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Changes are coming to Wilton Manors, now that the city commission has approved plans to reimagine the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Keep scrolling for details on this major project.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Manors Approves Transformational Projects

By John Hayden

More than the skyline is changing in Wilton Manors. The city has approved a plan to build a parking garage and mixed use complex in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors (aka Alibi Plaza).

At the city commission meeting on Jan. 23, they unanimously passed construction of WilMa On the Drive. The building that currently houses Pride Factory (and, until recently, a gym and paint store) will be demolished. In its place will be a parking garage.

The parking lot in front of the building will be the site of a business-residential building. 252 apartments will sit atop new businesses. New green space will be accessible to the public. Residents will have great views of Wilton Drive and the neighborhood.

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. Rumors about the site’s future have circulated for years, but any concrete plans never got off the ground. For well more than a year, the owner, developer, and architects have worked with city staff to comply with code. Developers delayed the process over the summer, and withdrew from a Planning & Zoning meeting to deal with issues.

While Tuesday’s vote was, essentially, a fait accompli, commissioners still had questions for the developer. One of the main concerns is people cutting through the neighborhood on Seventh Avenue instead of exiting out onto The Drive. The city engineer will weigh in on traffic safety and flow issues. Two years after the building is occupied, developers will conduct a traffic study and turn it over to the city.

The building with Alibi and Hunters will remain, though it will be updated to match the look of WilMa.



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'Which Way to the Stage' Features Flawless Performances

Island City’s Stage’s production of “Which Way to the Stage” features four flawless performances by seasoned actors, but the show belongs to the two leads, Matthew Buffalo and Sofia Porcel, as the obsessed-with-Idina-Menzel-not-quite-making-it-as-actors, Jeff and Judy.


New Owners Buy Hamburger Mary’s; Transform into The Well

Jason Basilico announced on social media that he, along with John Ribson, had purchased the business and are turning it into a popular Canadian bar, The Well.

Weekly Events

TODAY: Christopher Hamblin

Sunshine Cathedral Center for the performing Arts welcomes Christopher Hamblin in "Here in the South," where he weaves songs and stories of his religious upbringing in Tennessee with his original songs (and some Dolly Parton tunes for good measure).

SAT: Free Brake Light Repairs

Broward House is hosting a free brake light repair event as well as offering free HIV and STI testing.

SUN: "Which Way to the Stage"

In the newest play at Island City Stage, Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy eagerly await their idol Idina Menzel after her performance at the stage door every night. But when a sexy stranger enters the scene and upends their decades-long friendship, the musical theater aficionados have to go off book to rewrite their own finale.   

MON: AIDS Quilt Panel Workshop

Join Broward House to create your own quilt panel to add to the AIDS Memorial Quilt; supplies will be provided.

Job Opportunities

Occupational Therapy Assistant -- Oakland Park

Play and Learn Therapy, Inc. is seeking a part-time, on-site certified occupational therapy assistant who will be responsible for providing patient care and rehabilitation services.

Golf Aide -- Pompano Beach

The city of Pompano Beach is hiring a golf aide to patrol the course in golf cart, inspect course conditions, keep play moving, enforce rules of the course and aid golfers in emergency situations.

It's in the Stars

Profound change is in the air this week, especially for those ready to come out to their families and closest friends. The Death card calls for transformation, leaving behind the emotional turmoil like the rising figure in the Eight of Cups. Transformation requires sacrifice, walking away from our comfort zone. Yet, right now, you have the powerful energy of the Seven of Wands awaiting, to help you stand up for your Queer self with pride and determination. If you or someone you know has been considering coming out, the next week carries the possibility of positive transformation and liberating courage. 

Key numbers: 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 24


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