The town's Natural Resources Division enforces the Land Management Ordinance which minimizes the impact of development and governs the style of buildings and how they are situated amongst existing trees.However, the town maintains several public beach access points, including one for the exclusive use of town residents, who have approved several multimillion-dollar land-buying bond referendums to control commercial growth.1.61 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.There were 3,915 households out of which 30.3 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.8 percent were married couples living together, 25.8 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2 percent were non-families.
During the 20th century the economy of Florence came to rely heavily on the healthcare industry, driven by two major hospitals and a number of pharmaceutical plants.
The area was gradually settled through the late 19th and early 20th century.
Early settlers practiced subsistence farming and produced indigo, cotton, naval stores and timber, which were shipped down the Pee Dee River to the port at Georgetown and exported.
As an addition to the boy's gymnasium, it did not have a name of its own until 1975 when it was dedicated in honor of Albert Burton Moore, a history professor and first dean of the Graduate School.
It continued to exist as an extension of the gym until 1968 when Coleman Coliseum was built.