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As our last issue of The Islander for 2023, we look back at the top stories in Wilton Manors as covered by OutSFL. From the whole team, we wish you a Happy New Year! See you in 2024.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor

Top Stories in 2023

#1: Martina Navratilova & Wife Shunned From Wilton Manors Holiday Event for Anti-trans Rhetoric

By John Hayden

Martina Navratilova is extremely vocal in her transphobic views. Now, she’s feeling the backlash.

The tennis icon was planning to attend the Wilton Manors Holiday Spectacular on Monday where her wife, “Real Housewives of Miami” star Julia Lemigova, was set to perform.

Now, Lemigova has been uninvited and, presumably, Navratilova will be a no-show.

#2: Beloved Owner of Pub On the Drive Dies

Michael Connell, the owner of Pub On the Drive, has passed away. Friends say he died overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. He suffered a stroke about a month ago, but the news of his death still came as a surprise. Connell appeared to be making a full recovery, and was making plans.

#3: Hamburger Mary’s Up For Sale

One of the most flamboyant and iconic LGBTQ restaurant chains is having trouble making it in Wilton Manors. Again. Over the past few days, Hamburger Mary’s, located at 2426 Wilton Drive, has popped up on multiple real estate listing services.

#4: More Delays, Frustration Over Wilton Drive Development

There have been lots of starts and stops in the quest to bring new development to Wilton Manors. The highest profile and controversial project remains in “stop” mode.

#5: New Nightclub Opens On Wilton Drive

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a good chance you’ve walked right by Wilton Manors’ newest nightclub and not even noticed. That’s okay. You weren’t supposed to notice.

Weekly Events

TODAY: 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

Finance Director -- Wilton Manors

The City of Wilton Manors is hiring a finance director to provide the leadership in the Finance Department to achieve sound financial management of the City’s resources and safeguard all City assets. 

Line/Pizza Cook -- Wilton Manors

Bona Italian Restaurant is hiring a line/pizza cook to stock and manage assigned station and ensure quality of food served, be resourceful, clean, and carry out other duties assigned by the manager on duty or chef.

Friday's Furry Friend

If you’re looking for a different type of pet, then Gnocchi could be the perfect Guinea pig for you. This fellow needs to be the only fur baby in the home, he doesn’t play nice with others. While he might be shy at first, he does squeak at his food and enjoys nose rubs and the top of his ears massaged. Can he go home with you?

It's in the Stars


If you have been dealing with loss: a break up, a layoff, or a recent death, the reversed Three of Swords signals the end of anguish, finally finding a way out of the thorny path you have been treading. However, the reversed Queen of Swords warns you to beware of the unreasonable and impassable boundaries that you might have set between you and others, likely the only thing keeping you from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and the possibilities ahead. Like the queen, you might be looking back rather than forward, ignoring the high energy of the Eight of Wands, which could quickly lead you to a new relationship, a new job, and emotional healing—if you turn from your anguish long enough

Key numbers: 2, 3, 11, 12


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