Top 10 things you need to know in Delray Beach this August


Learn to play pickleball onTuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings 8:30 on at Catherine Strong Park, 1600 SW 6th St. New players should wear tennis shoes and bring liquids, equipment will be provided.
Delray was awarded the Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award by the Form-Based Codes Institute for its achievement in the writing and implementation of the Central Business District Code and Architectural Design Guidelines.
Two railroad crossings east of Swinton Ave. will be under construction this month. The crossing at Lindell Blvd. will be worked on from 7 a.m. on Aug. 16 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 20. The crossing at Southeast Second St. will be worked on from 7 a.m. on Aug. 22 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Property values are estimated to increase 10.43 percent in Delray Beach, according to preliminary estimates sent to the state from the Palm County Property Appraiser. Properties in the DDA are estimated to increase in value by 15.63 percent.
The Delray Beach Public Art Advisory Board selected an artist team of Mark Fuller and Agata Ren to be artist in residence for a city-wide art project. They propose creating 15 chairs, 8 feet tall, and 2 feet wide, aluminum and polyester powder finish.  All the chairs would have the same form but yet various unique designs. They will be paid $20,000.
The city will spend nearly $58,000 for engineering and construction services to repair Veteran’s Park seawall and replacement of the public docks along the Intracoastal Waterway. The seawall cap will be raised approximately 3 feet and the public docks located on the east side of Veterans Park will be replaced.
The Delray Beach American Little League recently celebrated 45 years in the city.
The city has released its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Officials estimate the budget will total $110 million and the tax rate proposed is 7.2112. The entire budget can be viewed on the city’s website.
Fire Chief, Neal de Jesus, rolled out a new public safety campaign aimed at preventing hot car injuries and deaths in children. The campaign centers on a mirror tag that is meant to be placed in the child’s safety seat when it is empty and hung from the rear view mirror when the child is in the vehicle. These tags are available at all city fire stations.
The Swinton Social project has received an 18 month extension from the city to receive all the approvals and permits it needs to finish construction on a revamping of Swinton Avenue.