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TikiMarket at Riviera Beach Marina Village

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2018)

A unique outdoor market will open Sunday, March 4th along the waterfront plaza at the Riviera Beach Marina Village, a celebration of the city’s cultural and historical connection to the Caribbean Islands, especially the Bahamas.

TikiMarket will be open year-round from 4 to 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Marina, located at 190 E. 13th Street. It is free and open to the public and vendors can still register by calling 561-844-3408. Event sponsorships are also available.

It replaces the more standard green market that had occurred off and on over the years at the Marina, which is operated by the Riviera Beach CRA and is undergoing the second phase of its multi-million-dollar redevelopment. This new feel works, says Scott Evans, the RBCRA’s executive director.

“We wanted to connect our ‘green market’ to what surrounds us along the waters and in the city–the Caribbean, and especially the Bahamas,” Mr. Evans said. “The city’s earliest settlers were from the Bahamas, who came here to work in our huge fishing industry at the time. Many of their descendants still live here. So, the TikiMarket’s island vibe makes sense. It’s authentic.”

The RBCRA has already booked vendors selling the food and merchandise of the islands and a DJ who will play the Soca, Calypso, Kompa and Rake ‘n’ Scrape–the latter being Bahamian music–that originated in the islands of the Caribbean.

A grand opening event will occur next Sunday, same time and place, but with a broader array of offerings.

New Café Brews up excitement at Riviera Beach Marina Village

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2016) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agenda (CRA) announces the signing of its first tenant for the Marina Event Center at opens in a new windowRiviera Beach Marina Village.  Last Wednesday night, the CRA Board of Commissioners approved a lease for the Rafiki Tiki, to be owned and operated by longtime Riviera Beach business owner, Demetri Solloum.

“It has been our goal from the beginning of this project to provide opportunities for Riviera Beach residents and business owners, and we welcome Mr. Solloum to Marina Village with great enthusiasm,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA.  “We have created a spectacular waterfront destination, and this new establishment will give visitors one more reason to come by and see what we’ve accomplished.”

Buildout of Rafiki Tiki will begin promptly with opening expected in fall 2016. The operation includes 1,047 sq. ft. of interior space and 1,591 sq. ft. of patio space, allowing outdoor dining near the Intracoastal Waterway.  The café will be open morning through evening seven days a week, and will provide a relaxed vacation-like atmosphere with cool colors, fresh flowers, live music and tropical drinks.  The menu will be inspired by Mediterranean and South Florida influences with a wide variety of international and vegetarian options.

“I’ve been in business in Riviera Beach for more than 25 years, and I can clearly see what this new vision for the Riviera Beach Marina Village will do for this city,” said Solloum.

The first phase of Riviera Beach Marina Village was recently completed with a public investment of $35 million. Highlights include the two-story Marina Event Center and a re-imagined Bicentennial Park.  Future plans include a waterfront restaurant row, shops and a permanent year-round Public Market. Riviera Beach Marina Village is located at 190 E. 13th St.  You can find out more by visiting opens in a new windowwww.rbcra.com or by calling 561-844-3408.

Hundreds celebrate ribbon-cutting to launch Riviera Beach Marina Village

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More than 250 Riviera Beach residents, elected officials and business leaders from throughout northern and central Palm Beach County gathered yesterday to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the public improvements at the city’s municipal marina. The public portion of the marina redevelopment totals an investment of $35 million, and is led by the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Combined with future private development, the revitalized marina investment is expected to exceed $375 million.  Now officially known as the Riviera Beach Marina Village, the 23-acre property features the new, two-story Marina Event Center, a reimagined Bicentennial Park, plus parking and infrastructure improvements.

Designed to become a significant visitor destination, the new Marina Village offers a wide variety of fishing and watersports, and will soon feature restaurants, shops and other amenities.  The goal is to create a vibrant, relaxed destination for visitors and residents alike in a spectacular waterfront location unmatched anywhere in Palm Beach County.

“As it develops further, Riviera Beach Marina Village is going to be the living room of our city – a showcase that will attract a wide range of visitors from Palm Beach County and beyond,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA. “Interest in ecotourism and water activities increases each year, and we offer visitors a range of experiences to connect them to nature above and below the waves; from scuba diving to deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking, all in a spectacular setting overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Peanut Island and Singer Island.”

The new Riviera Beach Marina Event Center will be officially open to the public in April, but dozens of guests yesterday toured its two levels and marveled at the expansive ocean and Intracoastal views from the second-story patio. It offers large and small banquet and meetings rooms, a two-story restaurant, a café, and what will be the first-ever permanent display of Riviera Beach’s history.   The project also includes a $4 million dollar makeover of Bicentennial Park including the addition of a new pavilion, interactive splash fountain and plenty of green space for open-air events and concerts.

“This is an achievement our city council can point to with great pride,” said Dawn Pardo, Riviera Beach City Council Chair. “We are grateful to Viking Developers for inspiring this vision.  Now that we have forged ahead with the public development, we will begin implementing private development in phases, starting with five restaurants and requests for proposals on other City and CRA owned lands.  We remain confident that this important new addition to the city’s amenities will spark prosperity and economic development throughout our city.”

“An investment such as this beautiful Marina Event Center right on the water makes a significant impact on the region as well,” said Beth Kigel, President of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. “It demonstrates real commitment on the part of the city and CRA that the economic course is set and moving forward. We say bravo to all who made this happen.”

A formal grand opening event for the public will be held in May 2016. Future plans include a waterfront “Restaurant Row,” a permanent free-standing Public Market, and a mixed use facility that would include a hotel, parking, offices and retail shops.

Riviera Beach Marina Village came to fruition thanks to support from a wide variety of partners including the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Riviera Beach, Viking Developers, Palm Beach County, and lending partners at BB&T Bank, Key Bank, and the National Development Council.

Small and Minority Business Enterprise goals for this project exceeded expectations thanks to the diligent effort of construction partners The Weitz Company, D. Stephenson Construction and Clearspan Structures.  Acting as the owner’s representative, the Gilbane-CSI-RDBG partnership reports contracts for this project totaled 47.07-percent SBE, 19.56-percent MWBE, and 30.96-percent local (Riviera Beach) participation.  Architects Song + Associates provided updated designs and improvements all through the construction process.

For more information, contact the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency at opens in a new windowwww.rbcra.com or 561-844-3408.

Riviera Beach CRA accepts Viking withdrawal as marina Master Developer

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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2015) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners on Wednesday night voted 5-0 to accept Viking Developers’ withdrawal as Master Developer of the Riviera Beach Marina. The CRA and Viking spent 10 years developing and readjusting the vision for a $375 million marina transformation. The City and CRA have already invested $35 million in public funds into the project, and the Marina Event Center will open this spring.

“The CRA will continue to work with Viking as one of the landowners at the marina. We enjoy mutual respect and will cooperate with each other’s plans and timelines,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA.  “Viking is an exceptional corporate citizen and has done so much for our community in Riviera Beach.”

The Riviera Beach Marina is currently undergoing a $35 million, publicly-funded transformation, which includes a two-story Marina Event Center and a reimagined Bicentennial Park.  This public investment is intended to spur private development in and around the marina, eventually spreading out to Broadway and beyond. Future plans include a waterfront “Restaurant Row,” a Public Market, retail shops, offices, a hotel and more.

The CRA Board directed staff to develop a plan for parking to ensure that private development at the Marina will continue. The city and CRA will begin discussions with potential new partners for the private development of publicly-owned properties along Broadway now that public improvements at the marina are nearly complete. 

The marina is currently home to a wide variety of recreation activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and sightseeing charters among others. The transformation of the Riviera Beach Marina will create a vibrant and authentic destination for both visitors and residents.

Commercial real estate broker CBRE is in the process of identifying potential restaurant tenants for restaurant row.  The Public Market is in design phase and the CRA is applying for New Market Tax Credits to assist with funding construction.

For more information about Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency projects, please visit www.rbcra.com or call 561-844-3408.