Community Development Agency enticing Business Development with Grant for only South Cape Coral

The City of Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) said funding was now available for its Breaking Barriers to Business (B2B) Grant Program. The city said the program aims to provide incentive grants to assist with site development costs of new non-residential construction, building/facility expansions, or renovations. The agency said $250,000 is available and will…

City of West Palm Beach to Host 35th Annual 4th on Flagler

The City of West Palm Beach will soon host its Annual 4th on Flagler Celebration with a festive “Stars and Stripes in Paradise” theme. The highly anticipated event will return for its 35th year as the largest waterfront Independence Day Celebration in South Florida. The event takes place from 6 – 10 p.m. along Flagler Drive (between Banyan Blvd. and Fern Street). “Our Annual 4th on Flagler celebration is rich…

CRA Sale of Five Lots May Induce Construction of Ten New Affordable Housing Units

City Manager James Slaton lauded the progress the CRA has achieved in their ongoing housing improvement efforts in the Northwest Neighborhood, which is now drawing considerable private-sector investment. The sale of five lots owned by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency will spur the development of new affordable housing for workers and retirees. An agreement for the sale…

New Gateway Planned for Downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers is getting a new gateway. Nearly $116,000 is being set aside for its construction where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard meets Fowler Street. The project will be constructed on a property owned by the Florida Department of Transportation that the agency has agreed to donate, according to an agenda for the…

New Deadlines for CRA Event Sponsorship

The Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Special Event Sponsorship application deadlines have changed. For events held between October 2023 to March 2024, application packets must be received by July 31, 2023. For events held between April 2024 to September 2024, application packets must be received by January 31, 2024. The CRA sets aside $90,000 annually to…

Art Exhibit Focuses On Cuba

The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency is hosting two new art exhibits at the Clearwater Main Library showcasing the beauty and culture of Cuba, featuring the artwork of legendary photographer Clyde Butcher and local Tampa Bay artists. “Cuba: The Natural Beauty,” by photographer Clyde Butcher, is the result of a commission by the United Nations to…

Rock the Block

The funds raised from Rock the Block go directly back into the nonprofit’s Neighborhood Revitalization program, which addresses the need to preserve affordable housing and healthier living conditions through its critical repair and aging-in-place programs. The goal is to help homeowners stay in their existing homes, protect their financial investments, and improve their quality of…

Why Do We Redevelop Communities?

Most organizational leaders, including those in local government, focus on the “how” or the “what” of their actions. In 1999, as a newly elected 22-year-old Palmetto city councilman, my “why” was “improving the citizens’ quality of life.” Over those next four years, my “why” drifted into a lot of “whats,” like a wastewater treatment plant…

Rock the Plaza

The Rock the Plaza event provides a spotlight on plazas located within the BBCRA area while encouraging community members to patronize local businesses and restaurants. The plaza activations feature live music and entertainment, as well as engaging activities in an effort to stimulate foot traffic and showcase the offerings of local businesses. This free business…