City Council Meets Monday; Boys and Girls Club Open House; Yard Debris Dropoff; Florence Fest ’19

City Council Meets Monday

With the Rhododendron festival fast approaching the Florence City Council will meet Monday evening to consider plans to close off a portion of Maple Street for the annual vendor street fair.  There will be a public hearing on the matter, but the annual request is usually granted.  After the public hearing the council will decide the application.  The City of Florence also has received grant money from the Oregon Department of Transportation from their Safe Routes to School Program.  The Council will get a briefing from public works director Mike Miller on the engineering services proposal from OBEC Consulting Engineers regarding study, placement and construction for areas around Siuslaw Schools.  The state has issued grants to cities to upgrade sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes near school zones.  The project is expected to have a total cost of $420,000 dollars of which ODOT will fund about 80% of that cost.  The City will also consider a recommendation for approval to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a new outlet Liquor License for Novelli’s Crab and Seafood located on the port docks.  The meeting is at 5:30 Monday evening at the Florence City Hall.

Boys and Girls Club Open House

Wednesday, April 24th the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County will be holding an open house.  Chuck Trent executive Director for the Club says that they believe that the future of the country rests with today’s youth and the club is a way to help mold that future.  The open house highlights National Boys and Girls Club week.  It is also a chance for the city of Florence to get a look at the new Teen Center.  The event will be from 5:30 until 7:00 pm on Wednesday.  The club is located at 1501 Airport Road.

Yard Debris Dropoff

Tomorrow is yard debris disposal for the city of Florence.  Residents can bring yard clippings, tree limbs and other natural yard materials to the drop off spot at Kingwood and 27th street.  The city charges a minimal process fee for the items.  $11 for a standard pickup or small trailer, $16 for a medium trailer, generally 10-12 feet in length, and $21 for a large utility trailer that exceeds 12 feet.  The city asks that you bring cash for payment.

Florence Fest ’19

Florence Fest 19 is scheduled for one week from today.  The 3rd annual event will take place on April 26th and 27th at the Florence Event Center.  12 Oregon wineries will be represented as well as a juried art show featuring 2 and 3d art from artists from 5 different states.  Live jazz music will be featured throughout both days beginning at 2pm.  Tickets are available for 20 dollars for Friday and 25 on Saturday at the FEC box office or online at  this year organizers have extended the Saturday night lineup until 10 pm and have added a dance floor for the headliners show.  A complete lineup of music, art and wineries can be found at