Saturday, July 11, 2015

Riviera Beach: planning to become a year-round, "go-to spot" for food and crafts

This is a feature in the Florida Weekly; a short excerpt:
     Riviera Beach is positioning itself to become the go-to spot for a year-round market offering fresh local produce and unique arts and crafts.
     As part of the town’s $375 million waterfront redevelopment project, town officials are envisioning a $30 million market that will be the only one of its kind in Palm Beach County to be operating six or seven days a week. [emphasis added]
     It is expected to feature a variety of locally sourced produce and flowers, fresh and prepared foods and locally caught fish, plus small retail spaces for local artists and craftsman to display and sell their work.
     The Palm Beach County Commission provided an initial grant of $150,000 and is being requested to provide an additional $250,000 to help complete design of the public market. The town’s Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking over $30 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits to raise private capital to construct the Public Market.