Beach Area Master Plan

UPDATE:

Beach Area Master Plan Contracting

The City of Delray Beach has been working with the design firm EDSA on the Beach Area Master Plan for the sidewalk promenade and other improvements along the 1.3 miles of public beach both north and south of Atlantic Avenue.  The BPOA initiated these efforts starting in 2008 and since November 2009 has held three city-wide charrettes and several other public meetings to define and shape the look of the improvements such as the sidewalk, landscaping, showers, and street furniture.  The BPOA also raised $60,000 to partially pay for the Pavilion at Atlantic Avenue and helped secure $40,000 of private foundation money for the replacement of the two gazebos at Nassau Street and Laing Street.  All the early design work was done, mostly for free, by the firm of Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, of which Bob Currie, a trustee and Vice President of the BPOA, is a principal.

In early 2016, the city commission contracted with EDSA, a Fort Lauderdale-based firm, to finalize the master plan design, provide engineering drawings, and ongoing construction management services.  The BPOA reviewed the EDSA design and has submitted several sets of comments and suggestions, especially when the design elements were not in accordance with the public wish-list we have accumulated since 2009.  EDSA has implemented some of our suggestions, but others still remain under consideration.

In October 2016, the city has fast-tracked this project.  The contract for this work is currently in the bid process, and required permits are being processed as well.  The duration of the work will depend on the incentive costs to substantially complete the project no later than 90 days from initiation.  The city will examine the proposed incentive costs to complete the work in 45 or 60 days. The very rapid pace of the construction is meant to finish the project before the winter visitor season is in full swing. The intensive work of rebuilding the sidewalk and the beach entrances/shower areas means that access to the beach itself will be limited to only several entrances at any given time.

The BPOA and the entire Delray Beach community look forward to the successful completion of this project to greatly improve the beachfront of our city.

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On August 23, 2010 the City Commission officially passed the acceptance of the Beach Area Master Plan. As some of you may recall, the idea for a Master Plan was initiated by the BPOA in early 2008 to address several objectives:

  1. ESTABLISH A SENSE OF PLACE THROUGH DESIGN ELEMENTS
  2. REFLECT THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF THE BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD
  3. COMPLEMENT THE SENSE OF PLACE OF THE NATURAL BEACH ENVIRONMENT
  4. DEVELOP PLANS TO GUIDE
    • ONGOING MAINTENANCE
    • LANDSCAPING
    • ANTICIPATED REPLACEMENT AND UPGRADES
    • FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW FEATURES

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The process of developing the Master Plan was fairly lengthy since we strove to make it a citywide effort to bring out the best ideas and to achieve a community consensus. We first presented the board’s ideas to our membership at a meeting on 3/19/2009. On 6/9/2009 we made our first presentation to the City Commission at their workshop and we received encouragement and enthusiastic support from the commissioners. A citywide charrette was held on 11/7/2009 to a packed and overflowing crowd at the Marriott Hotel. We had another citywide public meeting on 4/24/2010 at Northern Trust Bank to present the results of the charrette and to solicited additional community ideas. The final acceptance by the City Commission was a two-step process: a Workshop presentation on 5/18/2010 and a formal Commission meeting on 8/23/2010.

Now we are firmly into the implementation phase of the Master Plan. Two community fundraising events were conducted by the BPOA which raised approximately $60,000 for the replacement of the Pavilion located at Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Additional countless amounts have been donated through the architectural services of Robert Currie, our BPOA Vice-President. On 3/26/2014, the city officially opened the new Pavilion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a large assembly of Delray Beach residents from all parts of the city. The new versions of attractive replacement benches, trash cans, and showers were also introduced with the new Pavilion. Landscaping for this area was donated by the Grass River Garden Club. We are currently working with the city and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) on private donation opportunities for new and replacement benches as well as donation markers near the Pavilion.

The BPOA Board would like to thank everyone involved in this process of developing the Beach Area Master Plan: the Mayor and City Commissioners, city staff, the Community Redevelopment Agency, Ocean Properties, Northern Trust Bank, Perry King Neubauer, Robert Currie, and everyone participating in the charrette and the various other meetings. We look forward to participating with city staff and the community in the implementation process.

 

Beach Promenade Renovation Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Beach Promenade renovation project on January 27, 2018. The BPOA partnered with the City Green Initiative Advancement Board to give away reusable, environmentally-friendly water bottles at the event.

Mayor Cary Glickstein graciously credited the BPOA for initiating the concept and for helping to raise funds via donations by city residents. Also, much credit must be acknowledged to the generous contribution by the Lattner Family Foundation to rebuild the two gazebos located on Ocean Blvd.

The city commissioners and residents recognize that the beach is a major asset of Delray Beach, and implementation of the Beach Master Plan will enhance the image and recreational appeal of our city. These improvements will provide more welcoming and pleasant surroundings for the estimated 3 million residents and visitors who come to the beach each year and countless others who use the sidewalk promenade as an oceanside park.