Keechl Runs, Castrataro Expands, Pye Appointed, Wyman Shifts Careers

Dan Pye of Fort Lauderdale has joined the Board of Directors of Florida Together. Pye and Peter Mangone, his partner of 31 years, have lived in South Florida for over thirty years. Pye has been an active participant in the LGBT community, starting with the early days of the Palm Beach Human Rights Council. He is currently a Wealth Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he is one of the original members of the Pride Employee Group.


Ken Keechl, the former mayor of Broward County, and gay mayor at that, is running again for the County Commission seat being vacated by John Rodstrom, due to term limits.

Keechl will be hosting a number of kick-off fundraisers throughout Broward, and his law firm at 200 SW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg, will be one of the first venues, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

Speaking of law firms, there are few more respected gay elder statesmen in town than attorney Arthur Smith, whose charity and support of the LGBT community is legendary. And there are few lawyers whose reputation and prestige is growing with more popularity and credibility than the younger attorney, George Castrataro. It is therefore with special pleasure that I can share with you that Castrataro and Smith have entered into a business relationship together, where, Art Smith and his firm will serve in an of-counsel capacity to the Law Offices of George Castrataro, PA and will be relocating his offices to the LawGC offices in the coming weeks.

Smith has an extensive history working in estate and probate and is highly regarded by his peers, judiciary, and the community at large.  With Smith’s extensive expertise by his side, it is reasonable to assume that Castrataro will significantly expand its presence in the areas of wills, trusts, and probate. Good luck to both of you.

I want to tell you about a special World AIDS Day issue SFGN is planning for Nov. 30. We want to salute and remember friends you have lost to this pandemic, but we need your help. If you have the heart and courage to do so, help us help you commemorate the life a partner or friend of yours lost to HIV. Send us a high-resolution photo, which we can print, along with a paragraph or two of that special person whose life may have been cut short by HIV. A simple email to our editor in chief, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., would work. Let’s make our World AIDS Day issue a keepsake for everyone.

Congratulations to our close friend, Scott Wyman, on his new job as a Commission Assistant to the Office of City Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom (yes, John Rodstrom’s wife). Wyman formerly worked as the Sun Sentinel courthouse reporter, and is a very talented journalist. After this weekend’s floods, it was interesting to get an email from him offering help to the many of us underwater.

Finally, good luck to Bill’s, the Manor Entertainment Complex, and a few other clubs dealt a right cross by the Halloween Floods of 2011. What a weekend of wet! At Bill’s, Jackson Padgett tells us the water got 8 inches deep and they removed over 1,100 gallons of water. At the Manor, parts of the club were 12 inches deep with water. Heck, it was a good night to drink after all. But seriously, lots of us suffered some serious damage, and need help. Try to be there for your neighbor.

Speaking of which DON’T FORGET- Job Needed, Job Wanted Ads are free at SFGN. If you are part of the 99 percent and need help or want work, let us know ASAP, so we can add your ad to our classifieds. It’s tough out there for all of us, from publishers to plumbers, so let’s be there for our friends.