Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th of July and Lauderhill Summer Activities

The City of Lauderhill and partners are offering a variety of summer programs and activities for our youth!
See the links below for ongoing summer camps and classes.

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
2015 Summer Basketball Camp – Lauderhill Housing Authority – Sadkin Center
2015 Summer Camp - Lauderhill Housing Authority – John Mullinhttp://lauderhill-fl.gov/home/showdocument?id=3980
2015 Parks and Leisure Services Summer Camp  - Veterans Park and Sadkin Center
http://www.lauderhill-fl.gov/Home/Components/News/News/198/18?backlist=%2f
2015 Lauderhill Lions Soccer Summer Camp – Veterans Park
http://www.lauderhill-fl.gov/Home/Components/News/News/210/18
2015 Forelife Summer Golf Camp – Lauderhill Golf Coursehttp://lauderhill-fl.gov/home/showdocument?id=3960
The Broncos Football and Cheerleading program – West Ken Lark Park 
(Monday – Friday; 6 pm – 8:15 pm )
http://lauderhill-fl.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5924/344?backlist=%2fparks-recreation%2fcamps 
The Lions Football and Cheerleading program – Lauderhill Middle School 
(Monday – Friday; 6 pm – 8:15 pm)
http://lauderhill-fl.gov/parks-recreation/youth-sports/lions-cheerleading-tackle-football
Swim Team – Veterans Park (Monday – Thursday; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm) 
http://lauderhill-fl.gov/parks-recreation/aquatics/torpedoes-swimming 
Encore Performing Arts – Summer Workshop at Sadkin Center
http://www.encorepac.com/
Lauderhill Police Department Technology Leadership Camp – Lauderhill 6-12http://lauderhill-fl.gov/home/showdocument?id=4146

OTHER PROGRAMS 
CLASSES - For the young at heart……the City of Lauderhill offers various classes such as Kendo, Tae Kwon Do, and Karate.
CLUBS -  Mah Johngg, Chess, and Scrabble Club are all very active clubs who meet regularly and compete in local, state, and national tournaments.  
FITNESS - Daily fitness classes offered include Spinning, Soca Aerobics, Zumba, African Dance, Yoga, Body Sculpting to name a few.
SENIORS - Senior activities take place Monday through Friday and include exercise classes, water fitness, dominoes, coffee and tea time, and many social programs.
AQUATICS - Finally, if you feel like taking a swim, we have 3 beautiful aquatic centers where the entire family can enjoy open swim sessions for less than the cost a cup of fancy coffee!

Visit the City of Lauderhill webpage at www.lauderhill-fl.gov for more information about all the activities, classes, and programs mentioned.

Also, sign up for e-news emails at http://lauderhill-fl.gov/enews  and get in the know.

Have a great summer and Happy Independence Day America! Be safe this 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 29, 2015

On June 29, the City Commission held a regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-122:  AMENDING THE CITY CHARTER, ARTICLE VI, CITY MANAGER, SECTION 6.02, APPOINTMENT; QUALIFICATIONS; COMPENSATION, TO REQUIRE THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW PROCESS; AMENDING THE CITY CHARTER, ARTICLE VIII, CITY CLERK; CITY ATTORNEY; BONDING, SECTION 8.01 APPOINTMENTS AND TERMINATION, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW PROCESS CHANGES BY RESOLUTION RATHER THAN ORDINANCE (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-123:   PERTAINING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS BY CHARTER OFFICERS AND ATTORNEYS WHO ADVISE THE CITY COMMISSION; -AMENDING THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES TO CREATE SECTION 8-9, CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, PROVIDING THAT CERTAIN DESIGNATED POSITIONS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY AN UNBIASED ANALYSIS AND REVIEW ANY ELECTION DISPUTES IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL; TO AVOID THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY, PERSONS FILLING THESE POSITIONS ARE HEREBY PROHIBITED FROM MAKING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANY CANDIDATE FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).  Tabled to the next Workshop by a 4 to 1 vote (Mayor Kaplan voting against).

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-125: AMEND THE RATE SCHEDULE OF FEES CHARGED BY SUN BERGERON AND BILLED BY REPUBLIC SERVICES OF FLORIDA, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP D/B/A ALL SERVICE REFUSE FOR DISPOSAL SERVICE CHARGES FOR THE TERM COMMENCING AUGUST 1, 2015.  The rate is going down slightly.

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-121:  LOCAL BUSINESS TAXES TO RATES BY FIVE PERCENT (5%) AS IS REASONABLE AND NECESSARY AND AS IS AUTHORIZED BY FLORIDA STATUTES, SECTION 205.0535(4).

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-139: APPROVING THE COORDINATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL ASSIGNING BROWARD COUNTY AS THE “COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR” (CTC) REGARDING THE TERMS, CONDITIONS AND REGULATIONS REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE 5310 BUS TRANSPORTATION GRANTS WHICH PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-147:   APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF ARTIFICIAL TURF PLAYGROUND SURFACE AT JACKIE GLEASON PARK BASED UPON THE EXTENDED CONTRACT WHICH WAS APPROVED VIA RESOLUTION 14R-03-61 AS A PIGGYBACKED OF THE BIDS SOLICITED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA (10C-54B); APPROVING THE PURCHASE IN THE AMOUNT OF $49,989.50 FROM SUPERIOR PARK SYSTEMS, INC.; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $49,989.50 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-6574.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-148:   WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS; APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF ARTIFICIAL TURF PLAYGROUND SURFACE AT WEST KEN LARK PARK BASED UPON THE EXTENDED CONTRACT AS A PIGGYBACK OF THE BIDS SOLICITED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA (10C-54B); APPROVING THE PURCHASE IN THE AMOUNT OF $47,275.00 FROM SUPERIOR PARK SYSTEMS, INC.; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $47,275.00 WITH THE USE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FUNDS FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 625-225-8313.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-146:   GRANTING TO CRICKET CLUB, LLC A PRELIMINARY BOUNDARY PLAT DEVELOPMENT ORDER FOR 175 TOWNHOUSE UNITS ON A 10.387+ NET AND 11.81 GROSS ACRES UNPLATTED SITE ZONED RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOUSE AT FIFTEEN DWELLING UNITS PER GROSS ACRE (RT-15) DISTRICT, MORE PARTICULARLY KNOWN AS THE FORMER McARTHUR DAIRY SITE IN LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Broward County Public Schools 2015/16 School Year Calendar First Day of School is August 24, 2015

Mark your calendars! Students of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will start the 2015/16 school year on Monday, August 24, 2015. The Broward County School Board approved the 2015/16 school year calendar at its December 9, 2014, School Board meeting.

The 2015/16 school year calendar, which has 180 instructional days, includes a two-week winter break beginning December 21, 2015 – January 1, 2016, and a one-week spring break taking place March 21 – 25, 2016. Teacher planning days (no students in school) are scheduled for August 17 – 21, 2015; October 23, 2015; January 8, 2016; March 18, 2016; May 27, 2016; and June 10, 2016. The last day of school for students will be June 9, 2016.

The school year calendar also includes dates that interim reports and report cards are issued, early release days, dates administrative offices are closed, and contingencies for up to five hurricane make-up days, if needed. To view the 2015/16 school year calendar, visit www.browardschools.com.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Head Up on 2015-16 Lauderhill Concert Series

Plans are already underway for the 2015-16 Lauderhill Jazz Picnic in the Park and Tribute Concert Series.

Like prior years, the 8th Season of Jazz Picnic in the Park will be held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from December through April.

In our 4th Season of Tribute Concerts, we are expanding to three concerts to be held on last Saturday of each month, February 27, March 26 and April 30.  Tributes that are on the top of the list are the Beatles and Motown, with a third type of band under discussion.

To keep up with the performances you can either keep reading eLauderhillNews.com, or friend/like one of our two Facebook pages, Lauderhill Jazz Picnic in the Park and Tribute Concerts, or Mayor's Aide.  You can also find out more information on our website, www.lauderhilljazz.com.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Swim Lessons at the Aquatic Center

On Saturdays, the City of Lauderhill will be giving $5 swim lessons at the Aquatic Center in John Mullins Park, 2000 NW  55th Ave.

The lessons are for all age groups:

3 to 6 yrs. old - Beginners at 10:00 am
7 to 11 yrs. old - Beginners at 10:30 am
3 to 6 yrs. old - Intermediate at 11:00 am
7 to 11 yrs. old - Intermediate at 11:30 am
Ages 12+ - Adults at 12:00 pm

For more information call 954.486.8450

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of June 8

On June 8, the City Commission held its Regular Commission Meeting.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-120:  AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 6,  ENUMERATION OF PERMIT FEES, REGULATION AND INSPECTION FEES TO ADD REFERENCE TO RENTAL HOUSING REGULATION AND INSPECTIONS FOR THOSE CATEGORIES/CLASSIFICATIONS THAT ARE NOT LICENSED OR REGULATED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA; PROVIDING FEES NECESSARY TO COVER THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH REGULATION AND INSPECTIONS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-06-121:   AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES  CHAPTER 12, BUSINESS REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II, CERTIFICATE OF USE AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT, SECTION 12-53, LOCAL BUSINESS TAXES TO RATES BY FIVE PERCENT (5%) AS IS REASONABLE AND NECESSARY AND AS IS AUTHORIZED BY FLORIDA STATUTES, SECTION 205.0535(4).


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-117:  PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $25,000,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCOMPLISHING THE CURRENT REFUNDING OF THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2005 PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PURSUANT TO A BOND REFERENDUM HELD IN THE CITY AND PAYING COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS; PLEDGING THE CITY’S FULL FAITH, CREDIT AND TAXING POWER TO THE PAYMENT OF SUCH BONDS.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-118:   AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS AND PERTAINING TO EDUCATION; CREATING A NEW SECTION 5.48., EDUCATION, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY, CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS  (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).  There was intense lobbying on trying to stop the city from passing this on 2nd reading as it relates to existing schools by a hired lobbyist.  However it was agreed to pass it and then request staff to review and bring back any modifications they believe are needed to address their concerns.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-112:  APPROVING THE OWNER DIRECT PURCHASE OF ITEMS AND FIXTURES TO BE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF FIRE STATION 110 PURSUANT TO RFP 2013-026; AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASES FROM GLASGOW EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC., FIRE FACILITIES, INC. AND HUFUR FL GROUP IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $236,006.00; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-351-6207.  Saving over $14000.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-113:  ACCEPTING THE DONATION OF A POLICE CANINE VEST FROM THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION, INC.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-115:  APPROVING THE DONATION OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,800.00 FROM THE STATE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF) TO SPONSOR THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL 2015 SUMMER CAMP, ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAMMING RELATED TO CRIME PREVENTION AND/OR DRUG ABUSE EDUCATION.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-133:  APPROVING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH BROWARD COUNTY FOR THE DISBURSEMENT OF HOME PROGRAM FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014; PROVIDING FOR FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $78,449.00 FOR THE PURCHASE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-134:   AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE, DAMAGED, INOPERABLE AND  SURPLUS VEHICLES IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND FAVORABLE MANNER.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-129:   GRANTING TO LIVING WORD COMMUNITY CHURCH, INC. D/B/A GREATER HORIZONS ACADEMY A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT A DAYTIME CHILD CARE USE AT 5750 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-130:   GRANTING TO SUNSHINE GASOLINE DISTRIBUTORS, INC., A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT RECEIPT OF THE CONVEYANCE OF AN EXISTING 24-HOUR SERVICE STATION WITH CONVENIENCE STORE AND PROPANE GAS SALES AT 2599 NORTH STATE ROAD 7.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-131:   GRANTING TO P.T. MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. D/B/A PALACE ARCADE AND BINGO A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW IN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT A GAME ROOM AT 4475 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-06-132:  GRANTING TO LIVING WORD COMMUNITY CHURCH, INC. A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER WITH CONDITIONS TO ALLOW WITHIN THE GENERAL COMMERCIAL (CG) ZONING DISTRICT A HOUSE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AT 5880 WEST OAKLAND PARK BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL


Friday, June 12, 2015

CASA Soccer Semi-finals Saturday, June 13th

SECOND SEMIFINALS!

Come see some of the best soccer players in South Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America as they vie for the prestigious CASA Super League Cup & Master’s League Trophy at the Lauderhill, Sports Complex, located @ 7500 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida.  

CASA Super and Masters League move into the semifinal round: 
1 - The Super League semi finals teams are: Plantation FC vs Lauderhill Lions (last year's champion)
2 - The Masters League semi finals teams are: Chapel Trail vs Lauderhill Lions Masters (defending champion)

Masters and Super League Finals – Saturday, June 13th
                      Masters League
6:15 pm
Chapel Trail 
Lauderhill Lions Masters
                         Super League
8:15 pm
Plantation FC
Lauderhill Lions
ALSO, THERE WILL BE NETBALL AND DOMINO TEAMS COMPETING FOR SPECIAL TROPHIES 
* FREE ADMISSION * ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY * FOOD REFRESHMENTS  * DOMINOES * MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Sponsored by: Jamaica National Building Society, City of Lauderhill, Western Union, Jamaica National Money Transfer, Grace, Golden Krust and Douglas Chiropractic.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Lauderhill Summer Camp 2015

June 15 through August 7 - 8 week camp

Children 5-12 years old and must have completed Kindergarten by June 4, 2015

At Veterans Park (max. 100 children)

Children must bring their own bag lunch and drinks each day, plus snacks.  
Refrigerators and microwave ovens will be available.

Fees:  $560 Residents/$690 Non-Residents/child

Bring proof of residency and birth certificate
Payment due at registration - Checks or Credit Cards Only (No Cash)

Registration at Veteran's Park or Sadkin Community Center weekdays and Saturday
Call 954-572-1459 or 954-321-2450

Saturday, June 06, 2015

CARIBBEAN AMERICAS SOCCER ASSOCIATION (CASA) PRESENTS: SUPER & MASTERS LEAGUE SOCCER FIRST SEMI-FINAL

SATURDAY JUNE 6TH, 2015 –SEMIFINALS!
Come see some of the best soccer players in South Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America as they vie for the prestigious CASA Super League Cup & Master’s League Trophy at the Lauderhill, Sports Complex, located @ 7500 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida.  CASA Super and Masters League move into the semifinal round: 
1 - The two Super League semi finals teams are:Oakland Stars FC vs Ft. Lauderdale Blazers FC
2 - The two Masters League semi finals teams are: Rockers FC vs Lake Veterans FC 
Masters and Super League Finals – Saturday, June 6th
                      Masters League
6:15 pm
Rockers FC
 Lake Veterans FC
                         Super League
8:30 pm
Oakland Stars FC
Ft. Lauderdale Blazers FC
ALSO, THERE WILL BE NETBALL AND DOMONIO TEAMS COMPETING FOR SPECIAL TROPHIES 
* FREE ADMISSION * ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY * FOOD REFRESHMENTS / BAR ON SALE * DOMINOES * MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Monday, June 01, 2015

City of Lauderhill Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

It has just been announced that the City has won this award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the current budget year.  The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement for the Finance Department.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lauderhill Housing Authority Home Ownership Fair This Weekend

You're invited to attend the Lauderhill Housing Authority Homeownership Fair
The Working Professionals Guide to Homeownership


This weekend, the Lauderhill Housing Authority will continue to provide the dream of homeownership to new and existing residents in the City of Lauderhill.  The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners invites you to join us at the Lauderhill Mall this Saturday May 30, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a Homeownership Fair that will focus on “The Working Professionals Guide to Homeownership”. The Lauderhill Mall is located at 1267 NW 40th Avenue.


During the Homeownership Fair, presenters will provide an overview of the home buying process. Representatives from the Lauderhill Housing Authority, City of Lauderhill, local banks, credit unions and other companies/organizations involved in the home buying process will be available to provide information and answer questions. In addition, the Housing Authority will conduct bus tours throughout the day to showcase a selection of condominiums available for sale and lease. Also featured will be new single family home and townhome developments that are available for sale.

The fair is free and open to everyone. Whether you are ready to buy or just starting to think about owning a home, the Lauderhill Homeownership Fair is the place for you. For more information regarding the Homeownership Fair, please contact the Lauderhill Housing Authority at 954-730-3041.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Registration Window For 2015 BCPS Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten Program is Now Open

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program from June through August 2015. The Summer VPK program is available to children that will be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2015, and who did not use their VPK Certificate of Eligibility during the 2014/15 school year.

Under the instruction of District certified teachers, Summer VPK classes operate Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, June 9, 2015, through Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch and a snack.  

To participate in the BCPS 2015 Summer VPK program, parents/guardians must apply for, receive and present a VPK Certificate of Eligibility to their selected school. To receive a Certificate of Eligibility, visit https://vpkcp.floridaearlylearning.com. Parents/Guardians also need to provide required documents such as, proof of age (child’s birth certificate, passport, military dependent card or immunization record) and proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill or pay stub).

To enroll students in the BCPS 2015 Summer VPK Program, parents/guardians must bring their VPK Certificate of Eligibility to one of the three participating schools listed below.


Liberty Elementary School
2450 Banks Road
Margate, FL 33063
754-322-6750
Mirror Lake Elementary School
1200 NW 72ndAvenue
Plantation, FL 33313
754-322-7100
Sea Castle Elementary School
9600 Miramar Boulevard
Miramar, FL 33025
754-323-7250

For more information about the District’s VPK Program, contact one of the schools listed above or the District’s Head Start/Early Intervention Department at, 754-321-1954.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015/16 School Choice Late Applications Accepted Beginning May 1, 2015

Parents and guardians interested in submitting a 2015/16 School Choice late application for magnet and reassignment seats still available following the original application window earlier this year, can do so starting this Friday, May 1, 2015.  Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning May 1, 2015, parents and guardians can view a list of schools with seats available, download/print the paper application and get answers to frequently asked questions, by visiting browardschools.com and clicking on the School Choice - It’s Easy as 1,2,3 icon.   

Applications will also be available at the first floor security desk in the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. Applications may be submitted by mail or in person.

Mail completed applications to:
Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments
School Board of Broward County, Florida
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hand-deliver~completed applications to:
Security Desk - 1st Floor
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center
Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments
School Board of Broward County, Florida
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For more information, contact the Demographics and Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ms. Linda Dimeo's 8th Grade Class at Parkway Middle School Wins Contest

CONGRATULATIONS
to PARKWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL - Ms. Linda Dimeo’s 8th Grade class, for the
City of Lauderhill’s Educational Advisory Board Black History poster Contest:
FIRST PLACE for Lauderhill’s Middle schools.
A winner was chosen on April 29th 2015.
The prizes to Ms. Dimeo and her participating class will be presented at the school’s end of the year awards ceremony by the
EAB Chairman.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of May 11

On May 11, the City Commission held its regular meeting and the following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):

PROCLAMATIONS / COMMENDATIONS:

A. A PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING STUART GREENBLATT DAY IN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY AND TO THE LAUDERHILL PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD.

B. A PROCLAMATION HONORING LAUDERHILL 6-12 AND THE GREEN CITY GARDENING GROUP FOR RECEIVING THE GOLDEN SHOVEL AWARD.


ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-117:  PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $25,000,000 CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2015 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCOMPLISHING THE CURRENT REFUNDING OF THE CITY’S OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2005 PREVIOUSLY APPROVED PURSUANT TO A BOND REFERENDUM HELD IN THE CITY AND PAYING COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS; PLEDGING THE CITY’S FULL FAITH, CREDIT AND TAXING POWER TO THE PAYMENT OF SUCH BONDS.  The estimated savings to be about $4.5 million.  The bonds will be available to the general public to purchase like the original GO Bonds were.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-118:  AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS AND PERTAINING TO EDUCATION, BY CREATING A NEW SECTION 5.48., EDUCATION, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY, CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND ADDING SUBSECTIONS ON APPLICATION FILING REQUIREMENTS, SITE REQUIREMENTS, PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS, OTHER REQUIREMENTS, EXEMPTION, AND EXISTING SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTATION, (REQUESTED BY MAYOR RICHARD J. KAPLAN).

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-05-119: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, CHAPTER 12, BUSINESS REGULATIONS, ARTICLE II, CERTIFICATE OF USE AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT, CREATING SECTION 12-59, DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT FEE.


RESOLUTIONS:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-92:   AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE BROWARD REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $1 MILLION TO BE USED FOR PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS PARKING, LANDSCAPING, PUBLIC ART, OUTDOOR SEATING AND WALKWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD K-MART SITE ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SUNRISE BOULEVARD AND STATE ROAD 7; FINDING THAT SUCH IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE A BENEFICIAL USE OF PUBLIC DOLLARS IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT THE SITE WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY; AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE ANY NECESSARY DOCUMENTS; PROVIDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS; PROVIDING THAT NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE REQUIRED.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-93:   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 UP TO FOUR (4) 2016 FORD FUSION VEHICLES FROM ALAN JAY FLEET SALES FOR USE BY THE NEW MOBILE TEAM DIVISION; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $110,832.00 FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 305-311-6117.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-94:  RESCINDING AND REPLACING RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-89; APPROVING THE NON-EXCLUSIVE REVOCABLE PARKING LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION, INC. TO ALLOW ACCESS FOR THE PARKING OF TWO AXLE PASSENGER VEHICLES BY THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE LAUDERHILL CITY HALL ANNEX LOCATED  AT 3300 INVERRARY BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-95:  APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL PROVIDING FOR THE DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE “ORIGINAL” LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX IMPOSED BY THE BROWARD COUNTY LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR CITIES TO RECEIVE A PERCENTAGE OF THE PROCEEDS OF THE SIX CENTS OF GAS TAX.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-96:   APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR THE DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY FIFTH CENT ADDITIONAL LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX ON MOTOR FUEL FOR TRANSIT.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-97:   APPROVING THE 2015 AMENDMENT TO THE "ADDITIONAL" LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BROWARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL FOR MOTOR FUEL PROVIDING FOR DIVISION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE BROWARD COUNTY ADDITIONAL LOCAL OPTION OF THREE CENTS OF GAS TAX ON MOTOR FUEL ORDINANCE.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-05-102:  AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE BANK’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AND APPROVING THE ACCESS FORM FOR SPONSOR WEB SYSTEM ACCESS AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-90:   GRANTING TO VC LAUDERDALE, INC., D/B/A VEGAS CABARET A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO ALLOW EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION TO 4 AM ASSOCIATED WITH A BAR AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT KNOWN AS VEGAS CABARET, 5426 - 5428 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL.   Failed 5-0.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CASA / UNIFEST PRESENT SOCCER AND NETBALL SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA

CASA / UNIFEST joint annual soccer knock out final for the Hazelle Rogers challenge trophy.
Venue: Lauderhill Sports Complex 7500 West Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill Fl 33319.
When: May 16th, 2015

Activities: 

5:00 PM          Dominoes
Soccer Game – Master’s League Defending Champion Lauderhill Lions versus United FC
                        Netball
         
6:30PM           Soccer game – Links United of Orlando versus Lauderhill Juniors
8:30 PM          Feature Game Plantation FC versus Oakland Stars
                        (this promises to be a very exciting game - Oakland Stars who is undefeated in both leagues, met earlier this season with Plantation and played to an exciting 3 / 3 draw)
Admission:      FREE
                        Food and Refreshment on sale. Family Fun day and entertainment

Monday, May 11, 2015

Miami Dolphins Post Draft Report

So another NFL Draft has come and gone.  Now everyone is grading how each team did.  The funny thing is that if you look to past years grades given by "Professionals," it is amazing how off they can be.

Take for instance last year's Dolphin pick of JaWuan James.  He was considered a 2nd round pick as well as Dolphins 2nd round pick of Jarvis Landry.  Both are now considered 1st round quality and James is among the best picks of the 1st round.

Teddy Bridgewater was a 2nd round projected pick and both Blake Bortles and Johnny Mazeil was considered to be a much better 1st round projected picks.  Right now Bridgewater is excelling, Manzeil is borderline bust (but still with some hope) and Bortles is just holding his own.

Then the top draft pick in 2014 was Jadeveon Clowney, who while still may turn out excellent, was injured most of last year.  And don't get me started on the 3rd pick of the draft 2013 of Dion Jordan.

But from this draft, given what has happened, what would you have done at the Dolphin picks when they came up?  Well I would have picked a little differently.

The first round pick of DeVante Parker was a consensus right pick.

The trading down of the second round was also the right move.  But instead of picking Jordan Phillips, which was a gutsy and potentially excellent choice, it is also an incredibly risky choice which could be a major bust, and the Dolphins really don't need that kind of risk for now from the second round.

A much better selection would have been Jake Fisher who could play OG and OT, which the team really needs.  Honestly I didn't think he would be available by this pick and was a borderline 1st round possibility, early second at worse.

If they had picked Jake Fisher (which was much safer and he will be immediately a starter), then the pick of Jamil Douglas would not have been necessary in the fourth round.  My choice would have been Jake Ryan to fill the linebacker need. NOTE:  I am glad they picked up Mike Hull as a UFA (and was surprised he wasn't drafted).

In the fifth round I have no qualms with the selections since they fit the Dolphins needs, but then I might have taken a huge risk on the last pick and not selected Tony Lippett.  I would have selected La'el Collins.

If the investigation clears him, then the Dolphins would have been sitting pretty and addressed every team need.  If it didn't, then we lost a 5th round pick and not everyone makes the team.  That would have been worth it.  Especially now that everyone is trying to sign him as a UFA, and the Dolphins are competing to sign him.  And we could have had him for the taking.   We still might get him, but it's going to be a lot harder than it should have been.

So that's my take on it for what it is worth.  Next up, Rookie Camp, and Training Camp.  Should be fun.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Bank on Lauderhill - Free Financial Fair at Lauderhill 6-12 School, May 14 at 7 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Bill Mills, Bank On Florida Director
           Bill@FloridaProsperityPartnership.org, 321-209-4377

            Leslie Johnson, City of Lauderhill
           ljohnson@Lauderhill-fl.gov, 954-739-0100
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Mayor Kaplan Announces Launch of Bank On Lauderhill
Program Aimed at Improving Financial Futures for Half of Lauderhill’s Residents

Lauderhill, Fla. (May 8, 2015) – Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, in collaboration with local nonprofits, financial institutions, and Florida Prosperity Partnership, will be announcing the launch of Bank On Lauderhill, a public-private partnership among the area’s regional financial institutions and community-based organizations aimed at increasing the financial stability of the “unbanked” and “underbanked.”

This announcement will happen at a special Bank On Lauderhill Financial Fair being held at Lauderhill 6-12,  1901 NW 49th Ave., Lauderhill, on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.  This free event invites everyone in the community to come in and speak with representatives from banks, credit unions and non-profit/social services agencies to assist them to begin or advance their financial planning.

Over half of Lauderhill residents are either unbanked (no checking or savings account) or underbanked (have an account, but frequently use alternative financial services, like check-cashing stores). It’s estimated that a full-time worker without a bank account spends $40,000 over the course of a lifetime just to cash paychecks.  In Lauderhill, 18.4% of households don’t have bank accounts – surpassing the national average of 7.7%. Likewise, 31.9% are underbanked – topping the national average of 20.0 percent. This equates to over 12,000 households in the city.

A few reasons that people cite for not having a bank account include minimum balance requirements, difficulties with an account in the past, lack of appropriate identification, and feeling they don’t have enough money or don’t write enough checks. Bank On Florida has worked to reduce or eliminate those barriers. Participating financial institutions will offer accounts with no or low minimum balance, no or low monthly maintenance fee, and free basic online services. Most partners will make a reasonable effort to open an account even if an individual has had difficulties with an account in the past, such as unpaid overdraft fees. Several partners will also accept alternative forms of identification.

Mayor Kaplan stated, “It is extremely important that our residents are able to develop and maintain a banking relationship to help them handle their financial affairs.  Without it, our residents will have a difficult time trying to grow their savings and properly provide for the financial future.”
  
Bank On Lauderhill was modeled after the Bank On Florida blueprint created by Florida Prosperity Partnership. The Bank On program, originally started in San Francisco, has spread throughout the country and is based on a collaborative effort with local communities and their financial institutions, local governments, and community-based and nonprofit organizations, like the United Way of Broward County.

“A successful relationship starts when a financially educated client is able to choose from a variety of checking and savings account options,” said Bill Mills, Bank On Florida Director and Florida Prosperity Partnership Vice President. “This initiative provides families with reliable choices being offered by banks and credit unions that care about the communities in which they operate.”

For a media kit of Bank On Lauderhill materials, visit http://lauderhill-fl.gov/economic-development/bank-on-lauderhill  or for more information on Bank On Lauderhill, visit http://www.BankOnLauderhill.com.
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About Florida Prosperity Partnership
The Florida Prosperity Partnership (FPP) is a statewide collaboration dedicated to improving the financial stability for low-to-moderate income Floridians. Established in the fall of 2008, the FPP includes over 500 partner organizations from all sectors of Florida. For more information, please contact Bill Mills, Vice President at 321-209-4377.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Notes of the Commission Meeting of April 27

On April 27, 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-04-114:  PROVIDING THAT THE CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD SHALL PERFORM EX OFFICIO THE DUTIES OF THE NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-115: AMENDING SECTION 21-47, SCHEDULE OF RATES AND CHARGES, TABLE 4, WATER SYSTEM MINIMUM CHARGE/AVAILABILITY CHARGE; TABLE 5, WATER SYSTEM VOLUMETRIC RATE AND TABLE 6, SEWER RATES AVAILABILITY CHARGE AND VOLUMETRIC RATE TABLE; PROVIDING THAT THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE COMMENCING JUNE 1, 2015.

ORDINANCE NO. 15O-04-116:  AMENDING THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 2, ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE VII, CHARTER REVIEW BOARD, SECTION 2-211, COMPOSITION AND APPOINTMENTS.  This provides that two year appointments to the Charter Board so that their work can begin will move from 2018 to 2016, and occur every 10 years thereafter.

ORDINANCES & PUBLIC HEARINGS - SECOND READING:

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-04-84:   AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF OBSOLETE, DAMAGED, INOPERABLE AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND FAVORABLE MANNER.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-86:  APPROVING THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) SROS AT THE TWO (2) PARTICIPATING MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR TEN (10) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO (2) ADDITIONAL SROS AT THE PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR A PERIOD OF SEVEN (7) MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR A TERM COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2015 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-87:   APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500.00 FOR THE SPORTS ADVANCING KIDS EDUCATION (S.A.K.E.) AWARD RECIPIENT GIFTS TO THE WINNERS; PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT FROM BUDGET CODE NUMBER 001-713-5710.

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-89:  APPROVING THE NON-EXCLUSIVE REVOCABLE PARKING LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF LAUDERHILL AND THE INVERRARY ASSOCIATION, INC. TO ALLOW ACCESS FOR THE PARKING OF TWO AXLE PASSENGER VEHICLES BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC DURING MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS HELD BY THE CITY ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE LAUDERHILL CITY HALL ANNEX LOCATED AT 3300 INVERRARY BOULEVARD, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA.

QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTERS, FIRST READING:

RESOLUTION NO. 15R-04-90:  GRANTING TO VC LAUDERDALE, INC., D/B/A VEGAS CABARET A SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE DEVELOPMENT ORDER TO ALLOW   EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION ASSOCIATED WITH A BAR AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT  KNOWN AS VEGAS CABARET, 5426 - 5428 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA. (Tabled at request of Applicant and re-set for May 11)

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Lauderhill 6-12 Wins Award

Lauderhill 6-12 has WON Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Award for the Best New School Garden in the State of Florida. 

The award recognizes extraordinary school garden projects developed during or sustained throughout the school year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Parkway Middle Annual Art Fair

Parkway Middle Annual Art Fair is taking place next Thursday evening, April 30th at 6:30 pm in the theatre.  All are invited and the event is free.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Arrest in Homicide at McDonalds on Oakland Park Blvd.


C i t y  o f  L a u d e r h i l l
Lauderhill Police Department
6279 West Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Telephone (954) 497-4700
 Police Department


RELEASE # LPDPIO2015-04-03 (A)
Date: April 25, 2015

Contact: Major Rick Rocco
Public Information Officer
(954) 497-4705 Office
(954) 279-9784 - Mobile

SUBJECT: Homicide Arrest
WHO: Khambrel Grant, DOB: 12/16/93 (ARRESTEE)        Victim:  Javaris Domineck
WHAT: Homicide
WHEN: Arrest Date: April 26, 2015      Incident Date: April 24, 2015 approximately 7:00 PM
WHERE:  Arrest Location: US 441 / W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes 
              Incident location: 5510 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33313

SUMMARY: The Lauderhill Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division has made an arrest in the homicide of Javaris Domineck. Domineck was shot and killed on Friday, April 24, 2015 at around 7PM at 5510 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL.

Detectives identified Khambrel Grant as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  Grant was located and arrested at US 441 and W. Oakland Park Blvd on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM by Lauderhill PD detectives. Grant is being charged with second degree murder.

Anyone with information on the shooting please contact Detective Chad Williams at 954 497 4700, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954 493 TIPS (8477), or by texting anonymously to TIPS 411, enter “LPD” and the information.

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Final 2015 Dolphin Draft Review - Update #5

When talk about the draft began certain positions were identified as of great need to the Dolphins.  Today those needs are almost the same as when they begin but at the same time they have crafted the draft to their philosophy of being in the position of drafting the best player available.

That said, the Dolphins still need more draft picks, so personally I believe they will be trading down.  Possibly in the 1st round, but also possibly in the 2nd round.  Though they could draft up, I certainly hope not because the talent is quite even and if you look at how teams are constructed, a good part of the roster comes from rounds 2 through 4.  Also, the Dolphins have had a poor history on early 1st round draft picks, particularly when they trade up.  Overall, usually their best talent also comes after the 1st round.

The major area they have vastly improved in is at DT with the acquisition of Suh.  In other areas, Offensive Line, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Cornerback, they have added a few free agents to help hold the line and possibly make some upgrades.  However, they still don't have the talent to really say they have solidified those positions long term.  Plus they still haven't addressed the Linebacker spot, particularly with the issues related to Dion Jordan and getting a bruising Running Back that can get short yard gains in tough situations.

What they do have is now the ability to draft what they want when their selection comes up.  Flexibility is a key advantage to this draft that has a lot of very good deep talent.  It also shows that while the Dolphins want to do well this year, they really are working on a 3 year plan.  This is only year two and it will take at least one more year for the team to fully develop to its full potential through the draft.

Nevertheless, what will the Dolphins be looking for from this draft?  In no particular order, a #1 Wide Receiver, an Inside Linebacker, probably an Outside Linebacker, one to two Guards (possibly one that can also play Tackle), as stated before a strong Running Back to take advantage of short yard situations, and a top line Cornerback.  Don't be surprised in the 6th or 7th round, but more likely as being undrafted, a Kicker, and at some point a Defensive End (because of Jordan).

So what is likely?  In the first round, whether they trade back or not, I think they will be looking at WR like Parker if they stay at 14 and he is still available.  Though not my preference, they could be looking at a RB like Gurley.  CB like Waynes is also possible.  If you are looking at OT/OG then Collins may be available.

Now if you trade down lower into the 1st round and pick up another 2nd round selection, you could have a choice between, OT/OG Collins (still may be available), Humphries or Erving; WR Agholor, Perriman or Dorsett; RB Gordon; ILB Kendricks; or CB Collins.  Not necessarily bad choices.  Then in the 2nd round you can pick up a lot of talent from any of the remaining positions other than what was pick in the 1st Round.  There is a lot of quality CB's, ILB/OLB's, OT/OG's and WR's that could help the team.  Having two choices among them would be a huge help.

Even in the 3rd round (if a the Dolphins obtain a pick there) there is a lot of quality Offensive Lineman left and could be some very good CB's too.  Looking as far as the 5th round there is a lot of potential talent.  I personally like Mike Hull there at ILB if one hasn't previously been selected.

Overall, this appears to be a very deep draft and a lot of potential talent especially in the later rounds.  The key is that you can't get any of it if you don't have a pick.  So that is why I believe the Dolphins should be looking at trying to do.