In The Press

Laura Simon Named To International Downtown Association Council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:56pm


Delray Beach, FL (April 2, 2018)…Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) Executive Director Laura Simon has been selected to serve on the International Downtown Association (IDA) Nighttime Economy Council.  She will work with five other members representing Downtown Orlando, Jacksonville, Lower Eastside NYC, Denver and Winnipeg, to create best practices for developing a nighttime economy for established, growing and emerging Downtown urban districts. Ms. Simon has worked for the Delray Beach DDA since 2010, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015.

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.

Downtown Delray Beach Property & Business Owners and Residents Attend Annual Town Hall Session

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:10pm

Delray Beach, FL (April 4, 2018)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) hosted the Annual Town Hall Session for Property & Business Owners – “State of the Downtown”- on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square.  DDA Board President Peter Arts welcomed the more than 150 guests, followed by Laura Simon, Executive Director who shared the mission and focus of the organization –  marketing of the Downtown District, placemaking, and economic vitality.  She also included highlights of Delray Beach Fashion Week, the Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program and Savor the Avenue. 

Featured speaker Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group presented the results of the Downtown Delray Beach Downtown Retail Market Study and the Downtown Shopability Analysis.  Highlights included: 

  • Through the Retail Market Analysis, provided the categories of retail/restaurants that are supportable within the Downtown.
  • Providing strong recommendations from the customers point of view regarding ways to enhance the Downtown shopping experience including first impressions, and how important these are for a return visit.
  • Downtown Delray Beach has a walkability score of 92 out of 100 - among the highest in the nation. 
  • Reviewed all master plans, land development regulations, codes, parking regulations, and signage, and provided short, medium and long-term recommendations to create the #1 Downtown in the US.


“Delray Beach is one of the top five downtown shopping districts in the US,” said Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, Gibbs Planning Group.  “It is filled with an exciting collection of restaurants, specialty shops and hotels all clustered around beautiful, walkable streets and squares. Delray has the rare X-Factor desired out by many millennials, young families, empty nesters and tourists.”


To view the complete reports, please visit: The DDA is appreciative of Dada and Dr. Doodles Donuts for providing refreshments at the Property & Business Owners Town Hall.


About the Downtown Delray Beach Retail Market Study:  The report includes a written and illustrated summary of relevant population and demographic characteristics of the Downtown trade area, including the socioeconomic characteristics and buying patterns; and a qualitative opinion as to whether or not retail development is supportable, sales forecasts, and size estimates of the retail categories.


About the Downtown Shopability Analysis:  A comprehensive, market-based plan for the downtown commercial district to improve its retail market share and become more appealing to leading retailers and restaurants.  The plan includes short- medium- and long-term strategies and recommendations for building infill, lighting, open space, parking, storefronts, streetscape, tenant mix, vehicular circulation and walkability that can be made to achieve maximum shopper appeal and potential sales



For more information, please contact the DDA by email or call 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.



Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:07pm

Delray Beach, FL (January 12, 2018)… It is time to make your reservations for the 10th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 26th at 5:30 p. m. !  Tickets are on sale beginning February 1st 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, Avant, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations. The menus can be viewed at and 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 a portion of all tickets sold will benefit the Not One Homeless Hungry Student Delray Beach initiative. 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 it to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.


The 2018 sponsors are: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, 236 Fifth Delray, Douglas Elliman, Atlas Event Rentals, and Grimes Events & Party Tents.


Reservations begin February 1st and last day to reserve your seat is March 24th.  For information and menus please visit and or call 561.243.1077. #SavorTheAvenue



Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9:01am






Delray Beach, FL (December 8, 2017)… Downtown comes alive with style!  Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Delray Beach Fashion Week from January 24 – 28, 2018.  Experience spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty at this special event created by the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown merchants.  The local designs and diverse fashions will take center stage at the fashion runway events, Downtown fashion designers and hair show, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and the Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique Shopping Event. 

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 5th Anniversary VIP Pass and reserved runway show seat tickets are available at, and 100% of ticket proceeds throughout Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The 5th Anniversary VIP Pass is $165, is limited, and includes a front row reserved seat at all runways shows, receptions, luncheon and a signature Amanda Perna tote with swag from Downtown merchants.  Runway show reserved seats range from $25-$50.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this award-winning and special event again this year, ” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA. Delray Beach Fashion 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.

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.


2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week Highlights

Events details will be updated on

As of 12.8.2017


Wed., Jan 24, 2018:

6-10PM            An Evening Downtown Evening Wear Runway Show

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

Ticketed runway seating, Downtown Merchant Tent, Red Carpet – Step and Repeat, Live Entertainment from Fred Astaire Delray Beach Champion Dancers and Achievement Centers Dance Team and more

Ticket: $30 per seat for runway seating benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch

6PM- 8PM: Live jazz entertainment; Artist on display, Silent Auction, Beauty Bar

8PM SHOW: Evening Wear

Emcee:  Amanda Perna

Recommended attire: Cocktail Attire


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

7-10pm           Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show & Hair Show

                        Location: ARTS GARAGE, 94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

                        Ticketed Event $50 per person benefiting the Arts Garage Art and Education Programs for Children

Ticket includes: Reception (2 drinks and passed apps) silent auction and Fashion Show

                        Theme: Shades of Blue – blues music & attendees encouraged to wear blue

                        7-8pm Reception and Entertainment

                        8pm – Designer Runway Show and Hair Show

                        9pm:  Entertainment and Meet the Designer post reception

Emcee:  Amanda Perna

                        Recommended attire: Creative, blue cocktail attire


Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

11:30am-1pm Tropical Paradise Luncheon & Fashion Show

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

Tickets: $40 to include lunch and the show; Benefiting Achievement Centers for Children and Families

11:30 – 12:15: Entertainment, Lunch, Raffle

12:30  - Fashion Show to begin

Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident

Following the event – shopping Downtown!

Recommended attire: Resort wear


5:30-7:30pm   6th Annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race

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

Costs: $25 entry fee per runner; ($35 day of the race) Benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families

                        Produced by the ACCF


Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

7PM-9PM         Swim & Surf Runway Show

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

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

                        Theme: Celebrate the tropics

Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident

                        7pm – 8pm: Fun Music, Beach games, vendor tables 

                        8pm: Swim Wear Runway Fashion Show

                        8:45pm: Thank you ceremony and final walk

                        Recommended attire: Tropical


Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

1pm-4pm       Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique

Location: Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N Swinton Avenue (entrance off of NE 1st Avenue), Delray Beach

Cost: Free to attend

Shop the runway looks that you loved during Delray Beach Fashion Week at this convenient, one-stop-shop, pop-up boutique at the Old School Square Fieldhouse. Join us at the Fashion Week Boutique for the ultimate shopping experience featuring 18 participating Fashion Week retailers, light bites, libations, music, a step & repeat, and more.


The 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week Committee:  Jule Guaglardi, owner Roxy Lulu; Jelena Loverich, owner LoveRich Boutique; Margaret Dorrer, owner Margaux Riviera; MaryAnn Brown, stylist at In the Grove Hair Salon; and Glavidia Alexis, owner of Glavidia Hair Studio and Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis; Victoria DeSilvio Group and the DDA Team.

Thank you to the Delray Beach Fashion Week 2018 sponsors who make this event possible:

Platinum Sponsors:  



Gold Sponsors: Victoria DeSilvio GroupIn the Grove Hair StudioVUP MediaGrimes Events & Party Tents 

Silver SponsorsComcast Spotlight, Parisi EventsLivingFLAGlavidia Hair StudiosThe Sandy ShoppeShearLuck SalonTipsy SalonbarPURSTRANDS236 Fifth Avenue Delray Beach, Ramen Lab Eatery

Bronze Sponsors: Park View Realty, The Colony Hotel & Cabana ClubChe!!!Old School Square Fieldhouse, LOCAL Magazine, Cockspur RumIceberg VodkaDeluxe PropertiesDelray Dermatology & Cosmetic CenterMellow Mushroom, Avant

Downtown Delray Beach Participants – As of 12/8/2017:


Amanda Johnson Studio, Antica Sartoria, Aqua Swimwear, Beverly Hills Boutique, Blings & Things, C.Orrico, Charleston Shoe Co., Coco & Co., DeBilzan Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Gallery at Studio 5, Glavidia:  by Glavidia Alexis, Greenlines, Haystacks, House of Zen Dali, Hy Pa - Hy Ma, Kismet Vintage, LoveRich Boutique, LF Delray Beach, Margaux Riviera, Morley, Nina Raynor, Oh My Bod, Patchington, Periwinkle, Petite Connection, Private Jewelers, Ramona La Rue, ROXYLULU, Sara Campbell, Sequin/Biba, South Ocean Beach Shop, Spice, Sunday State Style, Swatches & Rags, The Drop In Surf Shop, The House of Perna, The Sandy Shoppe, Tommy Bahama, Vince Canning Shoes, Who's Karen Boutique.

            Hair Salons:

B. Calvin Smart, Glavidia Hair Studios, In the Grove Hair Studio, Odeon Salon, PURSTRANDS, Salon EscapeE, The Sandy Shoppe, ShearLuck Salon, Tammy Benz, Tipsy Salon Bar, Upper Cutz Barber Shop & Salon.


For more information, event details, and to purchase tickets in advance, 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.

Arts Garage is a not-for-profit, performing & visual arts venue located in Downtown Delray Beach. From award-winning, world-class artists to emerging local talent, Arts Garage provides a diversity of programming that appeals to all demographics.  Arts Garage wants to say "YES!" to every parent that wants their children to participate in their Arts Education programming. Event proceeds from the Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show & Hair Show will help Arts Garage make this happen by funding their scholarship program. Ticket proceeds will support their Arts Education programming by helping cover the costs of instructors, assistant instructors, materials, and technical fees.



Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC

561.866.5064 -

Delray Beach Annual Boat and Holiday Parade Advisory

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:39am

Important Road/Bridge Closure, Trolley Service, and Parking Information

Friday, December 8 - Holiday Boat Parade

Mark. R. Lauzier

City Manager

The annual Holiday Boat Parade will set sail on Friday, December 8.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., decorated vessels will proceed from the Lantana Bridge to the C15 canal, just south of Delray Beach.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be restricted over the George Bush Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard bridges at various times while the boat parade travels south. 

Trolley Service - From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Downtown Roundabout will provide free, transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue to NE/SE 7th Avenue.  NO SERVICE will be provided east of the Intracoastal Waterway during this time.  Normal service will resume once bridge closures are no longer in effect.  

Please expect delays in trolley service due to anticipated traffic.  For more information, call the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation at (561) 243-7000 ext. 5100.


Saturday, December 9 - Delray Beach Holiday Parade


The City of Delray Beach is proud to sponsor the Delray Beach Holiday Parade on Saturday,December 9. In celebration of this year's theme "Holidays in Candyland", more than 70 entries are expected to participate.  Santa will even make a special visit and ride on a fire truck with Delray Beach Fire Rescue. At 6 p.m., the parade will proceed down Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to NW/SW 5th Avenue. 

During the parade, the following road/bridge closures, paid parking facilities and modified trolley service will be in effect:

Road Closures - From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Ocean Blvd/A1A to NW/SW 8th Avenue.  Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic as the parade completes that section of the route.   Other sections of Atlantic Avenue will reopen right after the parade. 

Additionally, northbound and southbound US1 Federal Highway (NE/SE 5th & 6th Avenues) at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the parade.  

Detour Routes - Motorists are advised to use the following alternate routes during road closures:  For eastbound/westbound travel, use George Bush Blvd or Linton Blvd.  For northbound/southbound travel, use Ocean Blvd/SR A1A or Congress Avenue.

Motorists traveling in the downtown core area are advised that the following detour routes will be in effect during road closures:  Eastbound traffic will be rerouted to either NW/NE 2nd Street or SW/SE 2nd Street.  Westbound traffic will be rerouted to NW/NE 2nd Street. 

Bridge Closure - The Atlantic Avenue bridge will be closed to boat trafficbetween 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Trolley Service - While road closures are in effect (2 p.m. to 10 p.m.), the Downtown Roundabout will provide free transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue and NW/SW 8th Avenue.  Normal service will resume after roadways reopen.  Please expect delays due to additional traffic generated by this event.

Parking Facilities

A $5 fee per vehicle, paid upon entry, will be in effect at the following locations beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 9:

·       Robert Federspiel Parking Garage - 22 SE 1st Avenue

·       Old School Square Parking Garage - 95 NE 1st Avenue 

·       The north parking lot of City Hall - 100 NW 1st Avenue 

·       South County Courthouse Parking Garage - 65 SW 2nd Avenue 

 Parking attendants accept cash only, upon entry, and will monitor the parking facilities until the posted closing times.     


For more information on the Delray Beach Holiday Parade, contact Danielle Beardsley at (561) 243-7000 ext. 5101 or E-mail  For inquiries regarding road closures, event parking and/or trolley service, call (561) 243-701