UPDATE: JULY 4 FIREWORKS IN FLORENCE WILL BE A BLAST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Siuslaw and the City of Florence have come together to save Florence’s annual 4th of July fireworks display. The fireworks will be shot over the Siuslaw River from the east end of the Siuslaw Port Campground in Historic Old Town beginning at about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, to provide a multitude of great vantage points for spectators. “Over the past two weeks, we have been holding our collective breaths, biting our nails, and working with key stakeholders—the show’s producer Western Display Fireworks, the Port of Siuslaw, and the City of Florence—for a safe contingency plan in the event that circumstances changed,” said chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. With the governor’s ruling last Friday, the circumstances did change. “The Port, Western Display, and the Chamber, with support from the City, were excited to be able to reverse course on our May […]

Let’s talk about the Hwy Banner Program with KXCR!

The Chamber is launching a Banner program for Hwy 101 from the bridge to Fred Meyers, up Hwy 126, into Old Town and the Casino. Listen and find out more about this exciting opportunity to share our love of Florence with 4 million cars that drive through a year!   https://florencechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/KXCR-Banner-CofC-BettinaHannigan-1.mp3

Nominations Open for Phoenix Rising – 2021 Siuslaw Awards July 22, 2021

Together our business community has risen from the ashes, while we keep moving upward. The Chamber community is looking towards brighter days ahead, while we prepare to recognize those who inspired us during the past 14 months. Not only do we wish to hear your nominations, but the stories behind them. Share with us who you feel not only survived, but thrived. Was there a business who made the best out of a difficult situation, who’s innovation lead to inspiring others to do the same? Do you know of a caring individual, organization or group of people that put the needs of the community above their own? We want to hear how they touched the lives of others. How about those brave souls who were determined enough to start a business during a pandemic? Give them a nod. We cannot forget the business owners and employees who worked on the front lines providing […]

2021 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL “SUSPENDED”

The board of directors of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has changed course on its plans for the 114th Rhododendron Festival and has suspended the event for the second year in a row. The event was scheduled for its traditional date, the third weekend of May, May 12 to 16, 2021. “People missed the point that we were moving forward with cautious optimism when we announced that our first step was the cancelation of Rhody Court since that’s the earliest aspect of the festival and demanded an early decision,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “As quickly and unpredictively as the State issues its edicts for where and what is safe for people to do, and then just as quickly rescinds them, it leaves us trying to hit a moving target while making plans for a huge event in as little time as possible.” “Vaccines, we’re now told, will roll […]

Vaccine Registration is Now Open for Lane County

From Lane County – Our countywide vaccine registration is now live, https://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=17261881, with registration available in Spanish as well. For those with limited internet access, you can provide a phone number for follow-up. All individuals interested in being vaccinated should register. Before you preregister, please note: Vaccine availability remains limited even among those that are currently eligible. This is a preregistration form that will help us reach out and schedule you to receive the vaccine when you are eligible and when supply becomes available. Once you have completed the preregistration and received confirmation that it has been received, your job is done and you do not need to call to verify your preregistration.   How will this work?  Fill out the preregistration form to the best of your ability. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that we have received your information. If you receive this confirmation, you do not need […]

FLORENCE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2020 PHOTO CONTEST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has selected the winner of a $250 cash prize in its 2020 photo contest. The contest was conducted from mid-October through the end of November. A panel of Chamber members reviewed the entries during December. The Chamber was looking for the best photos of the fun, frolic, iconic buildings, and distinctive scenery from Oregon’s Coastal Playground—an area up to 20 miles in any direction of Florence. More than 100 photos were entered. Joyce Korbein-Rennie of Florence entered the winning photo, titled “Fun at Sunset,” taken on September 2, 2020, on the beach below Heceta Head Lighthouse. “I was out doing some sunset photography and saw these people at a distance playing, running around the beach and in the waves. It was a beautiful night. The beach at Heceta Head is one of my favorite places to shoot,” she said. Korbein-Rennie used her Canon 80-D […]