City Council May Opt to Extend Waivers; Florence Chamber Introduces New Board Members; Flag Day Celebrated; Volunteers Needed

City Council May Opt to Extend Waivers

On Monday evening the Florence City Council will convene at 5:30.  On the agenda is the potential adoption of Ordinance no.6 Series 2019.  This ordinance would amend the Florence City Code Title 9, chapter 1 extending the timeline for waivers or deferrals of the collection of certain system development charges.  The waivers and deferrals were approved last year to encourage the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units adjacent to single family residential properties within the boundaries of Florence City limits.  If approved, the ordinance would take effect on July 1st and would be extended for 1 year.  Florence has experienced some growth in housing over the last year, but affordable units are still in short supply in the city and the council and staff feel this is a good incentive to continue to encourage the building of small units on what is currently single family residential zoning.  State law was enacted on July 1st of last year that made it mandatory for cities to allow this type of construction; Florence was already in the process of approving such measures prior to the state law.

Florence Chamber Introduces New Board Members

Last night at Three Rivers Casino the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated their outgoing board members and introduced three new members to the chamber board.  New members on the board will be Al Rojas with Oregon Pacific Bank, Bonnie Stone of Butter Studioz, and Chris Nystrom of Driftwood Shores.  Neil Ecker of Hyak was introduced as the incoming board president.

Flag Day Celebrated

Today the nation celebrates Flag Day.  Flag Day signifies the 134th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes.  Today members of the Florence Kiwanis will be setting out the flag on the streets of Florence in honor of this day.  The Florence Kiwanis maintains flags for display on major holidays and significant events.  The program is sponsored by local businesses and individuals that contribute to the flag program allowing the flags to be posted along the streets in old town, on highway 101, three rivers casino and various other places around town.  In addition to the recognition of Flag Day there will be a flag retirement ceremony at 4pm at the vacant lot across from the Veteran’s Park on Bay Street performed by members of the American Legion and the VFW.  The Florence Elks lodge will also have a ceremony at 10am today.

Volunteers Needed

Dunes City is looking for volunteers to test the waters on Siltcoos Lake.  Training for the procedure, plus the use of a boat is provided.  Interested parties can contact Dunes City hall for more information.