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It's budget season in Wilton Manors, and a record $52 million budget is expected to be passed. However, it may not be a unanimous decision on the dais. Scroll to read more about the commission's thoughts on the upcoming budget.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor

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Record Budget For Wilton Manors

By John Hayden

Photo via Unsplash.

A record budget of $52 million is poised to be passed by the Wilton Manors city commission. At their special meeting on Sept. 13, commissioners took input from the public and took preliminary votes for funding the city’s new fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.

The budget and mileage rates both passed on 4–1 votes, with Commissioner Don D’Arminio dissenting in both cases. He believes the rates could be lowered to give a small break to taxpayers, and also wants the city to, at least partially, return to a five-day work week and make services available on Fridays.

The rate reduction proposal generated the most discussion. The rate that passed will result in a small increase for the average, homesteaded property owner. A reduction would see a small decrease. Other commissioners, led by Mayor Scott Newton, say lowering the rate now could mean a big increase next year.

Newton said once new revenue from proposed developments starts, in a few years, is the time for lowering taxes. Essentially, he said don’t count your property tax eggs before they’re hatched. 

Commissioner Chris Caputo also raised the issue of funding projects that need long term maintenance. Issues such as a roof on a city building. It has a life of about 20 years, but the city may not be putting money away and risks big expenditures. It is a bit like a condo association deciding if it’s going to fund its reserves.



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New Nightclub Opens On Wilton Drive

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a good chance you’ve walked right by Wilton Manors’ newest nightclub and not even noticed. That’s okay. You weren’t supposed to notice.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Karaoke Tuesday

Shake off your nerves and get on stage for Hamburger Mary's weekly karaoke night from 8 p.m. to midnight! Mary burgers and fries are also just $5.

WED: Paolo Conterno Wine Dinner

Union Kitchen & Bar is hosting a four-course wine dinner, exploring the wines of Paolo Conterno's Casa della Ginestra, dedicated to the production of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto wines.

THURS: Nice and Shiny: Maintaining a Healthy Hiney!

A fun, educational and informative talk discussing anal health lead by colon and rectal expert Dr. Elie Schochet and hosted at The Pride Center.

FRI: "Clark Gable Slept Here"

When the corpse of a naked male prostitute is found in his client's hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards, Jarrod Hilliard and hotel manager Gage Holland are left to sweep things under the rug in this play at The Foundry.

SAT: Afternoon Delight Series

Join sexologist Dr. Stacy Friedman and The Second Tuesday Lesbian Social Group for a candid conversation on self-love and sexual intimacy.

SUN: "Witches"

Tim Murray uses hilarious personal stories about growing up a closeted, yet feminine man, who tried hard to pass as straight to avoid being burned at the stake.

Job Opportunities

Weekend PRN License Respiratory Therapist -- Fort Lauderdale

The Pearl at Fort Lauderdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is hiring a full-time, talented and motivated respiratory therapist with a passion for the geriatric population, be able to evaluate and treat independently without direct supervision, and possess the desire to perform functional therapeutic activities.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialist -- Wilton Manors

Latinos Salud is seeking a bilingual medical billing and coding specialist to maintain accurate patient records, assign appropriate ICD-10, ICD-9, and DRG codes, verify patient insurance coverage and process claims for reimbursement, and other tasks.

Are you hiring? Send us your job listing with details to

Mike's Deal

It's never too late to enjoy breakfast! 

As a part of IHOP's International Bank of Pancakes membership deal, earn pan-coins with purchases. And now, you can earn five bonus pan-coins when you order after 5 p.m.

Other perks of being a member is free birthday pancakes, secret menu offerings, and other exclusive offers.

Community Scrapbook

As the Stonewall Museum recognized players in the LGBTQ Equality Movement, entertainer Billy Porter was shown his part of the exhibit and also wished a happy birthday. (Photos by J.R. Davis)


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