In The Press

Delray Beach CRA inks deal with BH3 for West Atlantic mixed-use project

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 4:02pm

On April 9, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency board made plans to move forward with a purchase and sale agreement with Aventura-based real estate firm BH3 for the mixed-use project along West Altantic Avenue.

The firm was awarded the project after the CRA board was presented with six proposals to redevelop the 600-800 blocks of the West Atlantic corridor back in January. The proposal for "AtlaWest" includes floor retail space, professional office space, 700 total parking spaces with a grocery store along and residential units including workforce housing and a public space named "Frog Alley" - paying homage to the nearby historic area of the neighborhood.

Other proposals presented to the CRA board included Uptown Delray, Jones New Urban, Kayne Anderson, Land America and Prime Investors.

Get In The GROOVE at the Inaugural Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest - "Pineapple Grove Forever"

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 1:57pm

Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest - "Pineapple Grove Forever" - Kicks Off the International Beatles on the Beach Festival in Downtown Delray

Come with us on a magical mystery tour and experience “Pineapple Grove Forever” at the inaugural Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Downtown Delray Beach.  Discover hidden gems and experience the fun, local vibe of the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood at this free-to-attend event from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on NE 2nd Ave from Atlantic Avenue to NE 3rd St.

Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest is a family-friendly, closed-street event celebrating the art and culture of this historic neighborhood.  Experience over 50 merchant and restaurant open house events, art exhibits, live demonstrations, music, games and more.  Participate in the merchant “Mystery Tour” with chances to win prizes at different locations throughout the event, take a photo on “Abbey Road,” check out the VDubs of Palm Beach VW Beetle display, and take part in the costume contests: Beatles look-a-like, 70s Attire, Pineapple Attire and Pet costumes.  Enjoy live Beatles music on three stages along NE 2nd Ave. with performances by the Jay Valor Band sponsored by Tin Roof, and Beat and Shout, The Norwegian Beatles, Troika Blu Young, Estefy Lennon, Summer in Winterland and Paul Davie Acoustic sponsored by Beatles on the Beach.

“Produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority in conjunction with the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood board and merchants, “Pineapple Grove Forever,” kicks off the International  Beatles on the Beach Festival being held from April 25-28 throughout Downtown Delray Beach, said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA, we invite you to join us for this fun celebration of art, music and the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood.”

Gold sponsors include Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Delray Beach, The International Beatles On the Beach Festival, Posh Properties, VDubs of Palm Beach and Tin Roof.

For information please visit or call 561.243.1077.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:09am


Delray Beach, FL (April 5, 2019) …Cheers to a successful 11th  Annual Savor the Avenue 2019!  On March 25th, downtown Delray Beach was once again the place to be as 1,000 guests dined under the stars together at Florida’s longest dining table, stretching five blocks and 1,300 feet long from Swinton Avenue east to Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1). This culinary tradition made possible by Delray & Boca Magazine’s partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and hosted by Steve Weagle of WPTV NewsChannel 5, showcased many of the award-winning restaurants located within downtown Delray Beach.

For the 7th year, the Savor the Avenue restaurants competed in the “Best in Show” table décor contest. The winners were: 1st place – Salt 7, 2nd place – 50 Ocean, and 3rd place – City Oyster. For the People’s Choice Award, guests voted for their favorite Savor the Avenue table scape by uploading a picture of the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.  The 2019 People’s Choice Award winner for the restaurant with the best table décor was Death or Glory.

The 14 participating restaurants, with three chefs and at least 15 staff each preparing 4,000 food courses, included: 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Death or Glory, Lemongrass, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar and Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, L’Acqua, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s.

“Savor the Avenue is an economic vitality focused program for the DDA, and as such, guests were asked to participate in a survey and entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a dinner for two at a downtown Delray Beach restaurant of their choice,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director. In addition, Healthier Delray Beach was the beneficiary of $3,000. Each guest reservation included a $3 contribution to this non-profit whose focus is to improve Delray Beach’s behavioral health through awareness, training, access, and community building.  We greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this unique and social dining experience.”

Savor the Avenue 2019 was sponsored by:  Premier – JM Lexus; Gold – Douglas Elliman; Silver – IPIC, Worthing Place, Jay Feder Jewelers, Atlas Event Rentals, Grimes Events & Party Tents.

For more information, please visit or phone 561.243.1077. To view photos from the event visit and #savortheavenue on Instagram.


Delray Beach Chosen to Compete For the Title of 2019's Strongest Town in America

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:04am

Via Strong Towns

Delray Beach has been named one of 16 finalists in the 2019 Strongest Town contest, hosted by national nonprofit Strong Towns.

The Strongest Town contest is a month-long, bracket-based competition designed to spotlight communities from around the world that are building enduring financial resilience at the local level and actively embodying the Strong Towns approach to economic growth and development.

The Sweet Sixteen round of the competition began Monday, March 18 as Delray Beach, FL will compete against Claremont, CA in hopes of advancing to the Elite Eight. Readers from around the world are invited to read about the first-round contestants and vote for their favorites online at until Thursday, March 21 at 12:59 PM EST. The towns that will advance to the next round will be announced on Friday, March 22nd and in the weeks that follow, towns that make the cut for each successive round will be asked to take part in a series of interactive challenges designed to highlight how financially strong they really are.

Anyone is eligible to vote in the Strongest Town competition, but votes from Strong Towns members are weighted more heavily. To become a Strong Towns member, visit

Past winners of the Strongest Town competition have included Muskegon, MI, Traverse City, MI, and Carlisle, PA. The winner of the Strongest Town 2019 Contest will receive a commemorative plaque and a visit and interactive community presentation with Charles Marohn, Strong Towns founder, president and author of the forthcoming Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.


About Strong Towns:

Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. Strong Towns began in 2008 as a blog written by Charles Marohn. Today, it is a nonprofit publishing daily content by dozens of contributors, sharing weekly podcasts and giving presentations around the US and Canada. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 1.5 million annually, and has over 2,700 members. Learn more at





Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:38am




Delray Beach, FL (December 21, 2018)…Downtown comes alive with style from January 23-27 during the 6th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week.  The 2019 theme of “Fashion Never Dies" inspired by 007 will be woven throughout the event featuring spectacular fashion, local designers, entertainment and beauty.  Diverse fashions will take center stage at the runway shows, fashion luncheon, Shop the Runway In-Store Shopping Event and in-store promotions throughout Downtown Delray Beach. 


“Created by the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown merchants, Delray Beach Fashion Week is an award-winning event which we are thrilled to produce once again,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA.  This special week is a unique, fun and all-encompassing opportunity to share with our local residents and visitors the fashion and beauty that is found right here in Downtown Delray Beach.


In addition to the Downtown Delray Beach merchants, local fashion designer participants include:  Amanda Perna – House of Perna and Neon Bohemians; Glavidia Alexis - Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis and Glavidia Hair Studio;  ; Bill DeBilzan – The DeBilzan Gallery; Arianne Brown - Ramona La Rue; Lizzie Lambert – Haystacks and Sam Delaney – Greenlines

Events will take place throughout Downtown Delray Beach and two of the runway fashion shows are free to the public to stand and watch.  The VIP Pass and runway show reserved seat tickets are available at, and 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.  The VIP Pass is $150, is limited, and includes a reserved seat at all runways shows and the luncheon, a One Year VIP IPIC Theater membership (opening in Delray Beach Spring 2019), a VIP Lanyard, entry to VIP Receptions and a special edition of the 2019 Fashion Week Amanda Perna SWAG Bag. Runway show reserved seat tickets and other event tickets range from $25-$50.


There is a “Chance to Win” Downtown Delray Beach Package valued at $500 which also benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Receive one “Chance” with each VIP Pass or runway seating ticket purchased.   Additional Chances to Win will be available at each runway show for $5 per chance or $10 for three chances.


2019 Delray Beach Fashion Week Highlights

Events details will be updated on


Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019:  "Fashion Royale" Evening Wear & Designer Fashion

Location: Atlantic Avenue in front of The Colony Hotel, 525 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

7PM- 10PM: Ticketed runway seating, Live performance by Edge Effect – an a cappella group, Red Carpet with Step & Repeat, Downtown Merchant Tent, Beauty Bar with stylists from local salons and beauty stores

8PM SHOW: Live runway show featuring Evening Wear & Designer wear Fashions from the Downtown retailers.

Emcees: Heather McMechan and Dana Peller of Local Mom Scoop, Pellerini and SoFlo Moms on the Go, with Amanda Perna, House of Perna and Neon Bohemians

Recommended attire: Cocktail Attire

Tickets: $30 per seat for runway show reserved seating - benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch.


Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019: “For Your Eyes Only” Shop the Runway In-Store Shopping Event throughout Downtown Delray

10AM - 2PM:  Shop the Runway! This new Fashion Week event provides a fun, unique way to shop the participating retailers within Downtown Delray Beach. Attendees will enjoy a welcome reception at Brule Bistro with champagne and light bites, Fashion Week swag bag, transportation to participating stores and chances to win fabulous prizes when you shop! Attendees will be escorted to retail stores by complimentary transportation where they will enjoy festive shopping experiences and end the day with a closing reception at Papa's Tapas.

Tickets:  $25 per person - benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.


Friday, Jan. 25, 2019: “Fashion is Forever” Resort Wear Luncheon and Fashion Show

Location: CHE!!! Restaurant, 900 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

11:30AM - 2PM:  Luncheon, resort wear fashion show, entertainment, silent auction

Recommended attire: Resort Wear

Emcee:  Amanda Perna, House of Perna and Neon Bohemians  and Jule Guaglardi, Co-Founder, Delray Beach Fashion Week

Tickets: $50 per person includes lunch and the fashion show - benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019: "License to Swim" Fashion Show featuring Swim and Surf Wear

Location: Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

7PM - 9PM:  Celebrate the 007 Swim theme Delray Beach Style! This resort town is filled with all types of swim and surf fashions – check out the over 60 models who will strut the Avenue and the runway in the heart of Downtown Delray Beach. Music, beach games, & vendor tables followed by runway fashion show, chance to win drawing, thank you ceremony and final walk. VIP Ticket holders will enjoy a reception at Avant Restaurant 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm.

Emcees:  Lindsey Swing and Lilly Robbins of LL Scene, with Jule Guaglardi, Co-Founder, Delray Beach Fashion Week

Recommended attire: Tropical

Tickets:  $25 per seat for runway show reserved seating – benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch.


Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27, 2019: Trunk shows, shopping and fashion events throughout Downtown.

**Additional trunk shows and fashion events will be added to the schedule of Delray Beach Fashion Week.  Visit for the latest information.


The 2019 Delray Beach Fashion Week Committee includes Jule Guaglardi, Co-Founder, Delray Beach Fashion Week; MaryAnn Brown, stylist at In the Grove Hair Salon; Glavidia Alexis, owner of Glavidia Hair Studios and Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis; Shannon Sipperly, owner of Sunday State Style; Amanda Perna owner of House of Perna and Neon Bohemians; Victoria DeSilvio Group and the DDA Team.


Thank you to the Delray Beach Fashion Week 2019 sponsors who make this event possible: Platinum Sponsor: Ed Morse Automotive Group; Gold Sponsors: Capital One, iPic, Ormonde Productions, Victoria DeSilvio Group, VUP Media; Silver Sponsors: The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, 236 Fifth Avenue, Glavidia Hair Studios, Grimes Events & Party Tents, In the Grove Hair Studio, Living Fla, PurStrands, SoFlo Moms on the Go, Tammy Benz Salon, The Colony Hotel and Cabana Club; Bronze Sponsors: CHE!!! Restaurant, Delray Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Local Mom Scoop, Pellerini, Park View Realty, Worthing Place, 236 Fifth and Aloft Hotel.

Downtown Delray Beach Participants – 


A Blast from the Past, Antica Sartoria, Beverly Hills Boutique, Blings & Things, C.Orrico, Charleston Shoe Co., Chico’s, Coco & Co., DeBilzan Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Glavidia:  by Glavidia Alexis, Greenlines, Haystacks, House of Zen Dali, Hy Pa - Hy Ma, LF Delray Beach, Morley, Nina Raynor, Patchington, Periwinkle, Quiet Storm Surf Shop, Ramona La Rue, Sara Campbell, Spice, Sunday State Style, Surf District Surf Shop, The House of Perna and Neon Bohemians,  Tommy Bahama,  Unique Boutique, Vixity Jewelers, .

            Hair Salons: 

Embellished by Deborah Balta, Glavidia Hair Studios, In the Grove Hair Studio, Karma Eden Salon, PURSTRANDS, Tammy Benz Salon.


For more information, event details, and to purchase tickets, please visit,, #DELRAYFASHIONWEEK, or phone: 561.243.1077.


About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit or phone 561.243.1077.


About the Charity Partners:

Achievement Centers for Children & Families' (ACCF) mission is to ensure school readiness, provide skill building opportunities, promote academic achievement and support healthy lifestyles. Affordable, nationally accredited programs allow families to work, increasing their overall stability.