Here are SFGN's "Best of 2016" winners in the places category in Broward County.
Best City to Live
On May 24 Mayor Gary Resnick and the City Commissioners raised the Rainbow Pride Flag over Wilton Manor’s Jaycee Park, another sign of the Island City’s almost special relationship with its LGBT residents and visitors.
Like Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Street Beach (see “Best Beach”), Wilton Manors has been chosen as the “Best City to Live” every year since 2011, when SFGN began its annual “Best of” issues. Though both Oakland Park and Palmaire in Pompano Beach enjoy large and active LGBT communities, “WilMa” is still South Florida’s “gay village;” an ideal place for queer people to live, work and play.
It is a popular destination for LGBT retirees as well as for tourists from around the world. "We are proud of our historical and continued advocacy for the LGBTQ community," Mayor Resnick said. "The display of the pride flag is symbolic, not only of the strides in policy we've been able to achieve, but of how Wilton Manors has become a place where LGBTQ individuals and non-LGBTQ individuals, can live, work, and raise their families."
Recently the City Commission got behind a plan to narrow Wilton Drive in order to protect its citizens, gay or otherwise, who were killed or injured by passing vehicles while trying to cross the street. And when a local nut threatened to “exterminate” gays in a Pulse Night Club-type shooting, the Wilton Manors city government and police department were quick to act in defense of the City’s LGBT citizens.
Intersection of A1A and Sebastian Street
Fort Lauderdale Beach
In 2014 Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Street Beach was named the “Hottest U.S. Gay Beach” by Out Traveler. Like the City of Wilton Manors (see “Best City to Live”), Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Street Beach has been at the top of its field every year since 2011, when SFGN began its annual “Best of” issues.
Though the section of Fort Lauderdale Beach that faces the intersection of A1A and Sebastian Street is no different from the rest of the Beach, its population makes it special. At Sebastian Beach, women and children are practically nowhere to be found and men’s bathing suits get noticeably shorter. (Sadly, male bathing attire on the Beach has gotten longer.)
Sometimes clueless straights might wander into Sebastian Beach, only to discover to their dismay Sebastian’s unique demographics. Aficionados of the male form will find all ages, races and body shapes represented on Sebastian Beach.
In addition to its eye candy appeal, Sebastian Beach is conveniently close to many of the LGBT guest houses and resorts, which only serves to draw tourists from all over the world. Long-term couples, groups of friends and sex tourists alike frequent Sebastian Beach for its unique combination of sub-tropical climate, sandy beach, warm waters -- and hot men.