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About Us

DDA Holistic Story

About Us

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created by Resolution 9-71, which became law on March 22, 1971, as a dependent special district of the City of Delray Beach. It is responsible for the economic development and improvement of the downtown area of Delray Beach.

The Authority's primary source of revenue is derived from real property taxes collected from the property owners in the central business district of the City of Delray Beach. The Authority is authorized to levy in each fiscal year an advalorem property tax not exceeding one mill to finance its operations.

The Authority's main areas of involvement in the downtown development include: Marketing and Promotion of the Downtown district (and its neighborhoods - The Ave [Atlantic Avenue], SOFA [South of Atlantic], The Set [West Atlantic], Pineapple Grove, US1 and Beachside) as seen through the site, Social Media, print, television, digital media, and public relations, as well as Merchant Programs and events such as Savor the Avenue, Delray Beach Fashion Week, Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week, the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway, Shop Small Saturday and more. 

The Delray Beach DDA is also responsible for Business Development, Security and Crime, Traffic and Parking (downtown lighting, street banners, pedestrian wayfinding sign systems), and acts as a liaison in comunicating with Local Boards and City Departments.

DDA Board Meetings Meetings are regularly scheduled for the second Monday of the month, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Location:  Delray Beach City Hall - First Floor Conference Room. Click here to view our Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes


Team Members

Laura Simon
Executive Director
Lauren Lyall
Operations Manager
Richalyn Miller
Marketing Coordinator
Kellie Ames
Project Coordinator
BJ Sklar
Visitor Center Coordinator

Board Members

Peter Arts
Alan Costilo
Vice Chairperson
Mavis Benson
Bonnie Beer
Mark Denkler
Dr. John Conde
Frank Frione