Hurricanes & Horses

The Town of Davie is proud of its rural character and equestrian lifestyle. Davie is home to thousands of horses and wants to help you keep them safe in the event of a hurricane.

No one can guarantee where your horse will be safe. The decision is yours. If you cannot make your property safe because of the condition of the barn, trees, power lines, low lying land prone to flooding, or general condition of the neighboring properties, plan on evacuating your horse at least 48 hours before the storm.

For Rescue After the Storm

Contact Broward County Emergency Operations Center at 954-831-3900.

Designated Post Hurricane Triage Sites

  • C.B. Smith Park
  • Markham Park
  • Tradewinds Park

Horse Release Program

On a local level, we have concentrated our efforts in directing the development of a temporary neighborhood center to serve as a holding area before and during a hurricane. Register your horse for the Town of Davie’s Temporary Housing for Horses. This program is for Davie residents or for horses boarded in Davie only. 

Locate the Animal Registration Form here

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, we will be accepting the forms via email, and the fees have been waived at this time. Please email completed forms to Anna Francis, Event Specialist,

No registration will be available at the site or after a storm watch is issued!

Important Information:

You must obtain and complete the following forms prior to bringing your horse to the hurricane turn-out site:

  1. A completed and signed Animal Registration Form.
  2. A completed, signed, and notarized General Release Agreement.
  3. A completed and signed Good Samaritan Act: Immunity from Civil Liability Form.
  4. Proof of your residency (current utility bill).
  5. An original copy of your horse’s current negative Coggins report that clearly shows the owner’s address.
  6. Photo (profile) of your horse with your horse’s name, owner’s name, address, and emergency contact number on the back of the photo.

Please register your horses well in advance. The number of horses accepted is limited.

Stallions will not be permitted. Please do not bring hay or feed for your horses during their stay, water will be provided. Secure horse trailer arrangements for your horses now. If you have a trailer, try to buddy up with other horse owners going to and from the site.

Local Hurricane Turn-Out

You are encouraged to visit the site for yourself before completing your registration form to determine whether you feel it is safer than your current situation.

Once a hurricane warning has been issued, Robbins Preserve Park Lodge site for horses owned by Davie residents or for horses that live in Davie will open. This site will reopen to retrieve your horses when the winds have subsided to a minimum of 40 mph, or when it is deemed safe by emergency personnel.

For a full map, click here.

Horse Identification

Identifying your animals well is a crucial part of getting them returned to you in the event that they get loose during the disaster. There are a number of recommended ways of clearly identifying your horse(s):

  • Spray paint your telephone number, including area code, on the side of your animal(s) with a contrasting shade of acrylic paint.
  • Braid luggage tags into the mane and/or tail of your horse(s) with your name, address, telephone numbers, and possibly with the numbers of out of area contacts. Be sure the information is written in waterproof ink, and tape the tags to waterproof them further.
  • Fetlock or mare bands with the appropriate information in waterproof ink.
  • Include your Equine’s micro-chip Identification number on your application.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Francis at (954)797-1153 or In order to save a place for your horse, please complete the following forms and mail them back with your payment. We ask that you call with questions now as opposed to when the storm warning is issued.

Bergeron Rodeo Grounds

Rodeo Grounds Information
For more than 40 years, the Davie Arena at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, located in the historical western theme downtown district, has served as Davie’s main tourist attraction. This indoor/outdoor facility has been building and establishing itself as one of the up and coming multi-cultural locales in South Florida. Originally the center was established as a rodeo arena, but as the need for a more versatile activity increased, the arena expanded to meet the demands for such diverse events as top name concert entertainers and family events that include horse shows, dog shows, car shows, air boat shows, specialty shows and industrial shows. There is always something happening at the Davie Arena at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.

Whether you are staging a rodeo, concert, horse show, corporate convention or tradeshow, we can make your event a five star attraction!

The facility is a 72,000 square feet indoor/outdoor venue with a 5,000 maximum seating capacity. Its high intensity lighting creates a perfect setting for television and video taping. Off-street shuttle parking is available for more than 1,000 vehicles. The Davie Arena at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds is available for rental 365 days a year. For information regarding rentals, contact Simone James, Special Events Coordinator at

The Davie Arena at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds is ideally located at the hub of transportation corridors. We are West of the Florida Turnpike (the Griffin Road exit), State Road 7, I-95 and South of I-595, State Road 84 and East of I-75. The rodeo grounds are located near the corner of Davie Road and Orange Drive at 4201 Rodeo Way.

Note: Events listed may be cancelled without notice. For event information or facility rental, please call 954-797-1181.

Alexandria Palm Recognized as GEICO Alumni of the Month

Nova Southeastern Athletics would like to recognize former women’s cross country and track and field athlete Alexandria Palm as its GEICO Alumni of the Month.

A 2014 graduate in Nursing, Palm began her professional career at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in the Emergency/Trauma department. She went on to become an ER travel nurse in Denver and Phoenix. She was a pediatric ER nurse in Phoenix when the COVID-19 pandemic began and is transitioning to a career as a trauma flight nurse in northern California.
“Nova Southeastern Athletics taught me strength, resilience and ambition that I now use every day in my field of work,” Palm said. “I am so thankful for all my lifelong memories and experiences I gained while at Nova.”
From the moment Palm arrived from Winnebago High School in Illinois, it was obvious she would have a huge impact on the cross country program. From her rookie season in 2010, Palm kicked off a career rewriting the NSU history books – breaking the Sharks’ 5k and 6k records as a freshman, helping NSU to a second-place finish at the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Championships and a fourth-place team ending at the NCAA South Regional. She finished seventh in the Regional race.
As a sophomore, Palm again led the Sharks to more history, maintaining the second-place team finish at the SSC Championships (in which she finished sixth) and pacing the Sharks to a third-place finish at the NCAA South Regional.
However, as Palm became an upperclassman, everything clicked into place. In 2012, Palm became the first women’s runner to win a Sunshine State Conference individual title. Notching first-team All-SSC accolades, Palm’s winning time of 21:51 set a school record in the 6k, surpassing her own mark by 12 seconds. The Sharks would again finish second and third at Regionals – with Palm coming in third in the Regional. Palm led the Sharks to their first team appearance at nationals as the lead runner – her 22:34 gave her sole possession of the five fastest 6k times in the NSU history book at the time.
Her final campaign as a Shark cemented her place in history, winning her second consecutive individual SSC Championship, being named the SSC Runner of the year, downing her own 6k record at 21:50 as the first runner to win the conference meet in back-to-back seasons since 2005 and crossing the line in second at the NCAA Regional. The Sharks again were third at Regionals and returned to the National meet.
On the track, Palm recorded a third-place 3000m finish at the NCAA South Regional as a rookie, was third in the Peach Belt 3000m steeplechase as a sophomore for an All-Region bid and finished out her NSU track career with a pair of personal bests for third in the Peach Belt 3000m steeple (11:34.37) and sixth in the 10,000m (40:18.53) in her third and final season, again notching All-Region honors.
As always, to stay up-to-date with Sharks Athletics, follow the official pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NSUSharks.

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Bauer Garners 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For the first time since the 2016 season, the Nova Southeastern track and field program has registered a key postseason academic honor, as women’s distance runner Michelle Bauer has been named a member of the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, officially announced on Friday.

The teams, divided geographically, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Coming off her final seasons and an early graduation, Bauer (senior, St. Marys, Pa.) has earned her degree in Finance with a perfect 4.0, even while working through minors in Spanish, International Business, Honors Transdisciplinary Studies and Experiential Leadership.

A standout leader for the Sharks on the cross country course, Bauer paced all Sharks runners in each of the seven meets of the 2019 season – a feat she also achieved in 2017 as a rookie. In her career as a Shark, Bauer has topped the NSU scoring pack in 15-of-20 races. In 2019, Bauer produced three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a sixth-place crossing at the Florida Tech Invitational on Sept. 7. She leaves NSU with a top 5k time of 19:20.14, top 6k at 23:46.50 and three appearances at the NCAA South Regional Championships. On the track, Bauer twice finished fourth at the Peach Belt Championships in the 10,000m and twice was sixth at PBC in the 3000m steeplechase.

Bauer was named the 2020 NSU Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the annual Sharky’s Awards and received the Peach Belt’s Elite 15 Award. She is actively involved in the Razor’s Edge Leadership Program and is a six-time Dean’s List and Director’s List honoree, as well as being named three times to the Peach Belt Academic team and thrice to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Bauer will now advance to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced from June 22-25.

A complete list of the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Teams can be viewed here.

For more information about CoSIDA’s Google Cloud Academic All-District and Academic All-America Teams program, visit on

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In a League of its Own: A Look Back at the Nova Southeastern Golf Dynasty

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Ah, the often debated term, “Dynasty”. What makes up a dynasty? Whether sports fans completely agree or not, we’ve all seen some form of them, ranging from the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, to the New York Yankees at the turn of the century, and most recently the New England Patriots. In the midst of all the professional prowess, though, there was also another unique dynasty that arose a little over a decade ago at the collegiate level in the form of Nova Southeastern golf.

The athletic department on a relatively unknown campus in Davie, Fla. had just made the jump to the Division II ranks in the 2002-03 academic year, yet a little over six short years later, history was already being made. The date was May 16, 2009 to be exact when the women’s team from South Florida was the one to overcome the chilly Ohio weather, along with a pair of northern counterparts in Grand Valley State and Indianapolis, en route to not only the program’s first-ever National Championship, but the first of any kind for Nova Southeastern.

“I think getting that experience that first year (2008) really helped the girls going into the following year,” then-head coach Kevin Marsh said earlier this week in an interview. “From there, gosh I’m getting old, but I feel like 2009 was probably in Ohio – I think it was at Findlay that we won the National Championship. We wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t have the experience the year before and finishing runner-up in Houston.”

The excitement spilled over into the ensuing weeks and flowed into building a foundation that would sustain the Sharks for years to come. As ground-breaking and special as the first title felt, time would only prove that more were on the way.

The 2009 roster was filled with All-Americans in Sandra Changkija, Taylor Collins and Maria Garcia Austt, who would later each be inducted into the NSU Hall of Fame. Changkija would even later spend a healthy stint on the LPGA Tour from 2012-19, while Collins made her LPGA debut in 2013 after winning the Golf Channel’s Big Break Mexico. Fredrika Hakansson and Nicole Whitmore were also key contributors in that loaded lineup. Lucky for Marsh, though, Garcia Austt was still just a junior while the rest were all sophomores.

Fast forward 364 days later, and the Sharks were crowned back-to-back National Champions in Mesa, Ariz. – this time by a landslide, beating runner-up Rollins by a whopping 40 shots. The pressure to repeat appeared to be nonexistent, as the Sharks led from start to finish, further extending their lead during each of the four rounds. The 2010 team could very well go down as one the all-time greats in college golf history. The group not only boasted the National Player of the Year in Changkija, the National Freshman of the Year in Abbey Gittings, as well as three All-Americans, but also took home the Sunshine State Conference and regional titles as part of winning a remarkable nine of 11 overall tournaments that year.

The dominant stretch didn’t stop there, either. In 2011, Changkija capped her unrivaled career by becoming the first-ever women’s collegiate golfer to outright win the National Player of the Year award a fourth consecutive time. While she was rightfully expected to repeat as the individual National Champion, it was Collins who stole the show this time around, as she captured the individual title in Allendale, Mich. after posting an NCAA Division II Championship 72-hole record for lowest score in relation to par with a combined effort of 10-under 278.

But what was it that truly made the three-year run with that core group so memorable?

“I think it was the individuals,” said Marsh. “It was so fun to see how competitive they were individually, whether it was in workouts or whether it was in practice. It almost felt like when we got to tournaments that was the easy part because we had done so much preparation leading up to them. We were probably more competitive internally with each other. Just going through that whole process of the freshmen coming in, and over the four years seeing them finish with a National Championship – that was definitely the coolest part.”

The 2012 season was supposed to be a rebuild…or so the rest of the Division II landscape thought. Only Gittings returned from 2011’s championship lineup, and as a team, NSU battled through the spring with only four healthy players. Even then, Gittings powered through nagging back issues to win the individual national championship, with National Freshman of the Year Liliana Cammisa and fellow classmate Daniela Ortiz delivering clutch performances to lift the program to its fourth consecutive crown – Rollins had been the only previous DII team to accomplish the feat, doing so from 2003-06.

As the women celebrated history in Shelbyville, Ky., a mere 10 minutes down the road in Simpsonville, the NSU men’s team made history of its own that same afternoon, sweeping Chico State in a head-to-head final to earn its first very first national championship.

The Sharks needed a total strokes tiebreaker to advance to the national final, but once there, remained locked in and took advantage of the opportunity. Just a sophomore, Mitch Farrer rolled to an eight-stroke victory to give the team some early momentum. Three of the remaining four matchups were decided by one shot apiece, yet NSU never flinched.

The Phil Mickelson Award recipient as the top freshman golfer in Division II in 2012, Oscar Lengden entered the collegiate golf world as a champion and exited as a champion after helping the Sharks return to the pinnacle as a senior in 2015.

Yet on the season’s final day that spring, it was a pair of freshmen in Ethan Marcus and Priyanshu Singh that ignited the Sharks to their eventual 3-2 victory over SSC rival Lynn. The pair tallied the first two points for head coach Ryan Jamison‘s crew before it was an all-too-fitting ending that National Player of the Year Santiago Gomez tapped in for birdie on the final hole to seal the deal.

“It didn’t lack excitement, that’s for sure,” Jamison answered immediately after his team had clinched the championship that afternoon. “All the matches were tough, and the fourth match ended up being the deciding point, with Santiago (Gomez) beating (Jose Andres) Miranda. It was hard-fought, and I remember thinking in the fairway that this is the one kid I’d want in that situation, needing a birdie or par to win.”

So you ask, what exactly is a dynasty? Well according to an article written by Bleacher Report, “It starts with championships. Legitimate dynasties also are teams pegged with personality, superstar talent and consistent winning seasons.”

As for the championships – Six in seven years.

As for the superstar talent – Six National Players of the Year and 39 All-Americans.

And as for the winning seasons – Well, I think the championships can attest to that.

Safe to say NSU golf – at least from 2009-15 – fits the bill.
Championship Recaps
2009: Women’s Golf – Findlay Country Club, Ohio
2010: Women’s Golf – Longbow Golf Club, Ariz.
2011: Women’s Golf – The Meadows Golf Club, Mich.
2012: Women’s Golf – Persimmon Ridge Golf Course, Ky.
2012: Men’s Golf – Cardinal Club Golf Course, Ky.
2015: Men’s Golf – Rock Barn Golf and Spa, N.C.

Men’s Golf All-Americans
Women’s Golf All-Americans


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2019-20: A Year in Review

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The 2019-20 sports season included a multitude of firsts for the Nova Southeastern Sharks, including the early end to the spring season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. While the end of the year could be filled with a long list of “what-ifs”, one thing is certain: the Sharks did not disappoint during the time they saw competition. Below is a year in review for your NSU Sharks.

The 2019 Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team will forever be remembered following its historic postseason run this past fall. For the fifth time in as many years under former head coach John Constable, the Sharks earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament, only this time they left a much bigger imprint. After stumbling in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament semifinal round, NSU showed great resolve by rebounding in the NCAA Tournament despite being seeded fifth out of six south region programs. NSU upset Montevallo in the opening round, garnering the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in the process, before beating host Mississippi College and SSC Tournament champion Embry-Riddle to hoist the program’s first South Region Championship trophy. The team’s 17 wins also marked a new single-season record.
Head coach Matt Watts has the NSU men’s soccer program on the cusp of something special following another strong showing in 2019. The Sharks rattled off a program-record five consecutive victories in the midst of Sunshine State Conference play last fall, en route to a repeat trip to the SSC Tournament semifinals – also a program first. The success in the SSC propelled NSU to its third straight winning season. With each of their Top-5 goal scorers back in 2020, the Sharks appear more than capable to finally punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
First year head coach Brian Rosen and the NSU volleyball squad made a statement in 2019, recording their first 20-win season since 2008, including 12 Sunshine State Conference wins – the most in program history. NSU saw multiple postseason honors for Alex Boone and Ally Ford, who became the Sharks’ first All-Americans since 2017, while also earning All-South Region and All-SSC accolades. Academically, the volleyball team led the athletic department on the women’s side with the 3.59 fall semester team GPA, before posting a program-high 3.64 winter semester team GPA. Their 3.61 annual GPA was also a program-high. The Sharks return 11 players including six starters, which makes this a team to keep an eye out for in the near future.
In the fall, the Sharks cross country squads were paced by two steady leaders, namely senior Michelle Bauer and freshman Trey May. Much like her rookie campaign, Bauer led the Sharks in each of the seven outings, producing three top-15 finishes and coming in 28th at the Sunshine State Championships and 45th at the NCAA South Regional. The Apopka, Fla. rookie, May showed his leadership early, opening his career with the first of three top-15s on the season and led the Sharks in six races, finishing 25th at the SSC Championships. The Sharks proved strong in the classroom as well, with 15 student-athletes named to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor roll. NSU developed some quality depth heading into 2020, with 16 Sharks returning to next year’s squads.
Despite the NCAA DII National Championship meet getting halted just a day and a half in, the Nova Southeastern swim teams still made strides during the 2019-20 season, which included a fifth Sunshine State Conference crown for the women’s team, seven new program records, seven individual SSC Champions, 12 All-SSC awards and head coach Ben Hewitt‘s honor of SSC Women’s Coach of the Year title. At the national championship meet, the women’s 200 medley relay team made up by Cassandra Wright, Caily Friel, Sasha Maslova and Jenna Johns earned the bronze with their time of 1:40.13, posting a new Sunshine State Conference and institution record. The quartet also posted a new SSC and NSU record in the 400 medley relay, as their leadoff swimmer, Wright, also broke her previous record in the 100 backstroke set at the 2020 SSC Championships with her new time of 52.94. She was just .49 seconds away from a new NCAA Division II record. Out of the pool, the women’s team also recorded their program’s highest ever winter semester GPA, 3.68, while also finishing the year with a program-high annual GPA of 3.61.
Consistently one of the toughest teams in the Sunshine State Conference, the women’s basketball team put up some impressive numbers this past season. Jordan Tully picked up multiple postseason accolades including being named to the All-SSC First Team, the first time since 2016 for a Shark to find their name on the top team. Also earning Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Region Second Team honors, Tully led the squad and the SSC with her 18.1 points per game, in addition to a 4.6 rebounds per game average. As a team, the Sharks led the league in blocks with 100 and in blocks per game (3.57), and were ranked third with their 43.5 percent shooting from the field. The Sharks also finished the year with toughness in the classroom, producing a 3.59 winter semester GPA.

How were the Sharks going to follow up their South Region Championship from the year prior? Well, head coach Jim Crutchfield and company added 23 more wins in 2019-20, and in doing so, climbed all the way to the top of the college basketball rankings in the month of December for the first time in program history. An All-American as a redshirt junior, Mark Matthews lived up to the billing once more in his final collegiate season, leaving behind an imprint that’ll be remembered by Shark fans for years to come. NSU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, and with a youthful core intact, has the pieces to be right back in the postseason come 2021. The Sharks also put in the work in the classroom setting program GPA records in the winter semester (3.30) and on the year (3.24).
Tennis2019-20 TENNIS
Working to the midpoint of another outstanding year under fourth-year head coach Doug Neagle, the women’s tennis team earned an official final ranking of third nationally from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the highest final ranking in the program’s history. With an 8-1 record together this spring, sophomore Natalie Espinal and senior Sarah Wardenburg teamed to earn the nation’s No. 1 doubles ranking, which stood through the conclusion of the season. The pair were 7-2 and 8-2, respectively – with Espinal also ranking No. 4 in national singles. First-year junior Karolina Snita went a team-high 11-0 in singles to join Espinal and Wardenburg as ITA All-Americans – the first time in program history the Sharks have featured three such honorees. Ending the short campaign with a 13-1 record, the Sharks notched a .929 winning percentage, downed five nationally-ranked opponents and won nine matches by sweep. In the classroom, the Sharks turned in a 3.48 team GPA during the winter semester.

WGolf2019-20 WOMEN’S GOLF
Led by All-Americans Hanna Ahlander, Valentina Albertazzi and Sofia Garcia Austt, the Nova Southeastern women’s golf team finished the 2019-20 year with a No. 1 next to its name. Despite a gut-wrenching halt to a season filled with endless potential, the Sharks proved to be the very best in Division II by earning victories in four of their seven tournament appearances. The aforementioned trio each ranked among the nation’s Top-20 individually, while Albertazzi even went on to become the fifth NSU player in program history to be named the WGCA Freshman of the Year. The Sharks have now won a combined 17 tournaments over the past three seasons. Head coach Heather Wall‘s squad delivered a stellar 3.63 team GPA to conclude the winter semester.
MGolf2019-20 MEN’S GOLF
With a roster full of new faces, including five true freshmen, the Nova Southeastern men’s golf team proved a bright future may be in store following a 2019-20 campaign in which it gradually improved as the year wore on. Freshman Mike Hay finished the season as the team’s highest ranked player, while Tomas Millet’s victory at the Saint Leo Invitational – the first of his career – marked the sixth straight year a Sharks player had won an individual title. Perhaps even more impressive, off the course, NSU compiled a team GPA of 3.30 – the program’s highest to date.
Rowing2019-20 ROWING
In this shortened season, the women’s rowing squad was halted just prior to their first true competition of the season – scheduled for the SSC Double Dual in Miami Beach on March 14 after promising spring scrimmages with Florida Tech and Barry. In the fall, NSU saw some early success with a fourth-place V8 finish at the Head of the Indian Creek, as well as a fourth-place mark against top DII and DI competition at Stetson’s Hatter Invitational. The 25 Sharks were lined up for a successful season on the water but successfully turned their focus to academics, producing a 3.41 team GPA and three rowers with a perfect 4.0. Their future opportunities look bright, as seven crew members from the V8 return for next season.
The Sharks’ competitions were quite limited on the track, only running three meets before the season was cut short. In that time, junior Destinee Fisher rose to the top of the Peach Belt Conference standings in the women’s 100m hurdles with a 14.93 at the Bobcat-Shark Relays in Miramar, just ahead of freshman teammate Jasmine Charles, who occupies the No. 2 spot at 15.09. At the same meet, the squad of Christina Adams, Megan Fleming, Sophia Leto and Aliza Richard adjusted the women’s 4x800m relay record at 10:11.74, downing the prior mark that had stood since 2011. In addition to 14 Sharks named to the Peach Belt Teams of Academic Distinction, both senior Michelle Bauer and sophomore Quynlan Duffy earned the PBC’s Elite 15 Award – both registering a cumulative 4.00 GPA. Duffy also ranked second in the PBC with a monster 4.10m personal best in the pole vault. In addition, sophomore Charissa Bacon was named the NSU Wonder Women Award winner by the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the NSU Career Development office. The women’s squad achieved a 3.33 in the winter semester, while the men reached 3.10.

Softball2020 SOFTBALL
Off to their best start in years, the NSU softball team was just about halfway through their season before the early end. With a record of 19-10, the Sharks had just seen an 11-game win streak come to an end in their final game of 2020. As a team, the Sharks led the Sunshine State Conference with their 76 stolen bases, ranking them third in NCAA DII softball. Senior centerfielder Sydney Lageyre was having the best year of her career, leading the squad with her batting average (.419), slugging percentage (.500) and 21 stolen bases. During the first week March, she was named both the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week and 2020 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Player of the Week for her outstanding play during games played Mar. 2-8. Off the field, the Sharks earned a program-high winter semester GPA of 3.37, while also finishing 2019-20 with a program-high cumulative GPA of 3.20. 

Baseball2020 BASEBALL
Facing a schedule that provided 14 of the first 22 contests against ranked opposition in the first year under coach Laz Gutierrez, the No. 23 Sharks baseball bounced back from a challenging start and were just starting to hit a stride when the pandemic brought the season to an end. The Sharks had just won both Sunshine State Conference series, on the road at top-15 ranked opponents and had clinched victory in five of the final seven games. The Sharks were tied for the top league win percentage in the SSC standings at the time of the stoppage. NSU’s aggressive baserunning played a major role in the turn and the Sharks led the SSC and ranked fourth nationally with 65 stolen bases (2.95/game). They also were proving heady on the defensive end, ranking 14th in the NCAA with 19 double plays (0.86/game). Some standouts were starting to deliver, as sophomore Duncan Pastore was batting .330 with an NCAA sixth-best 11 doubles, while senior Brandon Chinea was pacing the team with a .369 average. A pair of freshmen were beginning to make their mark, as second baseman Tyler Epstein stepped in due to injury and was hitting .367 with 16 runs, five doubles and nine steals – on the mound Cooper Omans notched a 3-0 record and 1.45 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings, holding both Barry and Embry-Riddle without a run in two key league victories.

2019-20 was a banner year for the Sharks in the classroom, across the entire department. After producing a record fall departmental GPA at 3.27, NSU student-athletes redirected their winter semester focus in the face of adversity to deliver a record 3.40 semester GPA. For their efforts, the Sharks raised the bar academically with a new program record of a whopping 3.33 annual mark. That’s now 18 consecutive years with the department over 3.0 and the fourth year in a row NSU has reached a 3.20 or better as program.
As always, to stay up-to-date with the Sharks this offseason, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NSUSharks.

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Child Safety Tips

Although protecting our children is a natural instinct, we offer these helpful child safety tips for parents.

General Child Safety for Parents

  • Straight talk with children works best when discussing the serious topic of personal safety with your children. Do not rely completely on puppets, coloring books, gimmicks, and cartoon characters.
  • Instill in your children a sense of self-worth and dignity at every opportunity.
  • Teach your children basic sex education, (i.e., the areas of the body that are covered by a bathing suit are private).
  • Establish that inappropriate touches are against the law. This gives your child confidence to assert themselves with those who try to abuse them.
  • Allow children to express affection on their terms. Do not instruct them to give kisses or hugs to people they do not know well.
  • Stress that there should be no secrets from you, especially those involving another adult.
  • Explain the importance of reporting abuse or attempted abuse to or another trusted adult. This would also apply to inappropriate touching.
  • Do not rely entirely on the buddy system. In many documented cases, sisters, brothers, and playmates have been victims of terrible crimes when together.
  • Make it a priority to get to know your children’s friends and their families.
  • Encourage involvement in extracurricular activities. Children with many interests are less likely to experiment with drugs or other negative influences.
  • Teach your children to respect, admire and celebrate the differences in people.
  • Ask questions about what your children are doing, where they are going and whom they will be with.
  • Set times to be home or check in. Have a back-up plan.
  • A child’s room should not be considered their private, personal domain where parents are not allowed to check them.
  • Monitor computer and Internet usage, daily, if possible.
  • Above all, encourage your children to recognize, trust, and follow their instincts about people and situations. Listen to their instincts.

Good parenting is asking the hard questions and caring about the answers.

Stranger Safety Tips for Children

What is a stranger?

A stranger is someone that you do not know or your parents do not know. Strangers are even people you see every day. Not all strangers are bad, but it is very difficult to tell bad strangers from good strangers

Examples of strangers:

  • A person you have never met before.
  • A person you may see often, but know nothing about; e.g., the ice cream person, mail person, newspaper person, or a neighbor.
  • A person whose name and address you do not know.
  • A person your parents do not know.
  • Strangers can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. Even a teenager could be considered a stranger to you.

If approached by a stranger:

  • Don’t talk or go near that person.
  • Don’t accept gifts or rides from that person.
  • Don’t go anywhere with that person.
  • Step backwards if a stranger comes toward you. Turn around and run away.
  • Report strangers to your parents, teachers, bus drivers or a responsible adult you know well.
  • The main rule to remember: Stay away from strangers.

Examples of stranger scenarios:

  • What should you do if a stranger asks you for help or offers you candy, a toy, or a pet?
    Say “NO”, turn around and run away.
  • What should you do if a stranger asks you to go for a ride in their car?
    Say “NO”, and run in the opposite direction that the car is going.
  • What should you do if a stranger tries to grab you?
    You can yell for help! You can kick, scratch, or bite! You can run away as fast as you can.
  • What should you do if a stranger has a gun and tells you to go with him?
    Yell for HELP! Run away as fast as you can, and continue yelling for help. Go tell an adult.

Always remember to tell your parents, a police officer, a teacher, a bus driver, or another adult you trust and know about what happened as soon as possible.

Being safe at home when you are alone

  • Always lock the door. Do not answer the door if someone knocks. Never let strangers into the house.
  • If the telephone rings, answer it. Do not tell anyone that you are alone. (You can tell them your parent cannot come to the phone right now). Ask who is calling, and offer to take a message.
  • If there is a storm, stay away from the windows.
  • Leave medicines and poisons alone, they can really hurt you.
  • Do not play or touch any guns that might be in the house.

Other rules for safety

  • Never go anywhere without first telling your parents, or the person in charge, where you are going, who is going with you, how you will get there, and when you will be back.
  • Always use the buddy system when playing outside or going places.
  • Always say “NO” if someone tries to touch you in ways that make you feel frightened, uncomfortable, or confused. Always tell a grown-up that you trust about what happened.
  • Always go directly home from school or the bus stop.

Davie PD News

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The Davie Police Department is currently in the process of obtaining reaccreditation through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The culmination of this process will take place from April 21, 2020 through April 23, 2020, as our agency will be hosting a team of assessors who will conduct a final assessment of our policies, practices and facilities. The Davie Police Department is required to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. Over the course of the assessment, the department’s policies will be reviewed, staff will be interviewed and physical inspections will be made to our facility.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the CFA standards are available to view online at http://www.flaccreditation.or/standards.htm.

Our Accreditation Manager, Angela Madias, will be facilitating the assessment process for our CFA assessment team. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Davie Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to

Through the Davie Police Department’s dedication to excellence, and the assistance of our CFA Program Manager William Walls, we are committed to exceeding the requirements for each CFA standard.

Upon the completion of the CFA assessors’ on-site examination, all findings will be submitted to the CFA to determine if the Davie Police Department has satisfied all requirements to obtain reaccreditation status. Once obtained, accreditation status is valid for a three (3) year period.

Verification by the team that Davie Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation–a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. We wish to thank our residents, business owners and local media for their assistance during this process. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Angela Madias at

Updated: March 19, 2020

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