[Delray Beach, FL, Sept. 30, 2010]   Over 800,000 readers of Florida Monthly Magazine voted Delray Beach as Best Mainstreet in Florida! The September issue of the Florida Monthly magazine highlights the 15thAnnual Best of Florida winners from the best day trip, nightlife or mainstreet! This issue also includes an advertisement produced by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in downtown Delray Beach. 

According to Marlem Woodcock, from Florida Media, Inc., “The award winners are selected by the readers as well as online votes. A variety of mainstreets were voted on and Delray Beach took the number one spot!” 

 “We’re very excited about this recognition of our Downtown Delray Beach,” says Downtown Development Authority, Executive Director, Marjorie Ferrer. “We’re promoting the area as theplace to be in South Florida both night and day. This award solidifies that the combined efforts of the city, the DDA, Chamber , CRA, and the Downtown Marketing Cooperative, we are the best of the best and appreciated by tourists and residents that visit our beautiful Downtown. Congratulations!”  



About the Downtown Development Authority:

The Delray Beach DDA was created by Resolution 9-71, which became law on March 22, 1971, as a dependent district of the City of Delray Beach. The main areas of involvement in downtown redevelopment include:

  • Involvement in marketing and promotions of the Downtown DDA District;
  • Economic development programs;
  • Security and crime prevention;
  • Traffic and parking;
  • Clean and safe;
  • Physical improvements;
  • Reviewing the City Comprehensive Plan within the DDA boundaries;
  • Housing and improvement of coordination with local boards and city departments.


For almost 40 years, the Delray Beach DDA has assisted in successfully branding Delray Beach as the Village by the Sea. In addition to the main areas mentioned above, the DDA also works closely with merchants to develop seasonal retail awareness campaigns to generate traffic and sales and has created a powerful website (www.downtowndelraybeach.com) that attracts thousands of visits weekly. For more information, please contact us, the DDA at (561) 243-1077.