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The discussion about a proposed hotel in Wilton Manors continues, with views ranging from excitement about the prospect of more hospitality to dread of what it could do to traffic and parking.

Also, there's just a little more than a week left for you to make your nominations in the Your Choice Awards; scroll down and let your voice be heard!


-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


The Wilton Hotel: New Project, Old Concerns

By John Hayden

Rendering via the Wilton Hotel & Pool Club.

Traffic in South Florida is bad and getting worse every year. While smaller cities, like Wilton Manors, don’t have major traffic issues (other than when streets flood or a slow-moving train rolls through), many worry the problem is coming.

A proposed hotel on Dixie Highway south of Five Points, has support from community leaders and many of its neighborhoods. The drawings promise beautiful aesthetics. There is general agreement that the city needs a boutique hotel.

But opinions diverge when it comes to neighborhood impact. The proposed Wilton Hotel & Pool Club would be 123 rooms, eight stories (including parking) and offer amenities to guests and the community. Large murals by local artists would adorn the exterior. However, debate is raging online over the details.

OutSFL posted a hotel story in the Wilton Community News Facebook discussion group, and debate has been brisk and somewhat contentious. Cathy LaLonde sums up both sides of the discussion. “I think it will be beautiful, but I’m a little concerned about the traffic.”

Read more at OutSFL.


Woman Surrenders to SWAT Team After Barricading Self at Business in Wilton Manors

A woman who barricaded herself at a Drag Lily Tattoo was taken into custody by SWAT teams following an hours-long standoff.

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.


Group Aims to Clean Up Parks; Makeover in the Works

Maintaining high standards for Wilton Manors' parks isn’t easy. Now a group is aiming to lend a hand. Friends of Wilton Manors Parks has the goal of not just maintaining those standards, but taking them to the next level. 

Weekly Events

TODAY: Karaoke Night

Warm up those pipes and pick your favorite song, because it's karaoke night at Hamburger Mary's!

WED: Ice Cream and Beer Pairings

Funky Buddha and Wilton Creamery are teaming up to offer five small-batch ice cream flavors paired with five brews.

THURS: Sisters in Health and Unity

TransInclusive is hosting a community town hall event at ArtServe focused on centering the health of Black women and women of color with an engaging panel discussion, entertainment, food and refreshments, and networking.

FRI: "Thrill Me"

It's 1924 in Chicago, and Richard and Nathan find themselves leaving a trail of arson, theft, and vandalism -- and possibly murder? See the play at Island City Stage before it wraps Sept. 3.

SAT: AirOtic

Your last chance to check out the aerial burlesque cabaret show at Hunter's!

Job Opportunities

Family Support and Engagement Specialist -- Wilton Manors

Kids In Distress is looking to hire a full-time family support and engagement specialist to initiate and maintain regular long-term home visiting services and providing referrals to other needed support services.

General Merchandising/Stocker -- Fort Lauderdale

Target is hiring full- and part-time general merchandisers and stockers.

Meet Your Neighbor

Constance Ruppender is the president and co-founder of Art Gallery 21, a nonprofit bringing art to the Wilton Manors community for more than 10 years. The gallery is now a part of the Island City Cultural Center. 
Art Gallery 21 works closely with the city to host events and provide a space for classes and meetings. 

Though born and raised in Virginia and North Carolina, Ruppender has lived in Wilton Manors for 36 years. 

For 16 years, Ruppender was an environmental educator and taught children about the Everglades and water management. But her involvement in the Wilton Manors community doesn’t end with her love for sharing art. She previously spent 12 years on the Planning and Zoning Board and is currently on the Financial Advisory Board. Constance is also a member of Friends of the Wilton Manors Library and the Wilton Manors Historical Society. If you're active in Wilton Manors, and you’ll be sure to see her around!  -- Benny Manning

Mike's Deal

Why should Mexican fare only have a deal on Taco Tuesday? Tijuana Flats is extending the fun to the weekend with 2 for $20 Saturdays -- get two entrees, two drinks and one starter for just $20 on Saturdays.


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