Community Input Sought; Activity Bus Incident; Veteran’s Day Parade; Fall Cleanup

Community Input Sought

The Lane County Board of Health is considering a county-wide indoor clean-air policy to address some current concerns with smoking and vaping in public indoor spaces.  The State of Oregon is looking at the potential of allowing cannabis smoking lounges and Lane County is looking at ways to address public health concerns and are asking for the public’s input.  Abbie Lee is the Community Health Analyst for Lane County Public Health.

“The Cannabis industry is also wanting to have cannabis bars and lounges a possibility for the state.”

Lee says the county is looking for input as to which direction to go and whether or not to allow such businesses to open in Lane County.  There will be a public meeting in Florence this Tuesday at the Bromley Room at the Siuslaw Public Library.  The meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30.

Activity Bus Incident

There is an investigation into an incident involving a student that was riding the activities bus on the return trip from a JV football game against LaPine.  The incident involved a student that made a statement online about possible self harm and potential harm to others.  According to Siuslaw School Superintendent, Andy Grzeskowiak, law enforcement was contacted and made an assessment.  Grzeskowiak says the immediate concern was addressed and further details are being investigated.

Veteran’s Day Parade

There will be a Veteran’s day Parade on Monday the 11th of November.  The Veterans Parade Committee is looking for entries to participate in the event.  All entries should have a veterans or patriotic theme.  There will be awards presented in 12 different categories including most patriotic, best military entry and best performance.  Entry forms are available at several locations around Florence including the Oregon Coast Military Museum and Coast Radio Studios.  For those wanting to watch the parade it will begin at 2 pm at the Florence Events Center and conclude at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Bay Street.

Fall Cleanup

A reminder that this Saturday is the city’s fall clean-up at the Siuslaw High School Parking lot.  Florence residents can get rid of items like furniture, useable construction materials and automobile tires.  A complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items is available on the city’s website at