Community 101—What we need to know about Delray Beach


By: Christel Silver
Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

As a member of the South Palm Beach Board for the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, we invited Realtors to an event to keep them informed about the Delray Beach community. We have visitors coming to Delray Beach and many are falling in love with the City and want to work, live and play here. More than 60 Realtors gathered in the Delray Beach Library to hear the latest news and I would like to share what we learned with you.

Mayor Shelly Petrolia informed the Realtors about the latest information about our Village by the Sea:

* There are four new hotels, two completed and two under construction with about 450 beds. One of the hotels is offering rooms for families, a king size bed and a sleeper sofa.

* The Delay Beach Golf Course has been funded, but more work needs to be done; therefore, the work has been pushed back to have the additional funds ready.

* The tennis stadium must stay a tennis stadium, as there are deed restrictions to this effect.  But work needs to be done, as the structure is getting old. The Mayor mentioned they she never intended to remove the stadium. But if the work is being done, the community center needs to be updated also.

The City took action to improve the situation with the rehabilitation homes. They implemented a new code restriction making a 600-yard minimum distance between rehabilitation homes.

The new CEO of the Delray Chamber of Commerce Stephanie Immelman, praised the close relationship with the Mayor and is making note that the Chamber under her leadership will not only be “Grand Openings and Networking events.” The Chamber needs to help small business prosper by contributing to the success of our community and membership.

Also mentioned were free Friday Concerts at the Old School Square; Government/Economic Affairs Friday Forum; Realtor Round Table; and Legislative Luncheons.

If you want to know about your community, join the Leadership Delray, an annual program, where you get to know your community inside out.

Karen Ronald, Executive Director of the Delray Beach Library, shared a lot of facts and statistics:

* The library, which is rated the ninth in the State of Florida, is improving the quality of life of residents and visitors alike.

* 27,000 people enjoyed free classes at the Library.

* This library is not only for taking books out: it is a learning and help center with homework help for children offered by volunteers inspiring children to explore their creativity through music and art programs.

* Teens have their Teen Room – designed just for Teens; Adults can learn English or computer programs with 44 Computers available for free use.

Delray Beach has much to offer not only to visitors but also to residents. We hope you will take advantage of all the amenities that our beautiful city has.

About Christel Silver

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. Silver is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. She served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She is the Global Ambassador for Austria and Germany in 2019. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit