Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inverrary Association 3rd Annual Essay Scholarship

On behalf of your Inverrary Association, we are announcing our Third Annual Essay Scholarship Contest

The Inverrary Association sponsors this special essay project to encourage middle school, high school and graduating high school seniors to learn more about the history and residents of Inverrary Florida.

As you can see, this year we have 3 categories for participating students.
·             Graduating Senior
·             High School Student
·             Middle School Student

TO BE ELIGIBLE for the 2013 Inverrary Essay Contest, candidates must:
·                Be a 2013 graduating Senior from a Broward County High School, a student at a Broward County Middle School or Broward County High School
·                Be a legal resident of State of Florida, and have a primary residence in an association member of the Inverrary Association
·                Limit entries to one entry per person
·                Write an original essay entitled:
“Why I like living in Inverrary”
·                   Limit the essay to 500 words or less
·                    E-mail or mail a completed entry form with the original essay, no later than midnight on June 13, 2013 to either:
E-Mail to: 
  OR    Mail to:  
Inverrary Association
4373 Rock Island Road
Lauderhill, FL 33319

Monday, March 25, 2013

Passing of Former Commissioner Buddy Clark

The City of Lauderhill was notified that Commissioner Buddy Clark passed away in California due to an accident.  Commissioner Clark served in Lauderhill during the 1980's.

In respect to his passing, the City shall lower its flags for 3 days.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lauderhill Patriots - Semi Pro Football

Lauderhill has a semi-pro football team with its home stadium of the Lauderhill Sports Park.  It is part of the Southeast Football League.

For more information about the team, its schedule and record go to

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

City Accepts Emerald Award

Photo of Mayor Kaplan receiving on behalf of the City of Lauderhill from Mayor Jacobs, with County Commissioner Dale Holness' Chief of Staff, John Beckford, the 2012 Emerald Award for Green Practices/Innovation.  The award was given to recognize the Lauderhill City Hall.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Notes of the Commission Meeting of March 11

On March 11, the City Commission held its regular Commission Meeting.   Both Commissioners Benson and Thurston were away on city business.  The following are notes of interest (all items passed unanimously unless otherwise indicated):




1.  ORDINANCE NO. 13O-03-110:   Amending the Land Development Regulations and addressing holiday sales.

2.  ORDINANCE NO. 13O-03-111:  Amending the Land Development Regulations Schedule I., Sign Requirements; amending Section 4.0., Signs development permit application and permit fee exemptions by restricting the residential exemption for flags to single and two family dwelling units and by repealing the exemption for bus shelter and bench signs; amending Section 8.0., Specific sign requirements, Subsection (a), Temporary Permits, Paragraph 2., Model signs, repealing the provision allowing two flags per model center; amending Section 8.0., Specific sign requirements, Subsection (b), Permanent Permits, Paragraph 10., Flags, by clarifying under what circumstances a sign permit is needed to fly flags, by allowing flags to be affixed to the walls of single and two-family dwelling units, by providing for internal consistency in the application review process, and by adding criteria addressing the maximum number of flags.



4.  RESOLUTION NO. 13R-03-60:  SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM; URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION MODERNIZING THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM DURING THE 113TH CONGRESSIONAL SESSION BASED ON SPECIFIED PRINCIPLES; SUPPORTING THE FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM RECENTLY PROPOSED BY A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF UNITED STATES SENATORS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE (REQUESTED BY CITY COMMISSION AS A WHOLE). Due to having only 3 Commissioners present, an unanimous vote is required to pass legislation.  At the prior Commission Meeting a group of people came forward requesting the City to adopt this Resolution.  The Commission at that time agreed to do it as a whole.  However, at this meeting Commissioner Berger stated that he could not support this Resolution.  So to prevent the Resolution from failing on a 2-1 vote, a Motion unanimously passed to Table this to the next agenda and to change the Requested By to be stated by the Mayor and all Commissioners except Commissioner Berger.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lauderhill Crime Rate Goes Down 5.1% in 2012

Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics have been released for 2012 and Lauderhill's overall crime rate of Total Index Offenses went down 5.1%. 

In specific catagories, the rate went down in several areas.  Murder down 11.1%, Forcible Sex Offenses down 12.5%, Forcible Rape down 13.6%, Robbery down 11.7%, Aggravated Assault down 5.1%, Burlary down 7.5% (specifically Forced Entry down 12%), and Larceny down 1.2% (specifically Pocket Picking down 89.1% and Purse snatching down 53.8%).

However in specific catagories, rates went up.  Burglary No Force Entry up 2.3% and Attempted Entry up 24.1%.   Also, Shopifting is up 106% which is significant. 

What the statistics shows that securing of property is a deterent, and crime has gone down.  In those circumstances where it is a crime of opportunity, it has gone up.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Many people, when it comes to the NFL Draft, concentrate on selecting someone that they have fallen in love with.  Someone who they feel will make the team better without really looking at not only the process of whom and how to select, but also who fits.

The adage of whether you should pick the greatest need or the best available player also comes into play.  But if lucky, you get both when your selection comes up.

But before making the selection by a team, a lot of work and hundreds of hours goes into analyzing the draft to be in the best position to know who to pick.

The formula for determining what the team needs are is:

P – C – L + F = D
P = Players presently on the team
C = Players the team plans on cutting no matter what
L = Free Agents loss
F = Free Agents picked up
D = Draft Selections by position

The first step is to take your team as it presently exists, minus those players that you are cutting and do not expect to come back under most any conditions.  These could include those that are retiring, injured and not expected back, someone that just can’t do the job and those that will cost too much to keep on the team.

Then you look at what are your weakest areas.  This creates the first priority to be considered to be solved either by Free Agency signings or if not, then by the draft.  For the Dolphins that would be a 1st line Wide Receiver, Tight End, Cornerback, and Guard that can pull.

From that you have to adjust your priority list as you may lose a player to Free Agency that you had hoped to retain.  Again, your list changes and has to be fixed by adding Free Agents or through the draft.  So dependent upon whether Long, Smith, Stark, Hartline, or one of the other potentially Free Agents leave, the priority changes.  Such as if Long is gone, another tackle is needed.  Smith is gone, another Cornerback, etc
Once you address whatever you can through Free Agency, the remaining positions on the list are what you have to go after in the draft.

One more step has to be taken into account when picking and dropping players both in Free Agency and through the Draft.  What type of players are you seeking to fit into the offense and defense plans you are looking to create?  If you have a 4-3 defense, then a player that can only run the 3-4 defense, even if they are excellent, won’t help the team.  If your offense relies heavily on receiving Tight Ends, then picking a Tight End that can block but not catch still leaves an unmet need of the team.

This leads you to one more final step for the draft, ranking of players overall within the draft and within positions that fit your needs. 

In approaching the draft, every player needs to be ranked.  Depending upon your needs you may find that an overall lower ranked player maybe higher on your board then someone else who is a better player just because the higher ranked player cannot provide you with the skill sets you require to run your plan.  This may lead you to trade down in the draft to still get your player and pick up more draft picks.

Also, while a higher need exists in a position, the available talent for that position could be obtained later in a deep Draft so you may look at a lower priority position that has limited options on selecting.  Alternatively, if the draft is not deep at a needed position, you may have to select someone earlier then desired just to get the need filled.  This often happens at the Quarterback position.

As an example, assuming that the Dolphins #1 need is Wide Receiver, but the available receivers are not that good for the draft year and not deserving of a high draft pick, they may then pick a Cornerback and wait till the next selection to get a better value at Wide Receiver.  Or, if there is a glut of very good Cornerbacks but few decent Wide Receivers, they may take the WR though a higher rated CB is available because they can get almost as high a CB at the next selection.

What is my projection for the Dolphins draft?  At this time, leaving out the impact of Free Agency, the Dolphins should select a Wide Receiver (which there is limited top line talent) in the first round because while Cornerback is a need, there are several top line Cornerbacks that could be taken in the 2nd Round.  A receiving Tight End has to be selected, preferably in the 2nd Round.  A Guard that can pull and a Tackle is also badly needed probably in the 3rd or 4th rounds.  Ultimately other positions of need are Linebacker and possibly one for the Defensive Line.  Plus I would select another Wide Receiver in the 4th or 5th round.

Therefore, based upon the chart at the bottom of rated players and where they would go by (leaving out players that should not be available by the 12th pick of the 1st round), if the player is available I would select for the 1st 4 picks the following:

1st Round                           WR         Cordarrelle Patterson, alt. TE Tyler Eifert
2nd Round 1st pick             TE           Tyler Eifert, alt. Zach Ertz, if TE taken - Desmond Trufant
2nd Round 2nd pick            CB           Desmond Trufant, alt. Jonathan Banks, if CB taken and no WR - Quinton Patton
3rd Round 1st pick             OG         Justin Pugh or Terron Armstead

WR                             Prefer   Round Expected to be gone by the end of
Cordarrelle Patterson      *                  1
Tavon Austin                                       2
Keenan Allen                                      2
DeAndre Hopkins                               2
Quinton Patton                *                  2
Terrance Williams                               2
Da’Rick Rogers              *                  3
Steadman Bailey             *                  4
Cobi Hamilton                                    5

Tyler Eifert                      *                 2
Zach Ertz                        *                 2
Vance McDonald                               3
Gavin Esobar                                     3
Jordan Reed                                      4

Dee Millner                     *                 1
Xavier Rhodes                                   1                             
Desmond Trufant             *                2
Jonathan Banks                *               2
Jordan Poyer                   *                3

Jonathan Cooper                               1             
Larry Warford                                   3
Justin Pugh                       *               3
Terron Armstead T/G       *              3

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Lauderhill City Hall Wins Emerald Award Trophy

The City of Lauderhill has been selected to receive an Emerald Award Trophy for the design and construction of its LEED Silver City Hall on Oakland Park Blvd.  The award category is Green Products and Practices/Innovation.

The presentation ceremony is on March 9, 9 am at Tree Tops Park.

Earlier this year a presentation was given by the Mayor, members of the Lauderhill Staff, and the Architect on many of the Lauderhill City Hall unique innovations, including a tilt up design construction.  The building uses 19% less electricity and over 50% less water then a typical building of its kind.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Looking for a Lauderhill City Job

Lauderhill posts on its web site at,, and on the Board on the first floor of City Hall, all job openings in the city.  If you are interested in a position, please check one of these sites for more information.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Appointments to City Boards are Available

The City of Lauderhill could not operate without the dedications of volunteers who serve on our many city boards.  While a small stipend is paid per meeting, it is the time and effort put into these boards that makes a difference in our lives.  Often when an issue by a resident comes up, the responsibility or resolution is handled by one of these boards.

To keep these boards operating, the City is in need of additional volunteers to serve.  Most boards have vacancies and if you wish to show your community involvement in making that difference, please contact our City Clerks Department for a list of positions.  Their phone number is 954-730-3010.  Also positing on positions are on the city's web site,

If you are interested in serving (and some boards to have specific requirements), please submit a letter of interest and your resume.

Some of the City Boards
Planning and Zoning (Local Planning Agency) who also reviews changes to City Code
Code Enforcement Board
Recreational Advisory Committee
Arts, Cultural and Tourism (ACT) Board
Public Arts Board
Pension Boards for several departments
Civil Service Board
Lauderhill Housing Authority
Educational Advisory Board
Local Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Nuisance Abate Board
Unsafe Structures Board