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A few months ago, OutSFL asked readers and the public what they thought about the idea of a new hotel coming to Wilton Manors. We have the results! And OutSFL is also conducting a second survey, this time about safety.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Exclusive: Strong Support for Wilton Hotel

By John Hayden

More than 6-in-10 people support putting a hotel on Dixie Highway just south of Five Points. Results of Out South Florida’s poll regarding the proposed hotel show 63% of respondents are in favor.

The question asks, “Do you support or oppose the current proposed hotel in Wilton Manors on Dixie Hwy?”

28% say they oppose the plan, while 9% are unsure.

“We need a hotel. This is a great location and will bring revenue,” one person in favor of the hotel said.

One opponent said, “This is not Disney World!”

The Wilton Hotel & Pool Club would be a 123-room boutique hotel with some amenities open to the public. The current version of the proposal is still being worked out with the city to make sure the project fully complies with city code. 

That said, city commissioners have been very supportive of the idea.



A Home for the Holidays – Shelter Pets Need You!

For the holidays, select adult dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for holiday sleepovers for two weeks starting Dec. 20. This gives the pets a break from being in the shelter and lets them get spoiled.

Art Exhibition Kickstarts Thou Art Woman’s 10th Anniversary

“Rain to Rainbow,” a collection of art pieces that display the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community, opened Dec. 14 at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Fort Lauderdale.


Wilton Manors Theater District Hit By Hate

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. A person also shut off the water to the building and Bodytek Fitness.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Santa by Sea

In true South Florida style, Santa Claus and his elves will travel by sea from Colohatchee Park to wish everyone happy holidays.

WED: Imperial Point Winter in the Park

Rescheduled from last week, the neighborhood is hosting a holiday gathering at Dottie Mancini Park.

THURS: Equality Park After Dark

The Pride Center's monthly block party is back in time for the holidays with food trucks, vendors, artists, authors, and other local creatives.

FRI: A Very Mary Nightmare Before Christmas

Dining With the Divas at Hamburger Mary's has a spooky holiday twist with live music, dancing, and themed cocktails.

SAT: Let it Snow

Snow comes to South Florida! As you walk through Dania Pointe, you'll see glistening snowflakes showering down over everyone at 7 and 8:30 p.m.


SUN: Holiday Fantasy Lights

Spend Christmas Eve entranced by a decades-long holiday tradition, with the winding roads of Tradewinds Park filled with light displays to enjoy from your car.

Job Opportunities

Fiscal and Budget Analyst -- Wilton Manors

The City of Wilton Manors is hiring a fiscal and budget analyst to prepare and revise budgets, review and project expenditures, and prepare budgetary reports.

Middle School Social Studies Teacher -- Wilton Manors

Somerset Academy is hiring a certified middle school social studies teacher who is passionate about working with children and making a difference for their students.

Meet Your Neighbor

Lori Pratico is a painter and advocate who created her nonprofit Girl Noticed in 2015, which creates large-scale murals with messages that empower girls and women. 

“This idea of empowering and valuing women but really noticing the girl, noticing the woman and noticing what she valued within herself -- how could I put that large on a wall, travel the United States? And make a real statement and impact? I literally, in a weekend, wrote a business plan for Girl Noticed and everything that I wanted it to be, and it pretty much became and that more,” Pratico said.

The artist is originally from Philadelphia and has now lived in Florida longer than her years spent in her hometown. When she's not working on her nonprofit work, she serves on the board of Wilton Art, a nonprofit that aims to showcase public art installations throughout Wilton Manors. -- Mary Rasura

Mike's Deal

Get some last-minute holiday shopping done -- for the man in your life or for yourself! Aussie Bum is offering a special 50% off deal for OutSFL readers using promo code OUTSFL50. 


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