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If you're a bicyclist in the Island City, you won't be pleased to hear about the latest 26th Street improvement plan. In fact, the commission wasn't happy about it either, as the bike lanes will actually be narrower. Back to the drawing board!

The city also appointed new members to the Community Affairs Advisory Board. Finally, BSO is seeking the public's help to identify the arsonist of an Oakland Park church; take a minute to watch the surveillance video in case you know the suspect.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Bicyclists Will Feel the ‘Pinch’ in Latest 26th Street Improvement Plan

By John Hayden

Photo via UnSplash.

Wilton Manors has long been working to make the city friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians, and an overhaul of 26th Street east of Five Points is a key part of the plan. 

City commissioners were updated on the plan during their Aug. 22 meeting -- and were very unhappy with the proposal’s current incarnation. The project’s goals are to calm traffic, make the street more ADA accessible, and make it better for bicyclists. Commissioners say the plan does the opposite. 

Sidewalks are being extended from 5 to 7 feet, which sounds like a good thing for bikers. However, this comes into conflict with the city’s beautification goals. Shade trees will go in along the route and will “pinch” the sidewalk to just 4 feet. Essentially, there would be less room to get by than there is now. 

“The whole point was to make it safer for bikers and pedestrians and I don’t think that this does that,” Commissioner Chris Caputo, himself an avid bicyclist, weighed in. 

Vice Mayor Bracchi, who lives in the area, said he believes most bikers will use bike lanes, but still doesn’t understand the frequency of “pinch points.” 

“It just absolutely makes no sense to me,” he said.

Read more at OutSFL.


Police Searching for Arsonist of Oakland Park Church

According to surveillance video, a man carried a red gas can into the parking lot of the church, then poured liquid from the can onto the church and set a paper towel on fire.

Shake Up at Wilton Manors CAAB Appointments

Of the four incumbents, only one, Curtis Fedder, was reappointed. New faces joining the board are Glenn Jenkins, Gene Stinson, and Justin Gladney. 


Wilton Drive Redevelopment Moves Forward

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. 

Weekly Events

TODAY: 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

Administrative Assistant -- Wilton Manors

The Wilton Manors Police Department is hiring an administrative assistant in the Code Compliance Department to assist staff with the issuance of notices, managing case records, and clerical duties related to Special Magistrate Hearings, research and prepare Code Compliance related lien searches and public records requests, receive public inquiries and complaints, and more.

RN / LPN MDS Coordinator -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center is in need of an MDS coordinator to conduct and coordinate the development and completion of the resident assessment in accordance with Medicare, Medicaid, OBRA, and other payer programs.

Friday's Furry Friend

Sweet Diego is an energetic 3-year-old fellow who gets the zoomies when he first goes outside. Once he runs and plays a bit, he settles down and just wants to be with you and get lots of pets. Diego even enjoyed lounging in the kiddie pool to cool off, so if you have a pool, you might find him swimming in it.

Community Scrapbook

In anticipation for the first day of school, SunServe hosted a back-to-school carnival with games, ice cream, cotton candy, vendors, a dunk tank, and other fun. 

(Photos by JR Davis)


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