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I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on our city’s tagline of “Life is just better here.”

It’s a gigantic promise to live up to, but these last few weeks have provided plenty of reasons why it is true for so many of our residents. In particular, the Cunningham-Smith Community Appreciation Event and the SFGN Best Of nominations shine a light on why our little city is a piece of paradise.

The Cunningham-Smith event, hosted by Realtors® Jimmy Cunningham and Tim Smith at Richardson Park, demonstrates why our community is thriving. Their decision to throw a Community Appreciation event (instead of a Customer appreciation event) brought together over 200 residents, business owners, and community leaders to celebrate our city and one another. Jimmy and Tim reached out to numerous area non-profits, offering them free space and the opportunity to invite guests to enjoy delicious food, drinks and fun entertainment. The event also highlighted just how lucky we are to have Richardson Park in our city – it truly is a gem! Everybody in attendance had a great time, and I’m personally looking forward to next year’s celebration already!

Professionals like Jimmy Cunningham and Tim Smith are the backbone of our thriving business community. We are fortunate to have so many great businesses and organizations in our small city. If you’ve cast your ballot for SFGN Best Of 2021 Awards (, you almost certainly voted for a dozen or more businesses that call Wilton Manors home. Though nominations were accepted for any Broward County business, 90+ of the nominated businesses and non-profits are based in the City of Wilton Manors.  Regardless of who takes home the “Best Of” award in their respective categories, every nominee should feel honored. As city commissioner, I take great pride in the fact that we have so many delicious restaurants, lively nightlife hotspots, unique shops, and amazing organizations based in Wilton Manors.

Thank you to every resident, business owner, and community leader who works hard to make Wilton Manors a great place to live. Our community is second to none!  I’d love to hear from you – whether you have a story about why “Life Is Just Better Here” or have a suggestion on what we can do to improve our city – please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..