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You don't have to worry about the Stonewall Festival in June since it has been saved.

- Kim Swan, Editor


City Saves June’s Stonewall Festival in Wilton Manors

By John Hayden

Welcome to “The City of Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Festival and Parade.” 

That is now the official name of the annual June street party on Wilton Drive. At their March 26 meeting, city commissioners unanimously voted to become the exclusive title sponsor of the event. 

The move comes after months of speculation that the event could be canceled this year after the 2023 festival lost money and still has outstanding bills. Rather than cancel or award the permit to a new organization, the city worked with Stonewall CEO Jeff Sterling to come on board. 

The cost is $50,000 which will be used to clear 2023 security and safety debts as well as make a “down payment” to Broward Sheriff's Office for this year’s security. This gives the city much more than their name in the title and bragging rights. The deal gives them much more oversight and input. 

Stonewall and Sterling will post a bond of $160,000 as a security deposit of sorts to make sure bills are paid and help the city recover some money if the event is canceled. The agreement goes on to detail marketing expenditures, VIP passes, and other details. 

The motion, which was debated at length in January, passed with almost no discussion. Commissioner Don D’Arminio wanted to make sure there would be “cashless” ticketing and was told that is part of the overall agreement. 

Stonewall will need to file receipts and other financial reports by August and comply with all applicable public records laws.


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Weekly Events

TODAY: Electric Ride and Meetup

The OP Electro-Rollers is a weekly group of new and experienced e-bike / electric vehicle enthusiasts who meet up on Tuesdays between 6 and 7 p.m. at Big Dog Station (Dixie Hwy and Oakland Park Blvd) before zooming out on a high-voltage ride all around the Fort Lauderdale area.

WEDS: Bitchy Bingo

Join Lips for dinner, followed by awesome performances and hilarious rounds of bingo. $35 all inclusive Dinner & Show Package per person. Reservations are required. Seating time is 7 p.m. 

THURS: Movie Nights

All are welcome and it is completely free. Bring your snacks, pillows, and a blanket - Stonewall Museum will provide the entertainment and the popcorn.

FRI: Mindful Coping Skills

Every Friday from 12-1 p.m., see how mindfulness helps you feel better at SunServe. Learn mindful tools encompassing emotion-focused and problem-focused strategies and body relaxation techniques.

SAT: Latin Saturdays

Enjoy 2x1 Mojitos and live music from 7 p.m. at La Mexicana. Indulge in authentic Mexican tacos, from classic al pastor to unique shrimp options.

SUN: Airboat Adventure

Feel the excitement and learn the history of the Everglades in an Airboat Adventure with Reptile, Glades and Exotic Wildlife exhibits with Latinos Salud.

Job Opportunities

Barber Instructor -- Wilton Manors

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools is seeking a licensed barber or cosmetologist (FL) to teach its program. Responsibilities include demonstrations, theory, practical evaluations, salon (clinic) supervision and client oversight. Full-time, Part-time, Temporary. Pay: $18 - $22 per hour. 

Administrative Assistant -- Remote

The Sr Coordinator Admin Services for Rang Technologies is responsible for coordination and administrative support, as well as reporting assistance. The ideal candidate will be resourceful, intellectually curious, and eager to support efforts across the entire team. Pay is up to $23.22/hr.

Mike's Deal

This deal is for real – no joke. Until Saturday, April 6, you can enjoy buy one, get one free SMART and PREMIUM fares on select trains between South Florida and Orlando. This is a limited-time offer, so act now to save big. Use promo code NOJOKE24 to access these savings.

Meet Your Neighbor

Carvelle Estriplet is the owner of Carvelle Bikes, a bike shop located on 2917 NE 6th Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334. 

“It has its own challenges and everything but I built the ship, I built this story and there's no other better feeling than creating something out of your own work, effort and talents,” Estriplet said. 

Estriplet grew up in Cambridge, MA and her parents had a house down in Coral Springs. She’s been coming back and forth since she was 14 and has lived in South Florida for 21 years. “I've been here and seen the changes, seen Wilton Manors change, become more queer, more vibrant,” Estriplet said. 

“I’m a Floridian, I’ve been here long enough,” she added. 

In her free time outside of cycling, she has recently gotten involved in art, creating visual works with Procreate. She exhibited one of her works at HOTspots Happening Out Art Gallery with Dennis Dean. -- Mary Rasura

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