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The DBCRA Discusses a Master Plan for Downtown Dania Beach

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 2:06pm

Dania Beach - The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) will be hosting a Merchant Meeting on Thursday August 25th, from 6PM – 8PM in the Dania Beach City Hall Atrium located at 100 West Dania Beach Blvd. to discuss a master plan for Downtown Dania Beach.

The DBCRA has budgeted funds for key initiatives in Downtown Dania Beach for 2016-17.  The DBCRA is seeking evaluation and input regarding:
• Ways to upgrade building facades, especially along Federal Highway
• How to solve side street parking problems and accommodate bicycle paths, pedestrian crossways and safe walkways for children
• New perspective on downtown development including the planned city center request for proposals, FEC rail crossings and other developments.
“We are excited to put these initiatives into action and eager to hear from the community,” states DBCRA Executive Director Rachel Bach.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. To RSVP contact Kisha Payen at For more information, contact the CRA at 954-924-6801.

Calling all Artists and Craft Vendors: Be a Part of the FIFTH Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration!

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:55pm

Dania Beach, FL- Creativity abounds in Dania Beach. The city’s vision of a signature event that centers on artists and their creative expression has become a reality with the upcoming fifth annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration.  This festival will celebrate the diversity of local and regional artists, craft artists, specialty food vendors and handmade products by giving these artisan small businesses the opportunity to exhibit and sell their wares.
The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) is proud to announce a call to artists and craft vendors interested in selling their work/edibles as part of the two-day celebration. To apply, please visit our online application at For additional information, please contact Stewart Auville at
Sam McInnis, a South Florida native, is ecstatic to be an art vendor for the third year in a row. “I love supporting this festival and stand behind shopping local. It has been a magnificent experience participating in this event. Watching it grow over the years makes me overjoyed to be a part of it again this year.” McInnis was awarded Best Ceramics Artisan last year.
The DBCRA will be presenting the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration on Saturday April 8th, 2016 from 11AM to 8PM and Sunday April 9th, 2017 from 11AM to 6PM. The award-winning south Florida event will feature a variety of artists and artisans displaying their creativity in twelve art forms. The site of the show is Frost Park, 300 N. E. 2nd St.   Convenient parking is located across the street in the Dania Jai Alai parking lot. This outdoor festival portrays the uniqueness of Broward’s oldest city and reflects its artistic vibe.​

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:37pm

Dania Beach Fla. (August 25, 2016) – The Dania Beach CRA was a big winner this year at the 22nd Annual Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) convention and trade show, taking home 11 SUNsational Awards. Dania Beach won the most awards in South Florida for its 4th annual Arts and Seafood Celebration and PATCH Urban Farm and Market. FFEA’s program recognizes members' innovation, individuality and creative collaboration. According to its website for over 20 years, “Florida Festivals & Events Association has been promoting and strengthening the festival, event and fair industry in Florida. FFEA currently supports more than 500 event industry professional members who collectively represent 3,500 events”.

“We are beyond humbled to win these awards and to showcase all of the hard-work and dedication the CRA puts behind everything we do!” States Rachel Bach, DBCRA Executive Director.

Nominations for awards 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 and they were judged by a blue ribbon panel of professionals.

South Florida was well represented with FFEA Members in the area receiving 131 total awards, with the Dania Beach Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) winning a total of 11 awards.

“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.”

The following is a list of South Florida winners for a complete list of winners visit

  • Alpha Media USA (4)
  • Bobby Rodriguez Productions, Inc. (3)
  • City of Boynton Beach (1)
  • City of Boynton Beach CRA (9)
  • City of Boynton Beach Parks & Recreation (2)
  • City of Coral Springs (3)
  • City of Hialeah (3)
  • City of North Miami Parks & Recreation (1)
  • City Of Palm Beach Gardens (3)
  • City of Pompano Beach (1)
  • City Of Tamarac (1)
  • City Of West Palm Beach Community Events (7)
  • Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association (8)
  • Dania Beach CRA (11)
  • Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (5)
  • Festival Management Group, Inc. (6)
  • Lion Country Safari (2)
  • Margate CRA (2)
  • Palm Beach County Public Affairs (1)
  • Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce (4)
  • Pompano Beach CRA (5)
  • Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts (2)
  • Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (2)
  • South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. (8)
  • Village of Wellington (5)
  • West Palm Beach CRA (3)
  • West Palm Beach DDA (7)
  • Winterfest, Inc. (8)

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


Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:43pm

Dania Beach, FL: Visitors to Dania Beach City Hall may notice a new eye-catching work of art located in the atrium: a colorful series of paintings created by three different and talented artists. The Cultural Arts Committee of the Creative Arts Council, led by Henriette "Kitte" Arnold, received permission from the city commission to create a revolving art display in the city atrium.  “The committee raised the funds to buy hardware for hanging the art and "voila" the bare atrium became the Dania Beach Atrium Art Gallery.  Under Kitte's direction we have had several different displays from local artists and the response from the public and the city hall staffers has been very positive,” states Bo Donly Chair of the Creative Arts Council Advisory Board for Dania Beach. This art display is free and accessible to anyone.

About the Artists:

Dawn (Duncan) Verheylewegen is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Born into a family with both professional and casual artists, she has continued that family tradition. Throughout her High school and University studies, Dawn pursued her two greatest interests; Visual Arts and Anthropology. Dawn has a keen interest in other cultures, their people, environments and way of life and expresses this through her artwork. During a year-long stay in Japan, Dawn began to develop her detailed style of portraiture. She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean, drawing and painting the people and landscapes of the countries she has visited.

"I have been fortunate, in my life, to have been able to travel, live and work in a great number of diverse countries and cultures. I believe that, due to my background in both Anthropology and Art, I have come to focus primarily on people in my work. I see the power people have to convey such emotion, character and beauty. I am always captivated by the human face and form and the stories they can tell us,” states Verheylewegen. She now lives in Broward County as one of the 18 working Artists at Studio 18 in the Pines, an 11,000 square foot gallery in Pembroke Pines Florida. For more information on this artist, visit

Robyn Vegas, born in New Orleans, works with paper, color pencil, ink, graphite, oil paint, collage and mixed media.  Vegas describes herself as a “creator.” Her current work explores the theme of historical perceptions of women, celebrating their strength and inner beauty.  “I want to awaken an appreciation for the spiritual qualities manifested through my paintings and sculptures.”

“If my work touches someone else, then I am rewarded because it is meant to inspire the viewer.  This goal pushes me to grow with my creativity and skill. I want people to stop and appreciate that beauty is all around them,” says Vegas. For more info on Vegas, visit

With a background in Graphic Design from the New York Institute of Technology, artist Maria Wieder has always had a love for art. After marrying, she decided to pick up painting again and her passion ignited. “I like painting in oil, although I use other mediums as well.  My subject matters are varied, including still lives, sceneries and just about anything I find interesting and beautiful. I trained in the European realism style, and recently I am beginning to experiment with portraiture. My last exhibit was influenced by the Farm to Table movement, which I painted varied vegetables in rich colors and details,” states Wieder. She currently has studio space at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines where she works and teaches classical painting.

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

Summer BreakSpot Providing Free Meals to Kids and Teens During Kickoff Event

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:40pm

Dania Beach, FL – On Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00AM - 1:00PM, The PATCH Urban Farm and Market will host the Summer BreakSpot Kickoff event. The Dania Beach Housing Authority and the City of Dania Beach, in conjunction with local non-profit organizations, will be distributing free lunches for up to 50 local kids and teens during the event.

Rachel Bach, Executive Director of the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, stresses the importance of this program for local children, “Offering free, nutritious meals also provides an incentive for children to participate in summer enrichment programs, which means that children are not only well-fed, but in a safe environment engaged in academic and recreational activities.”

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

  • Market with fresh produce
  • Live music
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Ladybug release
  • Art table with crafts
  • $5 PATCH BBQ plate
  • And more!

After the kickoff event, the program will continue throughout the summer months while school is out. The Summer BreakSpot Meal Program, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and supported locally by non-profits such as Meals on Wheels South Florida. Free meals will be available to kids and teens (under 18) each day at designated locations. The program was created to bridge the nutrition gap during the summer months when children are left at risk of suffering from hunger due to the unavailability of free or reduced lunches provided by schools during the school year.

More about The PATCH™ Urban Farm and Market can be found at

More information about the Summer BreakSpot program can be found at