Broward County Sheriff’s Office Enlists the Help of Local Art Students

Robert Baldwin has spent the last five years as a city manager in Dania Beach, Florida. Robert Baldwin has additional experience as an assistant city manager in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale and as CAO in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. As Assistant City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, he also was in charge of controlling Spring Break.

In anticipation of the annual spring break crowd, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Ron Cochran got Robert Baldwin’s approval to take a somewhat unusual approach toward preventing excessive graffiti on a concrete wall running along Road A1A. Cochran urged more than 1,000 local art students to arrive at the wall with paint buckets and art supplies in tow and to go to work. The chief did not indicate a preference for color, only encouraging the artists to accomplish their work before the wall was tagged with spray paint. The wall extends from Granada Street to East Las Olas Boulevard, covering about 2,500 feet, likely providing the young artists with the largest canvas they had ever worked on. While Cochran’s motivations were purely professional, he joked that the nation’s next great artist might be discovered as part of the project.