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Riviera Beach CDC Sponsors Suncoast Community High School’s Garden Program

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Riviera Beach CDC Sponsors Suncoast Community High School’s Garden Program

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Suncoast Community High School has a garden program that is in need of gloves and handheld shoves that are not able to be shared as much as before due to COVID-19 and the Riviera Beach CDC has donated funds to help. The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (RBCDC) supports a robust community garden program since 2015, primary located in LMI areas, areas of high food insecurity and/or food deserts. These areas are especially vulnerable to outside stresses. Additionally, at the onset of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and few restrictions, we are as a nation experiencing growing food insecurity.

“Riviera Beach CDC is so pleased to provide this modest donation to assist our local students in learning how to grow healthy, wholesome, organic food with their own hands.” said Annetta Jenkins, Executive Director. We want our young people to know how to utilize the local resources and grow their own gardens in their own backyards. The Riviera Beach CDC supports local programs such as these to bring education to the area and to our young leaders of tomorrow.


The Riviera Beach CDC operates within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council and the City of Riviera Beach to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate affordable housing for families of modest means and the elderly to live safely and in sanitary conditions. The CDC provides investment capital to low-income communities and individuals and engages in other community development for the purposes of community and neighborhood improvement and increases economic development via increased sustainable business and jobs. For more information, visit rivierabeachcdc.org.

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The City of Riviera Beach Hosts a Second Job Fair

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The second Job Fair in Riviera Beach happened at the Riviera Beach Marina Village on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 10am to 1pm with record attendance by employers and interviewees looking for work. There were 25 employers ready to hire from different industries within Palm Beach County and over 200 people that showed up looking to meet with them.

“This pandemic has affected everybody across the board so we’re trying to bridge that gap between the two,” Councilman Douglas Lawson said. “In addition to the pandemic, we also have to provide opportunities for our employees and also for our residents because our employers are struggling as well.”

Job seekers were encouraged to dress for success and bring plenty of resumes. Suits for Seniors were also onsite to help dress people for their best. Interviewees were brought into Newcomb Hall in groups of 28 and were able to sit down and speak to employers in their 20-minute round table time. To make sure everyone stayed safe, CDC guidelines were followed as face masks and social distancing were required.

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In addition to the job fair, Lawson said there will be an opportunity for those in attendance to learn how to write a resume and receive tips on how to prepare for an interview. “The goal is to really just build a training plan of programs and build succession planning to teach them how to actually move forward and up the ranks so we don’t want to just give jobs and put residents with employers, we want to make sure we give the training necessary to get to the next level,” Lawson said.

We are already hearing of great success from this job fair days after the event. Employers sent people to second interviews from the job fair and called others back to offer full-time or part-time roles. We are excited to hear all that came from this job fair and the others to come. Stay tuned for the next job fair!

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The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within the district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the Riviera Beach CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances and new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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New Art Gallery at the Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center

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The Riviera Beach CRA, City of Riviera Beach and Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches partnered together to celebrated Black History Month with a series of art discussions on “Civil Rights Reflected in Art & Culture.” The series was kicked off on February 5, 2021 at 5:30pm with a live discussion at the Riviera Beach Marina Village with a small invited audience. The entire series was available to watch through Zoom with playbacks posted on the Riviera Beach CRA social media channels.

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This was a great event to showcase local artists and bring art and culture to Riviera Beach. Dr. Catherine Lowe and Ms. Barbara Chieves took us through all of the artwork and what they feel the perspective was from the artists. The exhibit was open to the public by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays during the daytime and Tuesday afternoons and evenings in the month of February.

We are excited to continue this partnership with Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches with the Women’s History exhibit, which opened on March 7, 2021 at the Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center. We have extended the hours to see the gallery by appointment only by adding Sunday morning appointments. Call 561-881-7439 to schedule your time to see the beautiful gallery.

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The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within the district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the Riviera Beach CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances and new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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MLK “Appreciate the Dream Through Health” Virtual Cooking Class

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The Riviera Beach CRA and Riviera Beach CDC offered a virtual cooking class on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to show appreciation of the dream through health. This class was hosted by Chef Richard, from Culinary Flair. Residents were asked to sign up ahead of time and drive up to the Community Gardens at 10th Street between 12pm-3pm the day of the event, where they were handed through their car window, fresh greens picked from the garden for the recipe.

The class took place through Zoom at 6pm that evening. Chef Richard cooked from his house with three cameras, as you see above in the photo. The twenty-three people that attended the class were able to cook in their own kitchens at the same time and ask questions as they went along with the process. This class informed the community about how growing your own fresh vegetables in your home garden were not just good for you, but easy to cook and very tasty.

At the end of the class, Chef Richard had a question-and-answer session that opened the floor up to any questions on nutrition and healthy recipes, while everyone was waiting on their greens to finish cooking. After the meal was plated by the Chef, the participates were invited to share their meals on screen. It was a great interactive event that everyone that attended enjoyed and the meal was mighty tasty to enjoy after.

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The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within the district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the Riviera Beach CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances and new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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Riviera Beach CDC and BB&T Provide Families with Garden Kit

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Riviera Beach CDC and BB&T Partner to Provide Thirty-Five Families with an Expanded Sow and Grow Garden Kit

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The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (RBCDC) supports a robust community garden program since 2015, primarily located in LMI areas, areas of high food insecurity and/or food deserts. These areas are especially vulnerable to outside stresses. Additionally, at the onset of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and few restrictions, we are as a nation experiencing growing food insecurity. Residents have limited access to fresh, wholesome food; grocery shelves are often bare of even essentials, including meat, milk, bread, and fresh produce. 

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BB&T helped provide with its Lighthouse Project Grant of $2,500 to the RBCDC, an expansion to our gardening outreach to include the Sow and Grow Project, called the “Gardenista” program. The program was able to assist thirty-five families (120 people) with acquiring supplies to create a large raised bed garden with enriched soil for the planting of the seeds and seedlings given to them. This allows these families to learn how easy it to grow your own vegetables and how forgiving some things like tomatoes, lettuces, and pepper are. You will be amazed by how much fun gardening can be, and the pride you take in sharing healthy food nurtured by your own efforts. At home gardening helps people develop more of an interest in learning about their food choices, and how to prepare fresh, healthy food at home.


The Riviera Beach CDC operates within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council and the City of Riviera Beach to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate affordable housing for families of modest means and the elderly to live safely and in sanitary conditions. The CDC provides investment capital to low-income communities and individuals and engages in other community development for the purposes of community and neighborhood improvement and increases economic development via increased sustainable business and jobs. For more information, visit rivierabeachcdc.org.

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Holiday Events at the Riviera Beach Marina Village

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In the CRA’s continued efforts to celebrate even during a pandemic as a city, there were things we had to do a bit different this year at the Riviera Beach Marina Village.

Our Annual Winter Wonderland, where we traditionally have thousands of people on the promenade, turned to a Holiday Drive Thru Event. We hosted a virtual tree lighting that was taped and shown on TV18 and social media with our City Manager and Commissioners on December 4, 2020.

The Drive-Thru opened at 6:45pm with cars coming in steadily to see the tree lit, Santa and Mrs. Claus, DJ playing Holiday Hits, Tron “Light-Up” Man dancing, and Faith’s Place musicians and dancers with their holiday concert. Kids received goodie bags on entry with fun holiday treats. It was a fun event to be able to be with everyone socially distanced.

Celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah each night a flame was lit on the Menorah on the promenade. Rabbi Berel Namdar from Chabad Singer Island & the Beaches, lead a brief prayer and song blessing at the Riviera Beach Marina Village and lit the flame celebrating each day of Hanukkah. We were able to post these on our social media and celebrate each day of Hanukkah together through still photography this year.

Councilperson Shirley Lanier (along with) The City of Riviera Beach celebrated our inaugural drive-thru Kwanzaa experience at the Riviera Beach Marina Village on Saturday, December 26, 2020 from 3pm till 6pm. This celebration was a drive-thru experience that was also televised on TV18.

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Councilperson Shirley Lanier stated: “Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday, which is meant to honor African Americans’ ancestral roots by embracing the culture with family and the community. The act of Kwanzaa is to honor the seven principles that represent seven values of African culture, that builds and reinforces community among African-Americans. Each day a different principle is discussed, and each day a candle is lit on the kinara (candleholder). We wanted to inform and ultimately share our ancestral heritage traditions for this holiday season and the holidays to come. “

The celebration started with the lighting of the life size Kinara for the first day. There was live entertainment of African dancers and drummers, poets, and a DJ. The Tiki Market joined the celebration on Sunday, December 27, 2020 for the 2nd day of Kwanzaa, showcasing the principle of Ujamaa, which is to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

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The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within the district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the Riviera Beach CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances and new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents. For more information about the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, follow the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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Riviera Beach CDC Awarded $25,000 Grant to assist in COVID Relief

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Riviera Beach CDC Awarded $25,000 from United Way’s Palm Beach County Cares for Non-Profits Grant to Assist in COVID Relief 

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March 1, 2021, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners allocated up to $4 million in emergency relief to nonprofit organizations who have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), and contracted with United Way of Palm Beach County to administer distribution of the funds. Qualifying nonprofit organizations were eligible to receive a one-time grant up to $25,000 to help them recover from the negative financial consequences resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) if accepted.

The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation was awarded $25,000 in funds to help with the negative financial consequences resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19). This grant will allow programming to continue with little changes based on financial fundraising loss due to COVID. United Way also provided hand sanitizer, masks, and other PPE to the RBCDC to provide to residents and program participants in Riviera Beach.

“This generous support allowed RBCDC to continue to provide homebuyer counseling, small business assistance, financial counseling workshops, and rental assistance to our community. We appreciate the partnership and the support from United Way and Palm Beach County,” says Darryl Leonard, RBCDC Chairperson. This grant was made possible through a collaboration between United Way of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Funds were available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package.


The Riviera Beach CDC operates within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council and the City of Riviera Beach to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate affordable housing for families of modest means and the elderly to live safely and in sanitary conditions. The CDC provides investment capital to low-income communities and individuals and engages in other community development for the purposes of community and neighborhood improvement and increases economic development via increased sustainable business and jobs. For more information, visit rivierabeachcdc.org.

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Riviera Beach CDC Awarded $20,000 from BB&T

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Riviera Beach CDC Awarded $20,000 from BB&T to Help with Redevelopment Project to Get First Time Homebuyers in Affordable Housing

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In 2019, Palm Beach County donated a single-family property to the Riviera Beach CDC. Because this property was donated to us by Palm Beach County, acquisition costs, closing costs, and demolition costs were low and allowed the house to be earmarked for affordable housing for a member of Riviera Beach’s First Time Homebuyers Club. Improving the worst property in the most challenged area of the city, to benefit a very low-income family, will have a ripple effect in the neighborhood.

This property is in the heart of several improvement projects undertaken by the RBCDC and the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) including: an award-winning Community Garden, a Linear Park, sidewalk improvements, affordable housing development, owner occupied rehabilitation, many beautification projects, and a community safety initiative that includes SmartWater, cameras, and a Neighborhood Watch Program.

A generous contribution from BB&T of twenty thousand dollars served as a major portion of pre-development costs. RBCDC intends to develop a solar home including new flooring, energy efficient: HVAC, appliances, low VOC paint in/out, porcelain tile, impact windows and doors, solar roof, xeriscape landscaping, sprinkler system/rain barrel, among other items. This is innovative for this area as the buyer will be gaining a new home. They will also receive a free Safety Tool Kit that includes SmartWater, motion lights, the RING doorbell, code-acceptable house numbers, and several 10-year smoke detectors

In our last residential project, BB&T provided all the end loans for our first-time homebuyers. They are a great partner in redevelopment and working with first-time homebuyers in Riviera Beach.


The Riviera Beach CDC operates within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council and the City of Riviera Beach to acquire, rehabilitate, and operate affordable housing for families of modest means and the elderly to live safely and in sanitary conditions. The CDC provides investment capital to low-income communities and individuals and engages in other community development for the purposes of community and neighborhood improvement and increases economic development via increased sustainable business and jobs. For more information, visit rivierabeachcdc.org.

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TikiMarket Valentine Pop-up Bazaar

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Love is in the air!
@TikiMarket at the Marina!
+Pop-Up Valentine Bazaar
February 14​, 2021 – ​10 am to 3-ish

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February 10, 2021, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA – Shop ​our Island-y, Valentine Pop-up Bazaar! Experience delicious food, artisan jewels, Caribbean specialties, crafts, tropical treasures and more! ​O​n the Intracoastal waterway. Spend the afternoon at our celebrated outdoor TikiMarket! Masks required & social distancing.

Free event with ample free parking. Sponsored by the Riviera Beach CRA. The TikiMarket is located in Marina Village @ 190 East 13th Street. Just south of Blue Heron Bridge Just follow the music! For more information, contact, Alisa Hall at tikimarketrb@gmail.com.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure; and generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves the perception of safety in the area.

The Agency’s main mission is to guide the city’s redevelopment efforts. This includes making investments of public funds in key infrastructure improvement projects that have the capacity to act as a catalyst for additional private funding and development, create jobs and help to improve the quality of life for city residents.

Stay informed on all developments in the Riviera Beach CRA by following the official Facebook, Instagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or by visiting www.rbcra.com.