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Greetings from Wilton Manors, Florida

The City of Wilton Manors is approximately two square miles in area and is located in Broward County, Florida, just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is often referred to as the “Island City” because its boundaries primarily follow the North and South Forks of the Middle River. Ideally located within minutes of the beach and downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors is quickly becoming the “place to be” in South Florida.

The City is nearly 100% built-out and embraces the vision of a “sustainable urban village.” As part of its growth management strategy and in anticipation of redevelopment, Wilton Manors completed a major rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR’s). The ULDR’s include regulations that promote New Urbanism and Smart Growth principles. The area adjacent to Wilton Drive, the City’s signature thoroughfare, is home to the Arts and Entertainment District. Within the District, mixed-use development provides for a pedestrian-oriented environment where residents and visitors can shop, dine, and experience the best of what Wilton Manors has to offer.


The City has acquired a great deal of park and open space, much of which is located on Florida’s Middle River. The riverfront parks provide a host of leisure and recreational opportunities including a canoe trail, mangrove preserve, and two naturewalks. In addition, two new community centers have been constructed at the City’s Island City Park Preserve and Hagen Park. The Hagen Park Community Center features accommodations for hosting small cultural and performing art events. Serving to enhance Wilton Manors’ exceptional quality of life, the Wilton Manors Public Library has recently undergone a major expansion providing for a larger collection and extensive electronic resources.

Diversity is the strength of Wilton Manors. Children from many different ethnic backgrounds attend Wilton Manors Elementary School; the City’s Police Department employs African-American, Haitian, and Hispanic officers; and the City Commission includes openly gay elected officials.

Wilton Manors is ideally located, poised for redevelopment, and encourages diversity. Come and join us in the “Island City” and be a part of a diverse “sustainable urban village”.

Wilton Manors is known as a gay village, although its population is extremely diverse. Wilton Manors ranks 3rd in the U.S. for its percentage of gay residents as a proportion of total population. The Fort Lauderdale area ranks 4th in metro areas (per capita). Neighboring Oakland Park is ranked sixth on the list. Wilton Manors has approximately 1270% more gay men per capita than the national average.

The Historical Society of Wilton Manors has a special focus on the "Richardson Property," a historical site acquired by the City of Wilton Manors with Broward County and the State of Florida as part of its parks portfolio. The Richardson Property includes two buildings of historical significance, and it is the site of Broward County's third golf course, built in 1936. The park, when finished, will have access to the South Middle River, and provide a venue for City endorsed outside events.

Edward John “Ned” Willingham, a land developer from Georgia, founded Wilton Manors as a northern residential subdivision of the City of Fort Lauderdale in 1925. The sales brochure promised lots of modern amenities. The hurricane of 1926 and then the national economic depression pretty much put a stop to any significant development in South Florida until after World War II, when it clearly took off.


Source: http://www.wiltonmanors.com/ & http://www.wiltonmanorshistoricalsociety.org/

Further Readings:

Wilton Manors (FL) (Images of America) by Cynthia Thuma
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (April 20, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738517410
ISBN-13: 978-0738517414
Amazon: Wilton Manors (FL) (Images of America)

Whether the residents planned just to spend winters in Wilton Manors or the rest of their lives, it was no matter to E.J. “Ned” Willingham, a Georgian with a grandiose plan for the piny scrublands just outside the growing city of Fort Lauderdale. Willingham was rare among land speculators during the “Florida Frenzy”—a scrupulously honest man. He named this development, his favorite, Wilton Manors. Willingham envisioned a graceful community of modest homes on large yards, with schools, a hotel, and small parks dotting the exclusive, whites-only enclave. Almost 80 years later, Willingham’s little community lives on, but not in the fashion he might have expected. His all-white community has grown and matured into a pleasantly diverse and uncommonly tolerant place with lovely homes, outstanding city services, and an eye on preserving its genteel history.

City of Shadows: The Wilton Manors Chronicles (Volume 1) by Jerry Perez, illustrated by Ludwig Galvis
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145378196X
ISBN-13: 978-1453781968
Amazon: City of Shadows: The Wilton Manors Chronicles (Volume 1)

Gay Horror Fiction: This book is composed of 20 short stories, 16 illustrations and poetry about people living in the city of Wilton Manors and how their paths cross as they all enter the realm of mystery and the supernatural.

Jerry Perez graduated from The International Fine Arts College in Miami with a Bachelors of Arts Degree concentrated in Filmmaking and a minor in Psychology. Prior to that, he had won numerous literary awards at a national level. While attempting to promote his film career as a screenwriter, he served as a case manager and mental health counselor for various non-profit organizations. He also volunteered for many causes to promote a cleaner environment, AIDS and Cancer research, a safer student life for gay youth in schools, anti-drug addiction programs, working with the elderly, the Humane Society, equal rights to abolish discrimination and make same-sex marriage possible, among other causes. Because of his hard work, dedication to his patients and volunteer work, his writing suffered a great deal for many years to come. Ultimately, there came a point in which he couldn’t neglect the void created by not developing any literary work anymore so he accepted a position as a freelance writer for Genre Latino Magazine in which he created the Pop Culture Hit List, a humorous section he develops every month under the pseudo name “Scrappy Perez” in which he targets films, trends, music and famous personalities. This triggered an interest to write again and experiment with other genres. He started his own blog site on socio-political commentaries and decided to start developing scary short stories as means to escape from the stress of every day life with no intention of publishing them, until now. City of Shadows:The Wilton Manors Chronicles is this writer’s first published book and it is the product of the many stories written while living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He currently lives in Wilton Manors with his boyfriend of two years and two lovable dogs. He still works on his magazine column and blog site.
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