Top 10 Things you need to know in Delray Beach this May

  1. Delray Beach’s Police Department is a semifinalist for the Freedom Award. The award is the highest recognition given by the United States government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. In 2016, there were 2,424 nominations and 139 reached the semifinal level. No employers in Florida became finalists.
  2. Delray’s Parks and Recreation Department is looking for input. The department is looking for what the residents want to see happen at the city’s parks and recreational facilities. Any input will help the city identify key issues to address in a long-term master plan. To participate in the survey, visit
  3. Commissioner Al Jacquet has been appointed as Delray’s new vice mayor and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura as the deputy vice mayor.
  4. If you spend $200 downtown on gifts, excluding purchases at restaurants, you can submit your receipts for an orchid for Mother’s Day. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Orchids will be available outside Hands’ Stationers and Petite Connection from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4-6 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7.
  5. Make a call or go online to support your favorite local nonprofit. The annual Great Give 24-hour fundraising event will take place on May 3. All donations are tax-deductible to the more than 300 nonprofits that have signed up to participate. To donate, visit or call 1-844-448-3329.
  6. Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jeff Costello received a 5 percent raise from his board. He now makes about $140,000 a year.
  7. Delray has a new assistant city attorney that will serve as the police department’s legal advisor. Lawonda Warren was selected for the job and begins this month..
  8. Delray Beach’s City Attorney Noel Pfeffer submitted his resignation to the city. He will be moving on to work for a local law firm. Two other assistant city attorneys also resigned.
  9. Neal de Jesus is the new fire chief. He has served as fire chief in Coral Gables and for Broward Sheriff’s Office.
  10. Uptown Delray received approval of a developer’s agreement from the city to redevelop 6 acres along West Atlantic Avenue.