Wilton Manors police arrested two men for lewd behavior at Colohatchee Park.
The park, located in the city’s eastern boundaries, has become a much discussed topic at city and political meetings. It has been described by one mayoral candidate as a “sex park.”
On May 12, an undercover detective for the Wilton Manors Police Department arrested two men for fondling each other in plain view on the park’s boardwalk. The officer alleges in the report that the men, ages 47 and 53, admitted to committing a lewd act on each other and also stated they intentionally came to the park to meet each other.
The detective arrested the men, took them to the Wilton Manors Police Station where they were further questioned and then transferred to the main Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
The men face charges of exposing sexual organs and lewd behavior.
Colohatchee Park, an 8.5 acre community park with an additional seven acres of mangrove preserves, is a popular attraction for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts and dog owners. The park contains a wooded walkway over water and mangroves that leads to an open area with covered picnic spaces, volleyball courts, playground and restrooms.
Reports of men hooking up and cruising at the park has become routine over the last years with one constant critic, Michael Rajner, complaining to reporters he discovered what appeared to be semen on the park’s boardwalk while walking his dog.
Boyd Corbin, who campaigned for Wilton Manors Mayor in 2014 and plans to seek the position again this fall, said he intends to stop what he called “constant sex” at the park.