In a town where tourism is the economic backbone, providing 1,900 jobs and $137 million in economic activity last year, the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the public’s support in gaining another national recognition to boost its visibility and attract additional tourism dollars. USHarbors.com, an organization with 4 million members, is looking for the best harbors in the country. The website shows that of the 1,278 harbors in the U.S., 90 harbors from 23 coastal states are in the running.
Voting started in February and, as of today, Florence is in third place behind Padanaram, Mass., and Lubec, Maine. Voting closes this Sunday, April 14.
Bettina Hannigan, executive director for the chamber, asks voters to go to usharbors.com/bestharbor2019, scroll down to select Florence, then scroll a little further to ensure they register their vote. Voters can cast only one ballot per email address.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning harbor will receive a plaque and be featured in a homepage takeover of the US Harbors site.
“We think our harbor is worth voting for because of its astounding natural beauty; the excellent boating, fishing, crabbing and clamming; and our vibrant riverside Historic Old Town district with its excellent food, drink, galleries, shops and award-winning hotels,” said Hannigan. “There is also our historic bridge, public art, farmer’s markets, concerts, parks, the Siuslaw River Interpretive Center and fun wildlife viewing of birds, sea lions, otters and occasional orcas.”
Other similar efforts to boost Florence’s profile have resulted in Florence gaining recognition as a Coast Guard City, one of TripAdvisor’s 25 Best Family Weekend Getaways With Kids, USA Today’s number-two Best Small Town in the Northwest and number-two Small Town In America for Adventure, Expedia.com’s Most Beautiful Town, Oregonian readers’ Favorite Coastal Getaway and one of Flight.com’s 8 Coolest Cities You Must Experience for Yourself.
“We’re really getting known to vacationers around the country, and even the world,” added Hannigan. “After all, we are Oregon’s Coastal Playground, and all these attributes and accolades prove it.
For more information on Florence, or to receive a free Florence Visitor’s Guide, contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce at FlorenceChamber.com, [email protected], 290 Highway 101 in Florence or 541-997-3128.