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Florida Festivals & Events Association: Event Success Stories - Delray Beach DDA

Friday, August 27, 2021 - 12:35pm

Event Success Stories - Delray Beach DDA

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has a mission to stimulate, enhance, and sustain the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors. As an autonomous agency of the city, the DDA advocates, facilitates, plans and executes business development, fosters business relations, helps with the planning capital improvements, and markets the downtown district.

In this episode of "Event Success Stories", meet our event Hero from the Delray Beach DDA staff - Laura Simon, Executive Director. Hear from this industry specialist first-hand on how the DDA stayed active throughout the entire pandemic and how her and her team managed to reinvent events during a crucial time.

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Happy New Year! #LoveDelray - Photo Pop-Up

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 2:29pm

Image: Initial drawing of the pop-up by local artist Sharon Koskoff

There is a new photo opp in town! A temporary one that is…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority has commissioned local artist Sharon Koskoff to paint a colorful and fun, pop-up photo opp to welcome in the new year. The 8 foot by 12 foot, three-panel, wood slab is shaped like a postcard and depicts a heart-shaped sun dawning over a blue-green ocean wave, plumeria flowers, and starfish. The words “Welcome 2021! Love, Downtown Delray Beach” grace the sandy shores and are meant to bring a positive message to Downtown Delray going into the new year.


As we leave the woes of 2020 behind, we welcome in the new year and new prospects. We want to share a positive message with the community and show our love for downtown Delray Beach and to all who work, live, and play here. Everyone is invited to visit this art installation, take photos, and share the #LoveDelray message!

This instagrammable pop-up art piece will be located at Old School Square Park (near the 100 ft Christmas Tree) from Tuesday, December 29th to Monday, January 18th, 2021. 


Launch Potato Makes Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 3:05pm

Congratulations to our Downtown Delray Business on their most recent accomplishment! Check out the press release below:

"Launch Potato was recognized again on the Inc. 5000 List as one of the 2020 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. A technology company that builds and scales digital brands, Launch Potato has had 93% revenue growth in the previous three years. This is the second time Launch Potato has been named a Fastest-Growing Private Company.

This award honors companies based on percentage revenue growth within the last three years. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. 

“We are honored to be named again as one of America's fastest-growing companies. Launch Potato has been very deliberate in both business and team growth initiatives (doubling headcount from 2019 to 2020). We continue to be committed to building a high-performance, innovative culture,” said Christine Yaged, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Launch Potato. 

Launch Potato owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital brands connecting over 70MMU US consumers a month with leading consumer brands looking to acquire new customers. This includes its fastest-growing brand, FinanceBuzz, an investment and personal finance platform.

This award comes on the heels of Launch Potato being recently named an Inc. 2020 Best Place to Work. These leading awards highlight Launch Potato's commitment to industry-leading innovation and team development.

About Launch Potato

Launch Potato believes in building teams who can solve complex problems using smart marketing, excellent engineering, data science, and fun! Launch Potato is hiring, find open positions on the careers page."

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Travel + Leisure Names Delray Beach in Top 12 Best Beaches in Florida

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 4:18pm

Travel + Leisure has released their article on the "12 Best Beaches in Florida" placing Delray Beach at number 7!

"Delray Beach is the perfect place to alternate between napping, swimming in the ocean, and entertaining people-watching. With a wide sandy sprawl that’s lined with grass and palm trees, you’ll have plenty of space to relax. When you need a break from the sun, window shop on Atlantic Avenue or take in the murals and public art in the Pineapple Grove Arts District."

Read the entire article HERE. And watch the video below:



Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:57am
The City of Delray Beach released this update on COVID-19 on the Saturday March 28th. Please see below for new guidelines and regulations:

Delray Beach Issues Stay At Home Order, Overnight Curfew

Post Date:03/28/2020 4:59 PM

As part of its on going efforts to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Delray Beach has issued a “stay at home” order and overnight curfew, effective Monday, March 30th at 12:01 a.m. The order will remain in effect until Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  The City’s new order requires that all residents of the City of Delray Beach stay at home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property. 

The City of Delray Beach has issued a “stay at home” order and overnight curfew (effective Monday March 30th at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.) .  The City’s new order requires that all residents of the City of Delray Beach stay at home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property. 

The “stay at home” order does not require residents to confine themselves to the interior of their homes. Residents may make use of all exterior portions of their homes such as patios, porches, yards, and driveways. Residents may also leave their homes to travel to supermarkets and to other essential businesses and workplaces, medical facilities, as well as to walk their dogs and to exercise.  All non-essential travel, including, without limitation, travel on scooters, motorcycles, automobiles, or use of public transit is prohibited subject only to the exceptions listed below.   

The details of the new “stay at home” order are listed below:

  • Residents and visitors may engage in travel to seek goods and services from essential retail and commercial businesses as defined in City of Delray Beach Resolution 75-20 (listed below) as may be amended or extended.

  • Residents and visitors may engage in travel and similar activities to obtain assistance from law enforcement, fire-rescue, or other emergency services. 

  • Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a family member.

  • Residents and visitors in the City may continue to travel to and perform work for and in support of essential retail and commercial businesses authorized to be open to the public in accordance with City Resolution 75-20, and to any local government, State government, or the Federal government. 

  • In areas not otherwise closed by a separate Emergency or Executive Order, residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation with immediate family members that live in the same household, caretakers, or household members while staying six (6) feet apart from another person or group of people.

  • Residents and visitors may travel to and from places of worship.

  • All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt from this Order.

  • The details of the new overnight curfew order are listed below:

  • Effective March 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., a general curfew is hereby established throughout the City of Delray Beach. The curfew will be in effect daily from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and shall include but not be limited to the prohibition of pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing, and parking.  

  • The following exceptions shall apply within the City of Delray Beach: Provision of essential state, county, and City of Delray Beach emergency services such as fire-rescue, police, and hospital services, related government services, including the transportation of patients thereto:

  • Utility emergency repairs
  • Emergency calls by physicians
  • Food delivery and third-party food delivery services
  • Walking of dogs within 250 feet of the owner’s residence
  • Travel to and from work by employees of Essential Retail and Commercial Businesses as defined in Resolution 75-20


Other provisions of the City’s new order include the following health protection initiatives.

A person in a public space shall:

  • Practice social distancing by staying six (6) feet away whenever practicable from another person, excluding immediate family members, caretakers or, household members.

  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with their elbow or tissue.

  • Not shake hands.

  • Not enter any public place if the person exhibits any flu or COVID-19 like symptoms and/or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit unless that person is traveling to or from a hospital, doctor’s office, urgent care, walk-in clinic, or pharmacy.

  • If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is seeking medical treatment, the person shall first contact their medical provider by phone before appearing at the medical provider’s office.

  • If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and requires a prescription or a refill thereof and the pharmacy has a delivery service, that person shall utilize the delivery service to receive their medication.

  • All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited except for gatherings between family members, caretakers, or household members provided such gathering does not exceed ten (10) people or as may be provided for in Resolution 75-20.


Essential Businesses Remaining Open, Per Delray Beach Resolution 75-20: 

  • Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies

  • Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks and convenience stores

  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals

  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services

  • Automobile dealerships

  • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities

  • Banks and related financial institutions

  • Hardware stores

  • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures

  • Mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes

  • Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning

  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers 

  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only

  • Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home

  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public

  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences

  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train

  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children

  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities

  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities

  • Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services

  • Childcare facilities

  • Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices;

  • Pet Supply stores

  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers

  • Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications

  • Provision of propane or natural gas

  • Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above- listed activities

  • Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building

  • Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services

  • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses

  • Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste

  • Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services

  • Private and municipal marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services

  • Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries

  • Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments and temporary vacation rentals.  However, restaurants, bars, and fitness centers in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments remain closed or restricted

  • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities


The following city properties are closed to the public:

  • City Hall
  • All beaches, and beach parking
  • All Delray Beach parks and playgrounds
  • Delray Beach Public Library
  • All City of Delray Beach Museums
  • Pompey Park Community Center
  • 505 Teen Center
  • Delray Beach Community Center
  • Veterans Park Community Center
  • Hobbit Skate Park
  • Catherine Strong Community Center
  • Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Delray Beach Municipal Golf Course
  • Lakeview Golf Course
  • Delray Swim and Tennis Center

Find more information about this update from the city here.