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Early morning vandals hit Island City Stage, The Foundry, and Bodytek Fitness this week. Do you have any clues?

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Manors' Theater District Hit By Hate

By John Hayden

The intersection of LGBTQ and the arts communities has been strong for decades. But combining the two also creates an easy target for criminals. Island City Stage was the victim of a vandal.

Their new landscaping was destroyed, along with planters at the neighboring Foundry/Plays of Wilton theater. Beyond that, surveillance video from a business across the street shows a person shutting off the water to the building and Bodytek Fitness.

Island City Stage’s Managing Director, Martin Childers, said, "We just had the new planters installed and anchored two weeks ago, and it was paid for by donors. As a non-profit, everything we do comes at a great cost and our community makes it possible. To see it destroyed in any way is disheartening. And if we were targeted in any way that’s a totally different story.”

Were they targeted? Wilton Manors police are investigating, but it appears so. LGBTQ owned and/or friendly businesses were the target. That section of Dixie Highway is becoming the next Wilton Drive and, during early evening hours, is an LGBTQ hotspot. This happened around 3 a.m. Dec. 12 and no one was around.

At a recent city commission, Wilton Manors Police Chief Gary Blocker reminded people of the “see something, say something” mantra. If you believe there may be suspicious activity, call the police. They will come by to check it out.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact WMPD at (954) 390-2150.



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Weekly Events

TODAY: Coquito and Last Buffalo in the Park Bottle Release

Come out to the Funky Buddha taproom for the release of Coquito and Last Buffalo in the Park, two pours that are perfect for the holidays.

SAT: Art & Antique Walk

Oakland Park is hosting a the perfect opportunity for holiday shopping, with vendors from local shops selling art, antiques and eclectic finds.

SUN: The Rink

It might not be cold enough for frozen lakes, but we can still go ice skating! Head to The LOOP for its pop-up rink, going on now through Jan. 1, 2024.

MON: Transmasculine Support Group

Join SunServe for its weekly online support group, a safe place for transmasculine people to come together for social support and encouragement.

Job Opportunities

Chiropractic Associate -- Wilton Manors

MMA Chiropractics is hiring a full-time associate chiropractor to join their team.

Retail Customer Service -- Wilton Manors

Value Pawn & Jewelry is hiring a retail customer service employee, starting as a trainee in the store's five-week paid training program that can lead to the role of pawnbroker.

Friday's Furry Friend

Are you slowing down a little bit? Enjoy taking an afternoon nap? If so, there are two little dogs that fit this profile too, and they would love to go home with you. Seven-year-old Opec looks like a black, yorkie mix and his BFF Poppy is a 9-year-old, tan, and white shih-tzu mix and this pair are looking for a home where they can stay together.


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