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Read about the closing of Wilton Social Club after a sting operation by the Broward Sheriff's Office.
- Mary Rasura, Editor


BSO Sting Operation Shuts Down Wilton Social Club in Oakland Park

By John Hayden

Condoms and douches and swings, oh my!

These are just some of the things found in a report that tries to justify the abrupt closing of Wilton Social Club. 

OutSFL has the Reporting Officer Narrative, which describes what an undercover Broward Sheriff’s Office Oakland Park officer says he saw.

Excerpts include: “While checking me in, I observed a large quantity of protective sexual condoms in the rear staff room behind him.” 

“I was then showed [sic] many of the ‘play room’ for sexual activity and the areas that have a hand held douche for cleaning the internal area of the anus prior to sexual activity.” 

Another line: “One play room had equipment to be strapped to swing apparatus or wooden boards.” 

Nowhere in the report does he say he saw anyone having sex on the premises. 

Condoms on site? Before PrEP & PEP, bars and restaurants had bowls of them sitting out to promote public health. Douches can be found in nearly any drug store, and having swings/slings and other accouterments is far from illegal.


Pride is All Around Us

Just a reminder that not all our Pride celebrations are centered on Wilton Drive. There are plenty of other events going on to celebrate our heritage and the strides we’ve made and to remember the sacrifices made by those who came before us.

SCUBA Star Dives Into Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors is an island city, yet somehow has lacked a top-tier store to maximize all the aqua opportunities our area offers. That problem is in the past. SCUBA Star is open at 1031 Wilton Drive, offering everything for novices to experienced divers.


Wilton Hotel Wins Key Vote

The proposed Wilton Hotel & Pool Club has taken a key step to becoming reality. During the city commission meeting on May 14, the panel voted unanimously to approve final changes to the plans and cleared the way for developers to proceed.

Weekly Events

TODAY: LGBTQ+ Ladies Night Mario Party Mixer

Join Tenth Level Tavern every Wednesday for their Gaymer Girl night 8-10pm. This is a LGBTQ+ event where you can meet people in the community. Participants will receive a free glass of moscato and women receive 25% off their tab.

THURS: Tarot Practice Circle

Join Metafix Wellness Center for Tarot Practice Circle at Zen Mystery where you'll explore the cards and practice readings together!

FRI: FREE Live Music | Tasnova + Eric

Tasnova and Eric are bringing a soulful blend of funk, rock, and spiritual music to Tarpon River Brewing.

SAT: Cooking with Pride

Kickoff Pride Month at Sistrunk Marketplace and join Society 8 Hospitality Group for Cooking with Pride, an interactive cooking class led by Chef Jorge Montes at 12pm on Saturday, June 1st. During this class you'll learn how to cook and prepare a favorite Peruvian dish, Lomo Saltado, while enjoying welcome bites and a welcome cocktail.

SUN: Saddle Up Sundays at The Wharf FTL

Join The Wharf FTL for Saddle up Sundays feat. Country Music, Line Dancing, a Mechanical Bull and MORE!

Job Opportunities

Swim Instructor-- Fort Lauderdale

Florida Swim Company is seeking private swim instructors and lifeguards. Full-time, Part-time, Contract, Temporary, Seasonal. Pay: $25 - $65.00 per hour

Customer Service Representative -- Fort Lauderdale

Universal Medcov Health is hiring a Customer Service Representative who will assess clients’ needs and provide appropriate advice on insurance coverage options and their associated costs, and more. $50,000 - $100,000 a year.

Mike's Deal

Get 20% off of any menu priced order by using the code OUTSFL at Jet's Pizza.

Meet Your Neighbor

Akeim Ford works at RockHard Lovers Boutique on Wilton Drive and says he highly enjoys working there.

“I love the atmosphere,” Ford said. “It's a family atmosphere because after a while you get your regular customers in there. So you get to know the things they need, but you're always meeting new people because the new people are always coming through the area.”

He’s also an illustrator and moved down to South Florida in 2009. He was born in New York and grew up in North Florida. He also lived in Missouri while he attended high school.

“I love [South Florida],” he said. “It's starting to become a love-hate because things are getting too expensive. I don't feel like the changes that they're making are for people to be able to live and work here.”

Check out his art on his Instagram @paintncanvas. -- Mary Rasura

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