Print Icon

What a weekend we have ahead of us! The Pride Center opens the new season of Jammin' at The Center, a concert series with jazz, pop and R&B performers, and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a new photography exhbit opens on Saturday.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor

P.S. We're curious: What do you think about a hotel possibly coming to Wilton Manors? Scroll down to take our survey and we'll share the results.


Wilton Manors and Police Discuss Contracts, Including Pay

By John Hayden

Photo via Wilton Manors Police Department, Facebook.

In contract negotiations, one number can mean two things to two different people. Discussions between Wilton Manors and the officers’ union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), are no exception.

Both sides have been meeting for weeks to hash out a new three-year contract for WMPD. Most of the discussion has focused on pay. Officers are among the lowest paid in South Florida, and both sides want to change that.

The city wants to get officers from the fourth to the second quartile of area pay. Meaning they’d move into the top half of salaries. But agreeing on what counts as that number has been contentious. 

Twelve cities, including Oakland Park and Pembroke Pines, use BSO in lieu of having their own police force, with a salary range between $58K and $95K. Wilton Manors is counting each city BSO covers as its own entity, even though the salary and agency, BSO, is the same. 

The PBA says BSO should count as one, which would require bigger raises to bring WMPD salaries in line. Both sides have tentatively agreed on an 8% raise across the board in the first year, and moving to a seniority based “step” increase system after that for officers in their first 10 years.



Wilton Manors Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Exhibit Saturday

“In curating the exhibit, I wanted artists with a story about how breast cancer has affected their lives, whether it be personally or a family or friend who has been through it,” Dennis Dean said.

The Pride Center Launches New Season of Concert Series

Get ready to tap your toes, bop your head, and shimmy your shoulders! Come out and enjoy live jazz, R&B, and pop music surrounded by your friends in an intimate local LGBTQ+ venue.


Billy Porter Helps Raise $60K for Stonewall Museum

Billy Porter is a big star, but he’s an even bigger community activist. He headlined Back To the Drive for Stonewall National Museum & Archives, rallying the crowd and helping raise $60KAbout 200 people packed into the Crystal Ballroom at The Venue in Wilton Manors to hear the “Pose” star speak.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Oktoberfest

Oakland Park's three-day Oktoberfest is packed with activities, from tents of food and beer to live polka music, apple strudel eating contests, beer stein races, beer barrel rolls, and more.

SAT: Jammin' at The Center: Jon Davis

Jammin’ at The Center returns to The Pride Center, an eight-concert series kicking off with Jon Davis. Concerts are the third Saturday of the Month through May.

SUN: Man Fest

Running Friday through Sunday, this event by Daddy Ersin and The Eagle Wilton Manors closes with a Plunge Pool Party.

MON: Gears and Beers

Pedals up! Join Tarpon River Brewing for its weekly group bike ride around Fort Lauderdale from 7:30 to 9 p.m., ending with a meal and a drink.

Job Opportunities

Social Services Director -- Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center is hiring a social services director to 

plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the social services programs of the facility.

Busser/Runner/Expo -- Wilton Manors

Ethos Greek Bistro is in search of a busser/runner/expo worker to run and serve food and drinks in seat number fashion, expedite food within a 7-minute average ticket time, set Up and Break Down Expo Station, clean, and other tasks.

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

Friday's Furry Friend

Sadly, 6-year-old Ginger Bear was given up because her owner moved and could not take her along. Ginger Bear is a bit plump at 15+ pounds, but that just means there is a lot of her to love. She never lived with other pets or kids, so a quiet home will suite her best. Can this sweetheart be part of your family?

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

As we enter October, it is time to finally stop romanticizing something in the past: a relationship that ended, a previous job, or whatever “the good old days” means to you. The reversed Four of Cups says, “move on!” and walk into the energy of the Judgement card, which requires you to assess what you learned, the good and the bad, without pink-colored glasses. Only then can you unlock the forward-moving motion of The Chariot, which means you will finally launch that project or move to the next level with that relationship, or whatever has been on hold because of your obsession with the past.

Tiktok: @inTarotGate

Bookings: InTarotGate.Company.Site


Our mailing address is:

The Islander | 2520 N. Dixie Highway | Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Would you like to change how you receive these emails?

Please update your preferences or unsubscribe from this mailing list.

OUTSFL | 2520 N. Dixie Highway