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Wilton Manors approved a special event permit for the Stonewall Parade & Street Festival at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

The event date is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 19. The event recognizes the Stonewall riots of 1969 which sparked the gay liberation movement.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the permit request by Jeff Sterling of Stonewall Pride, Inc. City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said $15,000 was earmarked in the 2021 budget for a Stonewall Economic Impact Study. 

Commissioner Mike Bracchi asked that those funds be used for barricades, road closures and traffic maintenance. Bracchi said he would support the event if organizers get approval from the Broward County Department of Health.

“Our businesses need help and this is one way we can help them if they are able to get approval from the county,” Bracchi said.

Commissioner Gary Resnick said he would not support the event unless Broward County signed off on it.

“They indicated in the permit application that they’re gonna have the approval by March 19,” Resnick said. “So if it gets approved by the county by March 19 I’m happy to support it.”

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