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December 20, 2010; It's finally over...

By Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

WILTON MANORS - What was marketed as a large, luxe gay resort will not be built in gay-friendly Wilton Manors, the developers have decided after months of resident protests about traffic, density and noise.

Last week G Worldwide yanked its application, and a company representative said officials have soured on the city and will seek a site for the G Resort elsewhere in eastern Broward County.

Residents of east Wilton Manors who had organized angry protests and besieged commissioners for the past three months declared victory.

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The Pelican - October Issue

By Michael d’Oliveira
Pelican staff

WILTON MANORS - John Fiore, former mayor of Wilton Manors, recently lost his position as president of the East Neighborhood Association, or ENA, after he organized another group of residents to oppose the location of a proposed hotel.

Plans for the development include 87 hotel rooms, 26 timeshare units, space for retail, a pool, night club, banquet hall, a theater and 525 parking spaces (487 of which will be valet).

Fiore says the new group, Save East Wilton Manors, does not object to the hotel just its location; the Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26 St.

Dean Trantalis, the attorney representing G Resorts, the company that wants to build the hotel, says it’s a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) issue for Fiore and others. He says once neighbors see the hotel “they’re going to wonder why they fought against it.”

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Sun-Sentinel article Sunday, September 26, Local Section cover page.

By Juan Ortega and Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

WILTON MANORS - Ralph Borrelli is used to the tranquility of rustling leaves and chirping birds when he walks Kami, his Australian cattle dog, past a church on Northeast 16th Avenue, a half-block from his home.

Like many of his neighbors, the 56-year-old computer repairman is convinced that a five-star, gay-oriented resort would spoil his walks, magnifying noise and traffic and gutting property values.

The $60 million G Resort is proposed to open by 2012 on the site of the Center for Spiritual Living church, a stone's throw from homes in eastern Wilton Manors.

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September issue of THE PELICAN

By Michael d’Oliveira
Pelican Staff

WILTON MANORS - It may be a few months before city commissioners vote on the new plans and location for the G Resorts, a proposed hotel-timeshare development. But former mayor John Fiore and many of his neighbors are already organizing against a project they see as a threat to their property values and their peace and quiet.

Fiore and 160 residents met recently to oppose the new proposed location – The Center for Spiritual Living, located at the corner of Northeast 15 Street and Northeast 26 Street.

“I care about my neighborhood. I’m so glad you’re here because you care about your neighborhood too,” said Fiore, who described the project as looking like a prison on three sides.

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Here's a battle in Fort Lauderdale that we can look forward to here.

By Scott Wyman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE - It’s 11 p.m. on a Saturday, and the Hard Drinkin Pickles are ending their gig for the night at the Elbo Room to avoid hefty city noise fines. The band must stop playing, even though the beach will be packed with people for hours to come.

Across town, Kristen Holcomb is readying for bed. She sleeps with foamy green earplugs to keep out music wafting from the bars in the Himmarshee entertainment district across the river from her high-rise condo.

Welcome to the latest round in Fort Lauderdale’s long-running war over noise.

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And another noise related article with stats and graph.

By Scott Wyman and Kwency Norman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE - Residents of Fort Lauderdale want more noise regulations, but the bars want the rules loosened. Here's a look at sound levels in the city's entertainment districts last week.

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An interesting local find on YouTube regarding nightclub noise.

By Cal Deal
Just a sleepy resident

"I couldn't believe the city would allow this. When I woke up at 4 a.m. and heard the noise, it sounded like a party that was nearby — it was THAT loud. When I realized it was from Downtown, I was amazed and decided to record it." - Cal Deal

Click on the link below and watch this 2-minute video on YouTube of the noise from the Downtown Himmarshee entertainment district. This video was recorded just north of Broward General Hospital, a full MILE from the entertainment district. And this noise has to travel through trees and buildings to get where this was recorded, unlike the unobstructed noise that will be coming from the G Resort rooftop nightclub high in the air.

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Probably one of the first articles.

By Sixtine Gurrey
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Some residents and city officials are coming out against the location of the city's first gay-oriented resort.

The 130-unit G Resort is slated for a 4-acre lot at the site of the First Church of Religious Science, 1550 NE 26th St. Hailed as a potential economic boom to an area that is a gay magnet, the resort drew fresh opposition at Tuesday's commission meeting.

"This resort has the possibility of having a tremendous negative impact on the neighborhood," said resident John Fiore. "It's just going to destroy our property values and neighborhood."

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