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Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:25am


Delray Beach, FL (April 2017)…Moms are the best so celebrate their special day! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway.  Join us  from May 1-13, 2017 and receive one Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant* with every $200 spent shopping at Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios. Collect your receipts** and pick-up your orchid May 10 - 13th at one of two Orchid Stations located in front of Hands Stationers, 325 E Atlantic Ave. and Petite Connection, 1049  E Atlantic Ave. on Wednesday May 10th, Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday May 13th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enter To Win a Mother's Day Prize Package online from May 1 - May 17, 2017 at (beginning May 1).  Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.   For Orchid Giveaway details visit and, or call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077.

*While supplies last.

**Valid receipts required & must be presented at one of the orchid stations. Receipts (dated May 1 - May 13, 2017) must be from Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios (restaurant receipts are not valid).




The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

Delray Beach Promenade renovation to begin on April 3

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:17pm

As part of the Beach Master Plan, the Delray Beach Promenade renovation will commence on April 3. Construction will begin at the north end of the promenade. Project construction is expected to take five months, with minor revisions and corrections occurring during the sixth month. Our municipal beach will remain open during this time.

During this process, our aim is to reduce and minimize inconveniences by keeping our residents, guests, business owners, and beach-goers informed as much as possible.  Signs will be installed along the beachfront within the next 3-5 business days notifying the public of the construction.

Construction Timeline:

Below is the expected construction schedule for the first month, through May 2017:

  • Beginning on April 3, MBR Construction, will establish the initial construction zone at the northern end of the Beach Promenade.  The initial construction will be replacement of the existing concrete sidewalk east of the knee wall beginning at the northern extent of the Beach Promenade and working toward the south. This will continue through April 16.  This will prevent any interruption to the annual Easter Sunrise Service that is commonly held at the Beach Pavilion located at Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 16 this year.
  • Between April 16 and April 30, the contractor will finish work on the sidewalk east of the knee wall at the north end of the Beach Promenade and begin to transition to the southern extent of the project near Casuarina Road.
  • On May 1, the contractor will establish a construction zone at the southern extent of the project near Casuarina Road.  During this phase of construction, on-street parking along the beach will not be available from Casuarina Road to the Sandoway parking lot.  Parking will be available in the Sandoway parking lot, where new smart meters have been installed. 


As construction mobilizes on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will become unavailable. However, we will make every effort to make parking alternatives accessible whenever possible. Parking in all public parking lots along the beach, including the Sandoway lot, will continue to be available and trolleys will add stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers. A third trolley may be added to the route to ensure that wait times do not increase unduly.

Bicycle lanes:

Bicyclists will be able to use the bicycle lane, but we urge extra caution in this area.  The bicycle lane on Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience the construction may impose.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Contact information:

  • For questions concerning parking during construction, please contact Jorge Alarcon at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4112.
  • For the trolley service, please contact Xavier Falconi at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4113.
  • For general questions concerning the construction of the Beach Master Plan, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.


Stay informed with up-to-date information by visiting the city website


Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:57pm




Due: 3/1/17



The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, with the support of the City of Delray Beach, has managed and operated the Visitor Information Center located at the Sarah Gleason Park site at the corner of A1A and E. Atlantic Avenue since 2005.  The purpose for the center is to provide visitors and residents maps, brochures and information about Downtown Delray Beach. The center is open 7 days a week, staffed by local volunteers. It is noted that visitors that receive information spend an average of $2,000 per stay, and the Center currently sees over 18,000 visitors annually.

In April of 2016, the Discover the Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism bureau, approached the DDA to share the importance of Visitor Information Centers and encouraged the DDA to enhance the facility. 

Discover the Palm Beaches (DTPB) Concept:

Establish a street level, easily accessible and highly visible Visitor Information Center (VIC) facility for the City of Delray Beach catering to drive market and pedestrian traffic, while raising awareness of tourism assets and accommodations in the local community.


  • As the largest county in Florida with millions of visitors and significant volume of drive traffic, there is a need to create a cost effective network of Visitor Information facilities in partnership with county, cities and private institutions
  • A VIC enhances the visitor experience, promotes overnight stays and increases tourism and economic impact to the area (Visit Florida reports that individuals who stop at their Welcome Centers, stay on an average of one extra day)
  • The lack of a central Visitor Information Center (VIC) was highlighted as a destination challenge in the PBC Community Brand Assessment report
  • The A1A Visitor Information Center is located in the downtown district of Delray Beach at the intersection of Atlantic Ave. and A1A and the beach area is the crown jewel of the City and currently undergoing master plan improvements

The DDA Board of Directors along with City Staff support, voted to invest into the enhancements and improvements to this very important facility.

Project Scope of Services

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is partnering with the City of Delray Beach on the renovation of the building interior and minor exterior changes.  The project is in collaboration with the City of Delray Beach as they own the property and the DDA manages the center.  The center is located at 2 S Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL.   The architectural plans have been completed by Roy Simon, AIA. Contractor services are being requested to oversee the project, perform certain required services and the city services that have been secured directly by the city. 

Scope of Work:

The Successful Proposer will provide labor, supervision, equipment, parts and supplies as outlined in the Outline of Services for the Visitor Information Center located at 2 S. Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach. The contractor will oversee all services need not only the ones provided by the Contractor.   Attached are the architectural plans that includes the project description and the outlined the services that will be provided by or covered by the City and the services covered by the DDA. 

Click here to view the list of services being requested to handle by the Contractor and the services being handled by the City of Delray Beach.

A proposal of costs and services is requested to be sent to the DDA by March 31, 2017. 

Send proposal to the DDA office by email to


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:00am


Delray Beach, FL (March 2017):  What is one of the best kept secrets of the 55th annual Delray Affair you ask?  Well, it’s Delray Affair After Dark!  From April 7-9 the Downtown is alive during the day with an eclectic mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world. As booths close around 6 p.m. and the Delray Affair crowd thins, parking lots and valet stands become available, you have the opportunity to walk “on” the Avenue not just “along” the Avenue, and our galleries, retail shops and restaurants are here for you with special offerings & promotions! Opportunities abound for great dining, entertainment, shopping and socializing Downtown.  Here are a few tips to enjoy Delray Affair After Dark:

Here are a few tips to enjoy Delray Affair After Dark:

Special Promotions Downtown –  special promotions are available at our Downtown businesses April 7-9th. Click here to view the Delray Affair After Dark Downtown dining, shopping, art & culture, activity & attraction promotions! Promotions will be added as the event nears.






Dine & Discover a New Downtown Restaurant – with open seating abound. Enjoy a memorable meal on Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue, experience the charming vibe in the Pineapple Grove Arts District or discover a new restaurant in The Set, the gateway to Downtown. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of restaurants beachside, where visitors can dine alfresco & enjoy an ocean breeze. From Mexican, Latin, and Mediterranean to Caribbean, American, and Argentinian - and with over 100 restaurants Downtown - you are sure to find the perfect place for every palate & pocket. Click here to view all Downtown Delray Beach restaurants.

First Friday Art Walk - April 7, 6-9 p.m. Kick-off the Delray Affair weekend with the First Friday Art Walk and pop-up live enteratinment throughout Downtown! This self-guided tour and year-long event invites you to explore the heart & soul of our art scene on the First Friday of every month from 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy art galleries and working studios while you meet with many of our talented, local artists. Stroll and enjoy beautiful evenings in Downtown Delray as you navigate your way through myriad styles of art. The Art Walk features three artistic areas; Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley. Click here to watch the Art Walk video. This is a FREE event (no ticket, pass, coupon required) - just show up and start wherever you'd like! Share your photos using #DelrayArtWalk. To learn more and to view the Art Walk Map & Brochure, visit:



Get your sticker – The new 2017 “I ❤ Downtown Delray Beach” limited edition sticker is back and available with purchase at any Downtown retail store, art gallery, salon or spa all weekend, both night & day!



“Artrageous” - Fri., April 7 & Sat., April 8, 2017, 7PM, Old School Square Pavilion -  Tickets: $25 (adult); $15 (student) available at  

This unforgettable experience is an electrifying combination of artists painting at amazing speed, right before your eyes, and high energy live music, amazing vocals, creative choreography and audience interaction. Giant artworks jump to life unveiling larger-than-life icons and masterpieces in just moments; all the while, there is constant activity on stage, delighting your senses. It’s a show for the entire family. It’s outrageous… it’s Artrageous!      

Experience Pop-up Live Entertainment Throughout the Downtown: Enjoy the extra vibrancy with pop-up live (and local) entertainment on the streets throughout Downtown Delray Friday April 7 & Saturday, April 8, from 6-9 p.m., each night 


Jason Hanley (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Impromptu organic, jazz, folk blues: www.soundproofproductions.netLocation: SW corner of Atlantic and SE 1st Avenue, in front of Café Blue

Taylor Roads (Fri., April 7 & Sat. April 8) Acoustic rock: Intersection of Atlantic and SE 4th Avenue, across from BankUnited

Urban Gypsy (Friday, April 7th) Location: In front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2nd Avenue

Islay Rodriguez (Saturday, April 8th) Acoustic guitarist, Latin, Jazz, World Music www.southfloridaguitarist.comLocation: Front of Starbucks on Atlantic and 2nd Avenue


Find Accessible Parking – From garages to lots to valet stands we have options: Old School Square Parking Garage at NE 1st St & NE 1st Ave, Robert Federspiel Parking Garage at SE 1st Ave between  SE  1st St & Atlantic Avenue,  Atlantic Avenue is open from Federal Highway to the beach and all parking lots are accessible via side streets.  For a map please visit



The Delray Affair After Dark program is a collaboration between the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce


For more information, please visit or contact: or 561.243.1077.



About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  For more information, please visit or phone 561.243.1077.


Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 -

World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:41am

Media Alert: World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Clifton Sepulveda and Mar Martinez spent the last five years dazzling crowds and racking up awards as championship ballroom dancers. Karen Granger and Laura Simon spent that time developing a vibrant culture and business community in Delray Beach leading the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority respectively. On March 16, the local business champions will lace up their dancing shoes to welcome the international ballroom champions and their new dance studio to Delray Beach.

Join, Clifton, Mar, Karen and Laura for the grand opening festivities at the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Delray Beach, 247 SE 6th Ave. Suite 4, Delray Beach, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (grand opening details below). The celebration will feature food and beverage from local establishments, professional dance performances and free beginner dance lessons for the public. Mses. Granger and Simon will each perform a showcase dance with Clifton prior to the official ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“We’re so honored that Ms. Granger and Ms. Simon agreed to let us teach them the timeless art of ballroom dancing in time for them to perform at our grand opening,” Martinez said. “Clifton and I fell in love with Delray Beach the moment we saw it and are so happy to get to share our excitement to be business owners here with the whole community.”

Join us for an evening of good food and great fun as we welcome the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio to Delray Beach. To RSVP, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Matt DeMargel



Grand Opening Festivities

(Thursday, March 16, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.)

Attire: Business Casual

5:00 p.m.         Doors open for food and greeting

5:15 p.m.         Official welcome and toast

5:25 p.m.         Showcase dances by Karen Granger and Laura Simon

5:30 p.m.         Official ribbon cutting

5:35 p.m.         Professional dance performance by Clifton & Mar

5:45 p.m.         Group Dance Instruction

6:00 p.m.         Open Dance Party with local band, South Florida Swing Band


About Fred Astaire Dance Studios®

Co-founded in 1947 by the legendary Fred Astaire, Fred Astaire Dance Studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. They feature ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Our unique method of instruction will allow you to learn dances from the Foxtrot to Salsa faster and more easily than you could anywhere else. Our mission is to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with our company and to become your community dance studio.