(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) – The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is inviting guests to splash into sea science during the fourth annual “Festival del Mar” on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is aimed at engaging the local Latin American community and promoting ocean conservation and education worldwide. This year, children under 12 will receive free admission.

All ages are invited to celebrate with music, bilingual touch tank demonstrations, interactive story time with the Palm Beach County Library system, science demonstrations, arts, crafts and much more. Special planetarium shows are planned, featuring an enchanted reef, black holes, Big Bird’s Adventure and even a bilingual show spotlighting the night skies over the Palm Beaches.

Festival del Mar is also aimed at encouraging Latin Americans to pursue a career in a science field. “Unfortunately, statistics show that Latinos are much less likely to pursue a degree in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) areas as compared to their Caucasian classmates,” said Kate Arrizza, CEO of the Science Center. “This shows the need for the Science Center to open every mind to science and provide opportunities to inspire young people to follow their passion in science no matter what background they come from.”

Partners and vendors include Estrella TV, WPBF Channel 25, La Guia News, Palm Beach County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach County Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets to Festival del Mar are included with admission to the Science Center. Non-member adults are $16.95 and the event is free for children under 12 and members. Admission includes access to the latest traveling exhibit, “Travel Adventure” featuring LEGO bricks. The interactive exhibit takes visitors an on extraordinary adventure to exotic locations through all kinds of terrain. People of all ages put their creative skills to the test to plan and build vehicles to move though mountains, jungles, oceans, deserts and more while learning about the history of travel and imagining the future of transportation. Families are invited to dress up as pilots, sailors, racers and world explorers as they take the wheel of life-sized toy LEGO vehicles and engage in dynamic play. Duplo bricks are available for younger visitors.

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during “Travel Adventure” is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.  Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.

(Riviera Beach, Fla. – June 1, 2018) – The Lindsey Davis Garden Club, the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, (RBCDC), City of Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation, and Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA), in partnership with BB&T Bank’s Lighthouse Project (NYSE: BBT) invite the public to the block party and ribbon cutting celebration for the new Willie “Bo” Davis Flower and Meditation Garden on Saturday, June 2nd at the Lindsey Davis Community Center, located at 1550 W. 28th Street, Riviera Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

In early 2017, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) and RBCDC invited the Community Center’s seniors to the Riviera Beach Community Garden located at 1010 W. 10th Street.  By late 2017, the volunteer group grew to more than 70 seniors resulting in the formation of the Lindsey Davis Garden Club and an initiative, Seniors Go Green.  The volunteers helped weed the bed, pick vegetables and herbs, and maintain the community garden.  The Lindsey Davis Garden Club saw an opportunity to utilize a corner of the Lindsey Davis Community Center to create another garden. Upon request, Richard Blankenship, director of Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation, approved the usage of the corner and a vacant, derelict lot to the west of the Center.  The garden has been named after one of the City’s pioneers, Willie “Bo” Davis.

“This is a city that my husband loved dearly and to have you, the City of Riviera Beach, honoring him with this garden and meditation center is truly a blessing,” said Gwendolyn Davis, representative of the Davis family. “We are truly grateful for the efforts of everyone who worked on this project. It means a lot to our family and me to have my husband’s work acknowledged.”

BB&T chose the Lindsey Davis Garden Club and its initiative, Seniors Go Green, for its prestigious Lighthouse Project for 2018.  The mission of BB&T Bank is to make the world a better place; make a difference by building strong communities; and improving the lives of residents.  In 2009, the BB&T Bank created the BB&T Lighthouse Project, an annual project that provides associates with the opportunity to make a difference and have positive changes in the community.  The Lighthouse projects are humanitarian in nature, serve local community, and impact more than one single family.

“I am delighted to partner with the Riviera Beach CDC and today we are extremely excited to be a part of this ceremony,” expressed Tari F. Boldin, vice president of BB&T Bank, Riviera Beach branch.  “This community will blossom through these flowers for many, many years to come. Thank you for allowing BB&T to be a part of this great event, enhance our community, and beautify our City.”

 

The RBCDC’s builds resilient, safe, innovative and beautiful neighborhoods; develops attractive homes; creates and supports economic development programs; establishes sustainable green places; and reduces food insecurity for the City of Riviera Beach residents.

 

“We want to beautify our City by adding satellite gardens to our beautiful green spaces,” said Scott Evans, interim executive director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “This flower and meditation garden is a great addition to the Center and we want to thank the club, and everyone involved for making this happen.”

Additional to the meditation garden, the two-story Lindsey Davis Community Center features a game room, conference room, classrooms used for after-school programs, computer room, and more.  To learn more about the Lindsey Davis Community Center, call 561-840-3170.

The block party will feature free food, bounce houses, music and more. For more information, please call (561) 840-3170.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

 

ABOUT RBCDC

The primary purpose of RBCDC is to operate within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council (“Redevelopment Area”), as well as the City of Riviera Beach as a whole, and acquire, rehabilitate and operate affordable housing units, to provide for safe, sanitary and decent affordable housing for families of modest means and/or the elderly, to provide investment capital to low income communities or persons of low income and to engage in other community development activities for neighborhood improvement and community and economic development by providing sustainable business and job opportunities for low income residents.

 

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 30, 2018) – Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority (HACFL) and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) have partnered with Refresh Live’s Chef Chad Cherry to launch the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Culinary Experience at New River Inn (located at 231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) on Tuesday, May 1st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Fort Lauderdale Culinary Experience is a free, after-hours, live culinary demonstration that will feature local produce grown in Northwest Gardens’ community garden.

Refresh Live is a food, education, and lifestyle company, dedicated to refreshing people’s relationship, knowledge, and experience with healthier food. They provide farm-to-table and organic lifestyle community education; programs to combat food disparity in income-challenged neighborhoods; a young-adult entrepreneurship apprenticeship program; and culinary and catering support for non-profit organizations.

“We believe that food is a common connector that brings people together,” expressed Chef Chad Cherry, president of Refresh Live. “We have seen how communities suffer because of food inequality. We strive to stay involved and contribute to the health of the community and educate them on how to live a healthy conscious lifestyle.”

Northwest Gardens features six community gardens and, through an alliance with the YMCA of South Florida and other agencies, residents are engaged in numerous programs. These programs include chef-based classes covering healthy food shopping, preparation, and coupon clipping; the Sistrunk Healthy Community Zone; homeownership education courses; free GED classes; and ‘Artists in Residence’ programs where artists are nurtured and encouraged to develop their creativity into marketable work.

“We aim to create a sustainable and healthy community and we are excited to continue highlighting Northwest Gardens’ urban farm produce through a variety of events and initiatives,” expressed Scott Strawbridge, director of Development and Facilities of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. “Our partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is growing strong and we look forward to continue our collective efforts.”

In February 2018, FLHS partnered with HACFL’s StepUP Apprenticeship Program to restore the New River Inn. This partnership provides apprentices a unique opportunity to enhance their construction skills on historical restoration, as well as expand their professional portfolio. As a result, StepUP apprentices will perform additional restoration work building windows, painting, basic plumbing, and general building maintenance on six FLHS buildings.  

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale Culinary Experience contact Rebekah Bibee at rebekah@theideainc.com. To learn more about the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, visit www.hacfl.com or call (954) 556-4100.

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ABOUT HACFL

The Housing Authority has been committed to safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1928 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficient Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County Residents. For additional information about the programs, please call Scott Strawbridge, (954) 556-4100, x. 1406.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

(Rivera Beach, FL – April 9, 2018) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Marina Village Phase II Development. The RBCRA is seeking a Development Partner with extensive experience and a consistently successful track-record in planning, designing, constructing, leasing, operating, and marketing mixed-use real estate ventures to build upon Marina Village Phase I public investment that include the completion of a New Event Center, as well as an expanded and improved marina, festival park and marina-side public promenade.

RFP submittals are due May 31, 2018 by 12:00 p.m. (noon). A Mandatory Pre-Submittal Conference will take place on May 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Marina Village Event Center, located at 190 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach.  This conference will provide prospective respondents the opportunity to ask questions, receive clarifications, or make requests concerning the interpretation of the RFP.

The RBCRA intends to select a qualified Master Developer with an innovative land, building, infrastructure, mixed-use development and public/private partnership strategy. The Developer will commit to advancing goals, policies and programs set forth in a Community Benefits Agreement. Both RBCRA and the Developer will work jointly to manage the coordination of the outreach and procurement requirements to maximize community benefits in the following areas: local participation in project ownership; business development; construction contracting; employment; and workforce development.

“We believe in our City and the Marina Village’s potential to catalyze broader economic development that will create new avenues to opportunity and prosperity for all citizens,” said Scott Evans, interim executive director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “This is an incredible business opportunity to partner with our City’s Leadership Team to create a vibrant and prosperous waterfront destination.”

The Marina Village project is one of the last major waterfront redevelopment projects in South Florida. The project is strategically located within a high-valued, diverse, urban marketplace – a short drive time for all the beach, shopping, dining, and water recreation amenities within Palm Beach County, which attracts over 7.35 million visitors per year.  The strategic vision for the Marina Village Redevelopment project is to leverage the City of Riviera Beach’s public waterfront and maritime district setting to create a mixed-use destination that will serve as a regional gateway, crossroads, destination, employment, hub and innovator center. The Marina Village is envisioned to become an Event Center and City Marina anchored dining, water recreation, and hotel destination.

In May 2017, the RBCRA adopted new objectives that reset the Marina’s master plan in order to clarify the City’s interest, plan approach and priorities. After the Event Center’s opening, there has been an increasing interest to build a hotel as part of the destination strategy.  The RBCRA Board of Commissioners has identified a hotel as a desired component of the overall mixed-use place making strategy for the Marina Village. A hotel could be placed in a variety of locations as determined by the proposed developer and could work collaboratively with the existing Marina Event Center meeting spaces. Options for the hotel’s location are opposite to the Event Center’s main entrance; in the southern quadrant in closer proximity to the existing cruise terminal; within the waterside promenade dining experience; on the Spanish Courts sites fronting the U.S.1/Broadway Corridor; or at the marina district’s main U.S.1/Broadway Corridor entrance.

The Developer should provide a degree of flexibility needed to incorporate concepts that best serve the project and maximizes the development potential of the land, and will be required to generally incorporate the design principles in a fashion that is most responsive to sound development practices, urban design principles, cost considerations, and demands of the market, as well as identify green space and other public amenities within the development in order to create pedestrian-oriented environment that integrates a shared parking strategy harmonious with the existing and proposed transportation system.

In addition, as part of the RBCRA’s intent to negotiate a Developer Agreement within the Top-Qualified Proposers, a key provision of the Developer Agreement will be a Community Benefits Program that outlines the goals and program requirements to ensure intensified focus on achieving local participation with respect to businesses contracting, employment and workforce deployment.

To date, the RBCRA has invested in excess of $20 million to improve its waterfront in order to attract additional private investment that will expand public access to water and catalyze broader revitalization along Broadway corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.  The total land within the Marina Village district and immediately adjacent land along U.S.1 totals approximately 12 acres. Approximately 6 acres located within the interior of the district – that fronts the marina – has been designed for the proposed Phase II mixed-use project. This phase excludes 0.5 acres of strategically positioned land that is owned by Viking Development – an affiliate of the Viking Yachts.  

The Marina Village Phase II Development is scheduled to open between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

For more information on the Marina Village Phase II Development RFP, please contact Andre’ Lewis at (561) 855-3408 or alewis@rbcra.com.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful.  Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.