As part of the city’s Biannual Strategic Plan, officials will assess the city’s greenhouse gas output. Assistant City Manager Pamela Landi told commissioners at their July 25 meeting that the city also plans to do a greenhouse gas assessment of the entire city.
It’s part of an ongoing initiative by the city to become more environmentally friendly. Wilton Manors has already adopted and implemented a plan to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles, installed car charging stations at Mickel Park and City Hall, give away trees to residents to increase the tree canopy, and encourage commercial recycling. The city also plans to minimize or eliminate the use of paper and is looking at the possibility of providing rebates to residents who purchase energy efficient appliances.
The city’s economic development plan is also part of the Strategic Plan. City officials want to work with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance to bring new businesses here.
Mayor Gary Resnick said the city should focus on economic development in the Arts & Entertainment District because Fortune 500 companies probably won’t move here.
To help support any businesses that do move to the Arts & Entertainment District, the city is developing a parking master plan. The estimate is that the plan will be completed, approved, and initiated in 2018.
For over a decade, the biggest complaint by business owners in the Arts & Entertainment District has been a lack of parking along Wilton Drive. Commissioners have taken various steps to address the problem, including providing new parking lots, but the problem persists. The latest strategy is free shuttles that operate on Wilton Drive during the weekends. It’s funded by the city but officials are exploring grant possibilities as a way to help pay for the service.