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Expanded tourist info center opens in Delray Beach


Delray Beach’s oceanfront visitor information center has reopened after undergoing a $100,000 makeover designed to make it more welcoming for out-of-town guests.

The center, which is located on S. Ocean Boulevard near Atlantic Avenue, originally opened in 2005. It had been closed for about 9 months as crews gutted the inside and tripled the size of its floor plan.

The center officially reopened earlier this year, just in time for the height of the county’s busy travel season. A celebration to mark its renovation and expansion was held on Monday. 

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The visitor’s center is one of 12 in the county that serve as information hubs for tourists and other out-of-town guests looking for recommendations about local beaches, restaurants and area attractions. 

Laura Simon, executive director of Delray Beach’s Downtown Development Authority, said the beachfront center has also expanded its hours to include weekends. It is manned entirely by volunteers.

Before the renovation, the center helped about 15,000 visitors a year, Simon said.

MORE: Record-breaking 7.9 million tourists visited PBC in 2017

Since reopening with full schedule of volunteers, she said the center has been providing information to about 150 people a day. 

“We have seen a traffic increase every day,” she said. 

Palm Beach County tourism officials said the center’s location is ideal. There are several hotels in the area.

“It’s in a strategic location, in a historic building that’s in a highly-trafficked area,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing group. “We hope to see many visitors come to this new Visitor Information Center in Delray Beach, and utilize the resources available there to better explore our area.”


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