Floral City has assumed the mission of “putting the floral into Floral City,” by enhancing the vacant NE corner of U.S. 41 and Orange Ave. They are replacing the standard street signs with antique-style signage along Orange Ave. in the national historic district.
Lead by the joint planning, funding and labor of the Floral City Garden Club (FFGC) and the Floral City Heritage Council (FCHC), the community will be seeing “much needed improvements.”
The Garden Club has worked over the past forty years by planting flower beds throughout the downtown area. A member of the FFGC and FCHC suggested that Floral City should consider adding floral sculptures.
Recently, more than three dozen large metal flowers were purchased, painted and readied to be cemented into tall pots for placement in the town center and at the traffic light on U.S. 41. These “flower pots” will add a visual connection to the town’s name while adding artful color to the town center.
The plan is to outline the area in wooden timbers provided at a discount by Lowe’s manager, Tim Graff, and cover the area in fine crushed stone donated by Woody Company. They will also add benches, floral sculptures and a decorative water fountain.
Two anonymous donations and a donation from Duke Energy will fund the replacement of the standard county street signs with antique-style posts and signs along ten intersecting streets on Orange Ave. New directional signs will also be installed near the town center.
Some area businesses and individuals have already stepped forward to assist with the cost of the traffic light corner and the floral sculptures.
Additional donations can be sent to the Floral City Heritage Council, P.O. Box 328 in Floral City.