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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.

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The City of Dania Beach Community Development Block Grant 45th Year Application Public Hearing Notice

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 2:34pm
Join us Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 5:30 PM for a community meeting to learn about and share ideas on new directional signs within the CRA Boundaries. Make suggestions for best possible sites, attractions, and locations. 
Dania Beach Commission Chamber
100 W. Dania Beach Blvd
Dania Beach, FL
For more information contact: 954-924-6801
Hosted by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

Dania Beach is Creating Community through Quality of Life Initiatives

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 2:33pm

-- Kick Off of At Home Dania Beach & Neighborhood Beautification --

City of Dania Beach, FL: Dania Beach’s history and unique charm is not lost in the city’s renaissance. The City of Dania Beach is reinventing itself through several quality of life initiatives that are transforming existing neighborhoods, while providing business and home ownership opportunities.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the City of Dania Beach and the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) hosted an event that showcases programs that will revitalize neighborhoods in the community redevelopment area.

The activities include the groundbreaking of empty infill lots for six new affordable homes that will be built in the Sun Garden/NW Byrd Point neighborhood, while close to 100 volunteers paint and landscape existing homes on the street through a grant-funded neighborhood revitalization project in conjunction with Rebuilding Together Broward County and The Home Depot.

“The program gives residents an opportunity to feel at home in their neighborhood and community, while fostering a greater sense of pride,” said Dania Beach City Commissioner Tamara James.

Last year, the Community Redevelopment Agency Board approved the At Home Dania Beach program, which is a comprehensive approach to transforming the residential housing landscape within the CRA district by reducing slum and blight, growing the tax base and improving

neighborhood aesthetics. The At Home Dania Beach program encompasses a simultaneous and multi-dimensional policy to enhance the residential housing environment through five strategies: beautification, acquisition and disposition, development, homeownership and trust fund. These strategies represent sub-programs that together serve to improve the overall residential housing market via simultaneous implementation.

Colynn Mae Jones, Dania Beach resident, said, “Thanks to the Dania Beach CRA for improving our street. I am happy for the work being done, our neighborhood is becoming anew with homes being developed and existing homes in our block being painted.”

As the gateway to air, sea and rail travel, the City of Dania Beach is positioned to be a premiere location for new residents and visitors. In the first quarter of 2019, there was a 46.67% increase in new businesses citywide as compared to the same period last year. Several new hotels, businesses and residential properties have opened in the last year and others are under construction.

“We are very excited about the momentum of the city’s revitalization and want everyone to have an opportunity to explore the renaissance of Dania Beach,” said Mayor Lori Lewellen, City of Dania Beach.

From performances at The Casino Dania Beach and unique art, furnishings and antiques in the Arts District to the renovated marina, beach and pier and its downtown hotels, restaurants and new residential developments, Dania Beach is a premiere location for new residents and visitors.

Dania Beach: Sea it. Live it. Love it.

Available upon request:

  • Renderings of the new At Home Dania Beach homes

  • Photos and video of kick-off event


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:48pm

Dania Beach, FL- The annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Dania Beach PATCH. The event will include over 10 eco-friendly activities and nearly 20 participating vendors will be in attendance. The festival is free of charge and will also feature a ladybug release by Love Our Nation, infused water activity by Heal the Planet, and an aromatherapy workshop by the Banyan House, all free of charge.

“The Dania Beach PATCH Earth Day Festival is a fun, informative, and interactive event to learn about environmentally-friendly and health conscious practices,” said CRA Executive Director, Rickelle Williams.

Other activities include a Zero Waste Discussion by Everything Earth Tribe, a bounce house for the kids, tours of the PATCH garden, seeding activities, scavenger hunt, and games on the green for children and families. During the Zero Waste lecture, attendees will learn practical steps to generate less waste in their daily lives, make their own products and more.

*The Zero Waste class is free, but it is $10 to make a bin in person – worms, guides, and bedding will be provided for the bins. Donations are accepted for the low-waste lecture.

About the PATCH
The City of Dania Beach has been recognized as a food desert in Broward County, lacking access to fresh and healthy food options. As part of its mandate to remove blighted conditions associated with the city, The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency transformed a vacant lot into what is now called the Dania Beach PATCH (People’s Access to Community Horticulture). The PATCH provides a source of affordable, accessible and sustainably fresh and locally grown produce.

The PATCH Market and Garden are open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and weekly from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Interested vendors can call 954-924-6801 for more information. Visit the PATCH online for event updates, PATCH sales and volunteer opportunities on


Earth Day Festival at Dania Beach The Patch

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:08pm

Dania Beach The Patch
Dania Beach's Farm & Market
1201 West Dania Beach Boulevard

Earth Day Festival
Saturday | April 20, 2019

Lady Bug Release, Free Vendor Registration, Free Potted Plant And Patch Dollar Giveaway, Free Infused Water, Games On The Green, Garden Tour, Bounce-house, Music, Food Vendors And More!!

Free I EBT/SNAP receive 50% Off Florida-grown Produce
Shop Local • Eat Local
Shop Fresh • Non-gmo • Organically-grown Produce At Unbeatable Prices!

For Weekly Updates + More Info | 954.924.6801