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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.”

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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."

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Meet Connie Barone: This Year’s Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration’s Center Stage Artist

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 3:59pm

Dania Beach, FL- Connie Barone has graciously contributed her time in designing the modernand effervescent art that is used for this year’s 6th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration (DBASC). Her 2018 Dania Beach commemorative poster will be unveiled during the May 3rd Event Kick-Off Party that takes place at 6PM in the Frost Park Recreation Hall located at 300 NE 2nd St. in Dania Beach. “This will be my fourth year designing collateral for the Arts and Seafood Celebration and I am beyond eager to reveal my artistic depiction of all that this event embodies. I love to work with cities who are seeing a refresh, or who just want to continue evolving and looking towards the future,” states Barone.

Born in Boynton Beach, Florida, Connie has lived in south Florida for most her life. She has always had a passion for art and graphic design starting at a young age. She went on to follow her passion and study the art of graphic design at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida and also completed a creative internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Barone’s digital art comprises of logo design, marketing and branding, print and environmental media design. In its most refined essence, digital art encapsulates an artistic work or practice that uses any form of digital technology as part of its creation or presentation process, as Barone utilized to create her youthful masterpiece for this year’s event.  

“Digital art greatly expanded my toolbox from the traditional raw materials into a progressive new realm of electronic technologies. Instead of brush and acrylic, I can now paint with light, sound, and pixels,” states Barone.

Later she started freelancing for many cities in the South Florida area including clients in Oakland Park, Margate, Pompano Beach and Dania Beach, including work for the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration. Barone has won numerous awards for print design over the past five years.She currently lives in Vero Beach, Florida serving as a freelance graphic designer.

To witness the unveiling of this year’s poster art, RSVP to Kisha Payen at kpayen@daniabeachfl.gov by April 26th, 2018. Be sure to attend the 6th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration on May 19th and May 20th to purchase the commemorative artwork and remember the festival for years to come.

About the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration

Art and seafood enthusiasts! Don’t miss out on a FREE family fun-filled weekend at the 6thAnniversary Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration on May 19th and 20th! Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats as you groove to live entertainment all weekend long. Experience hands-on arts & crafts while admiring and purchasing your favorite creations from artist vendors. Witness local artists as they paint masterpieces during live street art performances. Kids can enjoy exciting and fun activities at Dania Beach Kids Funville while watching the 100-ton sandcastle come to life. Plus, get ready for a tasty competition at the 4th Annual Chef Showcase. Dance to live music featuring Hit Tribute Headlining act Jaded Aerosmith and Deep Fried Funk! Admission and parking are free. Parking is located at either the Casino at Dania Beach. Open Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Located at Frost Park 300 NE 2nd St. Dania Beach, FL 33004. Visit daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com or call 954-924-6801 for more information.

Guests are not permitted to bring pets, coolers, or beverage. Thank you, we appreciate your cooperation.

Entertainment Line-Up: Jaded Aerosmith and Deep Fried Funk Join the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood 6th Annual Celebration

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 3:55pm

Dania Beach, FL Tribute band Jaded Aerosmith will light up the stage on Saturday, May 19thfollowed by a captivating performance by R&B band Deep Fried Funk on Sunday, May 20th at the 6th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration. The 2018 lineup features an electrifying cast of performers and a diverse range of acts, including Classic Rock Therapy, Whipping Post and Latin group Catabella to name a few.  Join the FREE celebration on Saturday and Sunday, May 19th & 20th 2018 from 11:00 am to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 11:00 am to 6:00 PM on Sunday at Frost Park, located at 300 NE 2nd Street in Dania Beach.  This event is the perfect getaway for music aficionados who prefer to “experience” live music and interact with artists amidst beautiful South Florida weather.

Jaded Aerosmith began one day in early February 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as a bright idea by Guitarist Pete Lauria (Brad Whitford) after noticing that his main street band singer and fellow transplanted Bostonian Tommy Braga really loved imitating Steven Tyler during their shows. With the lineup set, the band quickly devised a set list that encompassed enough of the 45-year history of AEROSMITH to be representative of the actual experience of seeing the band live on any given night. Jaded Aerosmith hits the stage at 6:30PM on Saturday.

“We have, through the study of the music being reproduced, discovered a genuine love for this first truly American Rock and Blues answer to The British Invasion's Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and feel that shines through in each of our performances. Most importantly, we are about having a good time with good music and good friends,” states Braga.

One of the most sought after Drummers of this Generation deftly playing any genre, David "Jody" Hill is the C.E.O. and founder of his band Deep Fried Funk. Jody has earned himself 3 Grammy nominations with Joss Stone for the album "Mind, Body & Soul" and has had numerous television appearances. Jody and the Band were also given the opportunity of playing for the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and landed performances with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Jaguar Wright (known for Jay Z’s hit song "A Song Cry"), Kindred Family Soul, Dwele, Peter Harder, Gloria Gaynor, RL, Bobby Valentino, Lloyd, Roscoe Dash, Flo-Rida, Rick Ross, Tank, Git Fresh, Trick Daddy, Big Brooklyn Red, D.Woods, Anthony David, Q. Parker and Eric Roberson. Hill possesses infinite talent and maintains his status in the industry as a force to be reckoned with. Attendees won’t want to miss jamming out to his soulful rhythms on Sunday evening beginning at 5PM.

“Each year we continue to push ourselves to bring attendees the very best festival experience. With some new changes and features in store for this year's festival, we are ready and excited to treat our fans to an incredible weekend of live performances,” states Rickelle Williams, Executive Director of the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

This year has an incredible entertainment line-up. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday May 19, 2018:
12:30 to 2:00 ​​Jimi Ruccolo​​​ (Country​)
2:30 to 4:00​​ Kedash and the Treasure Band​ (R&B​)
4:30 to 6:00​​ Classic Rock Therapy​​ (Rock)   
6:30 to 8:00 ​​Jaded Aerosmith (Tribute)​ (Rock​)

Sunday May 20, 2018:
12:00 – 1:00 ​​Hoodoo Blues Band​​ (Blues)
1:30 – 2:30​ ​Whipping Post ​​​Classic (Rock)​
3:00- 4:30​​ Catabella​​​ (Latin​)
5:00- 6:30​​ Deep Fried Funk​​ (R&B​)

In addition to live entertainment, this free event is filled with beautiful art, delicious seafood, over 100 unique vendors, kid’s activities and exciting interactive creative experiences. Plan to stay for the day – dance, sing and enjoy the live entertainment, food and magnificent art at your leisure at the Sixth Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration!

For more information please visit www.DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.com and follow us on Facebook at www.fb.com/DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.

 

Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration Seeks Energetic Volunteers For 6th Anniversary Event

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 12:56pm

Dania Beach, FL (DATE)- The 6th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration (DBASC) is seekingvolunteers on May 19th and 20th 2018. This two- day festival, held in the heart of downtown Dania Beach in Frost Park located at 300 NE 2nd Street, will feature numerous local and regional artists showcasing their unique creations, mouth-watering food vendors, sand sculptures, kid’s activities, live entertainment, and much more.

“The DBASC is eagerly anticipated and has become a prominent “Spring Happening” for Dania Beach and South Florida calendars. With its growing success, the need for volunteers is increasing yearly and we are thrilled to produce an unforgettable family-filled celebration! Last year we had over 100 amazing volunteers of all ages,” states Rickelle Williams, Executive Director for the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

Perks include an invitation to the DBASC pre-event volunteer social, a one-of-a-kind Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration Sixth Anniversary souvenir T-shirt and daily refreshments at the event. To volunteer your time and be involved in our community, register online at http://daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com/volunteer or by calling 954-924-6801.

Volunteer assignment areas include: The Kids Area/ Youth Art, Artist Relations, Information Booth, Merchandise, Volunteer Booth, and Performance Art.

Event Days and Volunteer Shifts: 
Saturday, May 19th 9:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  |  12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  |   3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20th    9:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  | 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     |   3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Event Break-Down & Clean-Up
Sunday, May 19th 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

About the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration
Art and seafood enthusiasts! Don’t miss out on a FREE family fun-filled weekend at the 6th Anniversary Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration on May 19th and 20th! Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats as you groove to live entertainment all weekend long. Experience hands-on arts & crafts while admiring and purchasing your favorite creations from artist vendors. Witness local artists as they paint masterpieces during live street art performances. Kids can enjoy exciting and fun activities at Dania Beach Kids Funville while watching the 100-ton sandcastle come to life. Plus, get ready for a tasty competition at the Chef Showcase. Stay tuned for the live entertainment lineup featuring a Hit Tribute Headlining Act TBA! Admission and parking are free. Parking is located at either the Casino at Dania Beach. Open Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Located at Frost Park 300 NE 2nd St. Dania Beach, FL 33004. Visit daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com or call 954-924-6801 for more information.