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Hello, Islanders,

Wilton Manors is making moves in town, including the redevelopment on Wilton Drive; the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, in particular. We've heard differing views on this -- as well as a proposal for a new hotel in the Island City -- and we'd love to hear yours. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to give your two cents on what's going on in Wilton Manors!

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor

P.S. You have ONE MORE DAY to make your nominations in the Your Choice Awards! Scroll to nominate your favorites!


Wilton Drive Redevelopment Moves Forward

By John Hayden

Photo by John Hayden.

Unanimous. That was the vote by Wilton Manors’ Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board when considering requests for redevelopment at Shoppes of Wilton Manors, aka Alibi Plaza. During a special meeting on Aug. 16, the board took eight votes on proposed redevelopment of the site and each time voted ‘yes’ to move forward.

The project, called Wilma, will replace the back building, where Pride Factory currently resides, with a parking lot. The lot in front of the building will be turned into a mixed-use facility with shopping on the ground level and apartments above.

Tension around the proposal has been high. Supporters say the city needs to grow to increase tax revenue and update the look of a street lined with buildings that are increasingly dated. Opponents worry adding a midrise building that will dwarf the neighborhood will be the beginning of a ‘canyon’ that will block the area’s natural beauty.

During the meeting, opponents also spoke out about the increased population density and traffic in the adjoining neighborhood. People also spoke about the disruption to life on Wilton Drive during construction.

Read more at OutSFL.


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With a push for parental rights by the DeSantis administration, new rules are now in place — and that means a lot more paperwork for parents.

Nominations Open for Your Choice Awards

It's your last chance to make your nominations for OutSFL's inaugural Your Choice AwardsNominate your favorite people, places and things, then vote for the winners. Deadline is Aug. 30.


New Pride Hub Faces Problems

The grand opening of Pub on the Drive’s new patio was just that: grand. But an unforeseen issue briefly tamped down enthusiasm. On Aug. 16, co-owner Mike Connell and his crew cut the red ribbon and officially opened their new back patio area, called Pride Hub at Pub On the Drive.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "La Cage Aux Folles"

Enjoy a screening of "La Cage Aux Folles" at The Pride Center, where gay couple Renato and Albin must play a straight couple with the help of drag to win over their son's future in-laws, who are die-hard conservatives.

WED: Papapietro Perry Wine Dinner

The owners of Union Kitchen & Bar will be hosting a four-course wine dinner with the wines of Ben and Yolanda Papapietro from Dry Creek Valley.

THURS: Comedy Night

Get your laugh on at Blue Steel's weekly stand-up comedy night with local talent.

FRI: Old Town Untapped

The summer edition of Pompano Beach's free gathering of food trucks, artists, vendors, and live music.

SAT: Body Positive Beach Bash

Join SunServe for its annual Body Positive Beach Bash, celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes during an afternoon at the beach.

SUN: "Thrill Me"

It's closing night for "Thrill Me" at Island City Stage telling the story of Nathan and Richard as they leave a trail of arson, theft, vandalism, and maybe murder?

Job Opportunities

Assistant to the City Manager -- Wilton Manors

The position of assistant to the city manager of the City of Wilton Manors provides high-level project management coordination of projects as assigned. The position requires broad administrative and management skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills. 

Sales Associate -- Wilton Manors

Dollar General is hiring a sales associate for its Wilton Manors location to act as the point of contact for customers, assist in setting and maintaining plan-o-grams and programs, and stock merchandise.

Meet Your Neighbor

Dooney Potter is The Islander’s very own tarot reader, but his skill set doesn’t end there. He’s a professional painter, and you can find his works at Wilton Collective, a nonprofit that supports LGBT youth. 

The artist enjoys doing oil paintings with mythical themes and also does a lot of portraits, including custom pet portraits. Art has been his career for more than five years. Some of his hobbies include writing poetry and short stories and playing piano. 

Dooney has been interested in tarot for a long time, but he really got into reading cards about a year ago and has been running his TikTok page, @inTarotGate. He has a growing collection of nine tarot decks, each with its own beautiful and unique art. 

Dooney has been a Wilton Manors resident for almost a decade, and it’s here that he met his husband, Mike Nemeroff, who he’s been with for about four years. - Benny Manning

Mike's Deal

You're set for dinner this week! 

Pei Wei is offering $5 off on your order of $20 or more. Use code 5OFF20 now through Aug. 31 to save on your next meal with Pei Wei.


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