Somewhat at a loss of words to describe the morning after Election Day.

In a more rational world, we would be waking up to a landslide victory for Joe Biden. After four years of insanity, insults, petty vindictiveness, racial division, epic failure to respond to a killer pandemic, lies, and so much more, one would think that any other choice would have been anticipated.  

Unfortunately this is not the world in which we live. The insult here in Florida is harsher with Miami-Dade voters turning out for Trump and pushing this pivotal state into the red column. Somethings don’t go unnoticed.  

The abrupt turnaround of Tropical Storm Eta might just be the result of the heavenly gods’ disappointment with the interference of these South Florida Trump supporters to the natural order of correction due to the last four years.  

Upon getting a whiff of this insurrection, Typhoeus, the hurricane giant, unleashed the powers of the Anemoi Truellai to swiftly turn around the weakened storm wreaking havoc over Honduras and Nicaragua and aim it right across Cuba straight to South Florida.  Let us hope that over the next few days the heavenly gods will calm down and spare South Florida from this approaching storm.  

Divine intervention might be just what is needed to help save our American democracy. The numbers just don’t add up. Many of the states that are colored red this morning should have been a win for Joe Biden. Suburban women voters, Hispanic voters, rational Republican voters, Black voters, voters tired of the insanity, pandemic voters, front line service personnel voters should have all pushed many of these states into the blue column.  

Unfortunately if you are looking for a rational response to the reality of the electoral map this morning, not sure anyone can offer one.  

We may still see an Electoral College victory, but a clear and decisive victory was what was needed this morning. Unfortunately we are now heading towards months of uncertainty and continued insanity.  

Turning our sights away from the storm clouds on the national stage to our beautiful Island City this wonderfully sunny and breezy morning we have much to be excited about.  Our city will see the biggest change to our City Commission in many years.  Two new City Commissioners to the dais will bring a much-needed shack-up to our governing body. Along with these two new Commissioners we also have a new Mayor, Scott Newton. Scott’s experience and knowledge will hopefully offer the needed guidance and steady leadership to what looks like some challenging few years ahead.  

Newly elected Mike Bracchi and Chris Caputo bring much to the dais. Mike has served on the Budget Review Advisory Committee and understands the financial workings of our city. Chris Caputo’s involvement with the non-profit sector along with the business community brings much to the table.  

Our city had an amazing pool of candidates this election and unfortunately not all could win one of the two Commission seats. Coming in third was Doug Blevins. Doug has been involved with our city for many years and let us hope that his very important and committed participation continues.  

One cannot overlook a very sad and unfortunate reality to our municipal election this morning.  We as a city will lose a very special and committed public servant, Julie Carson.  Julie narrowly lost in her bid for Mayor against Scott Newton. In her ten years on the City Commission Julie leaves behind much to be proud of.  

Julie, you have been through a lot this past year, more than most could have dealt with so well in the public eye. I personally thank you for your many wonderful years of service, for all that you have done for this city and our community. We can only hope that you will continue your involvement and public service in some new direction and wish you and your family many good wishes! 

Both departing Commissioners Tom Green and Julie Carson have amazingly served our community in extraordinary ways. Thank you both for your many years of service. Let us hope that our new City Commissioners will step up to the job at hand as well and effectively that you both have done over the years.  

Bringing in new people, new ideas, and new approaches to solve our city’s challenges ahead, along with our experienced and dedicated elected officials and city staff will continue to make life here in our Island City just better here.


Sal Torre has been a columnist for the Wilton Manors Gazette since its inception. Sal has served on the Wilton Drive Task Force, Budget Review Advisory Board, and Charter Review Board, among others. Sal is currently President of the Westside Association of Wilton Manors and Secretary for the Friend of the Wilton Manors Library. He is employed with Broward County in the Human Services Division.