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Dania Beach CRA Event Advisory

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:38am

We regret to advise that due to concerns about novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Dania Beach CRA Board has decided to halt all plans for the 2020 Arts and Seafood Celebration and cancel upcoming Dania After Dark & Art in the Hall Events until further notice. Please note:

  • The Arts and Seafood Celebration will not be held as planned on March 28th and 29th.
  • Dania After Dark our Monthly Street Festival, and Art in the Hall are postponed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor this national health situation and advise on the possibility of a future date for the Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration and resuming our scheduled Dania After Dark installments in 2020. This decision was made with your health and safety in mind after conversations with Dania Beach city officials and recent announcements from the Florida Department of Health regarding preventative measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Dania Beach 8th Annual Arts and Seafood promises fun for All

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 3:03pm

Dania Beach, Florida: The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) proudly celebrates its 8th annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 NE 2 Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

The award-winning event is free and includes live music and entertainment, a live wrestling show by Gangrels Wrestling Asylum, mouthwatering culinary treats, a chef showcase and tastings, the creation of a live sand sculpture, performance arts, artists and crafters, youth art, interactive activities, culinary vendors, dessert artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Free event admission and free parking at the Casino at Dania Beach.

“While you are here, we want you to experience the energy of the city’s growth and redevelopment, and explore the renaissance of Dania Beach’s downtown, City Center and the Design, Arts & Vintage districts,” said Rickelle Williams, executive director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

At the free festival, enjoy live music featuring the headlining tribute band, Kiss Alive: The Kiss Tribute, as well as other musical offerings from Lazy Bonez, musical stylings of the Wolfepak and local R&B celebrity, Kedash and Band, popular rockers Mr. Nice Guy, Dania Beach classic rock bands Whipping Post and the School of Rock band complete the musical lineup.

Bring your appetites to feast on an array of delicious seafood and specialty treats including a tasty culinary display from local culinary masterminds at the Chef Showcase. Chefs will use local and organic ingredients provided by the PATCH (Peoples Access to Community Horticulture), Dania Beach’s community and market garden and the largest in Broward County.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to experience hands-on arts and crafts while admiring and purchasing their favorite creations from fine artists of all genres. There is more than just viewing the art too. Watch and interact with local artists as they paint masterpieces at the street art live performance theater. There will be fun activities including the popular Choo Choo train for children to enjoy at the Kids Funville.

“Dania Beach is Broward County’s first city and well-known for its vibrant arts and marine communities and what better way to celebrate those assets than to present this family-friendly event that has been a big hit year after year,” added Williams.

Dania Beach: Sea It. Live It. Love It.

For more information on the award-winning celebration visit www.DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.com

Dania Beach Soars as Gateway to Broward County Business Opportunities

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Spirit Airlines is Landing Their New Headquarters in Dania Pointe

Dania Beach, FL (October 18, 2019):  From air to sea and in between, the City of Dania Beach is the gateway to South Florida. As Broward County’s first city to incorporate in 1904, one could say that the city was always in a good place.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Spirit Airlines announced that they will be moving their global headquarters, operations center and simulation center to the KIMCO-owned Dania Pointe site, the premier 102-acre, mixed-use development, located within the City of Dania Beach Community Redevelopment area. Spirit Airlines expects to move to a new 500,000 square feet, state-of-the-art Dania Beach headquarters in 2022.

Dania Beach is now, more than ever, positioned as the hub of maritime and aeronautical industries. Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen said, “The City of Dania Beach is glad to welcome Spirit’s new corporate headquarters campus to our city. We are thrilled that the company has chosen to grow here, adding 225 high-value jobs. Spirit will become an important cornerstone in our city. We are excited for their growth as we move forward together into the new decade.”

The Spirit Airlines relocation is expected to have a total economic benefit of $14.87 million for Dania Beach and Broward County, according to Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development. Spirit Airlines’ capital investment is estimated at between $173million and $250 million over three years for a new headquarters and operations facility and 225 high-wage jobs that are at 150% of the Broward County average annual wage.

The Dania Beach City Commission supports the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board’s 10% local support incentive of $135,000 for the Spirit Airlinesrelocation through the State of Florida’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program and as a High-Impact Sector Business under the High-Impact Sector Tax Refund Bonus Program with a Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund in addition to $225,000 through a Direct Cash Job Creation Incentive grant. The financial support by the Dania Beach CRA will be provided over a nine-year period beginning with Fiscal Year 2023, which begins October 1, 2022. The Brownfield site has been underused due to environmental concerns. Broward County is also contributing $135,000 in local financial support and matching the CRA’s $225,000 through the Direct Cash Job Creation Incentive program.

Dania Pointe is slated to include almost one million square feet of retail and restaurants in addition to Class A offices, hotels, luxury apartments and public event space. It is conveniently located in between Interstate 95 to the west and Bryan Road to the east and Stirling Road to the south.

Dania Beach's strategic location provides an ideal framework for businesses to relocate to the waterfront city.  Dania Beach is located adjacent to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is partially located within the city’s limits, and Port Everglades. The city is rapidly becoming the prime location for new businesses and business relocations. This past August, JetBlue announced the opening of their JetBlue Travel Products subsidiary in Dania Beach. Dania Beach is also home to Chewy, Inc., Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Florida Atlantic University's Sea Tech, the American Maritime Officers training and research center,along with first-class marinas and many marine-related businesses.

In 2015, the Dania Beach CRA adopted its redevelopment plan which includes the goal of attracting targeted new industries and retaining and expanding core industries. The incentive programs in the plan are designed to directly stimulate and support private investment in new real estate development, property improvements, new businesses, increased business activity, and as a result thereof creation of new jobs. These programs are needed to eliminate and prevent blighting conditions. The CRA is also empowered to financially subsidize commercial, residential and mixed-use private development projects, including but not limited to, direct grants. The Dania Beach CRA also partners with Enterprise Florida, Inc./Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development to provide incentive packages for qualified businesses.

Spirit Airlines announces new $250 million global headquarters investment in Dania Beach

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

Spirit plans to add 225 more jobs and move 1,000 Miramar-based employees to a new state-of-the-art campus in Dania Beach, Florida, in 2022

MIRAMAR, Fla., Oct. 17, 2019 – Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE), America’s fastest-growing airline, today announced its intention to build a state-of-the-art headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida. The company plans to move into the new campus by mid-2022.

The airline, headquartered in South Florida for more than 20 years, submitted site plans to the City of Dania Beach to build a campus up to 500,000 square feet at Dania Pointe, a premier mixed-use development comprised of nearly one million square feet of retail space, restaurants and housing.

Spirit has entered into an agreement with Kimco Realty (NYSE: KIM), the owner and principal developer of Dania Pointe, to secure the land. Gensler will be the lead architectural firm, and Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) was selected as the project advisor. Spirit estimates the total capital outlay for the project will be approximately $250 million over the next 36 months. The new campus will be located in the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) District, and the Dania Beach CRA also supported the project.

In 2022, approximately 1,000 employees are planned to move from the company’s current facilities in Miramar to the new Dania Pointe site just minutes away from Spirit’s largest operating base, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The project will make way for the future growth of the airline while improving operational efficiency by consolidating Spirit’s real estate footprint. The development will include corporate offices and a new crew training facility with flight simulators for more streamlined workflow and quick access to the airport.

Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ted Christie stated, “It was two decades ago when Spirit moved to South Florida and temporarily headquartered in a building of less than 1,000 square feet. Today’s announcement shows just how far we’ve come. This new home will keep us connected to the South Florida community while improving our team’s efficiency and ability to support what is an ever-expanding international operation. We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with the City of Miramar, an outstanding location for headquarters and businesses of all sizes. We look forward to creating more jobs and driving future economic development as South Florida’s Hometown Airline.”

Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “I would like to congratulate Spirit Airlines on expanding your footprint in Florida and giving Floridians more access to quality air service. This new state-of-the-art headquarters will provide South Florida families with job opportunities and greatly contribute to the strong economic foundation of the area. Spirit’s investment also reinforces Florida’s position as a leader in the aviation industry and important hub for international travelers and commerce.”

Enterprise Florida President & CEO Jamal Sowell stated, “Enterprise Florida is pleased to work with Spirit Airlines and we look forward to their continued growth and success in our state. The real winners are the Floridians and their families who will find work because of this new investment.”

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson stated, “Congratulations to Spirit Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the U.S. We are grateful that the company employs 4,000 people in Broward County.”

Broward County Mayor Mark D. Bogen stated, “We thank one of the pillars of our business community, Spirit Airlines, for continuing to invest in our vibrant Broward County and creating 225 new, high-quality positions over the next five years. Having fast-growing companies like Spirit Airlines headquartered here is pivotal to our economic growth strategy, and we are excited to have such high value flight options for our residents and tourists traveling in and out of Broward County for years to come.”

City of Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen stated, “The City of Dania Beach is glad to welcome Spirit’s new corporate headquarters campus to our city. We are thrilled that the company has chosen to grow here, adding 225 high-value jobs. Spirit will become an important cornerstone in our city. We are excited for their growth as we move forward together into the new decade.”

Mark Gale, Chief Executive Officer/Director of Aviation, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport stated, “Having an international airline headquarters close to Broward County’s FLL puts us in good company with a handful of other major airports across the country. We thank Spirit Airlines for the long-term commitment to our community. This new investment will help bring more guests through FLL and help grow our position as an international gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.”

Bob Swindell, President & CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance stated, “The Alliance is incredibly proud to witness this game-changing new chapter for Spirit Airlines. We are excited that Spirit is growing in Broward County and that employees from throughout the U.S. and beyond will be trained in Dania Beach.”

7th Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Brings Home 7 Awards

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:21pm

Dania Beach, Fla.–The 7th annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration won seven (7) SUNsational awards at the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) 25th Annual Conference on August 21, 2019. FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 4,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking, and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards.

This year there was a record number of more than 500 submissions for the Sunsational Awards. FFEA honored over 40 organizations and individuals representing 140 events.

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.

“The Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration event has been consistent with its creative marketing messaging as it pursues its goal to showcase the City of Dania Beach to residents and visitors alike”, said CRA Executive Director Rickelle Williams.

Since its inception in 2013, the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has applied for and won over 29 FFEA awards for the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration.

This year, the event won in the following categories:

  • 1st Place Commemorative Poster
  • 1st Place Promotional Mailer
  • 1st Place Program
  • 2nd Place Tickets
  • 2nd Place Website
  • 3rd Place Radio Ad
  • 3rd Place Kids T-shirt

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. With assistance from the Creative Arts Council Advisory Board, the CRA selected Ms. Gina Santamaria as the commemorative poster artist through a formal call-to-artists.

“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.”

Mark your calendar for the 8th annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration taking place Saturday, March 28, 2020 and Sunday, March 29, 2020.

For more information visit www.DaniaBeachArtsandSeafoodCelebration.com