Economic Development

Our goal is to connect merchants with consumers who are willing to support the local economy and find the quality local products and services that Delray Beach is known for. The areas in and around Atlantic Avenue are filled with exceptional small businesses that offer the types of consumer goods that have been vital in helping us grow our Village by the Sea. If you know of any business who is looking to locate to Downtown Delray Beach, or who is currently in Downtown Delray Beach but needs help reaching their local market, we are here to help.

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 4:26pm

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS AND JUICE BARS ANNOUNCED

SPECIAL ROOM RATE AVAILABLE AT HYATT PLACE DELRAY BEACH

 

Event:             Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017

Who:               The 2nd annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants, cafés and juice bars.

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 2017 will feature special multi-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, cafés and juice bars at special prices. 

When:             Tuesday, August 1 through Monday, August 7, 2017

Where:           Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The Set (West Atlantic), The Ave (Atlantic Avenue), 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.  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Map

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

Participating Restaurants, Cafes & Juice Bars:   Participants (as of June 22, 2017) include:  32 East, 50 Ocean, Banyan Restaurant & Bar, Big Al’s Steak, Boston’s On The Beach, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, CREAM, DADA, Death or Glory, Deck 84, Delray Hideaway, Eat Market, Farmhouse Kitchen, HONEY, JuiceBuzz, Juice Papi, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max’s Harvest, Mellow Mushroom, Papa’s Tapas, PRIME , Racks Fish House & Oyster Bar, ROK:BRGR, SALT 7, Sandwiches By The Sea, Sazio, Windy City Pizza and many more to be announced.

Culinary Experiences & Events:        As of June 22, 2017:  Shaken versus Stirred: how, why, and five Classic Cocktails you can make at home at Death or Glory Thursday, August 4th (capacity: 20 guests), Time: TBA;  Cocktail Party & Tasting at Max’s Harvest; Cocktail Class at 32 East; Pizza Making Classes at Mellow Mushroom; Wine dinner at Racks Fish House & Oyster Bar; Flat bread juicing class at Farmhouse Kitchen; How to make home-made sodas class at Delray Hideaway; Craft Cocktail Class at Honey, and many more to be announced.

Price:              Dine Out Deals:  $10 and under

                        Multi- Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 and under per person

                        Multi- Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $40 and under per person

                        Culinary Experiences & Events: throughout the week, prices vary by restaurant

           *Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Special Hotel Rate:               Hyatt Place Delray Beach

Rates:  King Deluxe Room - $99.00 plus 13% tax per night

Dates:   August 1-7, 2017

Group Code: G-FOOD

Cutoff Date for Reservations: July 15, 2017

For reservations call 1-888-HYATT-HP (492-8847), and ask for the Dine Out Delray rate or refer to the group code G-FOOD or click here to book online. 

For a full list of hotels in Downtown Delray Beach, visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/hotels.

Sponsors:       Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors (As of June 22, 2017): Gold Sponsors: Old School Square Bakery, LIVINGFLA.com; Silver Sponsor: Hyatt Place Delray Beach; Bronze Sponsors: VUP Media, Papa’s Pilar, Architec Housewares.

Sweepstakes Enter to Win:   While dining at a participating restaurant during Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week use #DineOutDowntownDelray on Facebook or Instagram and be automatically entered to win $300 worth of restaurant gift cards.

Information:  Please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/RestaurantWeek, facebook.com/DelrayDDA or phone 561.243.1077.  #DineOutDowntownDelray

AS OF 6/22/2017

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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 www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

 

 

Delray Beach stakes the claim as 2017 'All-America' City

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 9:52am
DELRAY BEACH, FL, June 16, 2017 - Delray Beach has again captured the title of All-America City (AAC) for the third time, and stands as the only Florida city to yield this accomplishment.  Delray Beach was among fifteen communities across the country honored at the AAC conference in Denver, Colorado for its civic engagement to help young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.
 
"It's such an honor to receive our third All America City award, the oldest (1894) and most prestigious civic award by the National Civic League," said Mayor Cary Glickstein.  "We are the only Florida city to have accomplished this. Working together, we have made meaningful and measurable progress in addressing one of our country's greatest challenges - improving reading proficiency among our youth."
 
To select the fifteen Award recipients, a panel of judges examined the progress reports from the 27 communities that were nominated as finalists. The 2017 AAC Award recipients are communities that: 
  • Demonstrated they have moved the needle on outcomes for children from low-income families in at least two of the following community solutions areas: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level reading.
  • Addressed the National Civic League's key process criteria of civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration and inclusiveness.Created a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling proven and the most promising programs, practices, and strategies.
  • Bonus points will be awarded for communities that have a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most promising and proven programs, practices and strategies.

The All-America City Award is the country's original and most prestigious community recognition award. Since its inception, more than 500 communities of all sizes have earned this distinguished title.Community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to work together to address critical local issues. 

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of June 5, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:20am

Beach Area Master Plan grew from grass roots efforts

The current construction project providing our municipal beach facilities with a much-anticipated facelift was first conceived in 2009 by a group of folks known as the Beach Property Owners' Association, Inc. (BPOA).  During that year, this group of beach lovers encouraged local architect Bob Currie to draft a design concept showing ways to incorporate improvements to the public areas of the beach.  In the years to follow, the BPOA provided leadership on this topic in the community, holding charrettes and raising funds to serve as seed money in order to begin the project. When the economy slowed, however, the plan was postponed, but never forgotten.

In the past two years, the City of Delray Beach City Commission has championed the cause, fast tracking the project by providing funds to design the architecture and complete construction plans for the Beach Area Master Plan.  Construction for the project began on April 3, 2017 and will be completed by the beginning of October 2017. 

Once it is finished, the nearly 2.2 million residents and visitors to Delray Beach each year will enjoy 1.3 miles of beautiful, wider and well-designed sidewalks.  Many of the beach entrances will be celebrated, equipped with new showers, bicycle and towel racks and  drinking fountains complete with bottle fillers.  Existing beach accesses will remain the simple sand trails to your favorite spots to enjoy the sun and surf that they always have been. While the improvements will be top shelf, they will not detract from the natural beauty that is Delray Beach.

The two existing gazebos at each end of the beach will be reconstructed thanks in part to a generous donation from the Lattner Family Foundation. The short knee wall at the north end of the beach also is getting a well-deserved facelift, becoming a more prominent feature of the Beach Promenade and providing a place for beach goers to sit a while and watch people and waves.  Our four-legged friends will find that we have included plenty of grass patches for their enjoyment, along with pet waste stations and water bowls at doggie level.

 

The City of Delray Beach is excited to bring this project to our citizens and we look forward to enjoying the fruits of our labor with you for years to come. We thank you for your patience while we build a better beach front for us all.

Parking:

As construction continues on the Promenade, certain on-street parking spaces along the beach will remain 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. For those who choose to park in public parking garages, a third trolley has been added with a new route featuring stops at the parking garages and additional stops along the beach to accommodate beach-goers.

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.

Worksite Safety:

The contractor has secured the Beach Promenade area on the north end of the beach to create two safe zones - one for protected sidewalk and beach access for the public and one for protection of the construction site. Directional and informational signage is present. A safe zone for construction also is established on the south end of the beach. Utility structures, irrigation, electrical and existing trees are protected from construction activities.

Public notifications concerning sidewalk closures are posted. The contractor is working with the public on providing safe entry to the beach through designated areas within the construction zone.

 

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, please contact Isaac Kovner at (561) 243-7000 ext. 4119.

Stay informed with weekly up-to-date information by visiting our website (www.mydelraybeach.com) and information boards.

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

ATLANTIC AVENUE NAMED ONE OF TOP 10 GREAT AMERICAN SHOPPING STREETS BY USA TODAY

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:17pm

Delray Beach, FL (May 2017)…Robert Gibbs, a leading Urban Retail Consultant, named Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach as one of the top 10 great American Shopping Streets in a story for the May 5, 2017 edition of USA Today.  In referencing urban shopping districts, Mr. Gibbs said, “They have what I call the X-Factor of Urbanism. Very cool, historic and filled with interesting shops and restaurants, surrounded with walkable neighborhoods. Vacationers spend more time shopping than on any other vacation activity, making these neighborhoods natural for travelers.”

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted a Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session on April 19, and had Robert Gibbs present “New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development.  “We believe the information Mr. Gibbs shared will be a tremendous asset in supporting our current businesses as they continue to grow and succeed, while also providing property owners and developers with professional insight and industry knowledge that will assist their decision making as they attract new tenants Downtown, “ said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA.   “This is all part of the DDA’s charter, mission and current strategic plan.  We encourage everyone to view this story at www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2017/05/05/shopping-streets-districts/101287158/, as well as Gibbs' April 19th Town Hall presentation which was recorded and is available online at:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/TownHall2017."

 

For more information, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

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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 www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC  

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:22pm

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Delray Beach's Longstanding Gem  

May 3, 2017

Delray Beach, FL - The Green Owl, a longtime fixture in Downtown Delray Beach, is set to open its doors at the newly built out location at 11 SE 4th Avenue, Delray Beach steps south of Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to future IPic theatre on May 16th at 7:00 am.

The new Green Owl is across the street from the original Green Owl location which has been in business for over 33 years. Dave Gensman, owner/operator of the iconic Green Owl, is excited to show off his new restaurant space to all the locals which have called the Green Owl home.  The new space will feature new kitchen equipment, furnishings, interior design and outdoor patio seating, while still maintaining the "charm" of the Owl with its original owl knickknacks, pictures and paintings.

Menin Development, the owner of the George Buildings, where the former and new Green Owl locations reside, agreed to relocate the Green Owl to the new location calling the Green Owl "a Delray Beach institution".  Menin converted and built out the new restaurant interior and exterior with all the necessary restaurant amenities at its own expense to preserve and ensure the long-term neighborhood restaurant.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Green Owl will be held May 15th at 4 pm and is open to the public. Beginning May 16th, the Green Owl will open its doors for regular business Tuesday thru Saturday 7 am - 2 pm, Sunday 8 am - 1 pm, closed on Monday.

Menin Development, Inc. provides acquisition, development, re-development, leasing and property management services for ‘Class A’ retail and mixed use properties across the U.S. and is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.  Menin Development has acquired and developed more than $1 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Menin has won design accolades for several of its projects, and its properties are known for their design aesthetic and the relationship between properties and the communities they serve. Menin currently operates in South Florida, Phoenix and New Orleans. For more information, please visit:  www.menin.com

 

To learn more about the Green Owl Grand Re-Opening please contact:

Maura Hopkins

Menin Development, Inc.

561.282.5720 office/fax

maura@menin.com