Here are news briefs from around Wilton Manors!
Parking study to be released soon
A new Wilton Drive parking analysis undertaken by Lanier, the firm hired by the city to oversee parking along Wilton Drive, will soon be ready to present to the city commission. A preliminary study has been done but city staff members said Lanier needed to be make some changes before it would be ready for public viewing. For over a decade, parking problems along Wilton Drive have been a concern for elected officials, city staff, residents and business owners. The city has taken steps to provide more parking, including the construction of multiple new lots, but the demand for more persists. “I’m tired of talking about it,” said Commissioner Scott Newton.
Hazardous waste pick-up may be expanded to multi-family
A component of the city’s new contract with Waste Management will allow residents in single-family homes to have hazardous materials picked up directly from their homes. As a result, the city will no longer contract with the county for hazardous waste disposal events. In additional to single-family homes, city staff are negotiating with Waste Management to try and get multi-family units to receive the hazardous waste removal service. For more information on how to arrange a hazardous waste pick-up, visit wmatyourdoor.com.
FEMA request to be increased
Hurricane Matthew never hit Wilton Manors but preparation for the possibility of the storm caused some damage to city coffers. Due to 150.25 overtime hours accrued by city staff in preparation for the storm, $11,700 was spent by the city. City staff had planned to ask commissioners to make a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for reimbursement but said they would possibly ask for more after meeting with a FEMA representative. “We may be eligible for more,” said City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson. When a new figure is determined, city staff will bring the issue back to commissioners for approval.
Volunteer environmental group introduced
The members of the city’s new Environmental & Sustainability Volunteer Group were introduced at the commission meeting on Jan. 10. The group will focus on ways to protect the environment and make the city more sustainable. The group will also provide information on programs and events in the city, including the free tree giveaway at Mickel Park on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To get updates, visit the group’s Facebook page - Environmental & Sustainability Volunteer Group of Wilton Manors.
Broward County Waterway Cleanup returns
On March 4, Broward County's biggest and longest-running environmental event will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Volunteers are needed that day to help remove tires, trash, metal and other debris from local waterways. Cleanup activities in Wilton Manors will take place at Colohatchee Park. Help is also needed to distribute posters at restaurants, businesses and other locations. In 2016, over 1,500 volunteers of all ages worked at more than 30 locations across the county to remove 22 tons of trash and debris from waterways, rivers and canals. For more information, visit waterwaycleanup.org.
Island City University
954-390-2123 or visit wiltonmanors.com/401/island-city-university.
Classical Concert at Hagen
A free classical concert will be held on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hagen Park Community Center. Jack Sanders, a highly praised and experienced solo guitarist who has performed and been recognized internationally for his talents, will be the performer. He has performed with numerous orchestras and symphonies throughout his career and plays music of all periods and varieties.
Fundraiser for Poverello
A fundraiser for the Poverello Thrift Store will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Rubio's, 1535 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Patrons who attend will have 20 percent of their check donated to Poverello’s Florida AIDS Walk team when they mention “Poverello” at the register. DJ Tony Duncan will be spinning from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.