Wilton Manors Commissioners gave the go-ahead to form a new city board to preserve historic properties. 

The ordinance, approved at Tuesday night’s regular commission meeting, creates a Historical Preservation Board composed of at least five members who will designate and review properties under the criteria set forth by the National Register.

Other notes from the meeting:

Vice Mayor Paul Rolli conducted the meeting as Mayor Scott Newton was out of town. Commissioners passed a new charitable donation policy.

The commission observed a moment of silence in memory of realtor Pat Burnside, city employee Bria Parker and former assistant community development services director Ann Barnes.

Proclamations were issued to the Fort Lauderdale Community Emergency Response Team and longtime city activist Paul Kuta, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar gave an in-person presentation focusing primarily on exemptions, fraud investigations and property values. Title fraud and fake deeds, Kiar said, have become a big problem. “South Florida is the title fraud capital of the world,” he said.

Randall Luechauer, manager of Broward County’s Tourist Development Tax Division, gave a remote presentation centered around vacation and short-term rentals. Luechauer said Wilton Manors had generated $696,478 in revenue for the Tourist Development Council with one month left in the fiscal year. The money comes from a 6% tax on short-term rentals.

City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson noted city hall will be lighted in pink this month in recognition of breast cancer awareness.

Police Chief Gary Blocker warned of spoofing and phishing scams in the form of unsolicited text messages or emails. Blocker also reported a significant decrease in pickpocketing crimes at bars and nightclubs.

The meeting lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes. There were no public comments.


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