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Traveling Con Artists

Extra Asphalt Offer is a common scam of the traveling con artist.  It works when a nice person knocks on your door andScam Artists tellsyou they are paving a driveway in the neighborhood and have extra asphalt.  They will tell you that it’s your lucky day and that they will resurface your driveway for a fraction of the normal price.  They are experts at putting you at ease and convincing you to agree.  They are really professional criminals and know how to trick you into trusting them.  Once you agree to their “deal” they will ask you for a cash down payment and say they will return with the truck to do the work.  Sometimes they leave with your money and never return.  Other times they return, but put down the asphalt without preparing the area and it is so thin it only lasts a couple of months.  It will look good for until weeds come through or it starts to break up under the weight of a car or heat of the sun.  Asphalt is expensive and a good driveway repair company calculates the amount they are going to need and rarely has leftover asphalt.  They usually throw it away because they would never have enough to actually properly resurface another driveway.  Never give cash or do business with a person going door to door.  Unfortunately most are con artists in search of their next victim.  If anyone comes to your door offering you a great deal on any repair work call the Police Department to check them out.  If they are a legitimate business then the Officer will be able to determine that.

“My car broke down” is also a common scam of these con artists.  How it works is a nice woman with a child or two willScam knock on your door and tell you her car broke down.  The woman or children are trying to get inside your home.  Often the woman will make small talk, ask to use the telephone, or ask for water for her children.  Once she is able to occupy you the real experts, the children, know to dart into a bedroom and look for jewelry or cash.  These small children have been trained the difference between costume jewelry and the real stuff.  They know they have a few minutes to go room to room taking anything of value.  Who would suspect a small child?  If they are caught the woman will scold the children and go outside to punish them.  You will probably never see them again.  They rush to their car with all of your belongings they were able to take.  NEVER BE TRICKED INTO LETTING ANYONE INTO YOUR HOME.  Leave them outside and contact the Police who will be able to assist them.  When people knock on your door or you see someone in your neighborhood that doesn’t belong call Wilton Manors Police Department.


Realtors - Conducting An "Open House" in Wilton Manors

On behalf of the City of Wilton Manors Code Compliance Unit we thank you for your valuable time to review this informationalOpen House material, which has been specifically designed for realtors conducting business in the “Island City.” We hope that you would agree that community engagement, education and reasonable enforcement of Municipal Ordinance, serves to enhance a community’s image and positively impact home values. As such, the following is intended to assist you in compliance with Municipal Ordinances while conducting an “open house” in the city of Wilton Manors.  

“OPEN HOUSE…”  Probably the single most effective and widely used advertisement tool for a realtor is the hallmark “OPEN HOUSE” yard sign. While we recognize the value of this sign while conducting an open house, we must also request that you abide by the framework of Municipal Ordinance as stated below. Our signage Ordinances defines this type of sign as a “Snipe” sign:

“A sign of any material when attached in any way to trees, telephone poles, utility poles, stakes, fences, benches, trash receptacles or other objects, where such sign may or may not apply to the premises upon which the sign is located, and including cardboard signs on sticks and similar signage materials.”

Sec. 145-070.-Prohibited signs: All signs not expressly permitted under this Article or exempt from regulation here-under in accordance with the previous section are prohibited. Such signs include, but are not limited to:
(H) Off-premise signs.

Sec. 145-080. - Signs in the public right-of-way. No signs shall be allowed in the public right-of-way, except for the following….”

Additionally, please ensure that signs are collected at the conclusion of your open house. Signs left behind on public right-of-ways will be disposed of by Code Compliance.

Miscellaneous Sign Regulations

*The following will provide you with general information relating to real estate signs.
Sec. 145.150(F): Real Estate signs may be freestanding, attached to a fence or freestanding wall, or attached to a building or window facing streets and waterways.  
  1. Permit: Not required.
  2. Maximum number: One sign per street and waterway frontage and up to one open house sign per lot.
  3. Maximum height: Six (6) feet in the RS and RD Districts and ten (10) feet in all other districts.
  4. Maximum sign area for freestanding signs:
    a. RS, RD, RM, RO, and ROSC districts: Four (4) square feet with up to three (3) suspended strip signs of not more than one and one-quarter (1.25) square feet each; for open house signs, three (3) square feet.
    b. All other districts: Twenty-four (24) square feet
    d. Signs may be double-faced provided the information on both sides is identical.
  5. Maximum sign area for building and window signs: Three (3) square feet.
  6. Time period: Must be removed within seven (7) days of the sale or lease of the premises upon which the sign is located. Open house signs are only permitted while the owner or agent is on the premises.
  7. Signage copy: Copy is limited to the following, and to similar copy as determined by the Director:
a. "For Sale," For Lease," "For Rent," or a combination thereof;
b. The name of the Real Estate Broker or Realtor or the name of the owner or manager and/or "By Owner;"
c. A designation following such name as being either a Realtor, Broker, or owner in lettering not to exceed four (4) inches in height;
d. The telephone number(s) of said Realtor, Broker or Owner;
e. The words, "Appointment Only," "Waterfront," "Pool;" or other major amenity and
f. The size of the property and/or building and for all districts other than RS and RD, the zoning information and permitted use of the property may also be displayed.

    We hope that this information is helpful and encourage you to visit our website for additional information at; Our greater hope is that you support our efforts through the adherence to these Ordinances to ensure the property standards for the City of Wilton Manors are a model for all of Broward County.

    Once again thank you for taking the time to review this information-Wilton Manors Code Compliance Unit.
    City of Wilton Manors Code Compliance Unit: 954.390.2151
    City of Wilton Manors non-emergency Police: 954.764.4357


    Canvassing - Solicitation

    No SolicitingThe City of Wilton Manors has clearly defined Ordinance regulating door-to-door canvassing, which includes leaving door hangers or flyers relative to open houses or property sale.  Solicitation and Canvassing is defined in Sec. 10-137 as:

    Unless otherwise provided for herein, for the purposes of this article, the term "solicitor" or "canvasser" means any person who attempts to solicit orders for the sale of goods, wares or merchandise, whether the sale is consummated in the city or to be consummated when approved by some other person elsewhere, or who bargains to sell any goods, wares or merchandise for cash or otherwise, by sample or by any other manner, personal property of any nature whatsoever, or for services to be furnished or performed, for present or future delivery, traveling by foot, wagon, automobile, motor truck, or any type of conveyance, from place to place, from house to house, including any person collecting or soliciting contributions or donations, cash, services, signatures, or otherwise, including any person who aids, abets, or otherwise authorizes and instructs another, on their behalf, to solicit or canvass to any charitable, nonprofit, or other eleemosynary organization; provided that the provisions of this article should not be applicable to any person who enters the residence or business of any resident of the city at the express prior request or invitation of such resident.

    Such activity requires licensing pursuant to:
    Sec. 10-138. - License—Required.
    It shall be unlawful for any solicitor or canvasser to engage in such business or collection within the corporate limits without first obtaining a license therefor in compliance with the provisions of this article.

    *Licenses can be obtained through the City of Wilton Manors Community Development Services at 954.390.2182.

    Once again thank you for taking the time to review this information-Wilton Manors Code Compliance Unit.
    City of Wilton Manors Code Compliance Unit: 954.390.2151
    City of Wilton Manors non-emergency Police: 954.764.4357


    Pool Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

    According to the Florida Department of Health statistics, 121 unintentional drowning deaths were reported in Broward County between 2011 and 2013; 24 of which were children aged 14 or younger. And did you know that for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency rooms require hospitalization or transfer for further care. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).

    As members of public safety, we often come in contact with public pool areas in the course of our daily activities. Therefore, in an effort to combat these preventable deaths, law enforcement and fire rescue personnel are being asked to take a moment when responding to routine calls at condos, hotels, and other public swimming pool areas, to look for visible signs of unsafe conditions, such as:

    1. Unsecured or broken drain gratebroken gate
    2. Clarity of pool water is such that the main drain grate is not visible from the pool deck
    3. Safety equipment missing or broken, i.e., life hook, life ring, etc.
    4. Ladders & handrails to enter or exit a pool are missing or broken
    5. Fences, gates, or latches to enter or exit a pool are missing or broken.
    6. The underwater light is not securely fastened to the pool wall.

    Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the aforementioned critical violations, which may cause a public pool to be CLOSED. If any of the above violations are observed, you should advise the manager or on-site supervisor of the violation and immediately report the violation to the Florida Department of Health in Broward via email at . Your notifications should include the name and address of the public pool, the violation observed, the manager or on-site supervisor who was advised of the violation, and your contact name and phone number.

    For additional information or example pictures of unsafe pool conditions please refer to the Florida Department of Health Pool Assessment Checklist page, which can also be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

    Pool Checklist

    If any of the violations on the checklist are observed, please immediately contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward via email at:


    Hurricane Season - An Important Reminder

    As we all know Hurricane Season is June 1st to November 30th of each calendar year. We are asking for the community’s help Be Preparedto make sure that everyone is safe this year if a hurricane strikes our area. We have all seen first-hand, the devastation that Hurricanes can cause.

    • Make sure all construction sites are free and clear of any loose items
    • Any type of furniture, branches, storage of bulk items, trash/debris, garbage, litter, and basically anything that could potentially be a projectile object should be removed from your property immediately
    • Please remember this is for yours and your neighbor’s protection that we ask you to help us make this Hurricane Season a safe one

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 954-390-2151