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The crisis in the WMPD continues.

- Kim Swan, Editor


Wilton Manors Struggles to Afford its Police Department

By John Hayden

They’re starting to say the quiet part out loud. They’re not shouting it or declaring it a fait accompli. But they’re starting to nibble at the edges and think the unthinkable. Can Wilton Manors afford to keep its police department?

“We’re in a dilemma here,” Mayor Scott Newton said. “We [could] lose departments.” 

“We could look at the police force and the service they provide and reduce those. Or, we can start looking at alternatives,” Commissioner Paul Rolli said. 

Newton emphasizes he never mentioned losing the police department. Rolli never said the “alternatives” involved BSO taking over law enforcement. But the possibility is being talked about in coded and not-so-coded language. 

The issue was front and center during a budget meeting for the city commission. Costs are going up across all city departments. Finance Director Nancy Muller detailed the biggest hits, including a 20% rise in healthcare. Building insurance, like most homeowner insurance, is going up. Maintenance and repairs are more expensive. Those can be planned for. 

The police budget is a wildcard. Departments across Broward County, including FLPD and BSO, are being raided by law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County. The pay differential is stark; a difference of tens of thousands of dollars, depending on an officer’s experience. The cost of living is also cheaper. 

For the third time in two years, the city and the union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), are negotiating salaries. The city canceled a negotiation session because they are still trying to put a budget together and didn’t want to make a new offer yet. Increasing pay, retention and signing bonuses, and seniority recognition will be expensive. 

There are 32 sworn officers, plus the Chief and Assistant Chief. The proposed budget would reduce that by two. 

No one would be laid off, as the force is already down about 11 officers and could lose another 11 over the next year. The positions would just be eliminated.


GMCSF Ends Season On A High Note

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida ended their 14th season with their annual Pride concert. This year’s theme was Pride: Then, Now, and Forever. As the title suggests, the music reflected different eras of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Stonewall Museum Recreates Riot on 55th Anniversary

On June 29 the Stonewall National Museum and Archives hosted the first known recreation of the Stonewall Riots of June 29, 1969. The riots were the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.


DeSantis Vetoes Security Upgrades for Wilton Manors

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.

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