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Dania Beach Soars as Gateway to Broward County Business Opportunities

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Spirit Airlines is Landing Their New Headquarters in Dania Pointe

Dania Beach, FL (October 18, 2019):  From air to sea and in between, the City of Dania Beach is the gateway to South Florida. As Broward County’s first city to incorporate in 1904, one could say that the city was always in a good place.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Spirit Airlines announced that they will be moving their global headquarters, operations center and simulation center to the KIMCO-owned Dania Pointe site, the premier 102-acre, mixed-use development, located within the City of Dania Beach Community Redevelopment area. Spirit Airlines expects to move to a new 500,000 square feet, state-of-the-art Dania Beach headquarters in 2022.

Dania Beach is now, more than ever, positioned as the hub of maritime and aeronautical industries. Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen said, “The City of Dania Beach is glad to welcome Spirit’s new corporate headquarters campus to our city. We are thrilled that the company has chosen to grow here, adding 225 high-value jobs. Spirit will become an important cornerstone in our city. We are excited for their growth as we move forward together into the new decade.”

The Spirit Airlines relocation is expected to have a total economic benefit of $14.87 million for Dania Beach and Broward County, according to Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development. Spirit Airlines’ capital investment is estimated at between $173million and $250 million over three years for a new headquarters and operations facility and 225 high-wage jobs that are at 150% of the Broward County average annual wage.

The Dania Beach City Commission supports the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board’s 10% local support incentive of $135,000 for the Spirit Airlinesrelocation through the State of Florida’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program and as a High-Impact Sector Business under the High-Impact Sector Tax Refund Bonus Program with a Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund in addition to $225,000 through a Direct Cash Job Creation Incentive grant. The financial support by the Dania Beach CRA will be provided over a nine-year period beginning with Fiscal Year 2023, which begins October 1, 2022. The Brownfield site has been underused due to environmental concerns. Broward County is also contributing $135,000 in local financial support and matching the CRA’s $225,000 through the Direct Cash Job Creation Incentive program.

Dania Pointe is slated to include almost one million square feet of retail and restaurants in addition to Class A offices, hotels, luxury apartments and public event space. It is conveniently located in between Interstate 95 to the west and Bryan Road to the east and Stirling Road to the south.

Dania Beach's strategic location provides an ideal framework for businesses to relocate to the waterfront city.  Dania Beach is located adjacent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is partially located within the city’s limits, and Port Everglades. The city is rapidly becoming the prime location for new businesses and business relocations. This past August, JetBlue announced the opening of their JetBlue Travel Products subsidiary in Dania Beach. Dania Beach is also home to Chewy, Inc., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Florida Atlantic University's Sea Tech, the American Maritime Officers training and research center,along with first-class marinas and many marine-related businesses.

In 2015, the Dania Beach CRA adopted its redevelopment plan which includes the goal of attracting targeted new industries and retaining and expanding core industries. The incentive programs in the plan are designed to directly stimulate and support private investment in new real estate development, property improvements, new businesses, increased business activity, and as a result thereof creation of new jobs. These programs are needed to eliminate and prevent blighting conditions. The CRA is also empowered to financially subsidize commercial, residential and mixed-use private development projects, including but not limited to, direct grants. The Dania Beach CRA also partners with Enterprise Florida, Inc./Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development to provide incentive packages for qualified businesses.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT THE DANIA BEACH PATCH

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:48pm

Dania Beach, FL- The annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dania Beach PATCH. The event will include over 10 eco-friendly activities and nearly 20 participating vendors will be in attendance. The festival is free of charge and will also feature a ladybug release by Love Our Nation, infused water activity by Heal the Planet, and an aromatherapy workshop by the Banyan House, all free of charge.

“The Dania Beach PATCH Earth Day Festival is a fun, informative, and interactive event to learn about environmentally-friendly and health conscious practices,” said CRA Executive Director, Rickelle Williams.

Other activities include a Zero Waste Discussion by Everything Earth Tribe, a bounce house for the kids, tours of the PATCH garden, seeding activities, scavenger hunt, and games on the green for children and families. During the Zero Waste lecture, attendees will learn practical steps to generate less waste in their daily lives, make their own products and more.

*The Zero Waste class is free, but it is $10 to make a bin in person – worms, guides, and bedding will be provided for the bins. Donations are accepted for the low-waste lecture.

About the PATCH
The City of Dania Beach has been recognized as a food desert in Broward County, lacking access to fresh and healthy food options. As part of its mandate to remove blighted conditions associated with the city, The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency transformed a vacant lot into what is now called the Dania Beach PATCH (People’s Access to Community Horticulture). The PATCH provides a source of affordable, accessible and sustainably fresh and locally grown produce.

The PATCH Market and Garden are open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and weekly from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Interested vendors can call 954-924-6801 for more information. Visit the PATCH online for event updates, PATCH sales and volunteer opportunities on www.thepatchgarden.com

 

New Monthly ArtWalk Series Activates Dania Beach City Center for Family-Fun

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 11:33am

The City of Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with Atlantic Studios introduces a new family-friendly event series to Broward’s first city. Dania After Dark takes place on the second Saturdays of every month from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on SW 1st Avenue between NW 1st Street and Dania Beach Blvd, also known as the City Center. The free monthly festival features a lineup of local art and craft vendors, South Florida food trucks, and live music, which attracted a little over 1,000 people during its inaugural event last month.

“We are really excited to enhance the art and culture scene here in the heart of Dania Beach. We have great things to look forward to regarding our City Center area. Dania After Dark gives a taste of what is approaching,” said Rickelle Williams, Executive Director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

On Saturday, July 14, 2018 Latin band Catabella Express will spice up the stage and afterwards Whipping Post will take over to rock out to classic tunes.

Food categories include vegan, barbecue, Mediterranean, Caribbean, seafood and more.

Dania After Dark provides a visual and musical experience where community members, art lovers, and visitors also have the opportunity to participate in a self-guided tour at the certified art gallery located inside the City Hall Atrium. Guests will have the opportunity to meet featured art exhibitors and purchase their work. All atrium exhibitors and entertainment are powered by the Dania Beach Creative Arts Council Advisory Board.  

Kid’s activities include interactive art projects and added amusement. All ages are welcome to attend.

Free parking is provided at the City Center parking garage and around the perimeter of the event. A popup bar will present some of the best cocktails and beers for guests to enjoy.

For participation information and vendor inquiries, please reach out to vend@atlanticstudios.com Also, visit www.DaniaAfterDark.com for general inquiries or call 954-924-6801.

South Florida finally attracting investors for startups

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:23pm

Magic Leap’s extraordinary funding of $2 billion aside, South Florida entrepreneurs have historically had difficulty raising startup capital.

That’s because the tricounty region wasn’t recognized among the nation’s innovation centers.

But that has begun to change and, as a result, startup capital — the hardest to find — is becoming more accessible. Investors from Silicon Valley are seeing innovation in South Florida, more funds are being raised in the region for startup capital and angel investors continue to seek early entry to the next big thing.

Miami entrepreneur Brian Brackeen said when he was seeking capital for his facial recognition company Kairos in 2012 and 2013, “it was pretty early in the innovation economy. Mostly angels were here, and there was limited to zero venture capital.”

Read the article here.

Lucky's Market coming to Boca, Cooper City and Dania

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:22pm

"Grocery shoppers in Boca Raton, Cooper City and Dania Beach will have a reason to party when Lucky's Market comes to those towns.

The Boulder-Colo. organic grocery chain, which serves craft beer and wine to customers as they shop, has signed leases in South Florida as well as in Orlando, Winter Park and nine other Florida areas, with plans to open stores over the next 18 to 24 months, the company announced.

There are stores in Plantation, Oakland Park and Coral Springs.

Other locations in the Florida expansion include Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Hunter’s Creek, Vineland, Colonial Landings and Lake Mary."

Read the article here.