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Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed security upgrades for the Island City.

- Kim Swan, Editor


DeSantis Vetoes Security Upgrades for Wilton Manors

By John Hayden

When presented with a budget, Florida’s governor can pick and choose what he likes and veto the rest. This year, he took aim at Wilton Manors and the city’s safety.

He effectively canceled one million dollars in funding for the Wilton Manors Transparency in Public Safety Project. City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson told the Gazette the money was set to buy and install security cameras at city buildings, parks, and other areas.

The goal is to deter crime. Henderson says the city is not deterred. 

“We are still able to move forward with our planned security projects for this year.” 

However, she says the city won't accomplish the installation of other cameras that were to be funded through the appropriation. They will seek state or federal funds again for that project. 

This is just one of millions of dollars in cuts he made to the budget, which were already approved by the Republican majority. Tens of millions were slashed from arts and culture appropriations. 

Dozens of organizations including Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Master Chorale, Island City Stage and more.


SFAAA's 30th Anniversary Founders' Dedication Ceremony

Oakland Park Mayor Mitch Rosenwald and Vice Mayor Tim Lonergan will host South Florida Amateur Athletic Association founding members, past players and executives, as well as current board members, players, coaches, and fans for a special 30th anniversary Founders' Dedication Ceremony at Wimberly Athletic Fields on July 20.

FlockFest Returns July 6

FlockFest returns Saturday, July 6, at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, for a spectacular day of fun and support for the area’s non-profit organizations.


Wilton Manors Power Couple Opens Home – And Kitchen – To Community

If you’ve spent any amount of time at LGBTQ events in or around Wilton Manors, you’ve seen them. They work out front at civic events and behind the scenes of fundraisers and other philanthropic events. They are Marc Martorana and Don D’Arminio.

Weekly Events

TODAY:  Friday & Saturday Night Dance Party

Get ready to dance all night at Casa Calabria's Friday & Saturday Night Dance Party.

SAT: Morning Yoga Flow

Start your Saturday in Coconut Grove with an energizing yoga flow in the iconic Mayfair House Hotel & Garden. 

July 20: Soul Harmony Retreat 

Join Rev Skip Jennings for the "Soul Harmony Retreat: A One-Day Yoga, Meditation, and Empowerment Experience," a concentrated journey to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

Job Opportunities

Admissions Coordinator -- Fort Lauderdale

Legacy Healing Center is searching for the most qualified, empathic, compassionate, energetic and passionate professionals in the industry to join their team. They're hiring an Admissions Coordinator who will answer inquiry calls efficiently and courteously, and more. $45,000 - $60,000 a year. 

Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk / Receptionist -- Fort Lauderdale

Diesel Service of America is seeking an experienced, detailed orientated person who will be responsible for answering phones, accounts receivable, accounts payable and basic office duties as the Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk / Receptionist. $25 - $28 an hour.

Friday's Furry Friend

Looking for a great dog who is well-trained? If so, stop by the Humane Society of Broward County and meet 2-year-old Buddy, a handsome Australian cattle dog. Sadly, he was given up because his owner is traveling too much. Cattle dogs are very smart and high energy. His owner said Buddy is not destructive, not crated, very smart, and looks at you to go outside. He knows sit, stay, shake, loves tennis balls, and durable toys with treats inside. He might tuck his tail when he first meets people, but he warms up quickly. Buddy was previously not allowed on furniture. Buddy is good with dogs but has never lived with cats. He is also good with kids ages 4 and up. This handsome fellow is the type of dog to go on adventures with.

Photo of the Week

The Stonewall National Museum hosted a re-enactment of the Stonewall Uprising on June 29, 2024. Peabody and GLAAD award-winner Kristen Lovell portrayed Marsha P. Johnson. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Broward and The Our Fund Foundation, the event concluded with a large rainbow flag unfurled to symbolize progress.

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