Named the Most Fun Small Beach Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today’s Second Annual ‘Best of the Road’ Competition, Delray Beach can accredit their fun nature to the oceanfront. It’s always been high on the priority list. Artists take their inspiration from the oceanfront, many people find the waterfront’s sights and sounds soothing, and the residents love to surf, swim, and sun themselves on its shores. Now, city officials are working to ensure the pristine stretch of beach is celebrated as a top destination for visitors and locals alike with some upgrades to their beachfront promenade.
Running along Ocean Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue, the promenade was once a respected and beloved part of the city. It was originally made to allow residents to walk to the beach from the city with little hassle. However, after years of use wore it down, it was clear that updates were needed. After much discussion, plans to create improvements to it are finally underway. One of the features that are eagerly expected is the ergonomic ways that the promenade will assist pedestrians in reaching their location.
The key phrase that was kept in mind when deciding on alterations was ‘pedestrian friendly’. That objective helped with the inception of ideas such as painted pathways. Through this street art, Delray Beach has found its own unique way to help direct traffic at busy intersections. Additions from a previous renovation, such as new benches and cold water fountains, offer relief from walking and the hot sun that comes with life at a beach town. Also from the former renovation, surfboard racks help clear clutter off of the beach, and pet waste stations will allow owners to take care of Fido’s mess.
Humans won’t be the only ones benefitting from improvements to the promenade. Sea turtles can enjoy ‘sea turtle friendly’ lighting, which consists of lamps that are shielded on the side facing the beach. These lights even regulate themselves with timers during turtle nesting season, so that the ones near restaurants will turn off around midnight, and the ones around less populated areas will turn off earlier in the evening. This allows for sea turtles to hatch in the evening and not be distracted by man-made lighting. The incorporation of solar powered lighting also does service for the environment by using a renewable source of energy. These forms of illumination allow for residents to enjoy the promenade at nighttime while granting turtles the environment to thrive.
The second part of this beachside improvement project is scheduled to start next month and is expected to be implemented by the end of the year. These renovations come at the perfect time: some features on the old promenade were twenty years old. Through these restorations, the promenade becomes a mix of old and new, just like the city that it calls home. Delray Beach is where you’ll find historic buildings that lie next to modern restaurants and shops, oceanfront promenades that incorporate the best of older and newer ideas, and artifacts lying right by new oceanfront residences. No one place in Delray Beach represents this better than Ocean Delray, the only oceanfront residence in town.
Local architect, Randall Stofft is designing the first luxury mid-rise residential oceanfront residences on a prime oceanfront location, overlooking the soft sand beaches of Delray Beach, Florida. Enjoy luxurious floor plans as you hear the ocean waves rush onto the shore. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance of the famed Atlantic Ave with upscale shops, fine restaurants, nighttime entertainment and, of course, the incomparable beauty of nearly two miles of award-winning beaches.
Ocean Delray’s 19 highly-appointed, 3 bedroom plus den to 4 bedroom plus den residences will range from 3,373 square feet to 4,473 square feet, and rival any single-family home anywhere in South Florida. Prices start at $5 million. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer, with completion is projected for late 2020. The project, designed by architect Randall Stofft, is being co-developed by NRIA and US Construction with exclusive representation by IMI Worldwide Properties. Interested buyers can contact (800) 793-9783 to schedule a private appointment. Learn more at www.OceanDelray.com.