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You heard it from us first -- Mayor Scott Newton has announced that he is running for re-election. 

-- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Mayor Scott Newton Runs for Re-Election

By John Hayden

“You’re the first one I’ve publicly said this to,” Scott Newton said after telling OutSFL he will run for another term as Wilton Manors’ mayor.

“We need to make sure the growth in Wilton Manors is stable, the stability of our infrastructure, the stability of our sea level rise. It’s not finished yet.”

Newton sat down for an extensive interview to discuss immediate and long-term challenges facing the city. He just got back from Tallahassee, where he met with lawmakers who decide which projects get approved and how much the state will pay.

He got a first-hand look at the numbers legislators are working with, and there are a lot of cities looking for big pieces of small pies. Lobbying for the city is nothing new for the mayor. But numbers rule more than ever. Not just the partisan numbers, but the bottom line of projects.

The mayor remembers when there were more outside activities, like pickleball games before or after work. Opportunities to get to know lawmakers and teach them about your city are fading.

Wilton Manors is going to need those funds. All infrastructure is in constant need of maintenance. The water/sewage system, which is reliant on Fort Lauderdale, has been a big problem in recent years. While the new pipe liners are working well, the joints and seals don’t last as long. Issues of backflow into the streets has been a problem for years, often turning Five Points into a sewage lake.

“We have a company that runs cameras through the lines of the entire city. Many have been camera’d, lined, and fixed.”


Cookout on Feb. 3 Celebrates Black History Month

Comfort food that takes you back, picnic games that bring smiles, and an afternoon of community. The Cookout: A Black History Celebration, kicks off Black History Month in Wilton Manors with a day at Mickel Park on Feb. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Pride Center Holds Rainbow 5k Run/Walk Feb. 4

Lace up your shoes, stretch your calves, and set an early alarm! The Pride Center’s eighth annual Rainbow 5K Run/Walk returns Feb. 4. The fast-paced event is part of their health initiative programs.


New Owner of The Well Shares Plans for Restaurant

John Ribson started in the bar business because he wanted to create LGBTQ safe spaces in smaller towns. His vision grew, and is opening two more Canadian locations this year.

Weekly Events

TODAY: "Which Way to the Stage"

Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy eagerly await their idol, Idina Menzel, after her performance 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.   

SAT: Fort Lauderdale Book Fair

Meet local authors and browse independent book sellers at the second annual fair at Esplanade Park.

SUN: Rainbow 5K

Join the Pride Center for the annual Rainbow 5K at Holiday Park, wearing your favorite color of the rainbow while raising funds for the center's programming.

MON: Grief and Loss Support Group

Grief and loss are hard, and when you add the complexity of LGBTQ or other types of

relationships, there can be additional issues that can complicate your grief journey. 

This new secular support group will assist you in finding the care and support you need.

Job Opportunities

Sous Chef -- Wilton Manors

Sardi Cafe Lounge is in search of a sous chef to assist the head chef in overseeing the daily operations of the kitchen, collaborate with the culinary team to create and execute menus, ensure food quality and presentation meets high standards, supervise and train kitchen staff, and other tasks.

Permit Technician -- Wilton Manors

SAFEbuilt is hiring a permit technician to lead and maintain the customer service and enforcing policies and procedures as well as streamlining effective billing processes with multiple clients and contracts, perform administration functions as necessary or directed, issue or track permits, and other tasks.

Friday's Furry Friend

Beautiful Pookie is playful and loves playing fetch. Sadly, she was given up due to allergies in her family. She is an active 2-year-old gal who wants a fun family to take her on adventures. When travelling in the car, she is calm and well-behaved. We are told she barks when strangers come near the home to alert you. Pookie is very social, knows sit and likes lots of pets and attention.

It's in the Stars

The reversed Three of Wands indicates that you might be stuck on some project or endeavor, or in your relationship. Although things seem to have been ready to launch to the next level, somehow you have hit a plateau. The Five of Swords shows that discussions are not bringing resolution, and a lot of it has to do with you not wanting to listen to others’ points of view. Unless you start taking other people’s perspectives and consideration, be it your coworkers’ or your lover’s, you will enter the anxiety of the Nine of Swords, continually looking back instead of forward. It’s time to be quiet and listen.

Key numbers: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 17


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