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Hello, Islanders.

Once August rolls around, cities and towns are in a rush to finalize their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. With the Wilton Manors Police Department having some of the lowest pay in the county, negotiations are happening to get officers a pay bump.

Also, Out SFL has opened up nominations for the inaugural Your Choice Awards! Scroll down to start nominating your favorite people, places and things.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Manors & Police Union In Contract Negotiations

By John Hayden

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Sworn members of the Wilton Manors Police Department (WMPD) are among the lowest paid in South Florida. Now they and the city are working to change that, but are coming at the challenge from two very different places.

The current contract expires at the end of September. On July 27, representatives of the city and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) met publicly to lay out offers. The meeting was short, only 30 minutes including a break.

Finance Director Pennie Zuercher and Human Resources Director Dio Sanchez represented the city, while chief union negotiators are PBA Broward Vice President Kevin Loughran and WMPD Sgt. Michael Littleton. Only two issues were discussed: how much PTO officers can bank (the city is offering 300 hours), and pay structure.

Currently, WMPD officers start at $58,222 and max out at $89,294 annually, the second lowest in Broward County, only behind Miramar.

Read more at OutSFL.


Wrecking Ball is Coming for The Alchemist Cafe

The days are numbered for The Yard at Wilton Manors, home to The Alchemist Cafe and other eateries, at least as it lingers in your memory.

Nominations Open for Your Choice Awards

OutSFL's first Your Choice Awards has officially launchedNominate your favorite people, places and things, then vote for the winners. Deadline is Aug. 30.


Broward House Recovering From Flood

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.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "Rewind: History on Repeat"

Through Sept. 8, the Stonewall National Museum & Archives' exhibit spotlights the Black LGBTQ experience through collages by Beau McCall and archival materials from the museum

WED: Give That Queen a Dollar

Join Priince Triila at Hamburger Marys for a Wednesday Humpday show! Enjoy $1 drinks starting at 8:30 p.m. and showtime at 9 p.m. She'll be joined by Brielle Macchiato, Naomi Blair and Tokyo Iman.

THURS: Popcorn Frights Film Festival

Horror fans, it's your time to shine! The film festival celebrates the genre with films and events from Aug. 10 to 20 in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

FRI: Starlight Musicals

It's the final concert of the season with the Shane Duncan Band performing at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

SAT: Bowling For Food as Medicine

Bowl a turkey to support the Poverello Center with this fundraiser at Manor Lanes in Wilton Manors.

SUN: "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove"

Jane Chambers' play focuses on the friendships and journeys of eight lesbians spending their summer together in a cabin. See it now at The Foundry!

Job Opportunities

Reading Coach -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Elementary School is hiring a reading coach to assist children on their reading journey. 

Retail Sales Associate -- Wilton Manors

Dick's Sporting Goods is looking for a full-time retail sales associate for its footwear department. 

Meet Your Neighbor

Mike works as an attorney for an Oakland Park-based firm, but you might recognize his name for his contributions to The Islander: He has been supplying us with Mike’s Deals since last year! 

Mike tells us that he has always been the type to find coupons and savings opportunities and send them out to family and friends. 

His spot in our newsletter is his way of doing that for the whole community. He says he has fun changing it up, looking for local deals and national ones to keep it interesting. 

Originally from New Jersey, Mike has been local to South Florida for 10 years and lives in Wilton Manors with his husband, where they intend to stay. Mike also enjoys playing for the South Florida Gay Tennis League. His husband, Dooney, is a member of the nonprofit Wilton Collective, where they both assist with events and other programs. 

Mike is an active and valued member of Wilton Manors, the place he calls his home base. - Benny Manning

Mike's Deal

It's never too early to plan ahead for the holidays! Brazilian rodízio-style steakhouse Fogo de Chão is rewarding early reservations for parties. Book a December event with 15 or more guests and get up to a $150 dining card and guests will get up to a $50 dining card. Rewards for full-service catering is also available for private parties at home with 30 or more guests.


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