For Our Merchants

For Our Merchants

This page is a resource for all of our Downtown mechants. It is meant to help our merchants stay engaged and up-to-date on everything going on Downtown, such as new programming or marketing opportunities, economic development intiatives, holiday or special event notices and other pertient information that will help our business owners and managers be successful. On this page you will find a practical guide for doing business Downtown, information on who to call for various topics or concerns, our quarterly newsletters and information on new parking programs, such as the employee parking program that is being finalized and tested this summer. Thank you for choosing Downtown Delray Beach for your business! We are looking forward to working with you. 

The DDA 2015-16 Annual Report is available!

Downtown is our City’s meeting place and the symbolic heart of our community where many areas of activity are represented. Downtown is a thriving business center; a fun & vibrant retail center; a cosmopolitan residential center, where residents enjoy living as a part of the rich energy of urban life; and an ethnically and generationally diverse community.

Distributed to property owners, business owners and residents within the DDA’s district, the Report details the Position Marketing, Placemaking, and Economic Development activities from the past year and in addition provides a snapshot into 2015-2016.  

In addition the DDA has created a video about who we are, what we do, and how we can help you. Click here to view.

Dine Out Downtown Delray - Restaurant Week, August 1-7, 2017!

All Downtown Delray Beach businesses (within the DDA district) are welcome to participate. 

Click here to view the participation form. Please email the completed form to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com

Commitment is due by Friday, June 9. Menus are due by June 15

Click here to view the 2016 Restaurant Week Recap/Highlight Presentation

 

Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program

We need your feedback on the pilot program. Click here to learn more about the pilot program. 

Please let us know if you'd like to see the program continue:

If you are a Downtown resident, property owner, business owner or visitor, send a letter or email about this pilot program to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com and/or click here to take the Downtown Ambassador SURVEY.

 

Annual Downtown Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session: RECAP

Robert J. Gibbs delivered a riveting presentation at our annual Town Hall Meeting on April 19, 2017 at the Delray Beach Marriott, with valuable research & recommendations for our Downtown Business & Property Owners as well as our city's decision makers. "New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development" by featured speaker, Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, President, Gibbs Planning Group was recorded & is available online. Click here to watch the presentation.

 

 

Downtown Merchant & Business Association (DMBA): Upcoming Meetings 

The Downtown Merchant & Business Association consists of restaurant, business, and retail owners or operators from the Downtown (DDA) district (I-95 to the beach and within Pineapple Grove area as well as South of Atlantic). If you are a Downtown business owner or operator within the District, you are welcome to join the DMA free of cost. 

DMBA Purpose:

To provide a forum for the downtown businesses to collaborate on programs, communicate amongst the organization and community, and be a collective voice that advocates for activities that promote the retention and smart growth of the downtown business community. 

Next DMBA Meetings: 

Thursday, June 22 at Northern Trust on Atlantic Ave, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

 

Business Intake Form 

Click here to fill out the Downtown Business Intake Form for DDA record keeping purposes and to ensure that you are included in all of our listings, marketing, programming opportunities and outreach efforts. This form is for merchants in the Downtown District only. If you are unsure of whether or not your business is within the Downtown District borders, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077. Please send your completed forms to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

 

New DowntownDelrayBeach.com Website

All merchants within the Downtown District receive a full merchant landing page on this new website for Downtown DelrayBeach. Merchants will be able to upload photos, videos, promotions, events and so much more to their merchant landing page. This new site also offers enhanced visibility & searchability for all of our Downtown merchants. Additionally, it has a mobile-friendly & responsive design!

Website visitors will be able to search for your business by:

•Categories of business or interest
•Keywords
•Neighborhoods within the Downtown District (i.e. Pineapple Grove, The Set [West Atlantic], Beachside, SOFA [South of Atlantic], US1 and Arts & Entertainment).
 
Click here to view the new Website Features Presentation & Login Instructions.

If you haven't received your website login information for your merchant landing page, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

 

 

Business Profile Videos for Downtown Merchants

The Downtown Development Authority is proud to partner with VUP Media in offering this unique and affordable business profile video package for our Downtown Merchants (within the DDA District). Take advantage of increased exposure to potential customers, by marketing your business everywhere!

We have been able to leverage this opportunity for you at an extremely cost efficient price point of only $425 per video profile (a $2,500 value). Each business profile includes an on-location HD shoot of your business, HD post-production editing, business profile video (up to 2 minutes in length).

Business Profiles Can Be Used For: • Your business' website • On DowntownDelrayBeach.com, the DDA's Facbeook Page & Youtube Channel, increasing your exposure! • For tradeshows • Hotels (looped video) • In-Store Displays • Through your business' social media, blog, & email marketing channels

Click here to view details & pricing.

Click here to view existing Business Profile videos.

If you are interested in having a Business Profile video created for your business, please contact the DDA Office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

 

 

CodeRED Emergency Notification System

The city of Delray Beach has implemented an emergency notification system to provide critical information to residents and businesses in emergency situations.

The CodeRED system, capable of placing sixty thousand calls per hour, can call all persons registered with the service or just those located within an affected area, making up to three attempts to reach each number.

The system is only activated in emergencies.  Examples of why you might be called are:

  • Evacuation orders and instructions

  • Boil water orders

  • Warnings of bomb threats, chemical spills, or gas leaks

  • Missing person alerts

  • Reports of criminal activities in or near your area

Click here to register & learn more. 

Delray Beach Master Plan Update: Week of June 26, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:42am

The contractor continues to pour all three color concrete concepts between Casuarina Road and the Sandoway Parking Lot.  Folks can now see all three finished color patterns for the new sidewalk with the exposed aggregate concept along with the new showers and water fountains.

Underground utility construction continues in the proximity of Boston's Sand Bar. The contractor has begun removing portions of the construction fence along South Ocean Boulevard, opening parallel parking areas where the sidewalk has been installed for a short period of time; starting at Casuarina and heading north. 

The general contractor removed the existing sidewalk, so it is very important that folks accessing the beach only use the identified access points, which provide safe entry. These safe entry points are currently located near South Lifeguard Tower No. 5, the Sandoway Parking Lot, and Boston's Sand Bar.

Due to limited parking at the beach, a third Downtown Roundabout trolley between the parking garages and the beach is available.  A map of the new route is accessible on the City's website at www.mydelraybeach.com or by clicking here.

Beach Promenade benches, plaques and stone memorials have been removed and safely stored. Any donor of the same should contact Isaac Kovner at 561-243-7000, ext. 4119, to discuss options for future location.

Upcoming Activities:

  • In order to provide continual public safety for the residents and guests attending the beachfront, beginning July 5, 2017 the work-zone area between the Sandoway Parking Lot north to the Marriott Hotel will be closed to all pedestrian traffic. Beach access will be available at both the Sandoway Parking Lot as well as by the Marriott Hotel designated cross walks.
  • On street parking between the Sandoway Parking Lot north to the Marriott Hotel, including the ADA parking spaces by the main pavilion, will not be accessible for approximately two months during construction.
  • All benches, plaques, memorials, and street signs will be collected and properly stored by the City of Delray Beach beginning July 5, 2017.
  • The City will begin installing smart parking meters between Casuarina Road and the Sandoway Parking Lot beginning the week of July 10, 2017. If you have any questions concerning the use of the smart meters when parallel parking please contact Jorge Alarcon, Chief Parking Administrator at 561-243-7000, ext. 4112.
  • The Contractor anticipates, in the near future, two to three days of early construction times to accommodate the traffic at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and South Ocean Boulevard. The City, along with the Florida Department of Transportation, will be notified in advance of the proposed early construction days and times.
  • Underground piping and backfilling for the new showers and fountains between the Sandoway Parking Lot and Boston's Sand Bar continues.
  • The pouring of all three concrete colors for the sidewalk continues.
  • The City & Contractor are planning for the July 4th holiday to allow pedestrians full access to the beachfront through open and protected walkways.

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 Parking 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 South Ocean Boulevard will be narrowed with barriers to protect the general public from the construction activities. Due to the need to provide additional safe passage for families accessing the beach near Sandoway Parking Lot, the construction fencing has been moved to block the bicycle lane at this area.  Bicyclists and motorists are asked to use special caution in this area.

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. 

 

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

 

 

City of Delray Beach Launches Mobile Payment for Parking

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:44pm

City of Delray Beach Launches Mobile Payment for Parking         

The Parkmobile app will allow customers to use their mobile devices to easily pay for parking

DELRAY BEACH, FL, June 15, 2017 - The City of Delray Beach is proud to announce the implementation of the pay-by-phone/app service, Parkmobile, in both the Old School Square and the Federspiel garages in the downtown area.

The City charges a flat $5 fee from 4 p.m. until midnight, Thursday through Saturday for parking.

Payment is not required for vehicles parked in the garages before 4 p.m. and can remain in the garage after 4 p.m. for no additional cost. However, drivers that exit the garage after 4 p.m. will be required to pay the $5 fee upon return. Parking for persons who have disabled parking permits will be free throughout the City, whether the visitor chooses to park on the street, in a surface parking lot or in one of our parking garages.

The Parkmobile app allows customers to effortlessly input payment information, while also sending a 15-minute reminder before the meter expires. Current Parkmobile users will receive a prompt upon entering the garage inviting them to pay for parking using the app.

Ambassadors from the City's parking management contract firm, Lanier, will be on hand in both garages to assist patrons with this process. Further updates on City parking will follow. 

 

For more information on parking, please contact:

Jorge Alarcon

Parking Facilities Manager

alarconj@mydelraybeach.com

Phone: (561) 243-7000

 

To learn more about Parkmobile or to register, please visit http://us.parkmobile.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.