The Dania Beach PATCH has reopened for walk-ins

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 8:48am

Order fresh, low cost produce for pick-up or stop by for walk-in shopping at The PATCH Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 11 AM.

Online order pick-up remains on Wednesdays from 10 - 11 AM. Online orders must be received by Mondays at 8 PM for pick-ups ready be Wednesday.

What's growing? Find our list of produce updated weekly at

EBT/SNAP Receive 50% off Florida-Grown Produce!

Questions: events@thepatchgarden.coom or call 954-922-0220


Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 8:40am

Florida International University (FIU) will open an Intellectual Property-To-Market (IP2Mkt) Hospitality Technology Incubator, housed in a Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) office. At the September 14 CRA Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the Membership Agreement with SkySPACES for a satellite CRA office in a 7,000sf co-working office facility located at 25 North Federal Highway.

Establishing a satellite CRA office will promote the City/CRA “brand” with an active and visible presence on one of the highest traffic corridors in the City. This is intended to encourage and facilitate face-to-face interaction with the people and businesses the CRA serves. This office will be where investors and developers come to learn about the opportunities and advantages of Dania Beach. And it will be the home of the IP2Mkt Incubator.

A focus of the Incubator will be the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the program will provide special opportunities for Women-, Minority-, and Hispanic-Owned start-up businesses. This will be the first IP2Mkt Incubator in the United States and initially Dania Beach will serve as the Tri-County MSA Hub.

The Incubator will conduct two 14-week cohorts annually in addition to regularly scheduled workshops, job fairs, work-skills training, webcasts, networking, and pitch events from this location. Some of the programs will include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) workshops, Access to Capital, and CEO Training.  Incubation activities will be industrial themes related to hospitality and dual use technologies. The industrial themes support the impacted entertainment and tourism industries while catalyzing existing Tech, Healthcare, Defense, and Aerospace industries in Florida. The cost of these programs is supported by Federal grants.

According to Michael Chen, Executive Director of the Dania Beach CRA, “The Incubator  will provide leading-edge entrepreneurial development and workforce job skills training that will benefit both our businesses and jobs seekers. This will accelerate the creation of start-up tech businesses in Dania Beach.”

Dr. J. Chris Ford, IP2Mkt Founder and Principal Scientist at FIU’s Applied Research Center noted, “The partnership with Dania Beach is critical to building an inclusive innovation ecosystem in South Florida. Leveraging FIU’s strengths in applied research and hospitality management, we aim to cultivate relationships with industry and investors while providing a unique support system for Black, Latinx, women, and tech start-up founders.”

The Dania Beach Incubator is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CRA and the Florida International University (FIU), approved December 8, 2020, to collaborate on the U.S. Department of Energy’s IP-To-Market (IP2Mkt) Program (formerly Mission-To Market). IP2Mkt seeks to tap the trillions of dollars of underutilized patented technologies developed by Federal Labs, research institutions, and industry to foster economic.

The Incubator will be supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). "Unicorn" is a term used in the venture capital industry to describe a privately held startup company that grows to a value of over $1 billion. FIU, in partnership with the University of Florida, has created the “10 Unicorns in 5 Years Program” (10-in-5) specifically to cultivate an inclusive technology innovation ecosystem in Florida. With support from partners, mentors, coaches, impact investors, and alternative capital managers, 10-in-5 is a unique support system to help businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to pivot into high growth technology industries relevant to the economy of Florida. The 10-in-5 program combines support from FIU’s Applied Research Center, Chaplin School of Hospitality, and Start Up FIU suite of programs.

Dania Beach Business Academy Introduces “First-time Homebuyer Strategies” Online Courses

Monday, August 1, 2022 - 8:36am

Dania Beach-FL- Every Wednesday from August 10 to August 31, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) with assistance from SCORE Broward will host the Dania Beach Business Academy (DBBA) “First-time Homebuyer Strategies” course.
The course outline includes an overview of the entire home buying process and strategies on how to deal with the challenges of the South Florida market. Potential Homebuyers will learn the advantages and disadvantages between owning your home versus leasing your home. Presenters will cover the pre-approval process and available mortgage programs. Participants will also learn about preparing for the buy - credit repair and budgeting tips for down payment fees and closing costs.
“Dania Beach and Broward County recognize home ownership adds to a family’s economic stability and is a way to accrue net worth. The DBCRA wishes to prepare our residents for the opportunities of homeownership. The DBBA “First-time Homebuyer Strategies” course will explore the benefits of homeownership, how to prepare for the opportunity, and deliver a wealth of information to guide residents for success in our prime real estate market” says DBCRA Executive Director, K. Michael Chen.
The Dania Beach Business Academy First-Time Homebuyer Course Outline is as follows:
Webinar schedule
Aug 10:  Home Buying in South Florida:  Richard Barnhart, Broker & Owner, ByTheSea Realty

Aug 17:  Financing Your Home Purchase:  Patricia McKay, Mortgage Advisor, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Aug 24:  Credit Repair and Tips on Saving Enough for the Purchase: Beverly Wright, AVP  CrediTools Services – Fairway Mortgage and Eric Yankwitt, Yankwitt Law Firm:   

Aug 31:  Broward County Affordable Housing Programs - Suzanne Weiss, Manager, Broward County Housing Finance Division’s Homeownership and Home Repair Sections and Robin Holley,Assistant Vice President, Affordable Housing Specialist, Mortgage-Synovus

For registration visit

Dania Beach CRA’s Annual Arts and Seafood Celebration Wins 10 Sunsational Awards

Monday, August 1, 2022 - 7:41am

Dania Beach, FL-Dania Beach hits the winners circle again at the 28th annual Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA) Convention & Tradeshow winning first place in five (5) categories; Commemorative Poster, Facebook, Program/Event Guide, Promotional Mailer, and Website.
Awards also included second place for Instagram campaign, T-shirt design, Television placement, and Tickets and Invitation, and third place for Emergency Action Plan. The 10 awards make the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) proud owners of over 45 FFEA Awards on behalf of the City of Dania Beach for the annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration and PATCH promotional items.
There were over 500 submissions from 60 organizations in South Florida, the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration winning placement over 140 events.
Representing the Dania Beach CRA at this year’s FFEA Awards were CRA Operations Manager, Kathleen Weekes, and Strategic Communications and Outreach Representative, Kisha Eugene.
The DBCRA team worked with Creative Designer Connie Barone to develop out of the box digital designs which also struck first place for promotional items at the event.
Special thanks and congratulations are extended to Social Media Consultant, Terra Spero of Real Time Marketing Group who created a great look and comprehensive pages for the event website resulting in First place and Second place for its Facebook campaign.
The Emergency Plan was a new category introduced this year at FFEA and the DBCRA’s action plan developed by event logistics producer Stewart Auville of Standing Ovations took home third place. This being a critical and extremely sensitive area for event producers who seek to ensure safety and security for thousands in attendance.
For the past 28 years, the Florida Festivals & Events Association has celebrated members' achievements in event marketing, programming, service and innovation through the Sunsational Awards. The Sunsational Awards are judged in three different budget levels and 20 different categories.


Eighth Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration Returns with a 
Generous Mix of Performance, Visual and Culinary Arts

Friday, March 4, 2022 - 3:02pm

Something is cooking in Dania Beach! Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Dania Beach proudly present the eighth annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, at Frost Park, 300 NE 2 Street, Dania Beach. Free admission and free parking.

The award-winning event includes live music and entertainment, mouthwatering culinary chef showcases and tastings, visual arts, performance artists, a juried art exhibition, a giant sand sculpture being built over the two days, interactive activities, culinary vendors and food trucks, dessert artisans, children’s activities and more.
Dania Beach Mayor Tamara James notes, “Dania Beach, Broward County’s first city, is alive with thriving arts, hospitality, and marine communities. What better way to celebrate the city than to bring back this family-friendly event that has been a success year after year. We look forward to welcoming guests from throughout South Florida to our celebration.”
Like most major events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021. While restrictions have been lifted, there will be safety measures to ensure patrons and vendors feel safe during this year’s festival.
At the free festival, enjoy live music featuring headlining tribute band, Queen International Tribute Show Band on Sunday, and 4NR2: Foreigner Tribute and Rocks Aerosmith Tribute on Saturday, as well as musical offerings from Paul Anthony and the Reggae Souljahs, Whipping Post, Catabella Music, Kedesh Cornelius, Big City Dogs and School of Rock.
Bring your appetites to feast on a cornucopia of delicious seafood and other specialty treats available through vendors, food trucks, and local culinary artists at the Chef Showcase where you will find Johnny Alarcon Ruiz, Findler Charles and Tahnee Rolles, among others.
There is more than just browsing and purchasing from a variety of artists booths, you can also experience art in the making. Watch and interact with local artists as they take center stage at the street art live theater. This year, professional artists Andrew Moschburg, Marcos Conde, and Ivan (IVO) Yanez will bring blank canvases to life with their own masterpieces.
Major sponsors include The Casino @ Dania Beach and FPL. For more information on schedules performances and more, visit

Photos of performers and artists from the last event held in 2019 are available upon request.
Highlight video (2019): Photo galleries: