Monday, April 20, 2015

Lauderhill LIVE! a free concert for all ages

Experience Juggernaut, a powerful force that can’t be stopped. These talented artists from Encore Performing Arts Center have teamed up with the Lauderhill Mall to present Lauderhill LIVE! A Free Concert for All Ages. Join us on this musical journey from old school to new school. The fun starts at 3 pm. Live music, contests, raffles, prizes, and free popcorn and cotton candy. Free for the entire family.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 3 pm

Location: Lauderhill Mall 1267 NW 40th Avenue Lauderhill, FL 33313

Contact: Georgette “Gigi” Belton Event Contact: 954-309-5665

Friday, April 17, 2015

Notes of the Regular Commission Meeting of April 13

On Monday, April 13, the City Commission met in regular session and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-108:   APPROVING THE SIX MONTH BUDGET REVIEW OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE AMENDMENTS; APPROVING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION; REFLECTING ADJUSTMENTS TO VARIOUS REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-109:  AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 9, FIRE PROTECTION, PREVENTION AND LIFE SAFETY, ARTICLE IV, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SECTION 9-61, USER FEES TO UPDATE THE MEDICAL SERVICES TRANSPORT FEES.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-110:  AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 4, ANIMALS AND FOWL, ARTICLE III, PET SHOPS AND COMMERCIAL KENNELS; AMENDING THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SALE OF DOGS AND CATS; AMENDING SECTION 4-31, DEFINITIONS; AMENDING SECTION 4-41, PET SHOPS; CREATING SECTION 4-41.5, CERTIFICATE OF SOURCE OF DOGS AND CATS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-111:   APPROVING THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL FOR WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL TO PURCHASE THE VACANT PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED AT 6279 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL SUBJECT TO DEED RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $850,000.00.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-80:  SUPPORTING THE CARIBBEAN VILLAGE HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR TO BE HELD ON JUNE 14, 2015; PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL PROVIDE IN-KIND SERVICES TO BE DETERMINED BY THE CITY MANAGER IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CITY BEING RECOGNIZED AND LISTED AS A SPONSOR OF THE EVENT.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-81:  APPROVING THE SEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE LEASE CONTRACT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE ONE (1) YEAR EXTENSION OF THE LAUDERHILL MALL LEASE.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-82:   ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL OF JMW CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $172,000.00 FOR REFURBISHMENT OF THE MEDITATION PARK FOUNTAIN AND POND AT INVERRARY; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 450-925-6225.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-83:   AUTHORIZING THE SETTLEMENT OF THE LITIGATION STYLED CITY OF SUNRISE, ET. AL. VS. BROWARD COUNTY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COUNTY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH THE SETTLING MUNICIPALITIES.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Red Cross Continues Campaign to Reduce Home Fire Deaths and Injuries in Lauderhill

The American Red Cross continued its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Lauderhill and across the country.  The campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by as much as 25% over the next five years. The campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires.  Red Cross volunteers with help from Lauderhill Fire-Rescue and the Lauderhill Police Department canvassed an estimated 200 homes installing 48 smoke alarms and changed 15 smoke alarm batteries.

WHAT:     Red Cross volunteers with the help from Lauderhill Fire-Rescue and the Lauderhill Police Department canvassed an estimated 200 homes in Lauderhill installing 48 smoke alarms as part of Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

WHERE:   Lauderhill
·         NW 42nd Avenue
·         NW 42nd Terrace
·         NW 43rd Avenue
·         NW 43rd Terrace
·         NW 44th Avenue
·         NW 44th Terrace
·         NW 46th Avenue
·         NW 47th Avenue
·         NW 26th Street
·         NW 27th Street
·         NW 25th Place

WHY:      The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: check or install smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mayor's Report Card and Upcoming Goals

Every once in awhile it is important to look at what you planned, evaluate if you succeeded and what you are looking forward to in the future. As Mayor, I have done this periodically, the most recent time before being in January.  Therefore now, 3 months later, is a good time to update and reflect.

1)  7th Season of Jazz Picnic in the Park - December through April
     The season started in December and ends tomorrow.  We have had a lot of success and already we are looking at next season.  As usual 5 Jazz Concerts will be planned for the 8th Season, running on the 2nd Sunday from December to April.  More info at www.lauderhilljazz.com

2)  3rd Season of Tribute Concerts (Beatles and Journey) - February and March
     These concerts were highly successful.  Again we are looking on our 4th Season with expanding it to 3 concerts.  We are looking at Tributes to the Beatles, and possibly such other groups as the Eagles, Elton John, Fleetwood Mack or Motown as possibilities.  The concerts are going to move to permanently scheduled Saturday nights.   Some options are the 1st Saturday of each month from March through May, or the 4th or last Saturday of February to April.   More info will be posted at www.lauderhilljazz.com

3)  Posting our Concert Season on Facebook
      We now have a Facebook Page for Lauderhill Jazz Picnic and Tribute Concerts as well as a Mayor's Aide page which you can like or friend.  The most updated information on our concerts are posted there.

4)  Kids of Character Pizza Party with Royal Palm Elementary and adding another school - December and May
     The December Party took place in Royal Palm Elementary and Paul Turner Elementary.  Also, the other Commissioners have adopted other elementary schools in Lauderhill to duplicate this program.  We are now planning the next parties in May.

5)  Regional Chess Tournament for under 18 years of age - March
     While a Regional Chess Tournament is not taking place, we have had the Mayor's Chess Challenge been played in many cities.  Also, Lauderhill hosted in March a Chess Challenge.  Approximately 20 challengers played against the Florida State Champion at the Lauderhill Cultural Museum.  The results, the Champion one all of the games but one which was a draw.  

6)  Completion of "Guide to the City of Lauderhill" and distribution - December/January
     This has taken longer than expected since we wanted to be as thorough as possible.  Now in our 11th Revisions we believe the guide is finished and we are seeking bids to have copies published.  We hope to have this available in May. 

7)  Completion of Early Childhood Programs Brochure for Parents to teach their children from birth to 5 years of age, in conjunction with Vroom and the Bezos Family Foundation - 2014
     This program was launched and the brochures are being distributed to parents throughout the area.

8)  Design and prepare to distribute a new Tell the Mayor Survey specifically on Economic Development, use of Social Media, and use of recreational facilities - Results in March
     Due to time constraints this survey has not been worked on very much.  At this point we are not looking to move forward on it.

9)  Launch the Lauderhill Mobile App
     Though attempts to launch a Mobile App were tried, the city is still working on it.  It is funded in the budget.

10)  Launch the Economic Development LoopLink to allow users to search commercial properties in Lauderhill through the City’s website.
      This is funded in the budget and is now available on the city's web site.

11)  Launch Bank on Lauderhill as part of the Bank on Florida Program
      This is a new program to deal with un-banked and under-banked residents.  In Lauderhill alone it is estimated that almost 50% of the population fall into these categories.  This means that instead of using banks, our residents are using much more expensive alternative financial companies such as Check Cashing Stores, Pay Day Stores and Pawn Shops to handle their business affairs.  The program involves Banks, Credit Unions and Non-Profit Agencies getting together and helping provide residents with very low costs accounts at traditional financial institutions.  Soft opening of this program is starting in April and a Public Announcement with Financial Fair is planned for May.  Information will be posted on the city's web site.

12)  Create new regulations concerning Charter and Private Schools
     Presently the city has a 6 month moratorium concerning new Charter and Private Schools, to give the city time to create regulations to help protect our students and assure them the education that they are expecting.  State laws severely prevent the School Board from handling much of this responsibility so it now falls onto cities to see to the Health, Safety and Welfare, often through our zoning laws, to accomplish this.  New ordinances are expected to be in front of the Commission in May/June.

13)  Redesign of Evaluation Forms for Charter Officers and Contracted Attorneys
     New forms are being created to better address how we evaluate personnel of the city.  It is expected to be ready for use this summer when evaluations occur.  It is also being expanded to Contracted Attorneys working for the Safe Neighborhood District and Code Enforcement Board.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Jazz Picnic in the Park - Last Concert of the Season

The last jazz concert of the 7th season is being performed April 12, starting at 10:30 am.  This free event is performed at the Lieberman Botanical Garden's Amphitheatre on Inverrary Blvd., next to the Inverrary Hotel.

An old favorite band, Jazz Survivors, will be performing.

Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the sun and sounds of Jazz.  For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com.

Next season's schedule of Jazz and Tribute concerts is starting to be worked on and updates will be posted on the lauderhilljazz web site.  Also you can like or friend us on Facebook at Lauderhill Jazz Picnic in the Park or Mayor's Aide pages.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 30

On March 30, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-56:  AUTHORIZING THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE BROWARD CULTURAL COUNCIL FOR THE CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAM GRANT; PROVIDING FOR GRANT FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,300.00; WITH THE CITY PROVIDING MATCHING FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $20,300.00 FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-58:   APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO SUPPORT THE LAUDERHILL 6-12 STEM-MED 2015 TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP CAMP FOR CODING AND GAME DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-71:   APPROVING THE LETTER OF INTENT FROM CENTRE-LINE REAL ESTATE SERVICES, LLC. AS AGENT FOR WE FLORIDA FINANCIAL F/K/A CITY COUNTY CREDIT UNION TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 6279 W. OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA, FROM THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $850,000.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-72:   RESCINDING AND REPLACING RESOLUTION 15R-03-50; APPROVING THE LOCAL AGENCY PROGRAM AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE N.W. 35TH AVENUE CORRIDOR FROM N.W. 1ST STREET TO N.W. 5TH PLACE INCLUDING A MULITPURPOSE PATH EXPANSION AND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS, TO INSTALL LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION AND OTHER SCENIC AMENITIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR BICYCLE LAND STRIPING ALONG N.W. 1ST STREET AND N.W. 36TH AVENUE, PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL RECEIVE $577,102.00 IN GRANT FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING THAT THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT IS $698,566.00.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Dolphin Draft 2015 - Update #4

Now that I have gone through a lot of discussion on needs and potential draft picks, now comes the time where some creative decisions are going to have to be made.

One of the biggest problems the Dolphin has is that it has too many holes to file and not enough draft picks to do it with.  There is just so much that free agency will bring you, and unless something really unique comes up, the Dolphins should wait until after the draft to consider them.  The second and possibly third tier of free agents will develop and if you can't plug the hole from the draft, then you look at what is left from free agents.

Already the Dolphins have either said, or implied that #1 they are looking to create more draft picks and #2 that they have several free agents in mind but are not in a rush to sign any of them.

So how can the Dolphins create more draft picks?  You trade down.

The most valuable pick is of course first rounders.  The Dolphins have the 14th pick which is valued at 1100 points on the commonly used Trade Value Chart.  While the 14th pick will get you a top value, they don't always work out.  If you can get someone from the bottom of the 1st round that will do just as well (if not better), then trading down to get more picks makes sense.

The trick is what do you get for a 14th pick?  That depends upon what you are looking to get.  If you could trade down and pick up 500 points, that would be equivalent to about a 2nd round 23rd pick and a 3rd round 24th pick.  The problem is you need someone to dance with and they have to have the cards to give you that value.

One example, among many, is looking at the New Orleans Saints.  They have the 31st pick in the first round.  That pick is worth a difference of 500 value points .  But then, what could they give up?  You start with their pick in the 2nd round, the 12th pick, which is worth 460 points and that's pretty close, so it could work.   A lot will depend upon if there is someone they really want at 14 that they won't get at 31st.

Another example, with trading for Green Bay at their 30th pick in the 1st round.  The difference in value is 480.  If they also gave their 30th picks in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round (not sure they would ever go with that, but maybe a 5th rounder instead of a 4th rounder), that would equal 455.  Still short of full value, but it would be worth it for 3 extra picks in the draft.

I am sure the Dolphins are looking at all sorts of possibilities, and I think that a 1st round trade is highly likely.  So stay tuned and we'll see where this goes.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DOLPHIN DRAFT 2015 -- UPDATE #3

As free agency has been taking place, so has the shaping of the team.  Early on I summarized potential draft pick positions, being:

High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT
Mid to High Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB, S
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, WR
Late Draft Pick/Undrafted Areas – K

Now it looks more like this due to Free Agency:

High Draft Pick Areas (1-3) – WR, OG
Mid Draft Pick Areas (4-5) – LB, CB, S
Late Draft Pick Areas (6-7) – RB
Late Draft Pick (7)/Undrafted Areas – K, P

They did this first by letting go several wide receivers, a TE, offensive and defensive linemen and a LB.  They have also re-secured several players, QB, RB, OL, S, CB and DB.  In the process they signed a massive NT,  and serviceable starters at C/OG, TE and WR.

Dependent upon another players being let go or signed, the needs of the team are changing (I understand they are looking at another Free Agency WR).  At this time the team needs are a bit different:

NT - Because of the signing of Suh everything has changed on the defensive line and the draft.  It is doubtful that another player will be drafted for the line, especially early on.  It is time some of the young DL's on the roster are tested to see if they can develop or not. If not, they are gone.

OG - Early on I said the team needed to sign at least one good veteran OG as well as a high draft pick.  Well they did sign a veteran but one veteran is not enough to solidify the offensive line by itself.  Another starting OG is still needed badly.  There are several really good OG's that will be available in the 2nd and 3rd round (maybe the 4th but that is pressing it), but seeing the Dolphins don't have a 3rd round pick, it is going to have to be in the 2nd round.  My favorites would be Irving, Jackson or Matias.  If they wait until the 4th round, there is a small chance that Marpet or Poutasi might be there.  I wouldn't wait.

CB - The Dolphins re-signed Delmas (who is injured) and they have some young prospects that this may be the year they succeed or they are gone.  Another CB in the draft may be desired, but then see S below.

LB - No doubt, we need an ILB.  Preferably one that can also be an OLB.  The 5th round is where it will have to be taken from and there should be several good value choices available.  I would be looking for Jones, Dawson, Hull or Ryan and possibly Spraight.

TE - Though Clay is gone, they signed a Free Agent TE with Sims, and Lynch as backup.   I don't know if anyone worthy will be left for the 5th or 6th round, so it may be best to look at bringing in some undrafted players and try them out.

S - This is a position of need and even better if it could be a FS that could play some CB as well.  The Dolphins could use either of their 4th or one of their 5th round draft picks for someone like Grant, Eskridge, Drummond or Sample.

WR - This is where it gets interesting.  The Dolphins essentially traded a 3rd round draft pick for a veteran WR.  However, they lost 3 veteran WR's and they still need a show stopper.  So my belief is that if the Dolphins can select in the 1st round either Cooper, White or Parker (which is projected to be available) they go with it. 

RB - The Dolphins need a strong big back to push in short yard situations.  Johnson and Cobb would be great, but I doubt they will be available beyond the 3rd round.  Brown, D. and Crockett may be available in the 6th or 7th round.

At this point it seems the Dolphins are cleaning house of a lot of expensive average players, moving towards seeing if their youth can carry the load and developing a team from the inside rather than through Free Agency. Most successful teams work this way, so while it might take another year for the team to really excel, in the long run it should be far more sustainable and beneficial. 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Notes of Commission Regular Workshop of March 16

On March 16, the Commission held its monthly workshop, and the following are notes of interest:

EVALUATION FORMS OF CHARTERED OFFICERS AND SND ATTORNEY (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN) - The Commission is working on updating and improving the annual evaluation forms used by the city.

REVIEW OF CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOL REGULATIONS (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD KAPLAN). - A draft of the new Charter and Private School Regulations (for which there is presently a moratorium on such facilities until June) were reviewed by the Commission.  Beyond what the new draft provides, several suggestions were given to address concerns on ingress/egress to the facility, providing safety concerns before and after school, and using standardize facility safety regulations of the State.  A new draft will be prepared and submitted to the Local Planning Agency.   Once the LPA reviews, approves, approves with modifications, or give other guidance, it will be presented to the Commission for further discussion and voting.  A new ordinance is expected to be in place no later than June.  Several members of the public expressed support about the proposal as well as Commissioners.

DISCUSSION OF INCENTIVES / INITIATIVES TO BE OFFERED TO HELP SECURE THE PROPOSED JAMAICAN CULTURAL AND RESOURCE CENTER (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HOWARD BERGER). - No specific proposals were proposed but a request to inquire with the organizers of the Center of what their needs are in a facility.  Then staff is to see whether we have available property within the city to meet those criteria.  If we don't have any property that satisfies their needs, then no further direction is provided.

DISCUSSION ON RESTRICTING CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE STREETS AFTER DARK (REQUESTED BY COMMISSIONER HOWARD BERGER). - After discussion, it was expressed that there are sufficient State and City laws that address this situation and no additional proposals for new laws were pursued further.

DISCUSS C51 RESERVOIR (REQUESTED BY CITY MANAGER CHARLES FARANDA).  - This is being looked at as a less expensive alternative to building an expensive water treatment plant to increase the City's capacity.  A study will have to be conducted as to whether the reservoir would actually succeed in increasing the water flow to Lauderhill to be able to draw on it.

DISCUSS FUNDING CITY CENTERS/PAC (REQUESTED BY CITY MANAGER CHARLES FARANDA).  - A presentation was made to show how the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will be financially supported since it is projected to initially run at a loss once opened.  As part of the presentation, revenues will also be raised to assist in creating a downtown business district (441), midtown business district (Oakland Park Blvd.) and uptown business district (Commercial and University Drive).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 9, 2015

The Commission met on March 9 at a Regular Commission Meeting, and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

CITY OF LAUDERHILL’S FIRST ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH - 12 HONOREES FROM THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL: WOMEN OF DISTINCTION.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-49:  APPOINTING VARIOUS MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL YOUTH COUNCIL.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-50:   APPROVING THE LOCAL AGENCY PROGRAM AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE N.W. 35TH AVENUE CORRIDOR FROM N.W. 1ST STREET TO N.W. 5TH PLACE INCLUDING A MULTIPURPOSE PATH EXPANSION AND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS, TO INSTALL LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION AND OTHER SCENIC AMENITIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR BICYCLE LAND STRIPING ALONG N.W. 1ST  STREET AND N.. 36TH AVENUE; PROVIDING THAT THE CITY WILL RECEIVE $583,390.00 IN GRANT FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING THAT THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF THE PROJECT IS $698,566.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-51:  APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COUNTY FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF HOME PROGRAM FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014 PROVIDING FOR FUNDS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING UNITS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-03-54:  GRANTING TO GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING, INC. DOING BUSINESS AS SELECT FOODS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (IL) ZONING DISTRICT FOOD PROCESSING ON A 2.8862 ACRE, KNOWN AS 3628, 3630, 3632 AND 3634 NW 16TH STREET, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Never Stop Believin' . . . A Tribute to Journey - Free Concert

On Saturday, March 14 starting at 7 pm, the Never Stop Believin' Band will be performing a Tribute to Journey at the Lauderhill Sports Park.  The park is located just east of University Drive.

Bring your blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, and step into another time.  Food Trucks will be on site.

For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com or call 954-730-3000.

Sponsored by the Inverrary Association and the City of Lauderhill

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DOLPHINS DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY 2015 UPDATE #2

Now is a time to evaluate the positions of needs and how they could be filled.  This brings into account Free Agents and potential draft picks, by position.

NT
In Free Agency there are potentially few players that may suit the Dolphins needs and could be attainable.  Suh could be too expensive and sacrifice too many other needs.  But the Dolphins may go for it.  If they do, that means cutting a lot of players with salary to make cap space.  Knighton may be a less expensive alternative, but don’t count on it.  That would leave Williams who is only 28. 
If the NT position is not addressed by Free Agency, then there are 3 players worth of taking in the 1st round and may be available at the 14th pick, Shelton, Brown and Goldman (though some believe Goldman may be available in the 2nd round and I am not too high on him). 

OG
While a position of great need, there isn’t anyone worthy of a 1st round pick.  On top of that I believe that we need at least two guards, preferably one in the draft and another experience free agent.
On the free agency’s side Franklin would be well worth considering.  After that there is Boling (if healthy) and Sims (a potential short term answer).  In the draft, Kouandjio, Matias, or Jackson would be a great pick in the 2nd and maybe preferably the 3rd round.  If you definitely want to go to the 3rd and even maybe the 4th round, if the others are not available you have Poutasi and a potentially risky Marpet (for the 4th round).

CB
I think there is the potential for a lot of quality CB’s in free agencies (though several would be short term answers that could eventually be addressed in future drafts).   My preference would be to take one of those if affordable.  The draft is a bit of an issue.  There is good quality early, but to considering the overwhelming need in other areas it would mean sacrificing another area to get a top CB.  That is why I think free agency is better than an early draft pick.

LB
ILB free agents may not be worth it, except for a short and limited time like with Harris.  But will they be worth the cost.  OLB free agents are more plentiful but again will be expensive.  So unless they come cheap, or you have extra cap space because you didn’t sign free agents elsewhere, the draft is the only way to go.  I really like Jones, Dawson, Hull, Ryan and possibly Spraight for which at least one of them should be there in the 4th or 5th round. 

TE
From the draft perspective it is a weak class and therefore teams will probably be reaching.  So the only way that may be possible to fill out the TE position is with free agency if they don't keep Clay.  Being that said, Thomas is the only one worth going after, and that won’t be cheap.  It might be best to try to keep Clay which they have done with Transition Tag and wait till next year’s draft.  Whatever TE we may get, we need a big TE that can receive and hopefully blocks decently.  From the draft in lower rounds we have Bibbs  and Anderson.

S
There are several free agents that would be suitable.  If the Dolphins could afford it then go with McCourty, which would also provide the satisfaction of hurting the Patriots.   After that, Brown and L. LaRon may suit.  In the draft there is a lot of potential talent which can be selected from the 3rd to 6th round.

WR
Now that we have let Hartline go (though some believe they may try to bring him back later at a lower cost) and Gibson, it creates a major strain on what happens with Wallace.  If somehow the team signs Suh, it may become necessary to let go of Wallace just to make cap space.  Nevertheless, with only two WR's with experience on the team, WR is now become a top priority, and probably someone may need to be drafted in the lower rounds (if not the first round).   Free agent WR’s are expensive and may just be out of the Dolphins league.  Especially if they are dumping WR’s to create cap space.  Too bad since there is Cobb and Thomas could be available, but only if we let Wallace go.  As to the draft, there is a lot of potential talent there and is too difficult to figure out which way to go.  Possibly Lockett at some point, but with the right evaluations I am sure a good WR can be picked.

RB
I really like Gore and he is a local, so it makes sense to see if it is possible.  The problems with him are whether there is enough cap space and at his age how many years might he have left.  Maybe a hometown discount is in order.  While the RB situation is better this last year then I thought it would be, once Moreno went down, it could be better since there isn’t much behind Miller.  The RB’s in the draft that may be available after the 2nd round is limited.  Johnson and Cobb may be a 4th round possibility.  In the late rounds (or maybe undrafted), look towards Crockett and Hart.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of February 23

On February 23, the City Commission met and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-02-103:  PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ITS NOT EXCEEDING $3,400,000 HALF-CENT SALES TAX REFUNDING REVENUE BOND, SERIES 2015 AS REFUNDING BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 96-110 ENACTED ON APRIL 29, 1996; AUTHORIZING THE PROCEEDS OF THE SERIES 2015 BOND TO BE APPLIED TO REFUND THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING HALF-CENT SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2003.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-02-104:   PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ITS NOT EXCEEDING $3,800,000 STORMWATER UTILITY REFUNDING REVENUE BOND, SERIES 2015 AS REFUNDING BONDS UNDER ORDINANCE NO. 04O-04-124 ENACTED ON MAY 10, 2004; AUTHORIZING THE PROCEEDS OF THE SERIES 2015 BOND TO BE APPLIED TO REFUND THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING STORMWATER UTILITY REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2004.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-02-105:  AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS ARTICLE III. ZONING DISTRICTS, PART 6.0., SUPPLEMENTAL DISTRICT REGULATIONS, SECTION 6.5., OFF STREET PARKING STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS; AMENDING SUBSECTION 6.5.3., AMOUNT OF OFF-STREET PARKING BY ADDING PARAGRAPH JJ ON CONSIGNMENT SHOP; AMENDING SUBSECTION 6.5.9., RETAIL USES, TABLE 6.5-2. MINIMUM AUTOMOBILE OFF STREET PARKING BY ADDING A PARKING RATIO FOR CONSIGNMENT SHOP.

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-22: DECLARING THE INTENT TO USE THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND/OR AD VALOREM TAXES LEVIED WITHIN THE INCORPORATED AREA OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF VARIOUS BUSINESS DISTRICTS; PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL BILLING ON THE TAX BILL; STATING A NEED FOR SUCH LEVY TO COVER THE ACTUAL COSTS FOR SERVICES.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-36:  SUPPORTING THE RE-EVALUATION OF THE CURRENT PROCESS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO OBTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS; ENDORSING THE EFFORT OF THE BROWARD COUNTY CHIEFS OF POLICE AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO EVALUATE THE CURRENT PROCESS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS TO OBTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE PROCESS FOR VICTIMS  (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN). 

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-42:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) IN THE AMOUNT OF $24,000.00 TO PURCHASE FORTY (40) VEHICLE RIFLE TRUNK VAULTS FOR POLICE VEHICLES FROM STROBES R US; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-43:   WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING; AUTHORIZING THE PIGGY BACK OF THE FLORIDA SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION AND FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES BID AWARD (14-22-0904) FOR THE PURCHASE OF THREE (3) 2015 FORD FUSION VEHICLES FROM DON REID FORD, INC.; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $56,085.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-311-6223.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-44:   APPROVING THE DONATION OF MATCHING FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $18,772.00 TO THE AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER OF BROWARD COUNTY (ADRC); PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $18,772.00 FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-45:   WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS; APPROVING THE AWARD OF BID TO INTERNATIONAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES OF HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA BASED UPON THE CONTRACT ENTERED INTO WITH THE BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE (CONTRACT #14030 RT) FOR BIOMEDICAL WASTE CLEANING AND DECONTAMINATION ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS FOR THE TERM ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, WITH ONE OPTION TO RENEW FOR ONE (1) YEAR; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-5120-3110.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sadkin Center to Close for a fFew Days Refinishing

The Sadkin center will be closed this upcoming Monday, March 9th thru Wednesday, March 11th as the upstairs basketball gym floor is being refinished.  The fumes will be too strong to allow patronage of the facility.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DOLPHINS DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY 2015 UPDATE

Well the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Games have been played, and now it is time for the Combines.  While still early, certain patterns and needs are developing for the Dolphins.  So another review is given, concentrating on what are the top needs.

Like before an examination of each position is provided,

OFFENSE:

QB – Tannenhill is developing into a 2nd tier QB.  Whether he can break into the top tier next season is a question, but he has exceeded the abilities of most of the QB’s on the Dolphins of the near past.  His back up, Moore, is also very good, but expensive.  The Dolphins may let Moore go in Free Agency, but then they need a back up.  Free Agency gives some experience, but at a cost and little upside, and due to needs from the draft and high draft pick is problematic for a quarterback.  As a 4th or 5th round draft pick, Shane Carden of East Carolina may be a smart move.

RB – This has been a troubling group in that you know what you got, but you’re not quite sure what you will get.  With a lot of potential, but only Miller showing anything, another free agent may be in order (assuming Moreno will be gone due to constant injury problems).  Since we have so many backups, I wouldn’t draft a RB unless it was a high pick (and there are too many other areas in need first).  So unless some sleeper falls to a lower round, free agency may be the only answer.  Maybe Frank Gore that we can get a year or two out of him.

WR – A lot of talent that is getting better.  The question revolves around the future of Wallace and if he stays with the team.  If he does, then it is not a pressing need.  If he leaves then Landry will move up and a replacement will be needed.  The decision on Wallace will dictate which round a WR should be drafted.

TE – If we maintain the players we have, and don’t lose any to free agency, then it is developing nicely.  If we lose Clay, then another TE will be needed somewhere in the middle to late in the draft.

C – If we hold our players we are pretty well set.   It is said Pouncey will be going back to C, so what happens to Satele.  Do we keep him or let him go?  At best he will be another backup but he can start on a limited basis.   

G- If Pouncey goes back to C, you now have a huge gap at both G positions.  All of our players are serviceable Guards and maybe can start now and again.  But this is a major need, with a lot depending upon Turner.  It seems best if the team signs a free agent like Franklin (expensive), Boling (more reasonable and hopefully healthy) or Sims (even cheaper but older).  Then with the Dolphins 2nd round pick they must go for a G like Kouandjio or Matias, though in the 3rd could be Erving or Poutasi (both of which who could be a T too).  But one of these four must be taken to shore up the unit.  I also like a lot Marpet, but I can't tell right now if he should be a 3rd, 4th or 5th round pick and if he may be just another good backup which the Dolphins don't need.

T - Between starters James and Brennan, the Dolphins were strong.  When Brennan went down then back-ups tried to fill the gap.  Eventually this became a glaring weakness.   Again a lot will depend upon Turner, but a high draft pick or free agent is needed to be a back-up but could easily start.  Having too many quality players that can start is a nice luxury.

DEFENSE:

NT – We got by for the first part of the season but then the weakness started showing through.  We need a much bigger and stronger NT that can plug a hole.  Mitchell would be very good as a back-up and potential starter when needed and it is unclear about Johnson.  So I can see a high draft pick (top 2 rounds).   Shelton and Goldman are my 1st round preference, unless one sneaks into the 2nd round (doubtful). 

DT – This is a very similar situation to NT if we lose Odrick to free agency.   Actually the loss of Odrick makes it even more of a need for a NT/DT.

DE – A pretty strong position depending upon whom the Dolphins keep and who will become a salary cap cut.  Dion Jordan is the question.  Is he a DE or OLB?  Either way, he is going to have to step it out or will be out when his contract comes up.

LB – While Jenkins has improved as a LB and Misi is better, it is only average group, with some glaring weaknesses.  A mid round draft pick is in order and I have like Hull and Ryan for quite awhile.

CB – It was an up and down year, especially with injuries.  Depending who we may lose, at minimum someone has to be brought in, and those already there better improve quickly.  This may be a top 3 round pick.

S – We have R. Jones right now, and I think that is about it (D. Jones is a really good Special Teams player but it is too early to know if he will be a starter).  There are some OK back-ups and those that can play well on special teams (who knows, maybe someone steps it up) , but either we bring in a free agency and/or a top 5 draft pick.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

P – We are set with Fields

K – We need to bring in another K to challenge.  Traditionally it is a low round draft or an undrafted free agent.  However, if a quality veteran becomes available we should give them a serious look.

LS – We are set unless Denney becomes too expensive.  However, the best LS are the ones you never remember, and it’s hard to remember him since he never makes a mistake. 

SUMMARY:

High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT
Mid to High Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB, S, CB
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, WR

Late Draft Pick/Undrafted Areas – K

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Encore Performing Arts Center Open Auditions

Want to Join ENCORE?
 
FREE FOR AGES 6 TO 21
 
MUSICAL THEATRE * DANCE * SINGING * ACTING * BAND * MUSIC THEORY
 
OPEN AUDITIONS
 
Saturday - February 28
 
Registration Starts at 12 PM
 
at Herbert G. Sadkin Center
 
1176 NW 42 Way, Lauderhill
 
audition details - visit www.encorepac.com

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Notes of Interest of the February 9 Commission Meeting

On February 9, the City Commission held its regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-31:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) IN A TOTAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $26,253.00 TO REPAINT AND APPLY GRAPHICS TO SEVENTEEN (17) POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES BASED UPON QUOTES RECEIVED; APPROVING THE AWARD TO MAACO IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $21,000.00 TO PAINT THE VEHICLES; APPROVING THE AWARD TO GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNATIONAL IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,253.00 FOR THE REMOVAL AND APPLICATION OF GRAPHICS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 120-683-9935.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-02-33:   GRANTING TO KRADLE TO KINDERGARTEN PRESCHOOL II, INC. A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL (CC) ZONING DISTRICT DAYTIME CHILDCARE AND BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE WITH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AT  1269 N.W. 40TH AVENUE, BAYS 8-11, LAUDERHILL.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Municipal Services District Landscape Improvements Approved for Sunrise Boulevard

The Board of County Commissioners has approved a Memorandum of 
Agreement between Broward County and the Florida Department of 
Transportation (FDOT) for the installation and maintenance of landscape 
improvements in the Broward Municipal Services District along Sunrise 
Boulevard.

The Central Neighborhood Beautification Project is scheduled to begin 
in June, 2015 and will enhance roadways in the Roosevelt Gardens, 
Washington Park and Franklin Park neighborhoods. The project 
includes the installation of landscape and irrigation improvements 
costing $192,000 within the medians on Sunrise Boulevard between 
NW 31st Avenue and NW 24th Avenue. The landscaping 
will comply with the requirement for minimum 50% native 
species by plant types and with the Broward County NatureScape 
Program and Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

As this portion of Sunrise Boulevard is a State road, the County must 
obtain a permit from FDOT for installation and maintenance of the 
proposed improvements. 

Landscape design will be presented to the Central 
County Community Advisory Board on February 18, 2015. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Let It Be . . . a Tribute to the Beatles - Free Concert

On Saturday, February 21 starting at 7 pm, the nationally touring band Let It Be will be performing a Tribute to the Beatles at the Lauderhill Sports Park.  The park is located just east of University Drive.

Bring your blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, and step into another time.  Food Trucks will be on site.

For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com or call 954-730-3000.

Sponsored by TD Bank, Inverrary Association and the City of Lauderhill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Operation Green Light Broward

If you currently have an overdue Broward County traffic ticket (misdemeanor or felony), the Broward County Clerk’s Office has an offer they hope you won’t refuse. Misdemeanor traffic payments at all locations and Felony traffic payments at Central Courthouse Room 160 ONLY.

Individuals paying their tickets or overdue court costs between Monday, February 9, 2015 and Friday, February 13, 2015 will not be required to pay the 35% collection surcharge that would otherwise be assessed.  Individuals will be able to restore their driving privileges, which may have been suspended, once they pay the outstanding fines and late fees in full. All four courthouse and DHSMV locations will be participating in this program and will be open for normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm).

Central Courthouse     
201 S.E. 6th Street                 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

West Satellite Courthouse   
100 N. Pine Island Rd.  
Plantation, FL  33442
        
South Satellite Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL  33021

North Satellite Courthouse          
1600 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL  33442

Lauderdale Lakes DHSMV          
3718 W Oakland Pk Blvd.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313

Margate DHSMV
1135 Banks Rd.
Margate, FL  33063

Payments in full will be accepted by cash, money order or credit card.


Operation Green Light Broward is an opportunity to pay your fines without paying the extra 35% collection surcharge and to restore your driving privilege.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Notes on the Commission Meeting of January 26, 2015

On January 26, the City Commission met at a Regular Commission Meeting and the following are notes of interest (all items below pass unanimously unless otherwise noted; Commissioner Berger Absent):

PROCLAMATIONS / COMMENDATIONS:

A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING CHARLIE CUYLER DAY IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN CHESS AND AS THE FOUNDER OF THE LAUDERHILL CHESS CLUB.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

PRESENTATION FOR JAKOB KELLY ON WINNING THE MAYOR’S “ANTI-BULLY ESSAY CONTEST” FOR LAUDERHILL 6-12.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-01-100:   IMPOSING A NINE (9) MONTH MORATORIUM ON ANY AND USE INVOLVED IN THE SALE, PURCHASE, EXCHANGE, BARTER, TRANSFER, OR CONVEYANCE OF SMOKING PIPES AND SMOKING DEVICES AS DEFINED IN FLORIDA STATUTES SUBSECTION 569.0073(2) AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AS DEFINED IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 893.145 WITHIN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; APPLYING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDERS, CERTIFICATES OF USE AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, CONVENIENCE STORES, PHARMACIES, RETAIL SALES USES AND OTHER LAND USES WHERE SUCH ITEMS ARE SOLD, PURCHASED, EXCHANGED, BARTERED, TRANSFERRED OR CONVEYED.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-20:   NAMING THE MAIN FIRE STATION LOCATED AT N.W. 55TH AVENUE THE “EDWARD T. CURRAN, JR. MAIN FIRE RESCUE HEADQUARTERS” IN HONOR OF ALL HIS DEDICATION AND YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL ( REQUEST BY MAYOR RICHARD J KAPLAN).

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-01-26:   APPROVING THE CORRECTIVE ACTION TO THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (SHIP) CLOSE OUT ANNUAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010; AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT $9,425 FOR EMERGENCY ROOF REPAIR.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, THIRD READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 14O-12-163:  AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP IN THE STATE ROAD 7 OVERLAY ZONE  FOR RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE AT 15 DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE AND REMOVING FROM THE SR-7 OVERLAY ZONE AND CONNECTIONS PLAN MAP 1.302+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 4 AND 9.045+ ACRES OF TRANSECT 5, FOR AN UNDEVELOPED SITE LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS THE FORMER MCARTHUR DAIRY SITE.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tropical Exhibit Embodies Nature’s Luminosity

Lauderhill Arts Center Gallery presents “Orchidaceous: Rhythm of the Tropics” a solo exhibit featuring the art work of nationally recognized South Florida artist Clara Hada. The exhibit comprises a large selection of Hada’s tropically themed oils and watercolors and features her collection of colorful and masterfully created orchid paintings. Orchids have been a recognized as symbol of love for centuries and the timing of the exhibit coincides with February being the month of romance and expressions of love. The opening reception is Saturday, February 7th, 6-9 pm and is open to the public. The exhibit will be open February 4th through March 4th, 2015. The address for Lauderhill Art Center is 5450 NW 19th St., Lauderhill, FL.

Lauderhill Arts Center aims to promote and develop the visual and performing arts in the City of Lauderhill and its surrounding communities. The center serves as a place where artists, arts enthusiasts and local residents can meet to practice, learn, view and interact with the arts. The Lauderhill Arts Center houses studio spaces for visual and performing artists, an art gallery, an open ceramics studio, classroom, and workshop areas.

For more details visit the Lauderhill Arts Center website at http://lauderhillartscenter.wordpress.com/ or Ms. Hada’s website at www.clarahada.com/.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Jazz Picnic in the Park - Debbie Orta Jazz Quintet

On Sunday, February 8 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Jazz Picnic in the Park is proud to present Debbie Orta Jazz Quintet at the Lieberman Botanical Garden's Amphitheatre.  The Gardens are located at 3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill.

Bring your blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, and soak up the sun and the sounds of jazz.

For more information go to www.lauderhilljazz.com or call 954-730-3000.

Sponsored by TD Bank, Inverrary Association, the Inverrary Vacation Resort Hotel, and the City of Lauderhill.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Very Early Look at Potential Dolphin Draft Picks - Picked at Projected Rounds

Based upon the prior recommendations of need and round to be selected from (Prior to Senior Bowl):


High Draft Pick Areas – OG/OT, NT/DT, S
Mid Draft Pick Areas – LB, CB
Mid to Late Draft Pick Areas – TE, RB, WR, QB

Late Draft Pick Areas - K

QB
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State – 3rd to 5th Round (probably a 2nd Round pick)
Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina – 4th to 5th Round

RB
Not overly impressed with RB’s in the mid to late rounds.  Pick up best of undrafted free agent.  But if you must
David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa - 6th Round (not likely)
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota  - 6th Round.(not likely)
Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU  - 7th Round to undrafted

OG
La'el Collins, G/OT, LSU – only if available in 2nd Round.  Won’t be there by 3rd Round (versatility in position is a bonus)
Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama – 2nd Round
Cameron Erving, G/OT/C, Florida State – 3rd to 4th Round
Jeremiah Poutasi, G/OT, Utah - 3rd to 4th Round
Donovan Smith, OT/OG, Penn State - 4th Round
Ali Marpet, G/C, Hobart College - 5th to 7th Round

OT
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon – if available in 4th Round (not likely)

TE
Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers – 4th to 5th Round
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn – 7th Round to undrafted
Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon – undrafted

NT/DT
Danny Shelton*, NT, Washington -1st Round (I like better then the projected #1 NT below)
Eddie Goldman, NT, Florida State -1st Round (if Shelton isn’t available)
Terry Williams, NT, East Carolina – 5th Round

ILB
Mike Hull, ILB/OLB, Penn State – 4th Round (shows signs that often injured, but if healthy?)
Jake Ryan, ILB/OLB, Michigan – 5th Round

CB
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU – 2nd to 4th Round
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington – 3rd Round
D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic – 4th Round 
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss – 5th Round (because of extensive trouble, otherwise 3rd Round)
Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami - 5th to 6th Round
Craig Mager, CB, Texas State - 7th Round to undrafted

S
Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville – 2nd to 3rd Round
Anthony Harris, S, Virginia  - 3rd Round
Doran Grant, S/CB, Ohio State – 5th Round
Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern – 5th Round
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State – 6th Round
Eric Rowe, S/CB, Utah - 7th Round to undrafted