Here’s What We Think…

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Welcome to 2018.

We hope that our readers had a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

The start of a new year is a chance for us to take stock of our lives and set new goals or resurrect old dreams.

Our goal for the New Year is to continue to provide you with a steady dose of local news.

While there are countless news outlets to inform you about our nation and our world, there are only a few news outlets dedicated to keeping you informed about all things Delray.

That means a steady dose of news, features, interviews, events and lifestyle information designed to help you know what’s going on in your hometown.

Fortunately, Delray Beach is an active and engaged place. We may be a lot things, but we aren’t dull.

In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a small city as interesting as Delray Beach.

We predict that 2018 is going to be a very busy year.

On the political front, the city will elect a new mayor and fill three commission seats making the March election arguably the most important since the landmark contest of 1990 that ushered in an era of stability and progress.

In terms of business, development and investment, we predict that 2018 will be an active year.

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce will hire a new president this year and is currently undertaking a national search.

iPic, Atlantic Crossing, a new hotel south of the Avenue, a new Aloft Hotel on U.S. 1 and development in Pineapple Grove indicate a strong desire among investors to place big bets on Delray’s future.

Congress Avenue is also ripe for development with Kaufman Lynn’s new headquarters leading the way.

We also predict investment in the West Atlantic corridor, an area known as The Set.

On the cultural front, expect some decisions on the long-awaited Old School Square Park, the continued growth of the Arts Garage as a regional arts hub and the maturing of the CRA’s Arts Warehouse in an area known as Artist’s Alley.

Sports have become a big attraction in Delray and we think 2018 will see Atlantic High School grow as a football power (state runner-ups in 2017), hopefully some activity at the old Bucky Dent Baseball School and the resolution of litigation surrounding Delray’s ATP tennis event. Water sports, surfing, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, golf and boxing are developing hubs in Delray.

The entrepreneurial scene is also hot with an array of promising start-ups and innovative companies ranging from Rooster and Delivery Dudes to the Downtowner and House of Perna. Social entrepreneurs are also growing in prominence with groups such One Million Cups, Creative Mornings, WiseTribe, Space of Mind and Palm Beach Tech hosting events and growing in Delray.

So 2018 should be a pivotal year.

We plan to be there to cover the highs, lows and inevitable in betweens.

Once again, we appreciate our readers, advertisers and most of all our hometown for making it possible.