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Getting an F: Alabama city's new logo stirs strong feelings

by The Associated Press | January 28, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
Beverage sleeves with the city of Florence's new logo sit out for guests to take home following a reveal at the Shoals Community Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Florence, Ala. Some residents think the city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP)

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Some residents think a northern Alabama city's new logo might be sending the wrong message.

Florence's new logo uses the first three letters of its name -- a capital F followed by an L and an O arranged as an exclamation point -- to form F!

When the city unveiled the new logo this week, it drew immediate backlash and an online petition demanding changes that had nearly 7,500 signatures. The city paid $25,000 to a Birmingham marketing firm for the branding, WAAY-TV reported.

"The new logo symbolizes the people of Florence's passion and love for the city," the city said in a news release announcing the new logo. "A sense of amazement, delight and pride is all reflected in the Florence logo exclamation point."

City leaders are pushing back on claims that they didn't consider hiring a local firm to do the work, saying a request for proposals was issued but no local companies responded.

Residents were engaged early in the process through a community survey sent to hundreds of people, city officials said. WAAY-TV reports that it was unable to find a copy of the survey and the city didn't respond to its requests to see it.

In a letter to residents Thursday, Florence Mayor Andy Betterton said the new branding "will serve multiple needs and audiences as our community grows and moves forward."

"As we navigate developing the new branding, one thing is for sure; the process has highlighted our community's talents, humor, and love for Florence," Betterton wrote.

City Council member Kaytrina Simmons said she has requested a meeting with the mayor and council to discuss the logo and revise it. In a letter to residents, Simmons apologized for the logo which "has brought so much disappointment to our great city."

photo This image provided by the city of Florence, Ala, shows the old and new logo for Florence, Ala. The northern Alabama city's new logo is sparking a visceral reaction among residents. When Florence unveiled its new logo this week, it drew immediate backlash and an online petition demanding changes that had more than 5,000 signatures. The logo uses the name Florence, and arranges two letters after the F into an exclamation point. (City of Florence via AP)
photo Guests listen as Travis Tatum, of Tatum Design, speaks about the city of Florence's new logo during a reveal at the Shoals Theatre Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Florence, Ala. Some residents think the city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP)
photo Following an introductory video, Mayor Andy Betterton reveals the city of Florence's new logo at the Shoals Community Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Florence, Ala. Some residents think the city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP)
photo Guests grab beverage sleeves with the city of Florence's new logo on them following a reveal at the Shoals Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Florence, Ala. Some residents think the city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP)
photo Travis Tatum, of Tatum Design, explains the creative process of designing the city of Florence's new logo during a reveal at the Shoals Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Florence, Ala. Some residents think the city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP)

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