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Election Day is weeks away, and Mayor Scott Newton has a challenger for the top seat at the dais. It's a name you're probably very familiar with.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Mayor Newton Gets Challenger in Election

By John Hayden

Forget elections for president, senator, and others. The real action and intrigue happen at the local levels, and Wilton Manors is no exception. Races for two city commission seats and the mayor’s office are up this year, and candidates are announcing their plans.

Local realtor Mike Sansevero has filed to run for mayor.

“This city has had a lot of issues building up: aging infrastructure, a lack of development and increase of the tax base,” he said shortly after filing.

His background includes being an attorney in New York and working as an actuary for an insurance company. Sansevero says he was valedictorian of his law class and practiced merger and acquisition law. He began visiting Wilton Manors in 2005, bought a condo, then became a full-time Wilton resident in 2010.

Sansevero served on the city’s Community Affairs Advisory Board (CAAB) for four years, three as chairman. Last year, the current commission declined to reappoint him for another term. He continues to be very active in local programs, including the burgeoning arts scene.

Incumbent Mayor Scott Newton exclusively told OutSFL that he plans to seek another term. In Sansevero, he has a challenger.

“We’re playing catchup on improving infrastructure and growth. Scott Newton wasn’t responsive to code revisions,” Sansevero said. “You have to curate businesses and attract them, especially the kind we’re missing from our economic mosaic.”


Center for Spiritual Living Says Oui Oui to A Night of French Fun

Bonjour to berets, brie, and all things French. The Center for Spiritual Living is holding their eighth annual gala, One Night In Paris, on Saturday, Feb. 24, at their headquarters at 4849 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park.

Artistic Icon: Gabe Salazar

Gabe Salazar is a seasoned conductor with over 20 years of experience. In his third season leading the chorus, Salazar has brought together a vibrant community of more than 180 singing members.


Proposed Wilton Hotel Inches Forward

The long-discussed Wilton Hotel & Pool Club benefitted from a pair of important votes by the Planning & Zoning Board. At their Feb. 12 meeting, they unanimously approved rezoning the plot of land to commercial use and received site plan approval.

Weekly Events

TODAY: R&B Meets Pop, Then Opera

Performing artists will perform in their own genre: R&B/pop recording artist Jon Davis, pop singer and spoken word artist Alexandria Thomas, classical pianist Sam Fray, and Haitian-born opera singer Jean Valliant.

SAT: Stonewall Gala

The museum will be honoring local and national heroes at its annual gala at The Venue.

SUN: Florida Renaissance Festival

This weekend's theme for the festival at Quiet Waters Park is Steampunk and Time Travelers!

Job Opportunities

Police Cadet -- Wilton Manors

The City of Wilton Manors is currently accepting applications for the position of police cadet. As a non-certified police cadet, selected applicants will prepare to become a certified sworn law enforcement officer at a regional police academy. The City will pay for the cost of the approximately 7-month academy in addition to paying the selected candidates an hourly rate of $23.20 and full-time employee benefits such as health, dental, and life insurances and pension benefits. After successful completion of the police academy and obtaining a passing score on the State of Florida exam for law enforcement certification, certified police officers will earn a minimum annual salary of at least $61,715.

Triage Front Desk N1-- Wilton Manors

Broward House is hiring a triange front desk N1, someone who cares about mental health, HIV prevention and care, affordable housing, and improving the overall health of your community. You see challenges as opportunities and enjoy learning new things. You are self-motivated with an ability to shift priorities based on the need of the clients, and Agency.

Friday's Furry Friend

Poor Wilson was found tied up outside a vet office back in December and was Hi is a 2-year-old sweetheart. He is friendly, loves pets and affection, knows "sit", "down" and "up." He's very gentle when taking treats from your hand, and he enjoys playing both independently and with someone else. Wilson loves the kiddos and will fetch the ball endlessly. He likes to play keep away too!

It's in the Stars

As we move away from the air of romance of Valentine’s Day a week ago, the reversed Lovers ask us to evaluate our connection with our loved one(s) and our ability to see in one another a mirror of ourselves as well as we mirror them. There’s always room for improvement and a little introspection can bring down The Tower’s lightning bolt of epiphany, shedding light on that one aspect of our relationship that we had completely missed. It might bring discomfort and doubt of the reversed Star at first, but hang in there as you find each other’s vulnerable selves and thus find liberation from toxic patterns of behavior and thoughts that you had not even noticed. 

Key numbers: 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 16, 17


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