Alejandro Acosta has worked for Equality Florida out of his home in Fort Lauderdale for a while now. But Acosta, Equality Florida’s HIV project coordinator, is glad to be in his organization’s new office in Wilton Manors.

Located at 2302 NE 7 Ave. next to the Italian American Civic League, the ribbon cutting for the new space was held Monday, Nov. 6. Supporters, including the Wilton Manors Commission, packed the office for the grand opening.

Mayor Gary Resnick and Commissioner Scott Newton said they were glad to have the LGBT advocacy organization in Wilton Manors. They also said it was good to have another daytime tenant move into the Wilton Drive area to support the restaurants and other businesses there.

“Wilton Manors is pretty hot right now,” said Resnick, who read and signed a city proclamation marking the occasion.

Ronny Nadiv, director of membership for the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, said the new office would provide members of his organization with a greater opportunity to work with Equality Florida and support its efforts.

Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida, said the office was opened because Equality Florida’s South Florida staff is growing and “we really wanted a place where people could interact with us.” He said the hope is that interaction will lead to more volunteers.

“We are thrilled to be here,” said Row Iliescu, Equality Florida’s South Florida development director.