Many positive developments are happening on West Atlantic Avenue between Swinton Ave. and I-95. The Gateway feature, the Libby Wesley Plaza on SW 5th, and development projects such as the Fairfield Inn, have all been initiated in the past few years. Meet some of the people that have worked tirelessly to develop the West Atlantic area. They come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but the common driving force among all of these individuals has been the positive development of the West Atlantic area. Meet the neighbors.
Elizabeth C. Burrows (top)
Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida Education: University of Florida – B.S., Public Relations; University of Miami – M.P.A., Public Administration Occupation/Community Involvement: Economic Development Manager for the City of Delray Beach and Delray Beach CRA Vision for West Atlantic: I’d love to see a thriving business and family entertainment district that attracts people from all across the South Florida region. Favorite quote: “Nothing works unless you do.” ~ Maya Angelou What you may not know about Elizabeth: My mind craves constant stimulation. I’m an avid reader, I write and perform my own poetry, I design jewelry, and I sing all of the time. My husband and I love movies and we have a huge Blu-ray collection…but we haven’t had much time to watch them since our daughter, Naomi, was born in April.
C. Ron Allen (bottom)
Hometown: Boston, MA Education: BA Radio, TV & Motion Picture, University of Massachusetts in Amherst. MA Journalism, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Occupation/Community Involvement: President, CRA Media Group, a marketing and media relations firm; Founder, KOP Mentoring Network – a mentoring program serving youth ages 7-17 since 1991; Co-Founder and Vice Chair, Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts, a performance and production arts charter school; and a Community Servant. Vision for West Atlantic: My dream for the last 30 years has been for Delray Beach, the All-America City, to erase the dividing line at Swinton Avenue and have one Atlantic Avenue. This City has a rich diverse history and I long for the day when all its residents can be proud to say they live in Delray Beach and celebrate it. Favorite quote: “Our lives should not be valued by what we take, but by what we give.” What you may not know about C. Ron: I love Clint Eastwood movies. In fact, I have every movie he ever made in my collection.