We need to focus on create physical distancing opportunities for our restaurant and venue customers by turning side streets connecting to Wilton Drive into one-way roads where appropriate, making the remaining lane usable by businesses and providing flexibility for sidewalk and parking lot service .
We must diversify the mix of businesses that make Wilton Manors great. Create incentives for "9 to 5" offices and small businesses to open in Wilton Manors, attracting foot traffic to our restaurants and retail during the day. We should focus on attracting co-working space and startup friendly office space, and I would bring forth a suggested Business Diversity Ordinance. .
We need improve foot traffic to our Arts & Entertainment district by making our streets more walkable, increasing tourism, marketing street fairs and events (when safe to do so) and increasing nearby residential density. We should streamline the process for obtaining special event permits, easing the burden on business owners and creating entertainment options for residents.
The city should expand Wilton Manor's Business Enhancement Grant and increase the grant size, offering 75% reimbursement up to $2,000 for any business that improves the exterior appearance of their business and promotes walkability on our streets by adding landscaping and/or public art installations.
Engage a volunteer or staff member to serve as the City's liaison to the business community. This ambassador should be present at business association meetings and have a clear understanding of the city's code compliance and operational procedures in order to consult with small business owners on concerns like signage, parking, code compliance, special permits, etc.
I am the most qualified candidate to address the needs of our small business community. I've been a small business owner for more the a decade, earning a Small Business of the Year Award and the endorsement of respected community business leaders. I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as an active member of the Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA).