Press Release

Downtown Streetscape Vision Planning Workshop

Friday, January 5, 2024 - 3:03pm
What should your downtown look like? 
Join us for a Downtown Streetscape Vision Planning Workshop on Thursday, January 18th from 5 - 7 PM at the Dania Beach City Hall, 100 W Dania Beach Blvd., in the NW Conference Room!
*One or more members of the City Commission and/or City Boards may be present.

Ninth Annual Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 10:42am

Get ready for your weekend of nonstop fun. The award-winning Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration presented by the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) kicks off on Saturday April 1st from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday April 2nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Frost Park, 300 NE 2nd Street, Dania Beach. The usual phenomenal musical lineup, art, and tasty culinary delights are once again being offered to event patrons. The event promises to be a two-day action-packed experience. 

This year there will be a small admission fee of $5.00 for adults. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge. Patrons will be given color coded wrist bands each day to enable them to leave and reenter the event. Parking remains free and is provided courtesy the Casino at Dania Beach. 

“ With the rising cost of all services nationwide, the CRA in an effort to provide the same great event, is charging a small admission fee to assist with offsetting production costs. Our patrons expect a great event with all the unique elements, and we plan to deliver our usual exciting event. We will have music of various genres, performance art, our culinary chef showcase, fine artists and crafters, and the magnificent sand sculpture being developed over the two days. We invite our community and patrons to attend and continue to support the event”. said K. Michael Chen, Executive Director, Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. 

The Starfish Main Stage, sponsored by The Casino at Dania Beach, provides round the clock live music with great bands. On Saturday April 1st ,come early and enjoy, School of Rock, The Copper Tones, Dania’s own classic rock band; Whipping Post, Rhythm and Blues will be showcased by Deep Fried Funk, and the Andrew Morris Band, a thrilling Country Music Act. The event headliner celebrates American rock hit makers, the Eagles, winner of five American Music Awards and Six Grammys. The Long Run will deliver a melodious performance of the Eagles greatest hits. 

On Sunday April 2nd,our tribute band will honor Sir Elton John, the all-time British and World Music Superstar. The event Grand Finale is to be presented by Greggie and the Jets, a tribute to the “Rocket Man”. Sunday’s earlier line up features an abundance of talent such as Catabella Latin Stylings, Hoodoo Blues Band, Simply Shania - a great 

solo tribute to Shania Twain, and the lively presentation of Rhythm and Blues by Speaker Box. 

Returning as Master of Ceremonies is Kimmy B, South Florida’s Morning host on Hits 97.3 fm, Poet and Spoken Word entertainer, Jerris "Quick" Evans, joins Kimmy B this year to host the event. 

Dania Beach’s own DJ Royce keeps the beat thumping both days between live musical performances. 

As usual, our returning and new artists, artisans, and crafters are on Fronton Boulevard and in Frost Park Field with unique affordable art pieces. Attendees may view and purchase art and other craft items throughout the weekend. This is a juried art show and artists have a chance of winning the Best in Show prize of $500.00, and four honorable mentions in the amounts of $250.00 each. Artists should register now to be considered for the show. Payment for booths must be received by March 10, 2023. 

Headliner for the Chef Showcase is Chef Johnny Alarcon Ruiz, head chef at the Casino at Dania Beach who is well known for his delectable servings at the Casino’s Lux Buffet. Joining Chef Ruiz is NBC 6 South Florida Anchor, Chef Charney Amhara. Chef Amhara is an Emmy®-award winning journalist who currently anchors the station’s weekend morning newscasts, NBC 6 News Today at 6 am and 8:30 am. This local celebrity chef will share her culinary skills dishing up a delightful blend of Latin American and Jamaican cuisine. 

Returning to our showcase kitchen is Chef Dherlie Cox and Chef/Baker Shana Benson. Our showcase fans are in for an exciting array of foods, as tasty bites may be sampled from culinary artists creations. Bring your appetites to feast on delicious food. 

There will also be a variety of food to purchase and enjoy over the weekend. Food concessionaire, Professional Concessions Inc. invites your tastebuds to a diverse selection of meal options. Get ready for some mouthwatering offerings from, Florida Fine Foods, Real Maine Lobster, Florida Juice Company, Frogu Yogu Gelato, 681 Seafood, Chick n Cone, Joey's Ice Cream, MoMos Funnel Cake, That's Amore Pizza, Farm Fresh Corn Roasting, Popo's Seafood, Alpine Fruit Ice and many more. 

The skill of creating an art piece will be on display as the live performance art theater features Marcos Conde. 

Team Sandtastic returns to create their masterpiece sculpture over the two-day event. Attendees have the opportunity to experience the evolution of the sculpture from a mound of sand to an artistic work of genius. Everyone is welcome to take their own souvenir photos and selfies of the work in progress and the completed sculpture. 

This year’s souvenir poster will be unveiled through social media and on the event website. Make sure to come by our CRA event information booth and be prepared to purchase iconic souvenirs, tee shirts, and PATCH plants for your kitchen garden. 

The Friends of the Library are preparing their usual fun filled booth for the event. 

Fun activities for children will abound at the Kids Funville including arts and crafts, The Choo Choo Train, face painting, a visit by an aquatic character, and other surprises. 

For more information on scheduled performances, visit, call 954-924-6801 or email

Schedules subject to change.


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.