Fort Lauderdale’s Starlight Musicals summer concert series has returned. Every week, from now until Aug. 4, a free concert is held at Holiday Park, located at Sunrise Boulevard and Federal Highway. Upcoming shows, held Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m., include performances by the RD Project [July 7], Across the Universe [July 14], Classic Rock Therapy [July 21], The Fabulous Fleetwoods [July 28], and Brass Evolution [August 4]. Attendees can bring coolers, chairs, and blankets. Call 954-828-5363 for more information.
Nature in Art Gallery
The opening reception for the Nature in Art photo contest will be held on Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Art Gallery 21, 600 NE 21 Ct., Wilton Manors. It will feature photos of animals and nature scenes. The gallery is presented by the Environmental & Sustainability Volunteer Group of Wilton Manors and is free and open to the public. Visit artgallery21.org for more information.
City Clerk Leaving for Cooper City
Wilton Manors City Clerk Kathryn Sims has accepted a position as the new city clerk of Cooper City. Her last day is July 5 but city commissioners and residents honored and thanked Sims for her service to the city at the June 27 commission meeting. Sims, who started Island City University, a program that teaches residents more about how the city operates, said she was “sad to go” but that the Cooper City position offered an “opportunity for growth.” She thanked the city and her fellow employees. Vice Mayor Justin Flippen said he considered Sims the “dean of Island City University.” Commissioner Tom Green said he’s looking forward to seeing Sims start a similar program at her new job. Currently, Cooper City doesn’t have that type of program. Mayor Gary Resnick joked that Sims should read one last resolution “for posterity.”
City Bans Employee Vaping at City Facilities
Wilton Manors has banned its employees from vaping at city facilities. It’s a move praised by Vice Mayor Justin Flippen at the June 27 commission meeting. “I’m glad that was incorporated into our city’s manual,” he said. City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said the city is looking into banning vaping inside its facilities for non-employees as well. Asked if it was because of health concerns, she said the question was “part of the research we’ll have to do.” The vaping ban comes as the city gets closer to making decisions about its 2017-2018 budget. A large portion of that budget includes the cost of employee health insurance. The preliminary cost, $1.45 million, has already got Mayor Gary Resnick commenting. “It’s ridiculous.”
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