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Wilton Drive Streetscape workshop
Wilton Manors officials will hold a workshop on the streetscape plans for Wilton Drive. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive. Residents and other interested individuals are encouraged to RSVP by calling 954-390-2100 or singing up online at www.eventbrite.com/e/community-workshop-wilton-drive-streetscape-plan-tickets-46026154467.
Corbin plans Water Rally
Mayoral candidate Boyd Corbin has announced he will be holding a Water Rally on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at Mickel Park, 2675 NW 7 Ave., Wilton Manors.
“I will have a water expert who works with the Erin Brockovich Foundation to explain how this is a national problem and tell us how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy until our water supply is cleaned up,” said Corbin, who has repeatedly criticized the city for not doing enough to improve the quality of the water it gets from Fort Lauderdale.
Corbin, who paid for a private water test, has said commissioners are letting residents drink and use water that has higher than allowed levels of chemical compounds. His protests also led to the EPA issuing a “clarification of when and how local and state officials should perform tests on local water systems.”
Stonewall calls for volunteers
Organizers of the 2018 Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival have issued a call for volunteers. “We still need volunteers for the Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018. We particularly need help with early morning volunteer parking lot set-up, vendor set-up, parade set-up, parade execution, and parade barricade repositioning to emergency lane after the parade. Please consider helping us to put on a great event.” Go to 2018stonewallvolunteers.eventbrite.com/?s=85097601 to register.
Jon O'Connor, Hunter’s receive Island City Spirit Award
Resident Jon O'Connor and Mark Hunter, owner of Hunter’s Nightclub, both received the city’s Island City Spirit Award for 2018. Each year, the award is given out to a resident and business owner who have demonstrated a commitment to the city in a volunteer or contribution capacity, such as volunteering on city boards or supporting community events. At the May 22 commission meeting when the award was presented, O'Connor said he was surprised to receive it and joked, “I hope there was more than one nominee.”
Rajner wants award named after Skip Stadnik
Resident and activist Michael Rajner has suggested the city rename its Island City Spirit Award to include the name of Skip Stadnik. Stadnik, one of the city’s most well-known and celebrated volunteers, died earlier this month.
Stadnik was an Army veteran and long-time member of the Community Affairs Advisory Board [CAAB]. He was frequently involved in and attended city events. “I say that as somebody who is the former chair of that [CAAB] board and the author of that award,” said Rajner at the May 22 commission meeting. Rajner also suggested the award only be given out during non-election years to prevent it from being used by any of the candidates to highlight their campaigns.
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