling Vietnam Veteran’s wall are still looking for donations of time and money to make sure that the wall is properly staffed and secured while it is here in Florence.  The wall requires that it be manned 24 hours a day, since people will be able to visit the structure at any time during its stay here.  Kim Pruitt with Spruce Point Assisted Living and Memory Care is heading the team and says that costs for things like lighting and food and water for volunteers, is over and above the costs for the wall itself, and the need for volunteers is essential to pull off this massive project.  The memorial wall is making only one stop in Oregon, and it is expected to draw visitors from surrounding communities.

Construction Delays

Construction on Highway 126 near Walton is causing delays.  The construction of a passing lane just west of the Walton Store is causing temporary delays throughout the day as the road is limited to one lane of traffic.  Flaggers are in the area and westbound traffic towards Florence is being held up east of the Walton store.  The project is expected to take several months to complete and when finished an approximate half mile of new westbound passing lane will be added to 126.  Oregon Department of Transportation says crews will be on site from 7am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Tribute Concert

This Saturday at the Florence Event Center there will be a Country Tribute Concert featuring three artists who will impersonate the likenesses of Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, and Taylor Swift.  The concert is presented with live vocals and is not a lip-synching performance.  There will be an exclusive pre-show for VIP ticket holders.  Tickets range from 15 to 40 dollars.  Show begins at 7pm Saturday evening.