Every year, Delray Beach magazine comes out with an article in our May-June issue directed at the Delray Difference—what makes this little town so distinctive? Why does it attract tourists and locals night after night to its bustling downtown? Why are so many other scenic coastal cities struggling, while Delray just seems to continually outdo itself?
It’s too easy to say it’s the physical plant—the long, pedestrian-friendly Atlantic Avenue bisecting a scenic collection of to-scale two-story buildings, attractive streetscaping, the Intracoastal, all culminating in a gorgeous beachfront. Nope. It’s way more than that.
The good kind.
Two weeks ago, we had another meeting about the upcoming Lynn University presidential debate. In attendance at these regular informational meetings are the most important stakeholders throughout the county, from the CVB to the Business Development Board, the elections office, the Cities of West Palm and Boca, the film commission, the school board—a veritable who’s who of Palm Beach County. Lynn’s Jason Walton, who is heading up the debate roll out, had issued an invitation to all the cities throughout the county to get involved in the debate weekend some time beforehand.
But who was the first city to ask to attend a meeting, plan in hand? Delray Beach, represented by Sarah Martin and her crew at the Downtown Marketing Cooperative. They presented their plan—a whole evening full of activities designed to promote the debate and entertain incoming national media—seven months in advance. Not even the host city, Boca Raton, had come up with anything specific.
And here’s another thing: next Thursday night, March 29, Delray Beach will block off Atlantic Avenue for the fourth annual “Savor the Avenue” event—a five-block long dining table stretching from Swinton Avenue to 5th Avenue east, with about 1,000 diners at 18 marquee Delray restaurants. This event, spearheaded by our magazine under the direction of Marjorie Ferrer and Laura Simon of the city’s Downtown Development Authority, is another example of people daring to do something innovative, creative, appealing to the public.
Delray simply doesn’t know it can’t do these things. It has imagination; it says yes to possibility.
And that’s the attitude that keeps people coming in droves to Delray Beach, night after night.
So here’s to Delray, the little city with big aspirations—and the people to make them happen.
And P.S.: This may be the last day to make reservations for Savor the Avenue: call one of these participating restaurants for reservations directly if you’d like to attend (prices vary):
32 East [SOLD OUT]
Cabana El Rey
Café de France
Café Luna Rosa
Gol! Taste of Brazil
Lemongrass Asian Bistro
Tramonti Italian Ristorante
Vic and Angelos
Pick up the March/April issue of Delray Beach magazine and Boca Raton magazine to
view the full section, with menus.