Artist Claudia Castillo and nurse Amy Waxman were recognized as outstanding volunteers by the City of Wilton Manors.

The Colombian-born Castillo owns a popular art studio on Wilton Drive, while Waxman administered COVID-19 vaccinations for city residents during the height of the pandemic.

The women received their Skip Stadnick Community Spirit Awards at the city commission meeting on April 26. The annual awards, named in honor of the late Stadnick, a jovial Army veteran and reliable volunteer, are selected by the Community Affairs Advisory Board.

Other notes from the meeting:

Assistant Police Chief Darren Brodsky announced a department detective will partner with the FBI Miami Division on its task force for civil rights and public corruption. In other police issues, Commissioner Mike Bracchi asked for data on the number of vacation rentals operating in the city and Commissioner Gary Resnick requested more information on the increasing number of vehicle accidents.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, multiple residents criticized the WiltonNext report, specifically the designation of Andrews Avenue as a wellness corridor.

City Attorney Kerry Ezrol said HB 7, also known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” becomes effective July 1, 2022.

“Some of the commentaries that I’ve seen from labor lawyers is that it's basically gonna shut down diversity training within places of employment, but that will remain to be seen,” Ezrol said.

Mayor Scott Newton asked to begin talks on rules for smoking in parks.

The next regular commission meeting is May 10.


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