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Florence-Lauderdale Tourism opens new visitor center

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The new center includes exhibits and interactive features for residents and visitors alike. The new center includes exhibits and interactive features for residents and visitors alike.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar project in the Shoals. The new Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Office and Visitors Center is now open to the public.

The building is located in McFarland Park. Tourism staff said they hope the facility will become a special place for both locals and visitors.

From a music hive to artifacts, the new center covers a little bit of everything in the Shoals.

"This is something the whole community needs to be proud of. We're very excited to have such a wonderful facility," said Alison Stanfield.

"We want this to be as much for the local residents as the visitors. We want people who live here to come and use this facility when they have friends and family. They will get a better idea of all we have to offer," she continued.

The tourism office is more than just a place where you stop in to pick up a brochure.

"The most fun thing about the center is we have iPads throughout so visitors can spend some time going through to find the information they want. They can dig a lot deeper," said Stanfield.

Funding for the $2-million facility came from the visitors themselves.

"It's paid for by lodging tax," explained Stanfield. "Local taxpayers have not put their hard-earned money into this; this is really paid for by the visitors through the tax that's collected at hotels. But it is something everyone is going to get to enjoy."

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the visitors center will be held June 2.

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