Here are the latest news briefs from around Wilton Manors!
Shred Event (correction)
In the last issue of The Gazette, it was incorrectly stated that the April 15 Shred Event, sponsored by Adrienne Foland and the City of Wilton Manors, was from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The correct time is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event will be held at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 954-205-6594.
Renovation of Fire Station 16
On March 28, commissioners approved a $169,989 contract with Republic Construction to perform interior renovations for the city’s fire station. According to city staff, Republic was the lowest of six bids. The project will consist of remodeling the bathrooms to meet ADA requirements, renovating the kitchen, relocating the air conditioning units from the roof to the ground level, replacement of aging sewer lines, installment of an ADA ramp at the front entrance, replacement of ceiling tiles, installment of an impact front bay window, and patching and painting of interior walls.
Island City Canoe Race
Sign-up is now open for the 26th Annual Island City Canoe Race. The event will be held on May 20 at 10 a.m. as part of the city’s 70th annual birthday celebration. The 7-mile relay race will start at Colohatchee Park and end at Richardson Park. The cost to enter is $150 per team before April 15 and $200 after April 15. There is a men’s, women’s, and co-ed division and each team must consist of 10 people. The co-ed teams must have at least three male and three female members. For more information, call 954-390-2130 or visit wiltonmanors.com/parks.
Piling work won’t close Colohatchee
A project to repair 110 boardwalk pilings at Colohatchee Park won’t interfere with the park’s operating hours, said officials. On March 28, commissioners approved a $66,000 contract with B&M Marine Construction. The work involves reinforcing each piling with a concrete post and will be performed on Tuesday’s and Wednesdays when the park is already closed.
City extends risk assessment contract
On March 28, city commissioners voted to extend the contract of Burns & McDonnell Engineering to provide a security risk assessment. Originally hired in December of 2016, the original contract expired March 31 but city staff recommended that more time was needed. The goal of the assessment is to improve public safety by developing a master security plan for employees and city facilities and identifying funding sources for needed security upgrades and adjustments.
As part of Mayor Gary Resnick’s efforts to get residents to ditch their cell phones and participate in face to face social networking, the city’s Block Party event will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Coral Gardens Park, located at Coral Gardens Drive and Northeast 27 St. Attendees are asked to bring food. The city will provide games, activities, light refreshments, tables and chairs.