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Wilton Manors Couple Goes Viral After Meltdown at Airport

By John Hayden

Forget Santa’s Naughty list, people are calling for a Wilton Manors man to be put on the No-Fly list.

Video shot at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) shows a man absolutely losing it in the terminal after learning his flight to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) was delayed.

Video of the man quickly went viral after being posted to the izzzjson TikTok account. They have been identified as a Wilton Manors couple, however OutSFL is choosing not to use their names at this point.

Frustrated at the delay, the tall, bald man begins ranting to anyone who would listen, as well as those who wouldn’t. He declares that the airline had “fucked them over.” His husband tries to calm him down and to “think about the girls."

“The girls” have been identified as Shelby and Dolly, their dogs who were waiting for them to come home. The man was inconsolable and kept yelling. The couple got into an argument for the entire crowd at gate B14 to see. The husband kept shouting ‘Shelby and Dolly’ as if repeating their names would conjure their presence or calm the man. Neither happened.



Symphony of the Americas Celebrates Women

Symphony of the Americas celebrates The Women of Symphonic Music with The Symphony Classics program, “Trailblazers!” on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Broward Center for Performing Arts Amaturo Theater.

Oakland Park Community Fund Established With $50,000 Gift

A new endowed charitable fund has been established for the City of Oakland Park at the Community Foundation of Broward with a generous gift from Steve Hudson and the Hudson Family Fund.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Burger and Beer Wednesday

Celebrate the perfect paring at Funky Buddha's weekly special: buy a burger and get a free pint of beer (barrel-age brews not included) to enjoy it with.

THURS: "Holiday Heart"

This week's movie night at the Stonewall Museum is "Holiday Heart," about a drag queen who takes in a woman and her daughter who are in need.

FRI: Varla Jean Merman

It’s been a year since Varla Jean Merman's “Tic-Taccident” found her flat on her back. Since that time, our daffy diva has worked hard to get back on her feet, on the stage, and in your pants during this show at Sunshine Cathedral. 

SAT: Comedy After Hours

Come get your funny bone tickled at Island City Stage's new late-night comedy show.

SUN: Las Olas Art Festival

Fort Lauderdale's premier art fair returns for part one, with works by more than 200 local and national artists.

Job Opportunities

Fitness Coach -- Wilton Manors

BODY20 is hiring a fitness coach to administer evaluations and personal training sessions, instruct members on the proper us of equipment and exercise techniques, attend meetings/training, and other tasks.

Cashier -- Wilton Manors

Candela is hiring a cashier to take orders, process payments, keep the front of the house neat and orderly, restock items, and answer the phone.

Meet Your Neighbor

Enrique Cirino is the co-owner of Fierce Art Gallery Studio, an art studio that opened its doors three months ago in Wilton Manors. 

“We have a big window and it's a storefront, so people sometimes walk around and they see me working. They come in, they talk, they see our work,” Cirino said.

“They see the process which is basically what I wanted to do because it’s interesting when people go into a gallery studio, they can see how it's made. And I think we all love that.”

Cirino is originally from Venezuela and has lived in Florida since 1999. He has been a video editor for over 20 years. He loves movies; his top three are "All About My Mother," "Moulin Rouge" and "Pulp Fiction." 

The gallerist invites anyone who would like to visit the studio to make an appointment through his Instagram.

Mike's Deal

It's a Throwback Thursday deal at Tijuana Flats! Enjoy a classic go-to for any flathead: $7.99 for burrito or bowl, chips and drink every Thursday. 

The offer is available in-store, online and through the app.


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