Florence Mayor Joe Henry confirmed Monday that he had received official verbal approval of Florence’s application to become a Coast Guard City.
“This distinguished award came after a long application process and a lot of hard work,” Henry said.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer Deborah Heldt Cordone was instrumental in getting written testimonies, compiling photographs and working with local media as she completed the Coast Guard City application on behalf of the community.
“According to the admiral, our application package was one of the best that has been submitted and we feel fortunate to have been selected,” Henry said.
“We are especially thankful for the people and their families at Coast Guard Station Siuslaw for what they do for our community. Not only do they keep our river and the adjoining miles of coastline safe for boaters, they are an integral part of our community and contribute greatly to what makes Florence Oregon's premier Coastal Community.”
In the coming weeks, the city will present the official Coast Guard City announcement in a press conference at Oregon Oregon Coast Military Museum.
Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, there will be a Coast Guard City Celebration at the Florence Events Center.
“The program is in the planning stage, but it will be an awesome event with the possibility of many dignitaries form outside our community,” Henry said. “We are all pretty excited.”