Florissant

Nestled in northern St. Louis County is the city of Florissant. Covering more than 12.87 square miles and a population, at the time of the 2010 census, of 52,158. Notable residents of Florissant include comedian Cedric the Entertainer, rapper Chingy, professional wrestlers “Cowboy” Bob Orton and Randy Orton, actress Kate Capshaw and hall of fame bowlers Dick and Pete Weber.

Although the exact timeframe of when settlers arrived in current day Florissant is unknown, historians believe it is one of the oldest settlements in Missouri, dating back to 1764. As French fur trappers and traders made their way into St. Louis, they ended up settling just north of the city due to the rich soil.  The French settlers nicknamed the land “Fleurissant”, which translates to “blooming” in English. The area remained a small village of mainly plantations and established its first form of government in 1786, naming their village St. Ferdinand in the process.

During the mid-1800s, German immigrants started settling in the area. Along with the French, they laid out the groundwork for further development of St. Ferdinand. Although the area was stretched across seven plantations, interestingly enough, the population was only 40 residents, making it a truly small and almost isolated community.

In the early 1900s, the area established seven general stores and nearly 18 specialty shops. While certainly a developed community, it still remained somewhat isolated. This would continue to be the case until after World War II, when residents were in desperate needs of homes to settle down. With a new sewer system in place, fire protection and an abundance of land acreage surrounding it, St. Ferdinand was an exceptional place to lay down roots.

St. Ferdinand’s name was officially changed to the area’s original French nickname of Florissant in 1939. Between 1947 and the late 1970s, more than 18,000 homes were built and the population had grown to roughly 76,000 residents in 1980.

Residents of Florissant are served by the Hazelwood and Ferguson-Florissant School District.

Florissant Official Website

Traditions

The Old St. Ferdinand Shrine and Historic Site consists of four historic and preserved buildings still standing on their original locations.

Florissant Civic Center Theatre hosts a variety of stage productions for both visitors and locals to enjoy. A 567-seat theatre, with professional sound and lighting systems, the FCCT is also available for patrons to produce art exhibits or host conventions.

Two popular recreation facilities can be found within the city of Florissant. The James J. Eagan Center offers residents a full gymnasium, vast indoor swimming pool, covered outdoor rink and a lovely 600- seat theater. The John F. Kennedy Community Center offers a fitness center, racquetball court, meeting rooms for conferences and more.

Voted “Best Diner” in 2012 by the Riverfront Times, the Florissant City Diner is a tiny, family-friendly diner that’s been a mainstay for many years.

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Community Contacts

Mayor of Florissant Thomas P. Schneider (314) 839-7601
Current City Council Members Tim Lee
Tim Jones
Joseph Eagan
Jeff Caputa
Keith Schildroth
Gerald Henke
Jackie Pagano
Robert Parson Jr.
Tommy Siam
City Clerk Karen Goodwin
(314) 839-7630
Court Clerk Debra Mills (314) 921-3322
City Attorney John Hessel (314) 444-7600
Municipal Judge Daniel Boyle (314) 838-4500
Finance Director Randy McDaniel
(314) 921-5700
Director of Public Works Lou Jearls
(314) 839-7641
Building Commissioner Phillip Lum
(314) 839-7647
City Engineer Tom Goldkamp
(314) 839-7643
Director of Parks and Recreation Todd Schmidt
(314) 839-7670
Director of Human Resources Sonya Brooks-White
(314) 839-7623
Director of Economic Development Bob Russell
(314) 839-7690
Director of Community Development Carol O’Mara
(314) 839-7680
Streets Superintendent Gary Meyey (314) 839-7641
Florissant Fire Department (314) 837-4894
Florissant Police Department (314) 831-7000