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Wilton Manors is making some new changes on its boards.

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New Faces on Wilton Manors Boards

By John Hayden

Wilton Manors City Hall. Photo by Carina Mask.

Wilton Manors’ Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) will be making big decisions soon regarding the city’s future. After making several new appointments in April, two more were made during the city commission meeting on June 13.

Technically, there was only one vacancy, which was created by Jude Bellinger. He resigned due to a possible conflict of interest, stemming from his involvement with a community group representing businesses on Wilton Drive.

As the board’s alternate, Scott McCoy has been participating until the commission could appoint a new full member. During the meeting, the commission voted to have him finish Bellanger’s term, creating a new vacancy for the alternate position.

Remaining candidates, who had applied for the original job, were considered for the alternate. Louis Izquierdo was chosen over William Hayden and Mike Sansevero.

Parks and Recreation

The commission also filled four scheduled vacancies on the Parks and Recreation board. Because only four candidates applied, all four were chosen to fill the positions. The new members are Roger Cruttenden, George DeFrance, Charles Higgins, and Dylan Salem.

None of the members on expiring terms reapplied.

Check out more Wilton Manors stories on Out South Florida.


A Drenched Stonewall Pride Marches On

While political storm clouds gathered around the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival for months, literal storm clouds gathered over Wilton Manors on June 17. Neither were able to stop the party and protest from happening.

Why I'm Skipping the Run | LETTER

I announced via social media that I would not be running for any elected office in the 2024 election cycle. Yes, I know. Many of you are upset. This is not an easy decision, as my heart begs me to serve this community. However, everyone needs a time to rest because burnout is no way to serve.


More Delays, Frustration Over Wilton Drive Development

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Weekly Events

SAT & SUN: Disney Pride in Concert at The Parker

Join GMCSF with a spectacular, new concert that celebrates LGBTQ+ life, love, family, and pride through the combination of timeless songs from the Disney songbook, curated video clips from the Disney vault, and the personal life experiences of local chorus members.

June 28: Alicia Keys at the FLA Live Arena

Alicia Keys is kicking off her summer tour at FLA Live Arena on June 28 at 8 p.m.

Job Opportunities

Parking Enforcement -- Fort Lauderdale

Get paid to scan license plates in Air Garage parking lots from your smartphone.

No experience necessary, all you’ll need is a smartphone and a positive attitude! Up to $400 a week.

Barista -- Fort Lauderdale

Capital One Cafe is hiring a part-time barista. $14.75 per hour.

Furry Friend

Looking for a dog who might smother you with kisses?

If so, Gretel (ID 666705) could be the gal for you. This sweetheart is five years old and wants to be with her loved ones. Her previous family kept her outside 24/7 and all Gretel wanted to do was come inside. This girl is gentle, loving and will be a wonderful addition to any dog-loving family. She is heartworm positive and has started her treatment here at the shelter. Her new adopter must be willing to bring her back to the Humane Society to complete the treatment.  Heartworm is not contagious to people or other animals and is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. That is why it is so important that your dogs are on heartworm prevention. If left untreated, it can be deadly.

To meet Gretel, Sissy or any other pet, complete the pre-adoption application on the Humane Society of Broward County’s website and then stop by. The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale and opens daily at 11 a.m. and if you have questions call 954-989-3977 ext. 6.

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