Keep Locals Afloat This Summer


By: Stephanie Immelman Interim CEO of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce

At the Chamber’s recent Tourism Roundtable meeting, participants noted the annual struggle the shops, hotels, attractions and restaurants go through during the summer—particularly in August and September.  We decided to do something about it.

We have reached out to our members and asked them to provide us with their summer specials. You will find them on

Now it’s your turn.

We need our community to come together to support our locals and keep them afloat during the summer months. Please make a special effort to visit one of our local attractions such as the Spady Museum, Silverball, Putt N Around, Delray Beach Historical Society, Sandoway House or Delray Yacht Cruises. Plan a local getaway at one of our unique and diverse hotels. Delray has something for everyone in this arena including ocean views at the Marriott, boutique luxury at Crane’s Beach House, spa pampering at the Seagate, Colony’s Beach Club or downtown vibes at the Hyatt.

Delray is quickly becoming known for its Wellness scene. August and September is a great time to stay indoors and pamper yourself.  That includes you too, gentlemen!

And of course we have a great restaurant scene. If you are like me, you get into a habit and tend to go out to the same places. Why not try somewhere different in August and September? It may become a new favorite of yours. Or take a Craft Food Tour…you are bound to discover something new.

Despite the heat, there are still some fun events taking place. Arts Warehouse, Arts Garage and Old School Square are continuing the First Friday Artwalks during the summer, providing a cool place to contemplate art. Dine Out Delray takes place in August and Morikami’s Sushi and Stroll is on for September.We will list all the unique things to do in August and September on the website as well.

Share your photos and stories with us on #KeepLocalsAfloat. In the dog days of summer, let’s Keep Locals Afloat!