Decoding Delray Beach: The Official Acronym Dictionary
LOL. JK. BFF. OMG. TTYL. All are recognizable acronyms used everyday on social media, texting and even in casual conversations. Anyone with a smart phone knows all about these popular abbreviations.
But, the City of Delray Beach has its own alphabet soup of acronyms, and, just in case it seems a bit confusing, do not fear – TBA (The Buzz Agency) is here to decode it for you!
Here’s the List:
CCC (Creative City Collaborative): The CCC was created by the City Commission as the result of a 2006 cultural plan that recommended the creation of an umbrella nonprofit organization to better promote the arts and culture in Delray Beach.
Projects: The CCC created and operates the Arts Garage, a popular arts and entertainment hub in the Pineapple Grove Arts District.
CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency): Established by the City Commission in 1985 to guide the City in its redevelopment efforts, the purpose of the CRA is to revitalize the physical environment and the economy of the Community Redevelopment Area. The CRA’s activities are designed to solve the underlying problems of slum and blighted conditions through planning, redevelopment, historic preservation, economic development and affordable housing so that the tax base can be protected and enhanced by these mutually supportive activities.
Projects: The Gateway, Downtown Trolleys, The Fairfield Inn, LaFrance senior housing, business incentives and grant programs, The Delray GreenMarket and more.
DBHS (Delray Beach Historical Society): Founded in 1964, this nonprofit collects, preserves and shares materials from Delray Beach’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities and themselves and encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Delray Beach’s diverse history.
Projects/Events: Cason Cottage Museum, historic walking tours, Archive and Learning Center, special events
DBMC (Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative): The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, Inc., is a partnership between the City of Delray Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Chamber of Commerce. The DBMC’s mission is to attract people to the City, create a positive image and increase awareness of Delray Beach for a positive economic impact through Destination Marketing, marketing programs, special events and community collaboration.
Events: 100 ft tall Christmas Tree, First Night New Year’s Eve, July 4th and On the Ave.
DDA (Downtown Development Authority): The DDA is to oversee business development, market and promote the merchants of the district, communicate and facilitate a clean and safe community and work to enhance physical improvements.
Events/Projects: Savor the Avenue, Tastemakers, Delray’s Fabulous Fashion Show and the Mother’s Day Orchid Giveaway, Night and Day Downtown Delray campaign.
GDBCC (Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce): Established in 1912, The Chamber is primarily an organization of business and professional men and women who have joined together to work for the solution of their mutual problems – both business and community problems. It is an organization through which the volunteer power of our community works effectively to make our community a better place in which to live and earn a living.
Events: Delray Affair, Wine and Seafood Festival, Leadership Delray and various networking groups and events
WARC (West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition): A nonprofit organization that was created to serve as a vehicle for community and business development in Delray’s West Atlantic area (between Swinton Avenue and I-95). WARC seeks to link the resources of the public and private sectors and advocate for the improvement of the economic, social and cultural future of local businesses and neighborhoods surrounding West Atlantic Avenue.
Events/Projects: Architectural review board for West Atlantic, implementation of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Plan, community needs assessment and strategic planning
PGAD (Pineapple Grove Arts District): Pineapple Grove is located just off Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach in the area of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 4th Ave. The area features an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, entertainment venues, spas and the new Hyatt Place Hotel. There is exciting public artwork and working artists throughout the district including an area known as Artists Alley. Pineapple Grove Main Street is a nonprofit organization that promotes the district and works with the City, the CRA and the DDA to improve the area.
Meetings: Fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 — Delray Beach Center for the Arts
DBCLT (Delray Beach Community Land Trust): An affordable housing and workforce initiative, the DBCLT provides support for individual families by helping residents with low and moderate incomes secure decent and affordable housing that they manage on a long-term basis. The organization works to fight deterioration in economically impaired communities by expanding the developments, rehabilitation, and maintenance of local housing.
Events/Projects: Atlantic Park Square single family subdivision, Palm Manor Apartments, SW 12th Avenue Duplexes
SPRAB (Site Plan Review and Appearance Board): This is a City board whose purpose is to review applications for new and existing buildings, signs and landscaping. Board’s seven (7) members are appointed by the City Commission and help to oversee the physical development of Delray Beach including locations of buildings, walkways, parking areas, and more. This involves analyzing detailed landscape, property, and engineering plans of any proposed project. Their processing and approval is vital to establishing future properties, enhancing the visual appeal of the neighborhood, and its compatibility with the city.
Meetings: Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall
DBHA (Delray Beach Housing Authority): The Delray Beach Housing Authority is dedicated to improving the quality of life for low and moderate-income families, and providing the opportunity for self-sufficiency by guaranteeing safe, quality housing to the area’s neediest residents.
Projects: Rental assistance programs, Section 8 Choice Voucher Program, Village Square Multi-family and Village Square Elderly apartment projects, the Public Housing Program and Family Self-sufficiency program.
HPB (Historic Preservation Board): The Historic Preservation Board helps to protect the character of Delray’s architectural past against inappropriate new construction and improper exterior renovations. Throughout the years this seven (7) member City board has worked to preserve buildings dating back to the late 19th century. The Board designates boundaries for the City’s five historic districts and reviews development applications for property in those districts or for sites that are individually listed on the National Historic Register or the Local Register of Historic Places.
Meetings: First and Third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall