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The TikiMarket at Riviera Beach Marina Reopens June 20, 2020

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Island Eats, Exotic Treats, Calypso Beats, and an All-New Summertime Saturday “Fresh & Green Morning” Caribbean-Style Farmers’ Market

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June 16, 2020, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA – The TikiMarket at Marina Village in Riviera Beach is reopening on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 9am to noon. This weekly family-friendly outdoor destination of live music, vendors, fresh food, and fresh seaside air is adding to the attraction this season with a morning farmers’ market—Caribbean style.

At Summertime Saturdays, attendees will be treated to farm-fresh, locally and regionally grown fruits and vegetables, exotic plants, creatively prepared vegan dishes, fresh-squeezed juices, coffee, mimosas, fresh coconut milk, and more.

TikiMarket favorites include an array of breakfast cuisines, conch fritters, jerk chicken, and barbecue to go, and don’t forget to peruse the island-style fashions, t-shirts, jewelry, hats, and totes.

“There’s a renewed sense of people wanting to get out and about these days,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA. “So, we’re being very careful as we selectively open the various CRA-related public hubs in accordance with local and state guidelines. Masks and social distancing at the outdoor venue are required.”

So don’t sleep in this Saturday, June 20, 2020. Get up, get out, and kick off your weekend to a fresh and healthy start at Summertime Saturday at the TikiMarket at Marina Village. 190 East 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Parking is free.

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.

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$60 Million on the Way for Palm Beach County Businesses

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The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners Approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to Assist Businesses Hardest Hit by Covid-19

May 21, 2020, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA – On May 15, 2020, Palm Beach County made available $60 million of its $261 million Federal Cares Act allocation to Palm Beach County businesses adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. This first-come, first-serve program dedicates $50 million to businesses with 25 employees or less and $10 million to businesses with greater than 25 employees.

The Riviera Beach CRA and the City of Riviera Beach urge all interested District-area businesses as well as Riviera Beach businesses to apply as soon as possible as the limited funding is expected to run out quickly. For eligibility and guidelines to apply, visit http://pbcgov.com/hes. Individual grants of up to $25,000 are available to Palm Beach County businesses forced to close or limit their operations that are planning to “restart” based on the county’s phased re-opening plan.

Documents required to apply include: a fully executed application from the county’s online portal, certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements, tax returns, payroll reports, an active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt, and an active registration on SunBiz. These documents will be required to be uploaded into the system by the applicant. The county’s online application process is expected to launch on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8 am.

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.

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Neighborhood RECLAIM Project Tour

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Media Advisory of Neighborhood RECLAIM Project Tour with Florida State and Local Riviera Beach Officials

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the Neighborhood RECLAIM project tour on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 950 West 1st Street, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404.

AUGUST 7, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA — The Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC), Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and others have partnered with the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Center in a new neighborhood revitalization effort called Neighborhood RECLAIM. The partnership’s first project will be the rehabilitation of a home at 950 West 1st Street in Riviera Beach, FL 33404, that will be sold to a low-income, first-time homebuyer.

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The residence tour on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. will be attended by officials from the Florida Department of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice, Palm Beach County Department of Public Safety, the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Program, Riviera Beach CDC and CRA, and Urban Farmers. At this convening, officials will describe the unique program’s purpose, goals, and initial action plan.

Lead by the Riviera Beach CDC, this community reintegration and affordable housing effort is a pioneering program for the area. To learn more about the rehabilitation and affordable housing efforts taking place in Riviera Beach, visit the Riviera Beach CDC website by clicking here.

For information regarding the Reentry Program, visit the City website by clicking here.

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.

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Winter Wonderland at the Marina Holiday Tree Lighting

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (Sep. 9, 2019)

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) in conjunction with the City of Riviera Beach, will be hosting the second annual Winter Wonderland at the Marina on Friday, December 6th at the Riviera Beach Marina Village. Over 3,000 Palm Beach County residents and residents from surrounding counties attended last year’s inaugural event.

This year’s event will include musical performances by local choirs and youth, TikiMarket vendors, and a free photo booth. Children will have a chance to take photos with Santa, explore Winter Wonderland in several trains and enjoy free cookies and cocoa. A hospitality tent offering light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live Jazz music will be available for adults.

The main highlights of the evening will be the countdown and lighting of the magnificently decorated 24 foot tall tree, holiday snow, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a fire truck parade by the Riviera Beach Fire and Police departments.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Riviera Beach Marina Village
190 E. 13th St.
Riviera Beach, Fl
More Info: 561-844-3408

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Wildly Popular Events Keep Residents Returning to Marina Village

Next Up: The Lion King Movie Day
The Riviera Beach Marina Village Event Center is a hub of entertainment and celebration due to an array of popular events, such as the upcoming Vybz Movie Mane Event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 11am to 2pm.

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OCTOBER 10, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA— Whether residents of Riviera Beach and surrounding communities are looking for something to do or looking for a venue in which to do something, the solution is always the same: the opens in a new windowRiviera Beach Marina Village Event Center. A premier destination for entertainment, events, celebrations and gatherings of all kinds, Marina Village will next host the Vybz Movie Mane Event featuring The Lion King on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 11am to 2pm.

This is a family-friendly afternoon event featuring bounce houses, costumed Lion King characters of Simba and Timon, face painting, food vendors and more, and is expected to draw families with blankets and lawn chairs in tow. The event is free for all ages with special VIP tickets available for just $5 each which include one soda or a water, popcorn and special autograph book for the costumed Lion King characters to sign. Kids are encouraged to dress up in jungle outfits or their Halloween costumes for trick or treating through Bicentennial Park during the event. In the event of rain, The Lion King will be screened indoors.

“Riviera Beach Marina Village creates signature “Vybz” events for the community, ranging from live music, mixers, holiday celebrations, date nights and more. Bicentennial Park at Marina Village offers waterfront views with paddleboard and kayak rentals, fishing and dive charters businesses.

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

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 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 FacebookInstagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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When Breast Cancer Awareness Hits Home

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness with a monthlong tribute to Darlene Hatcher, former CRA Director of Administrative Services, who lost her battle with the disease earlier this year. The Riviera Beach CRA has a number of events planned for October in memory of their friend and coworker and will pay respect to all those who have been touched by breast cancer as well as those on a mission to help find a cure.

OCTOBER 3, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA—The Riviera Beach CRA, which is helping guide the redevelopment of the City of Rivera Beach on a number of fronts, has planned a number of gatherings in tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in remembrance of a fallen coworker, former Director of Administrative Services Darlene Hatcher. The Riviera Beach Marina Village will provide educational resources at the Event Center throughout the month to help and honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey.

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Since October 2008, Ms. Hatcher helped the CRA reach a number of accomplishments. Ms. Hatcher was dedicated to serving the community and advocated for the causes she believed in, such as neighborhood revitalization, jobs, youth development, and workforce housing. Her passions were her family— her fiancé, kids and grandchildren—the Limestone Creek community, a love of safari animals and purses, good food, scrapbooking, and University of Miami alumni activities, including supporting the Miami Hurricanes.

“I want to applaud the Riviera Beach CRA for taking the time to recognize the service of Darlene Hatcher and the many warriors who have battled breast cancer,” said Florida State Senator Bobby Powell. “We applaud those who have won, continue to battle, and unfortunately those who lost their battle. However, we must continue to work together so we can ultimately find a cure.”

In October, the CRA will host a private ceremony and ribbon cutting of the newly dedicated Hatcher Ballroom at Riviera Beach Marina Village. The reception will include the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Ms. Hatcher.

“We are like a family here at the CRA,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA and President of the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation. “We can’t do enough to honor our friend and coworker Darlene. We miss her deeply and all her efforts for the City of Riviera Beach. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and everyone unfortunate enough to be touched by this disease.”

Additionally, in October the CRA will host a 50 Shades of Pink luncheon for remembering, paying respects, mingling, learning, and looking forward in tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panelists include breast cancer survivors, medical professionals and activists, and a keynote by survivor and author Kelly Seitz. Representatives and doctors from Good Samaritan Medical Center, the Sari Center for Integrative Cancer Care, the Pink Queen Foundation and more will answer questions and offer guidance.

The CRA has also invited the Hatcher family and friends for a separate evening of painting rocks with kind messages and designs of hope that can be kept, given to others or placed around the District to pass on inspiration to others who may be in need of a little “pay it forward” compassion.

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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 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 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 FacebookInstagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.

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When “Opportunity Zones” Knock, Palm Beach County Answers the Door

When “Opportunity Zones” Knock, Palm Beach County Answers the Door

Don’t miss the upcoming Palm Beach County Opportunity Zone Program Workshop, Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take home valuable insight about the Palm Beach County arm of this nationwide community investment initiative that provides new capital gains tax incentives to investors who support economic development in key areas.

AUGUST 8, 2019, RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA—While, in theory, everyone in Palm Beach County has a vested interest in supporting the revitalization of our economically distressed communities, it requires a lot more than good intentions to repave roads, create jobs and drive general economic development. That’s why in 2017 the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, establishing the Opportunity Zone (OZ) Program, which allows individual investors to place capital gains in qualified OZ Funds. Here’s your chance locally to learn more about this new program.

During the Thursday, August 15, 2019, convening at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attendees will learn more about the OZ Program. This will include how, in exchange for their investment, they can receive capital gains tax deferments and eliminate certain taxes on returns from OZ Fund investments held for 10 years.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and brainstorm about deals.

Facilitated by the Florida Housing Coalition, the Palm Beach County partners and sponsors of this workshop include the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, Community Partners of South Florida, Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Representatives from a number of the onboard partner and sponsor organizations shared their enthusiasm about both the OZ program and the upcoming workshop:

“This initiative resonates in multiple areas with the goals of our organization,” says Scott Evans, Interim Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA and President of the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (CDC). “We’re excited at the prospect of additional funding coming into the District via the OZ Fund and delighted that our Marina Village Event Center is ideal for this and future workshops.”

“We’re looking forward to working with all our partners, including the Riviera Beach CRA, on this important event,” says Benjamin Toro-Spears, Technical Advisor for the Florida Housing Coalition. “Bringing the community together like this significantly improves the likelihood we see high impact investment coming into these areas and delivering positive returns for investors and residents.”

“We are honored to be part of the Opportunity Zones program,” says Scott Hansel, Chief Executive Officer at Community Partners of South Florida, “Not only are Opportunity Funds crucial to comprehensive community development and building safe, stable neighborhoods of choice, but they can also drive economic mobility thereby creating a better community for us all.  We’re excited to work as valued partners on this important initiative and look forward to seeing how our engagement serves the Community Partners of South Florida mission of Changing the odds for Palm Beach County’s children and families.”

The OZ Fund uses investors’ capital as an economic development tool to support and grow OZ Projects to help rejuvenate local economies, create jobs within the boundaries of economically distressed communities, and drive additional economic development in these designated areas.

The mission of the OZ program is to create lasting positive effects in those Palm Beach County communities with the highest need of economic development.  Investor dollars, leveraged with other resources, will help provide scarce financial resources to produce more sustainable and higher functioning communities and neighborhoods.

To learn more, visit the Riviera Beach CRA website by clicking here. To register to attend, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/palm-beach-county-fl-oz-convening-tickets-64433000840

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Visit our sponsor and partner websites at:

Riviera Beach CDC

Florida Housing Coalition

Community Partners of South Florida

Keller Williams Realty 

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

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 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 FacebookInstagram @RBCRA and Twitter @RivieraBeachCRA pages or visit www.rbcra.com.