Mind Your Manors

Oakland Park gets a makeover thanks to its gay southern neighbor

Gierer rushes around his house on a recent afternoon as he pulls city proposals and paperwork out of his briefcase. Jazz plays in the background. He doesn't think sexuality is relevant in government but admits that he's noticed the growing influence of the gay community in Oakland Park.

"There aren't exact numbers or percentages," he says. "But I've noticed changes. The gay population today, it's significant. It's a force."

In two years, due to the city's regular rotation of mayoral duties from commissioner to commissioner, Gierer is up for a promotion.

"I'll be the first gay mayor in Oakland Park," he says, grinning.

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