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It's Friday the 13th! But things are looking good in the Island City. It declared itself a sanctuary city for the LGBTQ community, and local playwright Ronnie Larsen earned major nods from the Carbonell Awards.

The city commission has passed a record-breaking buget for the new fiscal year -- what do you think? Be sure to join our Facebook group to share Wilton Manors and Oakland Park related news as well as learn more about what's going on around town.

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Manors Passes Record Breaking Budget

By John Hayden

Wilton Manors City Hall. Photo by Carina Mask.

Spikes in utility and insurance costs helped drive Wilton Manors’ budget to $52 million. City commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the budget and set the millage rate at 5.836 for the fiscal year that started on Oct. 1.

The votes came with little comment and even less debate. Issues and criticism were aired during the first vote on these issues.

Commissioner Don D’Arminio was the lone dissenting vote each time the issues came up. He wanted a cut in the millage rate, some items cut, and a look at having city hall be staffed on Fridays. The Friday issue is expected to be addressed at an upcoming commission meeting.

The average homeowner is expected to see an increase of about $40 in their property taxes from the city. However, city taxes only make up about 25% of the total bill. Other taxing agencies, including Broward County and the school board, get the rest.



Plays on Wilton Among Most-Nominated Theater Companies

The Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s theater and arts honors, announced the nominations in 20 competitive categories for the 2022-2023 theater season.

Wilton Manors Declares Itself LGBTQ Safe Space

Wilton Manors is making official what most everyone already knew: the city is a welcoming and safe space for the LGBTQ community.


Wilton Manors and Police Discuss Contracts, Including Pay

Wilton Manors and the officers’ union, the Police Benevolent Association have been meeting for weeks to hash out a new three-year contract for WMPD.  Officers are among the lowest paid in South Florida, and both sides want to change that.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Men Having Babies Conference

This two-day conference focuses on the unique characteristics of Texas, Florida and other southern states as a surrogacy destination. Interact and consult with gay dads, experts, and over 20 reputable gay-friendly agencies, clinics, law firms, and other surrogacy providers.

SAT: Love! Valour! Compassion!

New to Island City Stage, a play about eight gay friends who spend the summer at one's beautiful 100-year-old house in upstate New York.

SUN: Gospel Brunch

Join friends and supporters of CAN Community Health for a gospel brunch fundraiser at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors.

MON: Give Back Monday Book Release

This week at Bona, 10% of proceeds will benefit Truth Wins Out and Wayne Besen will be present with copies of his book, "Lies With a Straight Face."

Job Opportunities

Communications & Media Manager -- Wilton Manors

The Pride Center is searching for candidates to fill the role of communications and media manager, who would provide leadership, vision, and management to enhance and expand the communication efforts of The Pride Center. The manager is responsible for helping The Pride Center “tell its story” in the community.

Primary Therapist -- Oakland Park

The Way Home Treatment Center is looking for a primary therapist to provide group therapy, individual counseling sessions, and charting.

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

Friday's Furry Friend

After undergoing emergency, lifesaving surgery, 5-year-old Grace has gained some weight and loves to play with her toys. She is gentle, affectionate and needs a family who will spoil her and give her an amazing home and help her forget about her horrible past. Are you the one for her?

It's in the Stars

InTarotGate by Dooney 

Someone in a position of power, as seen in The Emperor, might come to you with a new opportunity that might at first not seem like something you want or it is not clear to you what benefits it might bring. Part of it is your inability to look past your current situation, as seen in the Four of Cups, which you have likely become used to, even overlooking aspects of it that are not a good fit for you. At the core there is the denial of your true potential seen in the reversed Strength card, keeping you from letting out that inner lion of creative and fierce power that has been lying dormant for a while now. 

TikTok: @inTarotGate 

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