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We hope our subscribers all had a wonderful Christmas, and is hopefully able to take this week easy. The year is ending with good news for the Wilton Manors Police Department and a new face at the head of Broward House.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Police Department Gets New Contract

By John Hayden

After months of intense, back and forth negotiations, Wilton Manors and their police department (WMPD), both sides have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal has several significant changes from the previous pact.

In public negotiation sessions, pay and benefits were generally the main sticking points. Going into discussions, WMPD was one of the lowest paid departments in Broward County and South Florida. The city wanted to get them into the top half.

Highlights of the new deal, as outlined by the city, include a new pay structure designed to better recognize seniority.

Raises will now be on a “step plan” instead of merit based. The first year comes with an 8% increase to base pay and moves officers to a higher step. Years two and three come with COLA (cost of living) raises of 3% and 3.5%, respectively. They also will have a double step for members whose years of service exceed their step pay.

The deal also lets officers reach their ‘longevity payments’ sooner. Members with 10-14 years of service will get a $875 payment (up from $675), and people with 15-19 years will get $1275 (up from $1,000). A new tier was created for people with 20 or more years, giving them $1500.

There will also be more pay incentives to temporarily fill-in on positions higher than the officer’s duties, and more positions will be eligible for assignment pay.


Broward House Welcomes New CEO, Nicole Burrell

Nicole Burrell is the new CEO at Broward House and is ready for the challenges that lie ahead. 

“Community service is my passion and being at Broward House allows me to mesh both my finance and service skills."

New Video Shows Gunmen Opening Fire in Fatal Shooting of Wilton Manors Man

More than three months after Arland Cata was gunned down inside his Wilton Manors home, authorities are hoping newly released surveillance footage will lead them to his killers.


Stonewall Pride’s June Event Faces Existential Crisis

Florida’s political climate, less money available from traditional sponsors, and a day of downpours is creating major problems for Wilton Manors’ Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival.

Weekly Events

TODAY: POZitive Attitudes

A weekly support group for gay and bisexual men who are infected or affected by HIV or AIDS.

THURS: "Cinderella"

After covertly rehearsing in a war zone, the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine took on the difficult task of transporting the company, set, and costumes out of Ukraine to bring this full-scale production of "Cinderella" to North America.

FRI: Karaoke Night

Get ready for an electrifying Friday night at La Mexicana Taco Bar, with karaoke, live music, food, and drinks.

SAT: Garden of Lights

Go before it's gone! Garden of Lights at Flamingo Gardens is an annual tradition with thousands of lights and holiday decor throughout the grounds.  

SUN: New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year with your friends at Alibi! Hosted by TP Lords, the block party will include outdoor bars, a food tent, go-go dancers, DJs, champagne toast, and more.

Job Opportunities

Nurturing Coach -- Wilton Manors

Family Central is hiring a nurturing coach to provide the Nurturing Parenting Program curriculum to families during regular home sessions, with fidelity and cultural sensitivity.

Special Events Coordinator -- Wilton Manors

The Pride Center at Equality Park is in search of a special events coordinator who will  help plan and manage the details of center events, including proper planning, preparation, budgeting, execution, problem-solving, and follow-up of development and programmatic events on campus and in the community.

Meet Your Neighbor

Alexander Zenoz is a singer, actor and musician with a passion for giving back to the community. He’s participated in the SMART ride and is an active supporter of Arts United, an organization that advocates for the LGBTQ community through artistic expression. 

“I’ve never been one to hold on to things, I’m always a sharer,” Zenoz said. "I just want people to know that they’re seen and taken care of. When I feel like I’m not seen and taken care of, I want people to know it’s alright, we’re a community, you don’t always have to hold up the weight of the world on your own.” 

Zenoz is Cuban-American and was born and raised in Miami. 

He has an upcoming show called "Alexander and the Birds of Paradise" that will feature several singers and musicians. All proceeds will benefit Arts United. The show is Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. at Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available 


Mike's Deal

Ring in the New Year with some fresh looks! Aussie Bum is offering a special 50% off deal for OutSFL readers using promo code OUTSFL50. 


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