The City of Wilton Manors is small but as a community we are large and very active!

From non-profits to social and sports-related groups, there are plenty of ways to get connected to your community. One great way to meet your neighbors is by getting involved in your local neighborhood association. There is something happening in every neighborhood (East, Central and West) within the next few weeks.  

Our city has four neighborhood associations: the Westside Association of Wilton Manors (WAWM), the Central Area Neighborhood Association (CANA), Wilton Manors Eastside Neighborhood Association (ENA) and the Three Bridges Neighborhood Association. Neighborhood association meetings often begin with a “social hour” (albeit, usually it’s in 20-30 minutes) that is a great time to meet your neighbors, and then roll into an agenda that typically includes updates on community issues as well as feedback gathering from residents.  

Three Bridges, like ENA, is focused on the east side of Wilton Manors. While it is the newest neighborhood association, it has about 100 members already and they are hosting dynamic meetings and events. They are leading a Colohatchee Park & Boat Ramp Cleanup as part of the MLK National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17 from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will split into teams to clean up either the Park or the Boat Ramp area. Their next meeting is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hagen Park Community Center. At the January meeting, residents will have an opportunity to socialize with one another before hearing from both City leadership and Broward County on plans for flood mitigation and roadway improvements on NE 15th Ave and NE 26th St. You can learn about Three Bridges via their website at 3bridgesassociation.com.  

The Central Area Neighborhood Association (CANA) is holding its next meeting on Jan. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hagen Park Community Center. Their meeting also begins with an opportunity to socialize with neighbors, so it’s wise to be on time. On the agenda for their Jan. 12 meeting is a hearing from the developers of a new proposed 178-unit complex on Andrews Avenue. This project is the first large-scale project since the city adopted new zoning regulations allowing for increased heights and density and, therefore, now is the time to lend your support or raise your concerns. CANA is also planning a volunteer effort on MLK’s National Day of Service; interested volunteers should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. CANA’s website is www.canawm.org.  

The West Side Association of Wilton Manors (WAWM) next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The main topic for this meeting is the west side traffic study. Like Three Bridges and CANA, they will have a 20-30-minute social period followed by the formal agenda. For details about WAWM, visit wawm.org.

Eastside Neighborhood Association (ENA) next meeting is on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club. This meeting will be their annual election of officers. ENA did not announce a social hour as part of their meeting announcement in the Town Crier.

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming neighborhood associations meetings. I enjoy meeting residents at these meetings and listening to their ideas for our great city. If you can’t attend your neighborhood association meeting, but would like to share feedback with me, you can always email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 954.557.2801. 

- Chris Caputo, Wilton Manors City Commissioner

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