Here are the latest briefs from around Wilton Manors!
City reduces permit fees
Residents and business owners who sustained damage during Hurricane Irma can qualify for a reduction of 25 percent of the cost of permit fees. The fees are related to fencing, windows, doors, existing shed replacement, and re-roofs. Documentation of hurricane damage must be provided and the city will determine if a reduction is warranted. The reduction is valid until Jan. 31, 2018. Fees not eligible for the reduction are the Board of Rules & Appeals Fee, Educational Fee, Florida Building Permit Surcharge, Florida Building Code Administrators & Inspection Fund, and Technology Access Fee.
Island City University
Residents who would like to learn more about how city government and the police department work can join the Island City University Class of 2018. During this six-week course, students will learn about the various departments that help run the city. The nightly sessions will begin in late March. The deadline to apply is Jan. 29. For more information, call 954-390-2123 or 954-390-2128.
Parking lot construction
Construction of the city’s newest parking lot is underway. Located at Northeast 11 Avenue and Northeast 23 Drive behind Bona Pizza, the lot was purchased by the city to create more parking.
When finished in an estimated 90 to 120 days, the lot will have 23 spaces. Before construction began, the unpaved lot was already being used for parking. Alternative paid parking is available at the adjacent city lot at 2309 N. Dixie Hwy. daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
5th Annual Hawai'i Festival
Authentic hula performances, live island music, Polynesian vendors, aloha grill Hawaiian barbecue, games for children and more will be part of the 5th Annual Hawai'i Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mickel Park, 2675 NW 7 Ave., Wilton Manors. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Additional parking will be available at St. Clement Church, 225 NW 29th St., with shuttle vans running every 15 minutes. Admission is free.
Island City Painters
The opening reception of The Island City Painters exhibit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Art Gallery 21, 600 NE 21 Ct., Wilton Manors. The free event will feature a chance to meet the artists: Rosemary Lisa Boyd, Monika Hurter, Barbara Pardon, Angie Riserbato, and Aviva Sasson. The exhibit will be open to the public until Nov. 25. Visit artgallery21.org for more information.