Another Night of Cold – Shelter Open; New Developments; Empty Bowls; Free Fishing

Another Night of Cold – Shelter Open

With lows expected to dip below freezing again tonight the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will once again open its doors for the homeless in Florence.  Cold weather moved into the area Tuesday and it is not expected to  get above freezing until Saturday night.  Volunteers have joined forces to make sure that accommodations for those less fortunate are available.  Transportation will be provided from the Siuslaw public library, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.  Registration will begin at 5 pm and an evening meal is provided.  Transportation in the morning from the shelter will begin after breakfast is served.  There is still a need for volunteers and people can contact Greg Wood at 991 8208.

New Developments

With the sewer and water extensions completed on the north side of town the properties along highway 101 are now better suited for development and home building could become a reality.  Public Works Director Mike Miller said one parcel is making preparations.

“The Sand Ranch, which is now Sand Pines Ranch, is a large development which will be happening at the old Sand Ranch and back to the west.”

Miller says the 40 acre parcel hope to be underway in the new year.

“I believe they will be moving forward with their application and getting their land use approvals and moving forward with their construction here within the next 6-8 months

Empty Bowls

Tis the season for giving and another popular fundraiser will be happening next weekend.  The Empty Bowls event to benefit the Florence Food Share is scheduled for next Friday through Sunday.  Organizers say they will have well over a thousand bows available for sale and each bowl comes with a certificate for a bowl of soup at a participating restaurant.

Free Fishing

A quick reminder: this is the weekend for free fishing, crabbing and clamming.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing for anglers and those who might have always wanted to be to fish without licenses or tags.  Weight limits and catch limits are still in place though.