New out­door Tiki­mar­ket opens at Riviera Beach Ma­rina Vil­lage

South Florida Times - - METRO - Riviera Beach Ma­rina Vil­lage Staff Re­port

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – To cel­e­brate the city’s cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion to the Caribbean Is­lands, a unique out­door mar­ket opened March 4 along the water­front plaza at the Riviera Beach Ma­rina Vil­lage.

The Tiki­Mar­ket will be open year-round from 4 to 7 p.m. each Sun­day at the Ma­rina, lo­cated at 190 E. 13th Street. It is free and open to the pub­lic.

It re­places the more stan­dard green mar­ket that had oc­curred off and on over the years at the Ma­rina, which is op­er­ated by the Riviera Beach CRA and is un­der­go­ing the sec­ond phase of its multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment. This new feel works, says Scott Evans, the RBCRA’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“We wanted to con­nect our ‘green mar­ket’ to what sur­rounds us along the wa­ters and in the city–the Caribbean, and es­pe­cially the Ba­hamas,” Mr. Evans said.“The city’s ear­li­est set­tlers were from the Ba­hamas, who came here to work in our huge fish­ing in­dus­try at the time. Many of their de­scen­dants still live here. So, the Tiki­Mar­ket’s is­land vibe makes sense. It’s au­then­tic.”

The RBCRA has al­ready booked ven­dors sell­ing the food and mer­chan­dise of the is­lands and a DJ who will play the Soca, Ca­lypso, Kompa and Rake ‘n’ Scrape–the lat­ter be­ing Ba­hamian mu­sic–that orig­i­nated in the is­lands of the Caribbean.

There will be free park­ing. The mar­ket will also be ac­ces­si­ble by boat, wa­ter taxi and the Peanut Is­land Ferry. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Tiki­Mar­ket, please contact Alisa Hall at tiki­mar­ketrb@gmail.com. Ven­dors can still reg­is­ter by call­ing 561-844-3408. Event spon­sor­ships are also avail­able.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RIVIERA BEACH CRA

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