Press Release

Dania Beach CRA Launches Free Job Training Opportunities Resource Fair

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:10am

Dania Beach, FL – On Tuesday August 8th from 9AM – Noon, interested participants will discover a pathway to the job of their dreams at a free Dania Beach Training Fair, with representatives present to discuss the many free and paid training opportunities available. Training is open to anyone aged 17 or older. No previous experience is necessary.

“Dania Beach will create upwards of 4,000 new jobs over the next 24 months and, given Broward County’s low unemployment rate, this represents a unique opportunity for unemployed or underemployed persons to get good paying jobs,” said Dan Murphy, economic development manager. “Training and career education is available from many sources, which we are excited to offer for free at the upcoming fair.”

Highlights include:

  • Meet representatives of OIC, CareerSource, Sheridan Technical and Broward College as well as companies hiring today.

  • Opportunities exist in construction, retail trade, certified office worker disciplines, marine and other skills!

  • Some programs may include transportation, day care assistance for parents or paid apprenticeships.

Interested persons should call or e-mail Dan Murphy to make an appointment and schedule their meeting with counselors and companies. Contact Information: 954 924-6801 ex. 3667 or with your name, contact information and the kind of training you are interested in.

Dania Beach CRA Issues RFQ for Real Estate Developer for Downtown City Center

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:07am

Dania Beach, FL - The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) invites interested parties to participate in a public private partnership and submit qualifications (RFQ) for the redevelopment of property known as the Dania Beach City Center. This 4.5-acre site is owned by the City of Dania Beach.  A primary focus of the DBCRA has been to create a vibrant mixed-use center in the downtown that will serve as an activated central gathering place for residents and visitors alike. Redevelopment of the site should include a new City Hall Facility and a Park/Open Space that incorporates sustainable elements, as well as market rate, multi-family housing.

The City of Dania Beach is experiencing revitalization in both the immediate downtown area and the surrounding area. Multiple hotels and residential units are under construction and less thanone mile from the City Center site is Dania Pointe, a $900 Million mixed-use project currently under construction. The City Center site is conveniently located near I-95, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, and the Casino at Dania Beach.The CRA is also working on   downtown redevelopment projects which include a multi-million dollar streetscape improvement project to enhance the City Center. 

The City Center Site has great potential to become a transit-oriented mixed-use development due to its close proximity to the Florida East Coast (“FEC”) railway and to the proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter rail system and station. The new mixed-use “City Center” will include retail, office and residential uses, and should incorporate the City parking garage structure that was constructed and completed in 2011.

Interested firms may secure the solicitation package and all other pertinent information by visiting or

• Questions regarding this solicitation shall be submitted in writing to the CRA Consultant through no later than 5:00 PM on August 24, 2017.  
• The closing date and time deadline to submit RFQ responses is 2:00 PM EST on September 22, 2017.
• The RFQ NO. CRA-17-001 should be submitted to the following address:
• Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
c/o City of Dania Beach City Clerk’s Office
Louise Stilson, CMC, City Clerk
100 W. Dania Beach Boulevard Dania Beach, FL 33004

For more information on the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, contact 954-924-6801 or visit

The Dania Beach PATCH Farm and Market Launches Apprenticeship Training Program

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 4:31pm

Dania Beach, FL – The PATCH Apprenticeship Training Program (PATP), a forty-hour program, is a collaborative effort championed by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward Regional Health Council, SURG Consulting, LLC and PATCH CAN.  The program will kick-start on Saturday July 15th, 2017 offering opportunities for six qualified participants to receive a paid apprenticeship. The application deadline is June 30th by 5PM and interested persons should email Jaime Castoro at outlining why you are interested in the apprenticeship, what experience, if any, you have in farming and what qualities you think you will bring to the team.

“This is a great opportunity for the right individual to have an immersive experience in the operation of an organic farm and market. Our promise to you is thorough training of all farm tasks, a safe and welcoming environment, opportunities to learn from other farmers with different systems, and opportunities to assist at the farmer’s markets and with PATCH sponsored community activities,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach CRA Executive Director.

Class days are every Saturday and Sunday beginning on Saturday, July 15th through Sunday, August 6th from 7:30AM – 1:30PM. This program has been specifically designed for the PATCH Farm and Market with hopes to train individuals for Dania Beach and other cities looking to launch similar projects.  This first of its kind in Broward County Apprenticeship Program will provide participants the opportunity to discover how food production connects communities and builds health and wellness; how to select, grow and harvest crops; about market operations and how to maximize harvests; and how to supply fresh local produce to your community. Through this Apprenticeship, participants will develop the job skills that could lead to employment at local farmer’s markets and urban farms or nurseries.

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events.   For more information call 954-924-6801.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 4:07pm

Dania Beach, FL: Visitors to Dania Beach City Hall may notice new colorful and brightworks of art hanging in the atrium: a series of paintings transmitting realism using bright colorsand the contrast of lights and shadows are on display. The current showing at City Hall in the Atrium Gallery showcases works of art created by Ana Maria Aguerrevere.  This gallery is open during City hours and is free and accessible to the public. An open reception will be held onSaturday June 24th from 2PM – 4PM with an opportunity to meet the artist and members of the Dania Beach Creative Arts Council with light refreshments being served.

The City Hall Atrium Art Gallery is a project of the Dania Beach Creative Arts Council.  Led by Henriette "Kitte" Arnold, Chair and volunteer curator of the gallery, the Council raised money to purchase the hardware to transform what once served as a bare bones lobby into a public gallery with revolving exhibits in the atrium at City Hall, located at 100 West Dania Beach Blvd.  The Council featured several different displays from local artists and the response from the public and the city hall staffers has been very positive. “I am so excited to have this space to share local artistic talent to the community of Dania Beach. Art is inspiring and important – it is essential to the human spirit,” states Kitte.

About the artist:

Ana Maria has an impressive resume with 30 years of academic studies and practicalexperience, ranging from music and art to interior design and architecture. She studied at BrivilAcademy of Design and at the Central University of Venezuela. She has a degree in Interior Design and Architecture.

“I am the fourth in a family of seven children, and grew up surrounded by art. I have always considered my parents, who are very good artists, to be the best art teachers I could ever have,” states Aguerrevere.

She has two passions, music and painting; she sings in two choirs Amazonia Vocal Ensemble and St Katharine Drexel, and paints in Studio 18 in the Pines and teaches at The Art Institute of Weston.

Ana Maria is an artist who developed her own style. She dedicates her time to making and selling corporate gifts and useful objects using her paintings as part of her designs. She has worked with watercolors, pastels, graphite and acrylics. But, at the present time, oil is her favorite technique.

Her exhibitions have taken place in many locations, including Caracas, Venezuela; New York; and South Florida. She has also participated in different shows, including lnvedin in 1995-2000, the Art Show in New York in 2007, The Art Walk in Weston in 2008-16, The Art festival at Pembroke Pines 2011-17, Art Fest in Boca Raton 2011-12, Mainsail at St Petersburg 2012-15, Maitland at Orlando 2013-16, Santa Fe College Art Festival at Gainesville 2014-16 and others, winning several awards. Exhibitions in the Art Institute of Weston and Studio 18 in the Pines 2010-17.

She is currently teaching Drawing and Painting from beginning to advanced level.

Stay tuned for future revolving art displays at the Dania Beach City Hall Atrium. ​

The Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market Honors its Volunteers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 2:43pm

Dania Beach, FL – On Saturday June 17th from 9AM – 1PM, the PATCH Urban Farm and Market celebrates and honors the volunteers that have ‘dug in’ and made a difference in the community. Between the months of January – May 2017, volunteers have contributed 743.5 hours at the PATCH, a testament to the dedication of the community in providing a network of secure, healthy food sources. During the event, top volunteers will be awarded shirts and prizes honoring their tireless efforts in maintaining the PATCH Garden and its fresh, healthy, and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.

 “The PATCH provides a platform for education, cultural growth, community participation and economic development. Our volunteers are passionate about access to local, healthy and affordable food, offering their time, expertise and philanthropic giving to create more sustainable communities, and we’re proud to support their volunteer and charitable efforts,” states Rachel Bach, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director.

There are numerous ways volunteers can get involved in the PATCH. Gardening volunteers assist by planting, mulching, spreading dirt, weeding, cutting grass, and cleaning up at the PATCH. Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, and community outreach. In addition, the PATCH offers a variety of soft skills volunteer opportunities to include programs for youth focused on entrepreneurship and community engagement. To volunteer your time, sign up online here:

The PATCH Farm and Market is located at 1201 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL. The market is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and every 3rd Saturday of the month the PATCH hosts special family events.   For more information call 954-924-6801.