Wilton Manors Gazette

  • Column: A Free Ride For Wilton Manors Non-Profits

    It is common knowledge that churches and non-profit organizations are exempt from paying all sorts of taxes. This accepted reality is due to the vital services such institutions provide in our society, community, and daily lives. Here in Wilton Manors, we all benefit from the work and programs of our regional non-profit organizations such as Poverello, Pride Center, Pace School, Kids in Distress, and numerous religious institutions. Non-profit landowners are removed from our property tax rolls. We accept this tax-exempt status not just locally, but also on a national level.

  • Column: A New Year And A Look Back 

    This time of year, one would normally expect my regular list of New Year’s resolutions for our city of Wilton Manors.

  • Column: A Raging Spirit

    Having just finished reading Chris Matthews’ book, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,” I find myself yearning for a time when we had great national leaders on both sides of the aisle that struggled and fought to make our country better.

  • Column: A Rocket to Nowhere?

    As you likely read this, the 101st annual Florida Realtors convention is in progress up to Orlando. Three days of workshops, presentations, and a trade show, followed by two days of committee and governance meetings. Realtors getting a little party on, with some professional components.

  • Column: An Artist's Touch

    Summer 2017 is over, schools are back in session, the Fall holidays are fast approaching, and life here in Wilton Manors has just kicked it up a notch. Yes folks, it’s time for my annual warning that Christmas is just around the corner. Think I am crazy? Well, the next few months are jammed packed with activity; and if you think 2017 has been racing by, hold on to your hat because the ride is about to get a lot faster.
    As our city government, along with local non-profits, schools, and others swing back into action from a slower summer pace, calendars have been filling up fast. After September, we have the Jewish Holidays, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and right into the Christmas holiday season and the end of the year. Before you know it, we will be singing Old Lang Syne and 2018 will be well on its way.

  • Column: Annus Horribilis

    As my household gets ready to celebrate my birthday, another year older, passing the mid fifty range and getting ever so close to sixty, I let my mind wander back over the past year. My thoughts keep going back to the opening words of a speech that Queen Elizabeth II gave in 1992, dubbed the “Annus Horribilis” speech. Replacing 1992 with 2017, I will take the liberty of plagiarizing Her Majesty’s words:

  • Column: Blue Moon 2018

    This past Friday, July 31, I sat outside looking for the rare Blue Moon, the second full moon this month. Unfortunately, the cloudy and rainy night hampered my viewing, but gave me the opportunity to relax after a very busy week here in Wilton Manors.

  • Column: Border Protection in Wilton Manors

    On the same evening that President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office last week, members of our City Commission seemed to be in lock-step with the notion of building a wall. 

  • Column: Build That Wall!

     

    We hear the chanting. We hear the rhetoric. We are beginning to realize the need and the importance. We are beginning to understand that to do nothing is no longer an option. The problem is on the rise. The invaders are causing havoc and destruction. The chanting is growing louder and louder, Build the Wall, Build the Wall. 

  • Column: Build the Wall, Build the Wall, Build the Wall

    So, what’s the hold up? 

  • Column: Christmas 2015

    As we all begin to get caught up in the holiday spirit here in Wilton Manors, my attention keeps going back to the song playing on the radio, “Do they know it’s Christmas?” Originally produced back in 1984 in response to the tragic draught and starvation in Africa, the words have a much different meaning for me today.

  • Column: Colohatchee Park Parking Expansion Plans Move Forward 

    A plan to expand parking at Colohatchee Park will cost $1.38 million and displace several residents whose adjacent rental units will be demolished to make way for more cars.

  • Column: Comfortably Numb

    Hey you, out there in Broward County, can you hear me? Donald Trump is coming to the heart of Democratic Florida on Nov. 26 for a Homecoming Rally.

  • Column: Community Spirit 2017

    Today ends a tumultuous week for me here in Wilton Manors. However, as I sit down to write this article, my faith in our community and our wonderful city remains resilient, confident and stronger than ever.

  • Column: Day of Reckoning

    With his many years of wisdom and knowledge, Norm Kent might just be our own enlightened guru guiding us on a more righteous path. Norm’s opinion piece in the last edition of the “Wilton Manors Gazette” might seem to some as a callous, vindictive and juvenile attack on my many years of reporting on life here in our Island City. However, perhaps there lies a much deeper and profound purpose behind his madness. 

  • Column: Double Standards — The Pride Center should not be given preferential treatment

    The mission of our Code Enforcement Department is to maintain the highest quality of life possible for our Island City residents. They do this by ensuring healthy and safe neighborhoods through the enforcement of our Municipal Code and addressing issues that have been identified as a public nuisance.  

  • Column: Fantasy vs. Reality

    Fantasy is an idea with no basis in reality. Reality is its blunt, truthful cousin. For those who attended or have been following the Treasure Coast Planning Council’s public hearings on the future of the city owned property next to city hall, “fantasy” is the best description. 

  • Column: Fibbery

    Earlier this week I caught myself using the word “fibbery” in a discussion at work. Afterwards, not sure if such a word really existed, I looked to confirm that it was proper English usage. 

  • Column: Go Green…

    Commissioner Tom Green was definitely the star of the show at our City Commission meeting last Tuesday night. The agenda included ordinances creating a Green Building Code and regulations for vacation home rentals, two items long championed by Commissioner Green.

  • Column: Gold Lamé

    As I sit and ponder what to write about this week, I can’t seem to focus on any single topic.