2018 Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration Announces New and Returning Sponsors Dania Beach, FL

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:26am

The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) is excited to announce that Kimco Realty Corporation, who is managing the exciting Dania Pointe mixed-use project, as a major sponsor to this year’s 6th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration. Sponsor of the massive 100-ton Sand Sculpture and the Sandbar Stage, KimcoRealty Corp. is a real estate investment trust and is one of North America's largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2018, the company owned interests in 475 U.S. shopping centers comprising 81 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets, and has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for 60 years.

As the $250 million-plus Dania Pointe project broke ground in 2016, the 102-acre premier mixed-use development will have almost 1 million square feet of retail in addition to 500,000-1,000,000 square feet of prime, Class A office space, 300 hotel rooms in the two hotel towers, approximately 1,000 planned luxury apartment units and public event space, making it Broward County’s preeminent lifestyle destination. The project is anticipated to bring in upwards of $20 million a year in tax revenue to the City.

“This transformative project will revitalize Dania Beach to become a world-class business and entertainment center and provide a place to enjoy experiences.,” said Rickelle Williams Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s Executive Director. “I am very pleased that KimcoRealty and Dania Pointe have partnered with us this year and am highly enthusiastic about forging a continued partnership for years to come.”

A newly added contributor this year is the Meyer’s Group, sponsor of the Treasure Cove Artist Area. The Meyer’s Group is a privately owned multi-family and mixed-use real estate firm focused on strategic investments, expert development, quality construction and comprehensive property management. Their feature property is The Residences of Dania Pointe, which will feature 264 units in an eight-story concrete block building, with an elevator serviced garage.

3 Sons Brewing Co. has also graciously contributed to this year’s event and is sponsoring the Chef Showcase. “When we heard news of this highly anticipated event, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get involved and intensify our community presence and brand recognition to thousands of visitors, especially since we will be opening our doors in the heart of Dania Beach.” states Joe Artanis, Co-Founder. 3 Sons Brewing Co. is comprised of passionate brewers with a penchant for creative and modern techniques when it comes to their craft. Excited to soon have a home in Broward’s oldest city, this group of eager artisans proudly stands behind their philosophy of brewing the highest quality beers through tried and tested techniques, which have produced flavorful and unique award-winning beers.

The Casino at Dania Beach has been a major contributor the last three years and has stepped up to the plate again this year. Named VIP Hospitality Sponsor, the casino is no stranger to publicizing their live entertainment venues and is highly successful in their endeavors. “The Arts and Seafood Celebration is a great event, and we are thrilled to be a part of it again this year. We had a great experience in previous years and look forward to the fun and excitement once again,” states Nataly Hayes

Kimco Realty Corp., Dania Pointe, The Meyer’s Group, 3 Sons Brewery and continuing sponsor The Casino at Dania Beach, join the long list of new and continuing sponsors to this year’s Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration including:

Calvin, Giordano and Associates
Florida Power and Light
Tobacco Free Florida
Waste Management
ASA College
Gangrel’s Wrestling Asylum
Hotel Morrison
Big Mouth Girlz
Florida Home-Improvement Associates
and more!!

This award-winning event attracted over 20,000 attendees in 2017 and is anticipated to be even larger this year. The Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration takes place on Saturday May 19th from 11AM – 8PM and Sunday May 20th from 11AM – 6PM in Frost Parklocated at 300 NE 2nd Street.

For more information about becoming a sponsor for the 2018 Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration, contact Kisha Payen at 954-924-6801. Visit for more information.

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.

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 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 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!

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