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THE 25th ANNUAL DELRAY BEACH OPEN

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:44am

WHEN YOU GO: THE 25th ANNUAL DELRAY BEACH OPEN
(February 17 - 26)

Contact: Lisa Franson, Cell: (954) 290-1326, lfranson@yellowtennisball.com

When: ATP Champions Tour Event: Friday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 19
Stadium matches start Friday @ 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 12:30 pm

ATP World Tour Qualifying: Saturday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, Feb. 19
Starts @ 11:00 am Saturday & Sunday

ATP World Tour Event: Monday, Feb. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 26
Monday - Friday: Day Session starts @ 11:00 am, Night Session @ 6:00 pm
Saturday Semifinals: Day Session starts @ 1:00 pm, Night Session @ 6:00 pm
Sunday Finals: 1:00 pm (doubles), 3:00 pm (singles)

Where: The Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Avenue. I-95 exit 52
(Atlantic Ave), Florida Turnpike: Exit 81 (Atlantic Ave). Head east using either exit and look
for the tournament signs.

The ATP Champions Tour Field : Six "legends of the game" are playing eight matches (7
singles, 1 doubles) in a USA vs International format. The USA team includes Mardy Fish,
James Blake & former Boca Raton resident Vince Spadea vs the International trio of
Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Boca Raton resident Sebastien Grosjean of France, and
Vero Beach resident Mikael Pernfors of Sweden.

The ATP Champions Tour Schedule: All eight matches are pre-scheduled and the lineup
can be found at ATP Champions Tour Lineup.

The ATP World Tour: The field is led by world No. 4 Milos Raonic of Canada and 2009
US Open champion and 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Del Potro is one of five former Delray Beach singles champions in the field, joining
defending champion Sam Querrey (2016), Ivo Karlovic (2015), Delray Beach resident
Kevin Anderson (2012) and Tommy Haas (2006). Also in the mix is American Jack Sock,
now world No. 19, and Australian Bernard Tomic. The four-time Delray Beach doubles
champion Bryan Brothers will battle for the doubles title with defending champions Oliver
Marach
and Fabrice Martin.

The ATP World Tour Draw: The 2017 singles draw will be made Friday (Feb. 17) at 2:00
pm, with Monday's matchups announced when the draw is completed. There are a pair of
pre-scheduled matches on Tuesday, Feb. 21: No. 1 seed Milos Raonic plays his first round
match at 12:30 pm, with Juan Martin Del Potro opening his 2017 season in the nightcap at
8:00 pm. The Bryan Brothers play their first-round doubles match on Wednesday at 8:00
pm.

TV Coverage: Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, The ATP World Tour event will be televised
domestically on Tennis Channel and internationally in more than 110 countries.
Tickets:Ticket prices range from $25.25 to $85.25 for individual seats. Tournament
packages (sessions 1-17), Weekender packages (sessions 13-17, quarterfinals,
semifinals, finals), on-court Best Seats in the House and covered Stadium Veranda seating
are also available. Tickets can be purchased by phone (561-330-6000), on the website at
Delray Beach Open Tickets, or at the on-site box office.

Special Admission Offers:
Military, Police, Firefighters & Emergency Personnel: Two complimentary
tickets per session with official department ID for Sessions 1 - 6 (Friday, Feb. 17-
Monday, Feb. 20)

Senior Days BOGO Presented by the Delray Medical Center: Offer available on
reserved and box seats for Monday (Feb. 20), and Wednesday (Feb. 22) day
sessions for seniors 55-and-older.

Food Drive Presented by Champion Porsche: (Monday, Feb. 20), donate eight
canned non-perishable items and receive a complimentary ticket for the day session.

USTA Kidz Day: On President's Day (Monday, Feb. 20) there are on-court and off-court
activities for kids ages 6 to 16 plus a ticket to the ATP World Tour day session. Prices range
from $10-$20 with accompanying adult tickets $10. All registration must be completed online:
Kidz Day Registration.

Gates: Open an hour before play, with the exception of those holding passes or tickets for
on-site special events.

Official Parking:  Follow signs to $5 parking in South County Courthouse Parking Garage
(Atlantic & SW 2nd Ave) or Old School Square Parking Garage (Entrance on NE 1st Ave),
Valet Parking $20. $10 discounted valet parking available for Porsche drivers.

Downtown Roundabout Trolley: Service runs between the Delray Beach Tri-Rail station
and the tournament weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and on
weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. The trolley stops near the
tournament entrance on W. Atlantic Ave.

Security/Items Disallowed: In conformance with local requirements and facility rules, the
following items ARE NOT allowed on the premises: Backpacks, large handbags, coolers,
laser pointers, aerosol cans or weapons of any kind. All bags or other items will be subject
to search. All persons entering venue will be subject to wanding. The following items ARE
allowed in the facility: Cameras and one (1) sealed bottle of water per person. Umbrellas are
permitted on-site, but the use of umbrellas is NOT permitted in the stadium or in outside
court seating areas.

Information: Visit YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000.

About The Delray Beach Open: The only tournament in the world featuring an ATP Champions Tour event
and an ATP World Tour event in the same week at the same venue is held in Delray Beach, Florida February
17 - 26 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.The ATP World Tour's first North American hard court
event of the outdoor season is one of just 11 ATP World Tour events in the United States. In 2017 it will be
celebrating its 25th year overall and 19th in Delray Beach. The ATP Champions Tour event is in its 8th year
and was the first-ever event played on US soil. Each year the Delray Beach Open brings world-class tennis
players and thousands of visitors to Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. In 2010, the tournament received the Discover The Palm Beaches Florida's annual Providencia Awardfor its extraordinary contribution to tourism. The City of Delray Beachwas also a finalist for the USTA's "Best Tennis Town" Award and in 2003, the tournament was the recipient of an "ATP Award of Excellence." For more information please visit www.YellowTennisBall.com.

About ATP: The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour ,
the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With65 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP World
Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world's most exciting venues. From Australia to
Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of th e 2017 ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and
Emirates ATP Ranking Points at ATP World Tour events (including Master Series 1000, 500 and 250 events),
as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). The ATP Champions Tour brings together many of the greatest
tennis players in history for nostalgic, competitive and entertaining tournaments around the world. Players are
either formerly ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, a Grand Slam singles champion or finalist, or a singles
player on a winning Davis Cup team. Players must be retired from ATP World Tour competition and each
event can invite wild card entrants of its choice.

About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore,a
Village by the Sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida's most popular
destinations for visitors, newfamilies and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beachencompasses slightly
over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. Renewal and redevelopment
efforts have resulted in recognition as the All-America City in 1993 and 2001, the Blue Wave
designation for clean and beautiful beaches, and hailed by city planners around the nation as a model for
growth management. In 2012 during the nationally televised "Best of the Road" special, Delray Beach was
chosen by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel as the "Most Fun Small Town" in America.
In 2014, USA Today also named it as one of the "Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida."

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DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH SECURITY AMBASSADOR PILOT PROGRAM DEBUTS

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm

Delray Beach, FL (February 2017)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has launched a new initiative to further enhance its Placemaking goal of fostering a compelling destination by enhancing the physical elements of the downtown, and its strategy to maintain a clean, safe and welcoming environment.  The Downtown Delray Beach Security Ambassador Pilot Program debuted on February 6, 2017.  In partnership and with direction from the City of Delray Police Department and the Downtown Manager, two ambassadors in bright yellow shirts will be on foot and bike from 6am – 11pm Sunday through Wednesday and 6am – 1am from Thursday to Saturday.  They will patrol from NW/SW 5th avenue east on Atlantic Avenue to the Intracoastal Bridge, and one block on either side of Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Bridge.    

 “The DDA has been working closely with the City of Delray Beach Clean and Safe team and Community Improvement Department to find ways to assist with the quality of life issues that are affecting the Downtown/DDA District,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA. “I had learned about the Ambassador Program through the West Palm Beach DDA and met with them on numerous occasions to review the program and the successes that it has brought to their city over the years.  The DDA Board recommended that it would fund and conduct the $50,150, 12-week Pilot/test program, and to hire Professional Security Consultants – the same organization providing Downtown Ambassadors for the West Palm Beach DDA, as well as City Place, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach.”

The role of the Ambassadors is to be a constant “security type presence with a hospitality side”, providing customer service support such as giving directions and information about Downtown to the public, Safe Walk services for employees or customers,  and serving as the extra set of eyes and ears for safety, lighting, banners, trash, etc. The Ambassadors will have cell phone contact with the Police Department and businesses, and will be on radio with the Clean and Safe Sergeant and the DDA team.

They will work directly with the Police Department and Clean and Safe team to monitor areas within the Downtown with an aim of deterring criminal activity or disruptive street behavior, and addressing quality of life issues such as homelessness, panhandling, loitering, disturbances in front of businesses, and assisting the Police Department with any issues as needed such as traffic accidents. In addition, the Ambassadors will work closely with the Downtown business owners and employees to share information and educate the community on how to effectively handle panhandling situations or any other related needs.

The Pilot Program Goals include increasing the perception of safety and enhancing the quality of life within the Downtown Area by addressing issues, and adding support for the Downtown Clean and Safe unit.  “We are hopeful that this program will truly help the Downtown Delray teams in their efforts, and be an asset to those who live, work and play in the DDA district, ” said Simon. 

We need your feedback on 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.

For more information, please contact:  DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or 561.243.1077.

 

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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

 

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER UNDER RENOVATION

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:16am

The Delray Beach Visitor Information Center, managed by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a complete renovation.  Staffed by dedicated volunteers providing exceptional customer service and hospitality, and a resource for hundreds of visitors a day to our city, with more than 15,000 in 2016, this little center on the corner of A1A and E. Atlantic Avenue was in need of a refresh. During the renovation, a satellite Visitor Information Center is located at the Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL (Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.), and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, 140 NE 1st St., Delray Beach, FL is also a location for visitors to find information and brochures. 

The DDA has spearheaded the renovation project with the generous support of the City of Delray Beach, Roy Simon Architect, Maura Taft Interiors, and contract services from local partners, who are all donating their services.  When the renovations are complete at the end of March, the Visitor Information Center will have tripled in size with new floors, ceilings, windows, and doors.  There will be computer access for visitors and new digital signage.  Visitors can stop in and learn more about the shops, attractions, dining, entertainment, hotels and places to live here.  In addition, the renovated Center will be designated as the Official South Palm Beach County Visitor Center by Visit Florida.

The DDA encourages all area hotels, attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues and publications to provide their collateral materials to share with visitors.  The Delray Beach Visitor Information Center will be open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 4 pm. For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a Center Volunteer, please contact:  DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or 561.243.1077.

 

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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

First Friday Art Walk (February 3rd): Special Offers, Refreshments & More!

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:53pm

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach

Next Art Walk: Friday, February 3, 2017

Special Exhibits, Meet the Artists, Refreshments, Music

 

Delray Beach, FL (February 1, 2017)… The February 3rd First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach features an evening of art, education and relaxation with the participation of 29 galleries and artists, special exhibits, offerings and promotions.

The 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 that make-up this award-winning arts town. Navigate your way through the myriad styles of art in the Downtown Delray Beach Arts District: Artists Alley (corner of 3rd Street & "Artists Alley" between NE 3rd Ave & NE 4th Ave), Pineapple Grove (NE 2nd Avenue), and Atlantic Avenue.  This is a FREE event (no ticket, pass, coupon required) – just show up and start wherever you'd like!

Art Walk Brochure & Map available at all participating galleries and studios, and online DowntownDelrayBeach.com/FirstFridayArtWalk, or phone the DDA at 561.243.1077.

 

February 3, 2017: Special Offers & Noteworthy News from our participating First Friday Art Walk galleries & studios:

Amanda Johnson Studio - Artists Alley - 337 NE 3rd Ave - http://www.amandajohnsonstudio.com/

Come see all the fabulous color, sparkle and shine in Amanda's studio. She enjoys creating artwork that celebrates life!

Click here to RSVP to Amanda’s February 3rd Art Walk Facebook event:

Art by Paula - Artists Alley - 337 NE 3rd Avenue

For the evening, enjoy wine, cheese and pick-ups, and new acrylic and abstract artwork will be shown. Comfortable chairs will be available outside to sit and relax.

A-Z Picture Framing & Gallery - Pineapple Grove Arts District - 275 NE 2nd Ave

Cordially invites you and your friends to a meet and greet with artist Karen Provence.

View her paintings, enjoy complimentary wine & light refreshments, and enter to win an original painting by the artist.   

Black Pearl Fine Art – 514 E Atlantic Ave. - www.blackpearlfineart.com

Wine and cheese will be offered, as well as 35% off custom framing and 20% off selected framed art. 

Blue Gallery - 600 E Atlantic Ave -http://www.bluefineart.com/

Enjoy 15% off art purchased during the February 3rd Art Walk.

DeBilzan Gallery - 38 E Atlantic Ave. - www.debilzangallery.com

Rare appearance by Artist William DeBilzan doing a Live Painting presentation of a brand new original piece from 7 – 11 p.m. The live painting will take place in the Gallery with the participation of several musical guests. At the conclusion, we will auction off the painting. Please be present to place your secret bid.  In addition, all Prints and Giclees will be 25% off, and can be signed by the artist on location. A new promotion for Valentine’s Day: DeBilzan, Artist of Love and Life, will be unveiled to attendees that evening.  

Cacace Fine Art, Inc. - Artists Alley - 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D - www.cacaceart.com

Meet the artists: Vincent J. Cacace will be showing his new oil paintings of Maine and Cape Cod; James P. Kerr will be showing new coastal scenes from N.C. to the Tropics; Bernard Franz will be showing his Raven Bronzes; and Alene Egol will be showing her one of kind Jewelry.

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square - 51 N Swinton Ave. - www.oldschoolsquare.org  

 In honor of Black History Month, the Cornell Art Museum is featuring some Highwaymen works of art from the Museum Permanent Collection in conjunction with works created in the highwaymen style by Milagro Center Students.  As always, the Who is Joan Quinn:  A Life in Portraits and Fifteen Minutes will be open along with their Museum Store.  Refreshments will be served at the wine & cheese reception.

The mAe (NEW) - Pineapple Grove Arts District - 170 NE 2nd Ave.

Walker Romaine Gallery recently merged with The mAe and relocated to 170 NE 2nd Ave in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in January 2017.  The mAe will continue to carry the work of mid-career and emerging artists curated by The Walker Romaine Gallery, in addition to new artists working in South Florida and nationwide.  Focused on "the fine art of living with art", The mAe will provide a full range of art services to collectors "in the middle" wishing to begin or develop their fine art collections.  The mAe's art services manager, Margaret Walker Milstead, who brings over 35 years of experience in gallery management, art consultation and framing, will manage The mAe's art placement consultation, curating, installation and framing business. Artist Janet Siegel Rogers, an award winning colorist, will be featured at The mAe for the February 3rd First Friday Art Walk

Lidia Tohar Studio 101 - Atlantic Avenue - 12 SE 1st Ave. #101 - www.lidiatohar.com

Light tapas-style hors d’oeuvres and wine along with 10% off artwork and merchandise purchased during the Art Walk

 

Full list of participating Art Walk Galleries:

Pineapple Grove Arts District: Addison Gallery, A-Z Picture Framing & Gallery, Gallery at Studio 5, Delray Art and Framing, Ford Fine Art, Jeff Whyman Studio, Janet Siegel Rogers Studio, The mAe, VT Studios Delray

Artist Alley Studios: 4th Avenue Photography & Video, Amanda Johnson, Art by Paula, Attila Konnyu, Cacace Fine Art, Inc.,  Laszlo's Painting Studio, Ona Steele Studio, Stacy Balmuth, Studio Romaine, Magnus & Gordon 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

 

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ABOUT 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 downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC - 561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

 

 

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The 9th Annual Savor the Avenue - Reservations are now OPEN!

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:54pm

9th ANNUAL SAVOR THE AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH

TIME TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS!

 

Delray Beach, FL (February 1, 2017)… It is time to make your reservations for the 9th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. !  Tickets are on sale now for this amazing evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Join hundreds of guests—and 16 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants—at Florida’s longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks and 1,300 feet long stretching from Swinton Avenue east to Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1). This is the event you don’t want to miss! 

This year’s participating restaurants are: 32 East, 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, ROK:BRGR, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations. The menus can be viewed at downtowndelraybeach.com/SavortheAvenue and bocamag.com/savor.  Reservations are made with the restaurants directly, and seating is limited. 

Savor the Avenue is a Delray Beach culinary tradition made possible by Delray Beach Magazine’s partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and is a way of showcasing the collection of fine dining establishments located within the downtown area. The DDA is pleased to announce that restaurants will donate $3 from each reservation at Savor the Avenue to the Delray Beach Public Library.  This year, in addition to the judging panel, there will also be a People’s Choice Award granted to the restaurant with the best table décor. Be sure to vote for your favorite Savor the Avenue tablescape by uploading a picture of the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.

Presented by: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors: JM Lexus, 111 First Delray, Atlas Party Rental, Delray Garden Center, GRIMES Events & Party Tents and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Reservations begin February 1st and last day to reserve your seat is March 24.  For information and menus please visit downtowndelraybeach.com/SavortheAvenue and bocamag.com/savor, or call 561.243.1077. #SavorTheAvenue

 

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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