National Burger Chain Returns to Florence – Covid 10 Numbers are Up – Dunes City Loses Community Leader – A Look At Miltenberg For 97J

National Burger Chain to return to Florence

For the past week Florence area residents have been wondering what is goin gin behind the chain link fencing at 35th and Highway 101.  Florence City Manager, Erin Reynolds knows.

“That is going to be a Burger King. So that has gone through most of its approvals. They’ve pulled permits.”

The Florence Planning Commission approved the Design Review submitted by Ambrosia QRS Oregon LLC on December 8th of last year.   Ambrosia QRS of Vancouver Washington is franchising organization of quick service restaurants in the Pacific Northwest that include not only Burger Kings, but Popeyes’ Louisiana Kitchen brands.


Florence added another Covid 19 case Monday, bringing the total number afflicted with the virus to 235 since March 2020.  Lane County added another 56 cases, bringing the seven day total to 447 cases, to date the county has suffered 12,527 cases of the Coronavirus.  Currently 13 are hospitalized in Lane County, five are in the ICU and one victim is on a ventilator.  In total Oregon added another 540 cases with one new death Monday, that of a 70 year old Douglas County Woman on May 1st.


Long time Dunes City community leader and businessman Bob Petersdorf has passed away.  Born and raised in Reedsport, Petersdorf had been a member of the Dunes City community prior to its incorporation by the state of Oregon in 1963.  As a grocer Petersdorf owned and operated Food Town Market in the 1970’s and 80’s.  As a community leader he served as Mayor of Dunes City in three different decades from 1977 to 79; 1981 to 85 and 1991 to 94.  After which he served as a city councilor and on the road commission.  Petersdorf passed away Saturday morning, May 1st at the age of 79.


Today we continue our focus on candidates running for seats on the 97J School Board

Maureen Miltenburg is running for Siuslaw school district school board in May’s special election.  She is running for seat # 4.  Miltenberg has been involved in the Florence community since her retirement here in Florence and is an Oregon Coast native.  Miltenberg says the students play an important role.

 “Every single student that goes through this district is a vital part of this community and very very important and it is our job as a board member, and it certainly is my job if I become on the board to make sure that every single student’s needs are provided for.”

She says she believes it is important for the school board to have members that have educational and administrative experience.  May’s special election is Tuesday, May 18th.