Parade Well Attended; Planning Commission Meeting; Pro Lumber Construction; Texas Gypsies

Parade Well Attended

It was a day of recognition for our veterans in Florence as people lined the streets for the annual veteran’s Day parade.  The weather was perfect and the crowds were substantial as representatives of all branches of service took part.  One float honored the Grand Marshalls of the parade from our greatest generation, veteran’s of WWII.  There was a group of veterans from Lowell representing Vietnam era veterans and servicemen and women from the U.S. Coast Guard were on hand.  Coast Radio’s Wayne Sharpe participated in the parade as a member of the Oregon Coast Military Museum.

“Yeah, the crowd was large coming down Bay Street and a lot of different entries.  And always a good time for the community to have the opportunity to come out and thank the veterans for their service.”

Sharpe, Cal Applebee and Tim Sapp were instrumental into reintroducing the Veteran’s Day Parade more than a decade ago.

Planning Commission Meeting

The Florence Planning commission meets this evening at 5:30 pm at City Hall.  On their agenda will be the consideration for approval of the final development plan for a 16 unit townhome development currently under construction at 32nd and Oak Street.  Approval of the final plan considers landscape requirements, parking requirements and access to and from the development.  The commission will also consider an allowance for a single family residence in a multi-family residential zone. At 3355 Oak Street.

Pro Lumber Construction

Construction has begun on the new Pro Lumber location.  Yesterday crews were pouring footings for some of the new buildings.  Last month the planning commission approved the relocation to the former Woodsman Nursery location on Highway 101 just north of Les Schwab Tire. Pro Lumber owner John Larocco says they hope to be up and running early in 2020.

Texas Gypsies

Tomorrow evening the Florence events Center welcomes a group of vintage Jazz Swing musicians.  The Texas Gypsies will be performing their “Roaring 20’s” era music with horns, upright bass and swinging guitars.  The event begins at 6:15. Tickets are available at