Ted Galatis Campaign Kick-Off Tonight

Commissioner Ted Galatis will hold the kick-off event for his campaign this evening from 5:30 to 7:00pm at The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors.

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Wilton Manors police chief suspended over racist e-mails – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

The Sun-Sentinel Reports….

“Law enforcement officers, by virtue of their responsibility to the community, must be held to high standards of conduct and professionalism,” Gallegos said. “The city of Wilton Manors expects its chief of police to continually earn the respect of the community and the police department as a leader, mentor, disciplinarian and standard bearer of exemplary values.”The South Florida Times had obtained copies of the controversial e-mails and reported that some of them appeared to be chain e-mails that featured derogatory comments about blacks, the homeless, and President Barrack Obama and his family. One of the e-mails also expressed disappointment that Obama was not shot during his inauguration, the newspaper said.Gallegos began investigating the matter two weeks ago, after the Times published excerpts of some of the e-mails.

via Richard Perez: Wilton Manors police chief suspended over e-mails – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

via Wilton Manors police chief suspended over racist e-mails – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

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Issues :: New Budget, Higher Taxes?

From incumbent Mayor Gary Resnick’s report from the Town Crier…

In the face of the country’s continuing recession and decreases in property values, the City has been faced with a difficult task of developing a budget for next year that preserves the delivery of services that the public demands while keeping property taxes as low as possible. Our General Fund budget has been significantly reduced.

Despite these challenges, we have proposed a budget that meets our goals or providing funds to implement progress for our town and to provide excellent services, while at the same reducing expenses.

The City Commission set a tentative millage rate based on a budget that is $600,000 lower than last year’s ad valorem taxes. For homesteaded single family homes, the maximum increase in assessed value is 2.7% next year. For non-homesteaded single family homes, the fiscal impact results in an overall decrease of 18.3% in ad-valorem taxes due to declining property values.

The budget process began in April, and has included a series of public hearings and budget workshops including one with the Budget Review Advisory Committee (BRAC). The final budget will be adopted Sept. 27. There are two public hearings on the budget in September (7:00 pm, the 13th and 27th) in addition to the regular City Commission meetings. All City residents are encouraged to attend these hearings and to provide input.

Some highlights of the proposed new budget include:

  • Proposed Personnel Wages for FY 10/11 are $6,106,437 vs. $6,702,769 for 09/10 (a decrease of $596,332 or nearly 9%).
  • However, proposed Personnel Benefits increased from $3,491,181 in 09/10 to $3,823.228 (in FY10/11) (largely due to higher insurance and pension costs)
  • Both police and fire service levels remain at the current levels.
  • Hours of operations for City Hall and Parks have not been reduced.
  • Garbage will continue to be collected twice weekly and recycling once weekly.
  • Water, sewer, and stormwater services remain at current levels.
  • Building permits and inspections remain available on thesame schedules.
  • Community events and activities that we all enjoy will continue and actually expand.

How has this been achieved?

  • Reduction of 3.85 Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) employees by freezing open positions. The City did not lay off any current employees. The City now has the lowest number of FTE employee positions in 12 years.
  • Imposition of 40 hours of unpaid furlough for employees. A furlough translates to time off without pay. This equates to a 2% reduction in annual wages for employees, City Commissioners and the City Manager.
  • Reduction in capital outlays of $291,239

The upcoming year will be a challenging one for our staff as we strive to maintain services with fewer available resources. We also will have some difficult work in the coming year as we address potential increases in the costs of the City’s communications services, fire services, water/sewer rates, and new costs imposed on cities by Broward County and the State. I want to thank our City staff and BRAC for their hard work and encourage your input and questions.

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Issues :: The G Resort

A backgrounder from the City of Wilton Manors… by Peter S. Dokuchitz, Acting Director of Community Development Services

G Resorts has been in the process of planning the development of a hotel/timeshare resort over the past year. Their initial proposal to build a 172 room resort at the 6 acre Middle River Trailer Park located at NE 24th Street and the FEC Railroad ROW, received preliminary site plan and plat approval from the City Commission.  It came to our attention very recently that G Resorts’ negotiations with the Yawt property trustees, which have controlling interest in the Middle River Trailer Park, have failed. Consequently, G Resorts is looking to acquire an alternative property in Wilton Manors on which to build its resort hotel.

G Resorts has set their sights on a 4 acre property currently home to the Center for Spiritual Living at the intersection of NE 26th Street and NE 15th Avenue, and are in the process of acquiring the property contingent on receiving the approvals necessary to build a scaled back 113 room facility on this site. The underlying land use for this new site is Commercial. The zoning classification is Community Facilities.

G Resorts has redirected their efforts towards receiving the approvals necessary to build a facility that meets their needs and is sensitive to the adjacent residential neighborhood. G Resorts will need to have the property rezoned to either Commercial (B-2 or B-3) or Planned Unit Development (PUD-M) to accommodate the hotel use. Initially they will have to submit their proposed development plans for review to the City’s Development
Review Committee (DRC) during the month of August. Once the DRC is satisfied, they will continue on to the Planning and Zoning Board (PZB) for approval and hope to receive preliminary site plan approval from the City Commission. The Planning and Zoning Board and the City Commission public hearings will be advertized, and property owners with in 300 feet of the proposed development will receive mailed notices.

Any questions or concerns regarding this proposed development may be directed to the City’s Community Development Services Department at 954 390 2180.

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Wilton Manors Campaign Events

From the Pompano Pelican…. via Hometown News and Views.

Joe Angelo

Former commissioner Joe Angelo will be hosting a campaign kick-off event at his home, 2609 NW 6 Terrace, Wilton Manors, on Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Angelo is running against incumbent Gary Resnick to be the city’s next mayor.

Gary Resnick

On Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick will hold a campaign event at Tropics Restaurant, 2000 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Resnick will also hold and event on Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Law Offices of George Castrataro, 800 NE 26 St., Wilton Manors.

Julie Carson

Former commissioner Julie Carson will hold a campaign event at the Wine Warehouse, 1301 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. Event date and time to be announced.

Celeste Ellich

A campaign event for Celeste Ellich will be held on Sept. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Williamsburg Landing, 1776 NE 26 St., Wilton Manors. Parking is available across the street at the Realtor building. Ellich is running against former commissioner Julie Carson for the two-year seat.

Steve Zollo

On Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. a campaign event will be held for Steve Zollo at his home, 409 NE 26 St., Wilton Manors. Excess parking is available at Wilton Manors Elementary, 2401 NE 3 Ave., and the Wilton Manors Library, 500 NE 26 St. Zollo is running for a four-year city commission seat against Commissioners Scott Newton and Ted Galatis.

Scott Newton

Commissioner Scott Newton is hosting a campaign event at Georgie’s Alibi, 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, on Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ted Galatis

A campaign kick-off event for Commissioner Ted Galatis will be held at The Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, on Sept. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Angelo, Zollo, Ellich

Former commissioner Joe Angelo, Steve Zollo and Celeste Ellich will speak at Crema D’Roma, 2150 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Park, on Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

via Hometown News and Views.

via Hometown News and Views.

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Broward’s Blog: Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl Endorses Julie Carson

Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl today endorsed Former Commissioner Julie Carson in the race for Wilton Manors Commission. The Wilton Manors election is being held on November 2nd 2010 .

via Broward’s Blog: Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl Endorses Julie Carson.

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Official Website of Scott Newton…

Official website for Scott Newton

Scott Newton for Commissioner of Wilton Manors.

via Official Website of Scott Newton for Commissioner of Wilton Manors.

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Official Website for Julie Carson

Here’s a link to the Official Website for Julie Carson

via Official Website for Julie Carson.

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Official Website for Gary Resnick for Mayor of Wilton Manors

Here’s a link to the  official website for Gary Resnick…

Re-elect Gary Resnick for Mayor of Wilton Manors.

via Official Website for Gary Resnick for Mayor of Wilton Manors.

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Official Website for Joe Angelo…

Here’s a link to Joe Angelo’s official website for his race to be Mayor of Wilton Manors….

Elect Joe Angelo for Mayor of Wilton Manors!.

via Elect Joe Angelo for Mayor of Wilton Manors!.

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