Dania Beach CRA takes Home 11 State Awards – Most in Southeast Florida

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:01am

Dania Beach, FL (date) – The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) was a big winner this year at the 23rd annual Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) convention and tradeshow, taking home 11 SUNSational Awards. The Program recognizes members' innovation, individuality and creative collaboration. The awards were won for the DBCRA’s 5th Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration, The PATCH Farm and Market, and the Neighborhood Ambassadors Program.

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said Suzanne Neve, Executive Director of the FFEA. “ We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”

Nominations were accepted in nine categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR / Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A total of 130 events submitted their materials for consideration.

Southeast Florida was well represented with FFEA Members in the area receiving 43 total awards.

City of Coral Springs (2)
City of Hialeah (4)
City of North Miami Parks & Recreation (2)
City of Pompano Beach (2)
City of Tamarac (1)
Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association (9)

Dania Beach CRA (11)

Florida Renaissance Festival (2) Margate CRA (1)
Winterfest, Inc. (9)

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts.


For more information on all of the DBCRA’s events, visit or call 954-924-6801. For more information about FFEA, visit

The PATCH Provides FREE Back to School Giveaways and More During Event

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:12am

Dania Beach, FL- On Saturday August 19th from 9AM – 1PM, The PATCH Urban Farm and Market will celebrate ‘Back to School’ by hosting a free event for the community helping parents gear up for a successful school year. As part of the celebration, Art N Soul, among others will be providing a free backpack giveaway while supplies last as well as numerous other activities. The ‘Back to School Bash’ serves as a kickoff to the new school year.

“We know summer can be a stressful time for parents, and we’re here to help. We want the children in the community to be excited for a fresh start to the new school year,” states Kathleen Weekes, Interim Executive Director of the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA).

The PATCH is located at 1201 West Dania Beach Blvd and event activities will include:

  • PATCH Market (open from 9AM – 1PM; always providing 50% off on all EBT sales)

  • Bounce House Fun!

  • FREE Backpack Giveaway (while supplies last) sponsored by Art N Soul

  • FREE Haircuts

  • FREE Food Giveaway sponsored by Kiwanis

  • Minute-to-Win-It Games to Win School Supplies

  • Market Sales

  • Kid’s Activities and Games

  • Food Demonstrations

  • Educational Activities and Much More!

Organizational partners for this event include: the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Dania Beach Kiwanis, Art n Soul, TOUCH, the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) and Love our Nation.

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 or visit

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.