Monthly Archives: April 2014

Coral Springs Mayor’s Column

Hurricane season is here again and while we’ve been lucky the past 9 years, it’s important for our residents to be prepared. Our Under the Sun magazine is a great source of information and it includes a summary of all the City can do for you before, during and after a hurricane. In the event of a hurricane, residents can reach the City’s call center at 954-344-1001. You can also log onto CoralSprings.org/hurricane or watch CityTV, Channel 25 on Advanced Cable and Channel 99 on U-Verse, for updates. Coral Springs residents can also tune their radio dials to AM 1670. CityRadio delivers information about City services, upcoming events, weather updates, and emergency bulletins when necessary.

 

On another note, if you haven’t stopped by the Coral Springs Mega Green Market, check it out every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is located at Downtown Coral Springs, just west of University Drive on Sample Road. There is fresh produce, vegan products and much more!

 

Join me and the City Commission on Saturday, June 14 as we celebrate Flag Day at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Park. This traditional Flag Day ceremony will include the ceremonial retirement and burning of frayed, tattered or faded flags. Residents may drop off any flags they want to be retired at City Hall or the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. For more information, call 954-345-2200. The park is located at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd.

 

The City’s Fourth of July celebration will once again be held in Mullins Park. Join us for an evening of dazzling fireworks and entertainment for the entire family. Residents are encouraged to come out and celebrate on Friday, July 4. Starting at 6 p.m., families are invited to come and enjoy games, bounce houses, food and entertainment. The fireworks display will begin promptly at 9 p.m. The event is free, but there will be fees for food, bounce houses and games. Parking will be available for a $3 fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium for early arrivers, and also at the main Mullins Park/Center for the Arts parking lot. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. Personal fireworks will be confiscated by Coral Springs Police. Mullins Park is located at 10150 Ben Geiger Dr. For more information, call 954-345-2200.

 

Now that summer is here and children are playing outdoors, it is critical that they have water-safety skills that could save their lives. Make sure to take advantage of the many drowning prevention and learn-to-swim programs the City has to offer. The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Cypress Pool and Mullins Park Pool each offer classes for all ages and skill levels. For more information, call 954-345-2121.

As always, if you would like to meet with me to discuss any City issues, feel free to visit with me during my office hours. To view my scheduled monthly hours, please visit www.CoralSprings.org/events. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the City on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CityofCoralSprings. For behind the scenes photos, follow us on Instagram at CoralSpringsFL. 

TPC EAGLE TRACE …… A CLUBLINK ACQUISITION

TPC EAGLE TRACE …… A CLUBLINK ACQUISITION

By Brian Weidenbacher

With the acquisition of TPC Eagle Trace, ClubLink has definitely set itself apart as the premier golf organization in South Florida.  With Eagle Trace in the fold, ClubLink now has a total of twelve 18-hole championship courses, and two 18-hole equivalent academy courses in the state of Florida.

In the Fort Lauderdale area, in addition to TPC Eagle Trace, ClubLink owns the 54-hole Palm Aire Country Club, the 36-hole Woodlands Country Club and Heron Bay.  ClubLink now owns or operates 53.5 18-hole championship, and six 18-hole equivalent academy courses in Florida, Ontario, and Quebec.  “The acquisition of this prestigious golf club demonstrates our commitment to providing our more than 20,000 members, the opportunity to truly experience our One Membership, More Golf theme”, said ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi.  “Since our founding in 1993, that has been our unique business model and one that continues to be very successful”, added Sahi.

Opened in 1983 as the first member-based club in the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Club network, TPC Eagle Trace is a great, challenging golf course, designed by the renowned architect Arthur Hills.  It became only the second TPC in existence, following the establishment of TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship.  Home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic for nine years, Eagle Trace is the centerpiece of a luxury gated community of approximately 900 homes.  Members in the “ClubLink family” will now have an even wider array of courses to choose from in South Florida, all within 30 minutes of each other in North Broward County.  ClubLink Members will now be afforded the luxury to play one of the finest courses available in the network.

ClubLink Members and guests will find six sets of tees that will certainly challenge their games.  From the Championship Tees, the course plays to more than 7,000 yards, while the most forward tees measure a little over 5,100 yards.  “TPC Eagle Trace is truly one of the best tests of golf I have ever played”, said Derek Fox, Head Golf Professional and Interim General Manager.  ‘We have Members who have played here for 30 years and never get tired of the challenge”, Fox added.  The layout has some unique characteristics for a Florida golf course, including an island green, and three greens surrounded by wooden bulkheads.  Not one palm tree can be found on the property, which is a rarity in South Florida.

“All four of the Par 3’s require precise tee shots as water and bunkers protect each green”.  The 13th hole is our signature Par 4, demanding a well-struck tee shot to find the fairway.  Out of bounds and water protect both boundaries of the hole.  The Par 4 18th is perhaps the best finishing hole in Broward Country, as it can be stretched to 470 yards”, said Fox.

Fox also made it a point to explain that while the PGA Tour is not part of the yearly schedule at Eagle Trace, “the golf course has stood the test of time as it currently plays host to the Champions Tour Q-School Final Stage every other year”.

Located east of the Sawgrass expressway in Western Broward County, Eagle Trace is easily accessible from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties.   Whether a novice, or tour-caliber player, Eagle Trace is a golf course that offers every player a golf experience that will not soon be forgotten.   ClubLink’s unique membership program has many different opportunities and price ranges to fit everyone’s budget.  ClubLink ….. “One Membership, More Golf”.

THE HAMMERHEADS

THE HAMMERHEADS …… JUPITER’S BOYS OF SUMMER

By Brian Weidenbacher

If you would like to spend a day, or night, watching great baseball, I strongly urge you to take a drive up to Jupiter and catch a Jupiter Hammerheads game at Roger Dean Stadium.  Set in a beautiful, spacious stadium that captures the essence of minor league baseball, the Jupiter-based Hammerheads are the Florida State League’s affiliate of the Miami Marlins.  The talent is plentiful, and the games are exciting …..  young, enthusiastic athletes hoping for that celebrated day when they get called up to “the Show”.   Hopes, dreams, and heart, along with talent, will hopefully get them to that next level.  It all starts in the minor leagues for these “boys of summer”.

As we sat behind home plate on a beautiful Saturday evening with my belly full of Louisiana crawfish,  I thought about how lucky these talented kids were to be playing the great game of baseball, and getting paid to do it.

After missing the playoffs last season with a dismal 68-69 record, this 2014 version of the Hammerheads promises fans a different scenario.  This season’s team begins the year with an abundance of prospects.  The most significant name to watch is third baseman Colin Moran, the top pick of the Miami Marlins from 2013.  The sixth overall player chosen in last year’s draft out of the University of North Carolina, Moran has all the tools to be with the parent team in 2015.  Moran batted .299 last season with Greensboro, and was quickly called up to Jupiter after that stellar campaign.  He’s a base hit away from joining the Marlins.  He’ll have to prove himself to the Marlins’ front office, but that seems to be a mere formality.

Outfielders Jesus Solorzano and Viosergy Rosa patrol two of the outfield spots for the Hammerheads. Solorzano, Miami’s 11th best prospect according to MLB.com  stole 33 bases last season for Greensboro.  He was only caught four times.  Rosa, also with Greensboro last season, slammed 23 home runs, the second most dingers among all Miami minor leaguers.

Pitcher Colby Suggs returns to the Hammerheads after spending part of 2013 with the Marlins.  His fastball is clocked between 94-96 MPH, and can lift it to 98 MPH when needed.  Trevor Williams, a second round pick in the 2013 draft by Miami out of Arizona State adds depth to a strong pitching staff.  Former major league catcher Brian Schneider takes over as the manager of the Hammerheads.  A 13-year veteran, Schneider knows the intricacies that help bring out additional talent to an already talented player.  The team has a very a great schedule that runs through August, including “promotional” game nights that create excitement and fun for the entire family.  For information about the Jupiter Hammerheads, and the “Great 8” promotional games on the schedule, just call 561-775-1818, or visit the website at www.RogerDeanStadium.com.  Hammerheads baseball …….

 

Mother’s Day – May 11th 2014

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY …… AN HONOR A WOMAN DESERVES

 

By Brian Weidenbacher

 

Being a mother is not only an honor and privilege, but a blessing bestowed on women.  It’s not just simply a result of giving birth, or receiving a child.  It’s a journey of spirit and time, transcending their own limitations and empowering their offspring to do, and be, more than they could ever envision.  It is a journey into the heart and soul of what it means to be woman, and to be fully present for the benefit of another human being that has unconditional love and trust in you.

 

The word “mother” is heavily defined by emotion, love, trust, protection, influence,  and truth.  It is, basically, an impossible task to be a mother …… but somehow every mom pulls it off with grace and style.  Moms are expected to be strong yet gentle, corrective yet conciliatory, accepting yet uncritical, and self-sacrificed yet self-fulfilled. Motherhood is a fraternity of loving, nurturing, and sincere women.

 

Motherhood is a beautiful ride, sometimes a wild ride, and the most incredible journey a woman can ever take.  It changes the way a woman thinks about herself, her family, her friends, and the world as a whole.  It changes the way she acts and reacts.  A woman becomes more beautiful after child birth.  She glows with a brighter love, not just for her child, but for everyone.

 

The Our Town News staff would like to wish every MOM a sincere “Happy Mother’s Day”.  It’s your day ……. enjoy your “day off” from not just the toughest, but the most blessed job in the world!

 

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