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Weekend Best Bets: Jazz on the Intracoastal; Buffett Tribute

Get On Up opens this weekend

Get On Up opens this weekend

Calling all Parrot Heads

The City of Boca Raton continues its Friday Night Summer Tribute Series with a tribute to Jimmy Buffett featuring  Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways.  The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

 Come Downtown and join friends, neighbors,  barefoot children, brown-eyed girls (that’s Van Morrison) and plenty of Parrot Heads for a great night of live music under the stars. This is a free community event and blankets and chairs are welcome. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. No coolers, outside food and beverages or pets allowed. We will also have chairs available to rent for $5.00. There is free parking at City Hall and the libraries.

Dave’s favorite Buffett song is “Come Monday” because he loves his job.

Jazz in the Park

The City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department is launching a new  ”Jazz Along The Intracoastal” series Sunday, Aug. 3.

series of free, outdoor concerts featuring music by Love 94 Smooth Jazz radio will be held on the first Sunday of each month at Veterans Park, 801 NE 2nd Street.

From 12 p.m.,  to 4 p.m.,  the public is invited to enjoy  music in a beautiful park setting along the Intracoastal Waterway. Families, friends and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an afternoon of outdoor fun.

Pets and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park.

A schedule of performing artists at “Jazz Along The Intracoastal” will be available at a later date. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at (561) 243-7252.

James Brown Biopic opens

Way back when I was cub reporter, I was assigned to attend a press conference before a James Brown concert at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium.

The Hardest Working Man in Show Biz was scheduled to land at Boca Airport where he would greet the local press corps.

I got there early and was walking around when there he was, Mr. Brown with some interesting looking ladies, coming my way.

Next thing I knew I was whisked into a room for an exclusive with the Godfather of Soul.

The interview was a blur, to say I was nervous would be an understatement of massive proportions.

Anyway, that’s a long winded way of saying that we recommend you hit the theaters this weekend to catch “Get On Up”, the long awaited James Brown movie featuring the terrific Chadwick Boseman, who did a great job playing Jackie Robinson in “42″ a few years back.

Early reviews are strong and the music..well…it’s timeless like Dave’s fashion sense.

 

 

Water Cooler Wednesday: NY ‘Hucksters’

Is this the face of a 'huckster'?

Is this the face of a ‘huckster’?

Earlier this month, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater sent a snarky letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo poking fun at New York’s economic development efforts.

Mr. Atwater went so far as to call Cuomo a “huckster”, which qualifies for salty language if you know Jeff Atwater.

Atwater’s beef is that he thinks Cuomo’s TV ad campaign is deceptive. He took issue with the governor spending money running those ads in Florida.

Here’s what the NY Post had to say about the tiff.

“The Cuomo administration has spent $113 million on radio and TV commercials in-state and across the country plugging New York as a business and tourist mecca — much of it for START-UP NY, a new program that touts tax-free benefits for 10 years to firms that open near the Empire State’s public colleges.

 Atwater said he was shocked by the “arrogance” of the ads.

“The START-UP NY ad campaign certainly wouldn’t pass the truth-in-advertising test. Even pharmaceutical companies’ ads have a rapid disclaimer,” Atwater quipped.”

Hmm…

Maybe.

But….

Doesn’t this stuff happen all the time?
Doesn’t Texas Governor Rick Perry pay for billboards in high tax states trying to lure companies to the Lone Star State?

Didn’t the “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger target industries when he was running the Golden State?
And don’t we here in Palm Beach County have a program designed specifically to poach hedge funds and the like from high tax /bad weather New York, New Jersey and Connecticut?

I’m not a big fan of poaching, but it happens all the time. And sometimes companies pretend to leave in order to extract incentive dollars from states that don’t want to see them go.

I happen to know and like Jeff Atwater, very much. He’s a good guy. He’s smart, affable, talented and devoted to public service. I knew him when he was a local elected official and despite being from a different party I supported his bid for the State House because I thought that our legislature could use more business people. As a former local elected official, Mr. Atwater actually knows how to solve problems.

 In local government you have to solve people’s problems because if you don’t they’ll end up in your driveway or finding you at the local Publix.

Still, while I wouldn’t unilaterally disarm, I wonder if there’s a better use of $113 million in tax money.

Tourism ads are one thing and cities should also advertise the business opportunities available in their locales. But if I were Governor Cuomo, CFO Atwater or Gov. Scott I would spend my time, money and political capital on working with the state’s talented business leaders to grow, nurture and create the best climate for economic growth possible.

If successful, you don’t have to throw money at companies to stay or relocate, they’ll want to be here. After all, nobody has to convince companies to move to Silicon Valley or Boulder, Co.

Better yet, if you create a climate of opportunity you’ll retain the best and brightest young minds in the Sunshine State.

So what needs to happen?

Well…

  • Continue to build a world class higher education system: UF, FSU, UCF, USF and our own FAU have made great strides in recent decades. We need them to be and do even more and that will require an investment. It’s not enough to be good; we need to compete with the Stanford’s of the world.
  • Develop statewide and local strategies to retain our bright young minds. Bright young people shouldn’t feel that they have to move to Silicon Valley, Boston, NY, Austin or Boulder to succeed.
  • We need more Venture Capital dollars and deals in Florida. Our venture flow is paltry.
  • Invest in our state colleges and engage our private universities in the mission.  There’s a big role for Lynn, Nova, PBAU and PBSC.
  • Become the national leader in career and trade education. Not every student is college bound, but there is a need for skilled workers across a range of industries.  Become a leader in training and you’ll have companies sprouting up to take advantage of the talent.
  • Don’t ignore early childhood education, social services and prek-12 education. Aspire to be the best place in the world for teachers to live and work.
  • Become the state known for investing in climate change protection measures.

    You get the idea.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if this what our gubernatorial debate was about; how to build a Florida that works for all?
    Instead, we will probably see $100 million spent on Charlie’s flip-flops and tan and Rick’s various misdeeds.  No wonder nobody recognized the Governor when he dined at a Panera Bread in Boca last week.

    We are not focused on the issues real people care about.  And so we tune out and that’s not the answer.

 

 

 

 

Dreaming of Tesla

Boca's Town Center Mall has a Tesla "dealership".

Boca’s Town Center Mall has a Tesla “dealership”.

Sure, I’m turning 50 in a few weeks and the thought of a mid-life crisis has crossed my mind, but the truth is I have had a yen for beautiful cars since I was a teenager. I don’t think I’m alone.
Back then  I fell in love with old Mustangs, the 1964-67 variety and later acquired a desire for 1968-69 Chevy Camaro’s.
I scratched both those itches before the age of 21 and since then I have had a steady diet of practical cars from Ford Explorers and Dodge Caravans to Honda’s and Toyota Corollas with one exception– a BMW 528I that was so complicated that it took me a month to figure out the radio.
So I thought I was over my car obsession when I wandered into the Tesla dealership at the Mall at Town Center over the weekend.
It was there that I saw the two Tesla’s sitting side by side, sleek, beautiful, sophisticated, sexy. I was instantly smitten.
The red one retailed in the high $80s and the white one was a cool $125k, each more expensive than my first two homes in Delray Beach.
The “dealership” in Boca is also sleekly designed with panels on the walls explaining the amazing technology behind the gorgeous exteriors.
You can even buy Tesla clothing  and in my imagination I did as I day dreamed of driving on A1A and through Big Sur.
For those who may not know, Tesla was founded about 11 years ago by uber entrepreneur Elon Musk and a team of Silicon Valley engineers who dreamed that electric cars could be awesome.
They are.
Not only are they beautiful, but they perform. One model can go 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. It has been said that when you accelerate in a Tesla, you feel like you’ve been shot out of a silent cannon.
Depending on the model,  a Tesla can drive about 275 miles on a single charge, an impressive feat.
The goal of the company is a huge one. To break our dependence on fossil burning fuels and usher in an era of high performance, safe, electric mobility.
The Tesla has been given a 5 star safety rating by the government and has won accolades while turning heads all over the world.
Tesla owners charge for free at strategic locations, enabling long distance road trips in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Of course, in order to gain mass acceptance, the price of the Tesla is going to have to come down with models that will be more accessible to…well….to folks like me.
Friends have told me that Tesla is working on a $45,000 model, which would be much less expensive than the gorgeous Kia we saw parked at the other end of the mall.
The visionary behind the company, Elon Musk, is one of the world’s premier entrepreneurs.
While he’s revolutionizing Electric Vehicles, he’s also disrupting space travel with his company Space-X and solar power with his company SolarCity.
Oh and before that he co-founded Pay Pal and Zip 2.
He just turned 43. Sigh.
But I digress.
A few years ago, I had a chance to visit a nascent car company on Florida’s Space Coast. There I got to meet and talk with a group of MIT engineers, some recently laid off from NASA, who were designing a car I think they called the Rivian, also ultra-efficient and beautiful. Their dream was to build something stylish and environmentally friendly that wouldn’t break the bank.
It is incredibly daunting to compete against well-funded legacy car companies with global supply chains, thousands and thousands of talented employees and oodles of cash.
But as I wandered through the Boca Tesla dealership and thought of the guys at Rivian, I couldn’t help but feel pride in the mentality of the dreamer/entrepreneur.
They make you want to stick around for another 50 years to see what they will cook up.

Weekend Best Bets: U2 Tribute at Mizner and More

Jazz, funk, Latin and Rock are some of the genres covered by Aaron Lebos Reality

Jazz, funk, Latin and Rock are some of the genres covered by Aaron Lebos Reality

A musical montage

Aaron Lebos Reality, is back at Arts Garage for the second time tonight, July 25 at 8 p.m.

The group  is a powerful and unique group from Miami, whose style encompasses jazz, funk, rock, R&B, Latin and world music. Since forming in 2012, the group has exploded in South Florida, attracting the interest of both established musicians and mainstream audiences.

Visit www.artsgarage.org and grab your tickets.

Friday Night Summer Tribute Series: U2 by UV (U2 tribute band)

Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7:30PM

The City of Boca Raton continues its Friday Night Summer Tribute Series featuring U2 by UV  , a tribute to the legendary U2.   It’s going to be a beautiful day, and maybe even better than the real thing,  if you  join friends, neighbors and fellow music lovers for a great evening of live music under the stars. This is a free community event and blankets and chairs are welcome. No coolers, outside food and beverages or pets allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site and we will also have chairs available to rent for $5.00. Free parking at City Hall and the libraries.

When Dave thinks Bono, he thinks Sonny Bono. For the rest of us, this is a can’t miss show.

 

 

 

Water Cooler Wednesday: Urbanism’s Holy Grail

Empty

Vibrant—adjective: having or showing great life, activity, and energy.

We took a ride Sunday afternoon to visit Abacoa in Jupiter.

We had a nice lunch at JJ Muggs and decided to walk around the town center before making the long trek back to Delray Beach.

There were about six other people in the restaurant at lunch hour and when we walked around we saw no cars, no pedestrians, no activity and no energy.

Sure, it was a hot day in the middle of summer but when we cruised Atlantic Avenue on our way home, we saw lots of people walking, biking, shopping, dining and taking advantage of the shade at Worthing Park.

There was life.

There was activity.

 There was energy.

In short, Delray Beach is a vibrant place.

Even at 3:30 in the afternoon. Even  on a very hot summer day.

I don’t mean to disparage Abacoa, it’s a very nice place and maybe it was having a bad day, but I raise the issue of vibrancy because when it comes to urbanism and redevelopment it’s the Holy Grail.

Vibrancy is what you strive for. It’s what citizens in Delray Beach have dreamt about since the 80s, when Mayor Doak Campbell formed the Atlantic Avenue Task Force in an effort to rejuvenate a decaying downtown.

Cities are interesting because they are full of life. It’s fun to walk around a city because you get to experience sights, sounds  and other people. You never know who you’ll bump into. The magic of cities happens when those collisions occur. Is the experience always pleasant? No. But it’s life and that’s good.

The great place making philosopher Jane Jacobs once said that “the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”

Delray Beach worked a very long time to attract street activity. Once upon a time it was front page news when a coffee shop named “Java Junction” opened in the site of a long shuttered shoe store. The proprietors were slightly ahead of their time. There wasn’t enough foot traffic and the business closed.

Back in the 80s, when vacancy rates downtown were 40 percent and businesses closed for the summer, citizens and elected officials dreamed of a day when Delray would have a parking problem.

Vibrancy was the goal; but not an end unto itself. Agree or disagree with whether or not it happened –but the goal was to achieve a vibrant downtown without losing the city’s inherent charm.

Thus the tagline of the 2001-02 Downtown Master Plan was “keeping the charm.”

The goal was to blend the old with the new, to keep a human scale in terms of building heights and to increase vibrancy by encouraging sidewalk cafes and downtown housing while also creating open spaces and cultural amenities that would appeal to people of all ages.

When the long desired parking problems arrived, new garages were planned, built and financed and surface lots in some cases became parks. These decisions did not take place in a vacuum. Citizen input was solicited at every step along the way.

What resulted was a downtown that has achieved national prominence and recognition. City officials from all over the state and nation have visited for ideas and inspiration.

They don’t visit to see empty streets. They come to study the elements of what makes a town lively and to bring back ideas that they can use to breathe life into their own cities.

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure to speak to the Parrot Cove Homeowners Association in Lake Worth.

The discussion centered on the challenges and opportunities facing their community. I am part of a team that plans to renovate the historic Gulfstream Hotel, which the city sees as a catalyst for their downtown.

We talked about what went right and what went wrong in Delray and the truth is redevelopment has its hits and misses. But we talked about how  it’s important to keep iterating, engaging, planning and implementing.

There were three takeaways from my experience in Delray that I wanted to share.

First, how important it is for the community to be involved. Second, that even if you achieve some success you can’t become complacent—“downtowns are never done” we used to say and third in order to keep a place safe and sustainable—you need vibrancy.

Very simple concepts; but not so easy to achieve.

 

 

Real Estate Monday: Foreclosure Story Still Being Written

Central Florida, Miami and Port St. Lucie are still plagued by high foreclosure rates.

Central Florida, Miami and Port St. Lucie are still plagued by high foreclosure rates.

I remember a conversation I had with an urban planner some years back.

It stuck with me.

She said that during the good times, it’s hard to see an end. It feels like the party will go on forever.

She also said that during the bad times in real estate, it’s also hard to see an end. You feel like the busts will drag on forever.

For those of us who weathered the recent boom and bust, those words probably ring true.

As an elected official from 2000-07, I remember a post 9/11 recession followed by a boom that was extraordinary.

When I went to the mail box I was often greeted by fliers from people wanting to buy my house—I wasn’t alone.

Water cooler conversation often started like this” “can you believe that they just sold a house in Lake Ida for X?” and was often topped by “can you believe what they are getting for townhouses downtown”?

When I went to City Hall, there were sometimes lines out the building at the Planning Department with people submitting plans for additions, new construction and new developments. It was that kind of an era.

Then it ended. Boom. Like a window had slammed shut.

We saw values decrease, development dry up and a ton of people hurt by the foreclosure crisis.

That’s why it was heartening news to see a new study last week by RealtyTrac which saw foreclosure rates fall to the lowest level in eight years.

But the Sunshine State is still suffering, with pockets –including Miami and Central Florida– still dealing with a very high volume of foreclosures.

RealtyTrac released its Midyear 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 613,874 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in the first half of 2014, a 19 percent decrease from the previous six months and down 23 percent from the first half of 2013. The report also shows that 0.47 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 214) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first six months of the year.

Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, pointed out: “There continue to be concerning trends in some states and local markets that clearly indicate those markets are not completely out of the woods when it comes to the lingering foreclosure problem left over from the housing bust. While it’s important that any remaining foreclosure infection is addressed promptly to keep it from festering, foreclosures are no longer a widespread contagion threatening to derail the housing market’s return to full health.”

Atop of the list of markets “not completely out of the woods,” was Florida. Foreclosure starts in the first half of the year affected one in 74 housing units in Florida. The figure was three times the national average. The RealtyTrac report indicated “Florida scheduled foreclosure auctions have increased annually in 16 of the last 18 months.”

Additionally, most of the cities that suffer from high foreclosure rates are in Florida:

Despite the annual decrease, Miami posted the nation’s highest metro foreclosure rate: 1.65 percent of all housing units (one in 61) with a foreclosure filing during the first half of the year. Eight other Florida metro areas joined Miami among the top 10 metro foreclosure rates nationwide: Orlando at No. 2 (1.57 percent of all housing units with a foreclosure filing); Port St. Lucie at No. 3 (1.49 percent); Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville at No. 4 (1.49 percent); Tampa-St. Petersburg at No. 5 (1.41 percent); Lakeland at No. 6 (1.35 percent); Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach at No. 7 (1.29 percent); Ocala at No. 8 (1.26 percent); and Jacksonville at No. 9 (1.24 percent).

Still, nationally June was the 45th consecutive month foreclosure activity was down on an annual basis.

“Over the next six to nine months, nationwide foreclosure numbers should start to flat line at consistently historically normal levels,” Blomquist.

That’s good news, because housing is such an important part of our economy.

 

Weekend Best Bets: Bus Loop and Bowling

Burt and Max's is a prime stop on the Delray Bus Loop

Burt and Max’s is a prime stop on the Delray Bus Loop

Three Weekend Ideas:

The Bus Loop: East Meets West

When:  July 19, from 6-11

Cost: $30 at check-in.

East meets west – connecting downtown Delray to Delray Marketplace (at Lyons Rd.).  Hop on one of the free trolleys and check out 12 great restaurant and bar stops, each offering a complimentary drink and/or appetizer.

Support the Delray Center for the Performing Arts and have fun. Sounds like a winner. To register, visit http://www.busloop.org/the_delray_beach_bus_loop.

Check Out Mizner Park

Summer time is a great time to visit Mizner Park.

We are hearing great things about Kapow!, we love Villagio and Rack’s and adore Max’s Grille.

The summer music series is a winner.

Coming soon: John Legend.

Strikes For Life Bowling Tournament

When:  Sunday, July 20, registration 10 a.m., bowling starts at 11 a.m.

How much:  $60 that benefits a good cause

Where:  Strikes @Boca, 21046 Commercial Trail, Boca Raton

What: The Gift of Life is having a Strikes For Life Bowling Tournament on July 20. Fun 21, Eliminator, Brackets & Scratch Pot Games Available, as well as a silent auction and raffles. For more information call 561-982-2900 or email events@giftoflife.org

 

Water Cooler Wednesday: Engage Or Lose Trust

Hard to earn, easy to lose, really hard to regain

Hard to earn, easy to lose, really hard to regain

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a survey on stress last week.

It seems that politics is one of the top daily stressors in the lives of Americans; second only to juggling schedules of family members and more stressful than car trouble and commuting hassles.

Congress has approval ratings in the single digits; colonoscopies and root canals are rated higher than congressmen.

Even the Supreme Court –long respected by Americans in polls– has an approval rating of only 47 percent, one of its lowest ratings in the last 14 years.
So what bothers Americans about politics?

  • The inability to get something done.
  • Failure of government to perform basic functions well
  • Failure of government to solve problems.
  • Failure of politicians to find common ground.
  • A feeling that they are being lied to and that government isn’t working for them but for special interests.

Among the various groups polled, “millennials”  have less trust in government than ever and tend to trust government to solve problems less than older Americans, according to the Foundation’s findings. That doesn’t bode well for the future. Something has to change.

A few years back, the Florida League of Cities produced research showing that the most trusted level of government was local government, the type closest to the people. Polls also showed that people trusted their mayors more than their Congressional representatives.

I wonder if that still holds true.
Locally, Boca and Delray were able to progress because voters trusted local government’s ability to deliver. In Delray, every bond issue brought before voters passed and usually by overwhelming margins.

Why?
Because elected officials took the time to engage the community on issues ranging from infrastructure needs and parks to a new library and the need to support a beautified downtown. But referendums also passed because taxpayers believed in their local government’s ability to deliver on citizen’s visions. They viewed City Hall as an extension of the community, not some alien building full of faceless bureaucrats but rather a place that was engaged with them in solving community issues and seizing opportunities.
That trust is the most valuable commodity imaginable. It’s hard earned, can be easily lost and once lost hard to regain.
That’s why it’s important to constantly engage stakeholders on issues large and small. Governments that skip this piece do so at their own risk. Citizen engagement takes more time and effort but it’s essential and once you have buy in great things happen. Just look at Boca’s amazing parks and Delray’s dynamic downtown.
Larger governments find it harder to engage citizens and are more susceptible to monied interests.
Special interests also play locally–but city government is still the level of government where people matter most. But…that is true with one giant asterisk… only if they pay attention, engage and vote.
You have to do all three. There are no shortcuts.

Real Estate Monday: Foreign Buyers Love Florida

Foreign buyers find real estate in the Sunshine State a solid investment.

Foreign buyers find real estate in the Sunshine State a solid investment.

When it comes to real estate, foreign buyers are seeing the value in purchasing property in the United States.

And Florida is by far the most popular place for foreigners to invest.

Since 2007, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has conducted a yearly survey to measure the level of sales of U.S. residential real estate to international clients. The survey provides information about the origin, destination, and buying preferences of international clients as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by REALTORS® in the international market. The 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity presents the analysis of data gathered from REALTORS® on purchases of U.S. residential real estate by international clients made during the 12 months ending March 2014. There were 3,547 respondents to the survey, conducted from April 14 – May 14, 2014.

The term international client refers to two types of purchasers of properties.

  • Type A, Non-Resident Foreigners: Foreign clients with permanent residences outside the U.S. These clients typically purchase property for investments, vacations, or visits of less than six months to the U.S.
  • Type B, Resident Foreigners: Clients who are recent immigrants (in the country less than two years) or temporary visa holders residing for more than six months in the U.S. for professional, educational, or other reasons.

For the period April 2013 through March 2014, the total sales volume to international clients (“international sales”) has been estimated at approximately $92.2 billion, a 35 percent increase from the previous period’s level of $68.2 billion.

 The dollar level of international sales was roughly 7 percent of the total U.S. Existing Homes Sales (EHS) market of $ 1.2 trillion for the same period.

 Compared to the previous year, sales to foreigners increased both in numbers of transactions and in average price. Of total international transactions, approximately $45.5 billion were attributed to Type A non-resident foreigners; and approximately $46.7 billion were to Type B resident foreigners.

Florida again topped the nation as the state of choice among international real estate buyers, capturing 23 percent of sales transactions in the latest yearly report from the National Association of Realtors.

China led the way, accounting for $22 billion in purchases of U.S. real estate for the 12-month period, or 24 percent of total foreign sales, NAR said. A year earlier, Chinese purchases of U.S. real estate amounted to $12.8 billion, or 19 percent of total foreign sales.

“Foreign buyers are being enticed to U.S. real estate because of what they recognize as attractive prices, economic stability, and an incredible opportunity for investment in their future,” NAR president Steve Brown. co-owner of a Dayton, Ohio, brokerage, said in a statement.

 Among the Chinese, the favorite state remains California, which accounted for 35 percent of sales, followed by Washington (9 percent); New York (7 percent); Pennsylvania (6 percent); and Texas (6 percent.)

 In Florida, buyers from Asia accounted for just 8 percent of sales, while Latin Americans accounted for 26 percent of foreign purchases, and Europeans totaled 28 percent.

 However, Realtors say that Chinese buyers are showing increased interest in Florida and that they expect sales to increase in coming years as buyers flee an overheated Chinese market. Chinese investors are also being lured by EB-5 opportunities, in which they invest in projects in order to obtain citizenship. A majority of EB-5 projects have a real estate component, although mostly commercial such as hotels, restaurants and mixed use projects.

Chinese are also starting to show interest in high end condo’s and waterfront real estate, experts say.

 

 

Weekend Best Bets: Summer Specials

The DBMC shares some summer ideas, including Sandoway House options for kids of all ages.

The DBMC shares some summer ideas, including Sandoway House options for kids of all ages.

The Legendary Johnny Cash

The Arts Garage’s production of “Ring of Fire” has been a huge critical and commercial hit with sold out shows and rave reviews.

A few tickets remain for matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The show features the music of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Visit www.artsgarage.org for tickets and more information, but hurry tickets are selling.

 Oh What A Night

While we’re talking about music legends, walk like a man (sorry we couldn’t resist) and make sure to see Jersey Boys at a theater near you this weekend.

Don’t believe the reviews, the movie is terrific and the music of the Four Seasons is sublime.

It’s also just a great story of four guys from Newark who made it in a very tough business with a unique sound and infectious songs.

Word of warning: the music will stick in your head. The movie includes most of the hits including killer versions of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

 

Summer Happenings courtesy of the DBMC

 

The From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art exhibition at the Cornell Museum in the Delray Beach Center for the Arts showcases a world where ordinary paper has been transformed into extraordinary works of art. The exhibit runs until Aug. 24. There’s a $5 admission fee. Nearby, there’s Art Cinema at The Crest every Wednesday, with screenings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. followed by a group discussion. There’s a $10 fee.

 

At the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Sushi & Stroll is back for three more Fridays:  July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Events are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include Taiko drumming performances. Tickets are $7.

 

Visitors can take a “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, hosted by the Spady Museum on July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at a cost of $20.

 

Summer at the Sandoway House Nature Center is when people will find the Jurassic Parts exhibit, featuring hundreds of shark parts through Aug. 31 for $4. Don’t miss daily shark feedings while you’re there.

 

Art Walk in Downtown Delray, offering visitors a chance to view special artist showings at galleries and studios in the Pineapple Grove Art District, is back on the first Friday of every month.

 

Great Things to Do and Summer Specials

Residents and tourists will find no place cooler than Delray Beach for water sports and for summer discounts at golf courses, tennis centers and most hotels and attractions. For example, if a full day of golf is too much, they can head over to Putt’n Around Delray Beach for a round of mini golf.

 

Delray Yacht Cruises is offering special rates for its two-hour daily narrated Intracoastal cruises and on brunch and dinner cruises.

Along with a great beach, you’ll find cool things under the sea when scuba diving, or snorkeling. Scuba Center Delray can get you set up. For fun on the water try paddle boarding, sailing and surfing. Delray Beach Watersports and newcomers The Salt Fly specialize in these kind of activities.

 

For wine and art connoisseurs, Vino Van Gogh Wine and Art Bar in Pineapple Grove offers a summer special of two classes and two glasses of wine – one each for you and a friend, or two for you – for $50.