5 Safety Tips for the South Florida Summer

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 5:50pm

The City of Delray Beach and the Downtown Development Authority are dedicated to keeping our city, and Downtown Delray, clean and safe. Keep safety top of mind by downloading the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. This app sends out the latest safety and weather alerts in your area using your phone or tablet’s GPS and your customized settings. In the throes of summer is it easy to forget the many basics that help to keep you, and your families safe. Read on to learn our top 5 tips for a safe summer in South Florida. 

  1. Stay Hydrated – The scorching Florida heat can quickly take its toll, especially on young children and senior citizens. Many times the recommended 8 glasses a day are just not enough. We suggest investing in a reusable water bottle that you can keep with you at all times. If you notice you have suddenly stopped sweating or begin to feel dizzy, drink water immediately and find a cool place to rest.
  2. Apply & Re-Apply Sunscreen & Bug Spray – It’s a great habit to apply Sunscreen each morning but many times it is easy to forget to reapply when enjoying the summer sun. Sunscreen protects you from the harmful UVA & UVB rays and decreases the development of skin cancer. Besides those pesky bites, mosquitoes can also carry harmful diseases. Residents and visitors are urged to apply bug spray regularly and avoid stagnant bodies of water.
  3. Use Designated Cross Walks & Rail Road Crossings – Even in summer, Atlantic Avenue is bustling. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, use only the designated cross walks and Rail Road crossings. When you are behind the wheel, do not speed and be cautious of pedestrians.
  4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings – A good rule of thumb is that if you SEE something, SAY something. Delray Beach PD can be found throughout the downtown and in case of suspicious activity be sure to call the Police Department non-emergency number at 561.243.7800. In the case of a life threatening emergency call 911. It is important to remember to park in a well lit area, remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock your car at all times.
  5. Make Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan – With the height of hurricane season in full effect, make sure you and your families have a plan for an incoming storm. Ensure you know the closest evacuation routes in your area and fill up your gas tank days before a storm is set to arrive. To guarantee you are not scrambling for last minute supplies, keep your pantry stocked with at least 1 gallon per day/per person for at least 3 to 5 days. Make sure your batteries, flashlights and candles are in a designated area where all family members can find them even in the event of a power outage.

Click here to learn more about hurricane preparedness. 

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week August 1 - 7, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:38pm

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week


Delray Beach, FL - (as of July 12, 2016)

Event:                   Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016

Who:                     The 1st annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants. 

Purpose:              To showcase the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of year in South Florida.

What:                   Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2016 will feature special three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences including wine & beer tasting/food pairing  dinners,  juicing/nutrition class, cocktail classes, chef demonstrations and more.  The week-long event provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample Downtown restaurants and food/beverage merchants at special prices. 

When:                  Monday, August 1, 2016 through Sunday, August 7, 2016

Where:                Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The SET (West Atlantic), Arts & Entertainment District, Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US1, Beachside. Location - Atlantic Avenue east from 1-95 to the Beach, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Pineapple Grove and The Sofa District.

How to Take part:            Diners simply select their choice from the list of participating restaurants and merchants.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made directly through the restaurant/merchant. No passes, tickets or coupons required. 

Quote:                  Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA

“The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) created Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week to highlight our award-winning restaurants within the Downtown district, while showcasing their culinary expertise & hospitality to both locals and visitors. The DDA is responsible for marketing the Downtown district and all of its neighborhoods including The Set (West Atlantic), Pineapple Grove Arts District, SOFA (South of Atlantic), Arts & Entertainment (the core of Atlantic Avenue), US1 and Beachside. All types of food and drink establishments from our cafes, juice bars, and pizza places to our casual and fine dining restaurants - encompass a significant portion (21%) of our Downtown business mix. The goal was to create a holistic dining program that all of our food establishments could participate in - and they've pulled out all the stops to make this event successful. We are thrilled to have partnered with Healthy Bellies - a program of the Delray Beach Achievement Center, founded by DADA Executive Chef Bruce Feingold - committed to educating under privileged children and families in Delray Beach on nutrition.”


Dine Out Deals:  $10 and under

Three-Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 & under per person

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $20 - $40 per person

Culinary Experiences & Events: prices vary by restaurant and merchant

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Restaurants & Food/Beverage Merchants:  Participants (AS OF JULY 13, 2016) include:  32 East, 50 Ocean, Atlantic Grille at The Seagate Hotel, Big Al's Steaks, Brule, Caffe Luna Rosa, Caffe Martier, CENA, City Oyster, DADA, Deck 84, Eat Market, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Honey, Juice Buzz, Juice Papi, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max's Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Pizza Rustica, PRIME, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Salt7, Smoke BBQ, The Office, The Old Arcade, Tryst, Vic & Angelo's and Windy City Pizza.

Culinary Experiences & Events:               

Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom - Tuesday, August 2nd from 10-11 a.m. for $10 per guest

Family-oriented step-by-step instruction from one of their pizza pros. Space is limited.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.


Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom  - Thursday, August 4th from 10-11 a.m. for $10 per guest

Family-oriented step-by-step instruction from one of their pizza pros. Space is limited.

Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.


Old Forrester sponsored Tasting/Cocktail Class followed by a Bourbon Happy Hour at The Old Arcade  - Thursday, August 4th at 6 p.m. for $25 per person followed by happy hour from 7 - 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to make one cocktail, sample four bourbons, and receive one complimentary drink during happy hour from 7 - 9 p.m.

Call (561) 450-6169 to RSVP. 


Complimentary Wine Tasting at Eat Market - Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m.

A complimentary sampling of wines and light bites will be provided.

Click here to RSVP.


Craft Cocktail Class at Honey - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $30 per guest

Price includes two craft cocktails, snacks & a shrub to take home.

Call (561) 270-7187 to RSVP.


Four-Course Dinner & Beer Pairing with Barrel of Monks at Tryst - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $85 per guest (price includes tax & gratuity)

Four-course dinner and beer pairing menu available online.

Call 561-921-0201 to RSVP.


Sushi Rolling Class Paired with Saki at Prime - Thursday, August 4th at 7 p.m. for $34.95 per guest

Guests will also enjoy 1/2 priced sushi all day & night at Prime on Thursday August 4th.

Call (561) 865-5845 to RSVP.


Juicing Class at Juice Papi - Friday, August 5th, 3 - 4 p.m. for $15 per guest

Includes: How to incorporate juicing into your lifestyle, the nutritional benefits of juicing, learn to make 3 new juices with sampling, juice recipes, and FREE Juice Papi Apron.

Call (561) 779-0014 to RSVP.


Craft Cocktail Class for Entertaining at Max's Harvest - Friday, August 5th 4-5 p.m. for $25 per guest

Call (561) 381-9970 to RSVP.


Wine Tasting & Education Class at Prime - Friday, August 5th at 7 p.m. for $39 per guest

A sommelier will be present for an educational wine class.

Call (561) 865-5845 to RSVP.


Whiskey 101 Class at 32 East - Sunday, August 7th at 4 p.m. for $25 per guest

Space is very limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Call (561) 276-7868 to RSVP.


*Reservations may be made directly through the restaurant or merchant.


Charitable Partner:               Healthy Bellies, a program of the Delray Beach Achievement Center, was founded by DADA Executive Chef Bruce Feingold and his wife, Amanda. Healthy Bellies is committed to community outreach and education focusing on nutrition for under privileged children and families in Delray Beach.

Sponsors:            Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors are: Gold (media) –; Silver – VUP Media; Bronze - Atlantic One; Media - Delray Newspaper.

Information:      Please visit or phone 561.243.1077.



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.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:08pm


What: Crews working for All Aboard Florida will temporarily close the following intersection to perform construction improvements necessary for the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service.

Where: Atlantic Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway

When: Sunday, July 17, 7 a.m., through Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. (extended through Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.)

For more information on the future road closures and a map of traffic detours in the area, please visit

All Aboard Florida is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service commercial real estate, transportation, and infrastructure companies, and the corporate parent company of Brightline and MiamiCentral.

Click here to view Detour Map.

Celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend in Downtown Delray Beach!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 3:57pm

You don’t have to wait until the Fourth to celebrate our great nation in Downtown Delray Beach. The Holiday weekend is bringing delight to Downtown beginning Friday, July 1st and culminating in the grand celebration Beachside at A1A and Atlantic Avenue.

Friday brings entertainment for all ages and interests.  For a family friendly atmosphere join the 505 Teen Center at 4 p.m. for an Independence Day Picnic with music, BBQ, a food eating contest and outdoor games. For your style fix, pick up your “Summer Bling” at an accessories fashion show hosted by Glavidia Hair Studios in Pineapple Grove.  

If it’s the Arts you’re after, enjoy The First Friday Art Walk happening throughout Downtown Delray. After a stroll through the local art galleries, join Arts Garage for jazz vocalist LeNard Rutledge Sings The Great American Songbook. Don’t forget Arts Garage is BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever) so pack your picnic basket!

On Saturday, get ready to put on your dancing shoes. Join Old School Square at The Fieldhouse for a Silent Disco where you can experience DJ’s through wireless headphones. Each style of music is associated with a color that lights up on the headphones and you control the volume. Tickets are $15 and a cash bar is available. 

Rest up Sunday and take a day to discover the diverse shopping and dining scene in Downtown Delray. Experience a “different type” of brunch at Salt7 or make a night of it at Max’s Harvest with their $35 three course 1.5 lb Lobster Dinner.

Before you head to the beach, enjoy a few local festivities. Join Essential Oil company 21 drops for their Red, White and Blue Launch Party. Headquartered in Delray Beach, 21 drops is excited to launch their very first retail store in Downtown. For a good old fashioned BBQ, head over to Dada where $20 will get you a heaping plate of food and proceeds support Executive Chef Bruce Feingold’s charity Healthy Bellies supporting the nutrition education of local children and their families.   

For the Grand Event head to the Intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue where you can enjoy live music, a splash zone, kid’s corner and Seek in the City Mini Scavenger Hunt. For the adults in the crowd, sign up for a Burger Fi Burger Eating Contest or the Sand Sculpting Contest. For the less competitive, a mini putt putt course is available courtesy of Puttin’ Around. Quench your thirst with a cold brew at the Beer Garden hosted by Burger Fi, Caffe Luna Rosa and Boston’s on the Beach and then countdown the fireworks with National Artist Daya singing her Hit Singles. The Finale kicks off at 9 pm where the Fireworks show will launch from the North end of the beach.

We look forward to seeing your Red, White & Blue throughout Downtown Delray this Holiday weekend!

For more information on 4th of July festivities visit:

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach - July 1st!

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:53am

The July 1st First Friday Art Walk features special offers and is the best way to kick-off the holiday weekend in Downtown Delray - enjoy an evening of art, education and relaxation in an award-winning Arts Town!

First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided tour held every month, from 6 - 9 p.m.  Stroll through art galleries and working studios, and meet talented, local artists. Navigate your way through the myriad styles of art in the Downtown Delray Beach Arts District: Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley.  To learn more, visit:


Special Offers & Noteworthy News from our participating First Friday Art Walk galleries & studios:

Addison Gallery - 206 N.E. 2nd Street

Summer Showcase - "Into the Deep" - opening of a group show featuring new works from John Schuyler, Michelle Y Williams and Liz Barber.

Attila Konnyu Studio - 358 NE 4th Street

Brand new art pieces will be debuted. 

Black Pearl Fine Art - 514 E. Atlantic Avenue

New, rare Dr. Seuss limited edition pieces - just in! Also, enjoy 20% off custom framing.

Cacace Fine Art - 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D – Artists Alley

Enjoy wine & cheese with all of the artists:  Vincent J. Cacace, James P. Kerr & Bernard Franz. Giclees will be at the best price of the year & complimentary framing.

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square - 51 N. Swinton Avenue

The Cornell Art Museum will be glowing during Delray’s First Friday Art Walk on July 1st!  Visitors will be treated to three art opportunities: the Extraordinary 6x6 Art Exhibit inside the Art Walk Gallery, “Lit,” the Museum’s current exhibit, and “Light the Square,” an extraordinary architectural lighting demo outside.

Art Walk, 6 - 9 p.m.

Opening reception for the 6x6 exhibit with wine & light bites. The Museum’s Art Walk Gallery will be open with the third annual Extraordinary 6x6 Art Exhibit, featuring over 250 6x6-inch artworks donated by fine artists, instructors, art enthusiasts and past exhibit contributing artists from Florida and around the country for a fundraising sale later in the month.  The main exhibition galleries will also be open with the current exhibit, “Lit,” featuring contemporary artwork by creatives working with light.

Light the Square, 8:30 p.m.

John (JD) DiDomenico, of Skyline Arts LLC, will conduct a live demonstration of how Old School Square’s historic buildings, including the Cornell Art Museum and Crest Theatre, can be transformed into architectural jewels and active public spaces at night.  Old School Square is in the process of seeking funding to acquire a lighting design package for the campus.  The demonstration has been scheduled to give the community a glimpse into the future of what could happen to illuminate the Old School Square campus, thereby creating a beautiful and safe environment for the public to enjoy.

DeBilzan Gallery - 38 E. Atlantic Avenue

Offering discounted (limited) prints signed by William DeBilzan himself: prices range from $150 - $300 (approx. $1,000 value). Enjoy 15-25% off select original paintings. Beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy drinks and renowned electronic music producer "opengrass" ( performing until 11 p.m. with special guest PapaLoko. 


Lois Brezinski Artworks - 533 E. Atlantic Avenue

Enjoy wine and light bites plus special Art Walk savings.

Magnus & Gordon Gallery - 354 N.E. 4th Street Unit C – Artists Alley

Enjoy a 10% discount on all original artwork purchased during the Art Walk.

Walker Romaine Gallery - 345 NE 3rd Ave - Artists Alley

Enjoy wine and cheese as you view works from two new contemporary abstract painters: Lucia Gomez and Janet Siegel Rogers.


Full list of participating Art Walk Galleries:

Pineapple Grove (NE 2nd Avenue): Addison Gallery, Gallery at Studio 5, Delray Art and Framing, Ford Fine Art (gallery closed on July 1).

Artist Alley Studios (NE 3rd Ave @ NE 4th St): 4th Avenue Photography & Video, Amanda Johnson (gallery closed on July 1), Attila Konnyu, Cacace Fine Art, Laszlo's Painting Studio, Ona Steele Studio (gallery closed on July 1), Stacy Balmuth, Magnus & Gordon Gallery, Diane CarterJeff Whyman Studio, Studio Romaine, Walker Romaine Gallery.

Atlantic Avenue: Artists' Guild Gallery, an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; Artworks by Lois Brezinski; Avalon Gallery; Black Pearl Fine Art; Blue Gallery; Cornell Art Museum; DeBilzan Gallery; Extreme Art International; Lidia Tohar Studio 101; Sundook Fine Art Gallery.

For more information please call 561.243.1077 or visit