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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:
Donnie Dobson recently retired, closing Donnie's Place, a Legacy Business in Downtown Delray Beach.
Art and Cultural Centers
Barber & Beauty Salon
Professional and Essential Services
Dedrick D. Straghn, Attorney & Counselor at Law
SOD Unlimited
Corner Office
Know of other black-owned businesses in Downtown Delray Beach? Message us to have them added!

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 


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

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


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 and we can assist you.



Insider tips to a Staycation in Delray Beach

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 4:34pm

A much needed change of scenery is only a drive away...

For the past few months many have put life on pause.  This hiatus from normal life while spending lots of time at home... working, teaching school to kids, fixing up the house, spending quality time with the family... is all in close quarters.  Need a vacation from your stay-at-home vacation? 

The thought on all of our minds is... how do we vacation now?  With grand summer travel plans canceled and hesitation to go far away from home, you should look no further than Downtown Delray Beach!  Jump in the car for a short drive to relaxation, sun, and fun.  There is something for everyone from the beach to shopping and dining, all walkable from your hotel!  

Don't want to break the bank? We have compiled a list of deals for Palm Beach County and Florida Residents from some authentically vibrant Delray Beach spots.  

Where to stay:

910 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident deal:
Florida Residents Save 15%!
If you are a resident of Florida you can save 15% off of our regular rates. Use special rate code FR6 to activate discount.
(Valid May 28-October 15, 2020)


202 SE 5th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Florida Resident Deal:
Discounted Room Rate for an Aloft King or 2 Queen Room
Includes: Complimentary Self-Parking, late checkout and a Snack Pack of signature Re:Fuel snacks and beverages.
Palm Beach County Resident Deal:
Discounted Room Rate for an Aloft King or 2 Queen Room
Includes: Complimentary Self-Parking, late checkout and 2 Complimentary House Ale's from Saltwater Brewery

Where to eat:

840 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Florida Residents Deals:
Extended Happy Hour | Mon-Fri open-6pm 
Happy Hour food menu | 2:30-5pm at all tables and bars  
(Dine in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
$1 Kids Meals | Mon-Thur
$1 kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée. Every $1 will be donated to Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
(Dine in only. Children 12 & under. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
½ Price Wine Monday & Wednesdays
½ off any bottle of wine with purchase of an entrée (excluding Dom Perignon)
(Can not be combined with other discounts. Valid until Sept. 30, 2020)
Taco Tuesday
Beginning at 5 pm – Expanded menu with taco salads, nachos, different tacos. $16 taco plate with rice & beans, including a house margarita, draft beer or soda.  Upgrade options available on margaritas
(Dine-in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
12 for $12 menu  | Mon-Fri, 12-2pm  (see smoked salmon and grilled cheese photo attached)
12 items priced at $12 each including an n/a beverage.
(Dine-in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)


301 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Palm Beach County Resident Deals:
Forget Tacos, Drink Tequila 
$20 Bottomless Tequila cocktails with the purchase of an app or entree every tuesday at Johnnie Brown's 
(Tuesday's only, not valid with any other offer, only good for dine-in guests, must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages)
Whiskey & Wings Wednesday 
Join us every Wednesday at Johnnie Brown's for $5 Jack Daniels Cocktails and $1 Wings 
(Wednesday's only, 5 piece minimum wing order to receive the $1 per wing price. All sauce flavors included, not valid with any other offer, only good for dine-in guests, must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages)

634 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Palm Beach County Resident Deal:
20-30% off all full bottles of wine through June & July 
(Must purchase meal to receive discount)


200 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal: 
Daily Social Hour 
All menu items 20% off!


169 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal: 
Daily Social Hour
All menu items 20% off!


10 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal:
Bottomless Brunch | every Saturday and Sunday 
Enjoy bottomless mimosa, bloody marys and rosé drink specials with order of Brunch Entree
Order 1 Liter Margarita bottles and receive $10 off with the purchase of a brunch entree.  
(Dine-in guests are limited to an hour and a half stay.)
10 NE 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Palm Beach Resident Deal:
15% off any popcorn tins
(mention this resident discount to receive, offer valid indefinitely)

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