Check out the latest news briefs from around Wilton Manors!


Citizens Police Academy

The Wilton Manors Citizens Police Academy is now taking applications. The program is a 10-week training program held Thursdays from Jan. 26 to March 30. Participants learn about code compliance, drug enforcement, K9, detective bureau, special investigations, accident investigations, road patrol, and more. There will also be “ride along” with police officer opportunities. The program is designed to give residents a better understanding of how the police department works and to foster a better relationship between residents and their police. Applicants must be 18 and either live in the city or own a business. Non-residents can apply if space is available. For more information, call 954-390-2162.


Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Wilton Manors’ annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Jaycee Park. The Menorah, Kinara, and Christmas Tree will all be lighted and there will be music. The event is free.


Kiwanis Food Drive

The Kiwanis Club of Wilton Manors, an organization that helps low income children and families, is partnering with city officials to collect food for the holiday season. Donations of food can be dropped off inside bins located at City Hall and the Hagen Park Community Center. Items wanted are breakfast cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, tuna fish, canned fruit, applesauce and vegetables, pasta, rice, spaghettios and beefaroni. The Kiwanis Club asks donors to refrain from giving items in glass containers.


New Vice Mayor

Justin Flippen was chosen as the new vice mayor of Wilton Manors by his fellow commissioners on Nov. 22, shortly after Mayor Gary Resnick, Commissioner Julie Carson and Commissioner Tom Green were sworn-in for their new terms. The vice mayor is mostly a ceremonial position, filling in for the mayor at meetings and events when he can’t attend.


Power Washing Wilton Drive

The Wilton Drive Improvement District Board, as part of its efforts to improve the city’s main thoroughfare, has funded a power-washing service to clean the sidewalks. The work will be done from midnight to 8 a.m. until mid-December. The Wilton Drive Improvement District was formed to help improve Wilton Drive and is funded by a special tax on property owners. The money can only be used to benefit Wilton Drive.