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Atlantic Crossing: Road Closure Update — 8.3.2020

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 3:05pm

UPDATE: As of 8.03.2020 - Atlantic Crossing Project has rescheduled the closing of Federal Hwy. from Atlantic Ave. to NE 1st St. to Monday, August 17th through Friday, August 21stbetween the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as it was originally, with the possibility of leaving the one lane closed if there is road damage.

In addition, we have modified the original closure beginning Monday, August 3rd  to a partial one lane closure of NB Federal Hwy. between the same hours, to be completed no later than  Wednesday, August 5th to facilitate the erection of steel columns on building III.

MOT, law enforcement, and seismic monitors will be present as originally submitted as well.

AS OF JULY 29TH:  A partial lane closure will commence August 3rd - 5th (Mon-Wed) to set steel columns.  A COMPLETE road closure construction will commence either on Monday, August 10th or 17th, and will affect the northbound lanes of Federal Hwy. (NE 6th Ave.) as well as the westbound turn lane of Atlantic Ave. until either Friday, August 14th, or 21st. 

Updates on these construction plans will be posted once finalized.  For further information on the construction impact,  see below.

From Mouw Associates, Inc.:

To all business owners, residents, and guests. Beginning on Monday, August 3rd we will be removing the sheet piles along Federal Highway and Atlantic Ave. To facilitate this operation, the northbound lanes of Federal Hwy. (NE 6th Ave.) will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day until Friday, August 7th, as well as the westbound turn lane of Atlantic Ave.

MOT will be in place directing all vehicular and pedestrian traffic via detour signs, flagmen, and law enforcement at both intersections at Atlantic Ave. and NE 1st St. In the event that this process causes road damage, the eastern lane of Federal Hwy. will remain closed until the completion of repairs, as well as the sidewalk under the covered walkway. The sidewalk on the west side of Federal Hwy. will remain open.

In addition, this will generate noise and some vibration. We will have engineers monitoring the removal and be setting seismic monitors across from the project in front of Just Hearts and the Colony Hotel along Federal Hwy. and in front of the Blue Gallery and Hawkers on Atlantic Ave. to monitor vibrations.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and will return everything back to normal as quickly as possible.

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:

 

Support Black-owned Businesses in Downtown Delray

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 6:13pm
Delray Beach’s history is rooted in a strong black community that has helped build and shape our village to be what it is today. As we continue to grow and learn, we understand that we have an inherent duty to dismantle systemic racism and create powerful change amongst our entire community. We want to show our support for the black-owned businesses within the Downtown Delray Beach district by highlighting them, in hopes that this small act will result in amplifying their voices and give them the recognition they deserve in society. As thousands of people take to the streets to protest around the world, we are committed to change and vow to listen. 
 
Below is a working list of black-owned businesses in Downtown Delray that we hope you will support in some way. If we are missing a business in the Downtown Delray Beach district, let us know in the comments!
 
Support Black-owned businesses in the Downtown Delray Beach District:
 
 
Restaurants
 
Art and Cultural Centers
 
 
Barber & Beauty Salon
 
 
Professional and Essential Services
SOD Unlimited
Corner Office - coming soon!
 
 

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is hiring!

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 4:58pm

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is currently looking for a full-time Downtown Activation Manager. Please see the role description below:

The MISSION of the Organization...

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an innovative, hands-on, taxing authority that is responsible for the health and well being of the historic, resort-like Downtown. The Delray Beach DDA is a model of credibility, professionalism, and productivity generating valued outcomes aligned with the mission. The Mission of the DDA is to stimulate, enhance, and sustain the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

The story of your role . . . as Downtown Activation Manager

As the activation and operations manager, you help shape the story of Downtown Delray Beach and drive the organization's success in serving its constituents and the community at large. You provide essential strategic planning of marketing events, including logistic planning and implementation, development and collaboration of placemaking and marketing initiatives and the day to day operation of the DDA. This work also puts you on the front lines with the DDA constituents and downtown customers.

This role requires partnership with the Marketing Manager & Program Coordinator on the development and execution of a variety of Downtown Merchant and consumer-specific programs such as First Friday Art Walk, Shop Small, Delray Beach Fashion Week, and Savor the Avenue along with many other programs that benefit the Downtown businesses. The role of relationship building is essential and vital to our success and knowledge as well as a passion for event planning and execution is key.

Most of all, this role requires a motivated individual with experience in event planning, business development, and project management and someone who is passionate about the development and implementation of marketing and economic development initiatives for a resort downtown. We are a small team, so communication is very important among the staff!

Please click on the PDF below to see the full position requirements. 

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume to LSimon@downtowndelraybeach.com 

B.R.A.G.

Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 9:39am

[Update: Application closed] Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant — Due to the results of the COVID-19 Executive Orders, all non-essential businesses and restaurants within Downtown Delray Beach had been forced to close or change their operation to provide curbside pickup or delivery service. Downtown Delray Beach is home to over 96% small businesses making up the fabric of the community. Many of these businesses have been along Atlantic Avenue for over 10 years and are now facing an unprecedented crisis.

The Downtown Development Authority has designated $30,000 to assist small storefront businesses within the DDA district that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Downtown Delray Local Business Relief Grant Assistance program will award up to 30 businesses $1,000 grants. Administered and funded by the Downtown Development Authority, these grants are designed to serve as flexible emergency funding in an effort to assist with retaining as many small storefronts, for-profit businesses including retail, gallery, independent restaurant, or retail service business with a physical location within downtown Delray Beach customarily open for customers/patrons. Grant criteria include the small business being open and operating for over five years, have 25 employees or less, and be locally owned and operated. Grant awards to individual businesses shall not exceed $1,000. The online application will go live on June 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. and the deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2020.

The Business must meet the criteria below to be eligible to apply:

-     Own a storefront business within the DDA district that qualifies as a "small business" (25 employees or less)

*Business owners with multiple locations within the Downtown Delray district may submit one application for each site. A separate application must be submitted for each location.

-       Business Type: For-profit, retail, gallery, independent restaurant with a physical location within the downtown & customarily open for customers/patrons

-       Open and Operating within the district for over 5 years (Business Tax Receipt, BTR, or other proof of operations, proof of business's state license (Sunbiz), and W-9 must be provided)

-       Be locally owned (owner to reside in Palm Beach County)

-       Lost ability to operate due to COVID-19 public health requirements OR demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused a minimum 50% decline in revenues since March 13, 2020 (using average revenue for the same two-month period in 2019 and/or average monthly revenue based on total 2019 revenue).

-       Have no outstanding liens or legal judgments

-       Demonstrate the desire to continue operations and have applied for federal relief provided

Submitted applications will be reviewed based on timestamp received, and 30 qualified businesses will each be awarded a $1,000 grant by June 19, 2020. Grants recipients must provide the DDA with proof of how the funds were used within 60 days of receipt of the grant funds.

Questions regarding the grant should be emailed to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com

PDF documents you will need to complete your form:

  • Business Tax Receipt (or other proof of years in operations as a business/organization)
  • Proof of business’s state business license (Sunbiz)
  • W-9 Form
  • Proof of decline in revenue

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH BUSINESS DISTRICT MAP (click to enlarge):



We strongly urge interested businesses to take the weekend to review the application criteria, gather any necessary supporting documents you will need, and take a look at the SAMPLE APPLICATION prior to the application going live.

 If you have any questions, please reach out to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com and we can assist you.

 

THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR POTENTIAL FUTURE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES.