RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – It was out with the old in order to make way for the new as Catalfumo Construction and Development, Inc. today started demolition on the 36-year-old Ocean Mall fronting the public beach at the southern end of Singer Island.
Supportive City of Riviera Beach officials joined Catalfumo representatives to view the action. Neighborhood onlookers also observed the teardown of the rundown, ‘70s-built, beachside strip mall that has been long overdue for a makeover.
Joey Eichner, president of Catalfumo Development and Management, enthusiastically welcomed guests. “The project has been five years in the making and we’re going to build something the city and community can be proud of,” he said, adding that Catalfumo’s aim has always been to bring as much revenue as possible to the area. “Having a plan is great, but having that plan work is very important. We bring our 30 years of experience to this redevelopment.”
Eichner said that construction will begin in June 2008 following about two weeks of demolition work, and that the new mall should open in summer 2009 with restaurants and stores across from an upgraded beach.
All former tenants have vacated their spaces with the exception of Portofino Restaurant, 7 Eleven and Subway; they will remain open for as long as possible. Additionally, the beach will remain accessible to the public during the entire redevelopment process.
City Council Chairman Cedrick Thomas, the CRA’s Director Floyd Johnson and Mayor Thomas Masters also addressed attendees. Citing the adage “When someone dies, a baby cries,” Johnson said he looks forward to celebrating the birth of this new project. “Starting it today marks a very good and momentous occasion.”
“I feel excited and honored to be here today to bestow blessings on the new Ocean Mall,” the mayor said, before ending his speech with “Now, as Marvin Gaye would say, ‘Let’s get it on!” As if on cue, a backhoe struck the first of several powerful blows that caused a former swimwear shop to come tumbling down.
The new project, valued at $50 million, will blend Key West and Caribbean architecture. Phase I of the redevelopment encompasses the demolition of the existing structures and construction of 60,000 square feet of retail and commercial space within four one- and two-story buildings. Approximately 400 parking spaces will be built as well. Phase II will consist of a five-story hotel situated on the southwest corner of the municipal beach parking lot.
OMRD, LLC, controlled by Daniel Catalfumo, is the lead developer on the Ocean Mall redevelopment project. L.E.B. Demolition & Consulting Contractor, Inc. of Jensen Beach, is the demolition subcontractor.
Celebrating its 30th year, Palm Beach Gardens-based Catalfumo Construction and Development is one of South Florida’s leading commercial general contractors and developers. The company is a single-source provider of comprehensive construction, development and management services. The firm has a portfolio of more than 40 million square feet of commercial, office/corporate, medical/health, industrial, retail, hospitality, educational, residential, retail, mixed-use, transportation, communication, warehouse, high-tech and mini-storage facility projects. For further information, visit or contact Marketing Manager Maria Curreri-Rothen at 561-694-3000.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Cara Catalfumo at (561) 694-3000.