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Happy Friday, Islanders!

"The flood of the century" may have been back in April, but plenty of families and businesses are still picking up the pieces. That includes Broward House, which had to be completely gutted and is finally ready for construction. Check out their upcoming event to raise awareness!

Other upcoming happenings include Pride Fête, lots of theatrical performances in town, and what we can expect is lots of more meetings on the proposed Wilton Manors hotel. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Broward House Recovering From Flood

By John Hayden

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“Pardon our mess, and come on in!” 

It’s been nearly four months since record rainfall flooded much of Broward County, and people and businesses are still recovering and rebuilding, including Broward House.

They didn’t need to wait for the water to recede to know their building would be a complete gut job. After weeks of first removing the waterlogged waste then waiting on permits, they’re ready to start construction. And they’re inviting the public to see their progress.

“We’re starting to rebuild, and it’s a great time for people to see and get involved,” Jana Jaffe, Broward House Community Relations and Events Manager, said.

They’re holding Construction, Cocktails & Mocktails on Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in their wall-less building at 417 SW 18th Ct. It’s a chance for supporters to visit and see first hand how much damage was done and how far they’ve come.

Now, their building from the 1950s is getting upgrades, as the flood forced the organization to undertake renovations they’ve delayed for years.

“Our money has always been put into our clients who need it more than anything,” Jaffe said.

Read more at OutSFL.


Pride Fête Celebrates Caribbean Culture

Dozens of islands dot the Caribbean, each offering their own unique culture of food, music, and stories. Now the diaspora of the Caribbean archipelago are celebrating their Pride.

Positive Public Opinion for Proposed Wilton Hotel

Now that residents have had a couple of weeks to discuss the proposal, OutSFL reached out to major stakeholders in the community for their take.


Wilton Manors Affordable Housing Crisis Put In Focus

Broward County’s affordable housing crisis has been years in the making, and solving it may take even longer. During their meeting on July 25, Wilton Manors city commissioners were briefed on how dire the situation has become.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "Oleanna"

In this new play at Empire Stage, a college student goes to her professor for extra help -- and a power struggle ensues and leads to a sexual harassment accusation.

SAT: "Thrill Me"

"Thrill Me" at Island City Stage takes you back to 1924 with characters Richard and Nathan as they attempt to commit the perfect murder.

SUN: "Load Bearing Walls"

A reading of "Load Bearing Walls" by Pamela Morgan, a finalist in the Lesbian Thespians playwriting contest. The reading is free and open to the public at the Wilton Manors Cultural Center.

MON: Monday Night Trivia

It's time to show off all that "useless" knowledge you've been storing in your head! Join Funky Buddha for its weekly Monday Night Trivia, and the top three teams win brewery gift cards.

Job Opportunities

Kindergarten Teacher -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Elementary School is hiring a kindergarten teacher to create a classroom setting with critical thinking, application, and interpersonal skills, and technology into an aligned curriculum and assessment process.

Multifamily Leasing Consultant -- Wilton Manors

Cushman & Wakefield is in need of a multifamily leasing consultant to join its on-site management team at Wilton Towers.

Friday's Furry Friend

Handsome Bernie was adopted as a kitten, but his family is moving and can’t take him along. Bernie is now 7 years old and might be shy until he gets to know you. He likes to play in the sink with the water running, loves tomatoes, and will use a cardboard cat scratcher. 

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

August marches in with the promise of major change, the Death card signaling a crushing blow to toxic religious and patriarchal thought symbolized by the pleading bishop about to be plowed by Death’s white horse. However, the reversed Judgment card reminds us how stubborn these opposing forces are to change, refusing to listen to the wake-up call of ideological progress and throwing roadblocks in our way like so many gray corpses of old thinking. Regardless, we are coalescing into a caring Queen of Pentacles, embracing one another and filling in the gaps that our unfit state government leaves in its wake, planting, instead, seeds of love and hope.

Tiktok: @inTarotGate

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