August 25, 2014    

Monday Morning Memo is your weekly update on downtown Tampa development, transportation updates, news and events.  Click on the sections below or scroll down to read the complete issue.

In this Issue...

The Partnership Presents Development and Transportation
Last Week for Summer Savings Channelside Deal Closes Last Week
Labor Day Fireworks New Public Art Coming to Riverwalk
Downtown Partnership Holiday Schedule Hillsborough 2040
PARK(ing) Day Returns to Downtown Coast Bikes Coming in September
Upcoming Partnership Events  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Urban Restaurant Tour News from Walker Brands
Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Straz Center Partners with Hillel
Tampa Home & Garden Show FMoPA Photo Classes
Upcoming UT Concerts Port Tampa Bay Restoration Project
Fashion Week Returns  
Book of Mormon Returns  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Vote for Your Downtown Favorites
Lights, Action, Camera on CAMLS Opportunity for Non Profits
Not Your Average Speakers Series  
Ship Repair Succession Challenges  
Hotel and Restaurant Property Sale  

The Partnership Presents

Last Week for Summer Savings
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Summertime Savings Card is good through Monday, September 1.  This is your last week to take advantage of savings from 34 or our restaurants, retailers, services, and cultural attractions!  Download your FREE Summertime Savings Card today and save. 

Labor Day Fireworks
Sunday, August 31, Starts 5pm, Fireworks at 9pm
Channelside Bay Plaza
Tampa Attractions Association brings you a day of fun during the Labor Day Fireworks Show with food trucks, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Park in Ybor and hop on the TECO Line Streetcar to explore Channelside. Visit the Florida Aquarium, the American Victory Ship, or the Tampa Bay History Center. Cruise along Tampa Bay on Yacht StarShip and get a front row view of the fireworks. Enjoy downtown dining, retail, and live entertainment.  Tampa Downtown Partnership is a proud sponsor.  For more information, visit Labor Day Fireworks.

Downtown Partnership Holiday Schedule
In observation of Labor Day, the Tampa Downtown Partnership office will be closed on Monday, September 1, and Monday Morning Memo will be released on Tuesday, September 2.

Tampa’s Downtown Guides will have special hours on Monday, September 1, 9am to 6pm.  For directions, restaurant suggestions, parking & event information, or stranded motorists assistance, call 813-267-2220.  All services are FREE.

Wishing all our Monday Morning Memo subscribers a safe holiday weekend,
Tampa Downtown Partnership

PARK(ing) Day Returns to Downtown
Tampa Downtown Partnership is working with Urban Conga and Maeghann Coleman, a USF art student, to bring back PARK(ing) Day to Downtown Tampa.  National PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.  The temporary park will be appointed with a musical bench with piano keys, old tires and auto parts that can also be used to make music.  USF jazz musicians will also be on hand.

The original PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 in San Francisco.  In 2010, Tampa Downtown Partnership, in conjunction with SuperTest, a local arts organization, constructed a dozen PARK(ing) space installations located along the Franklin St. corridor. This will be the fourth year that Tampa’s downtown has participated.

Read more in 83 Degrees article, Urban Conga Transforms Downtown Parking Spaces On National Park(ing).  

The original PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 in San Francisco.  In 2010, Tampa Downtown Partnership, in conjunction with SuperTest, a local arts organization, constructed a dozen PARK(ing) space installations located along the Franklin St. corridor. This will be the fourth year that Tampa’s downtown has participated.

Upcoming Partnership Events
Tampa Downtown Partnership provides an updated and comprehensive listing of downtown events at the Downtown Events Calendar.  And this month's events coordinated by the Partnership include:

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Your Downtown Calendar

Urban Restaurant Tour
Thursday, August 28
Multiple locations in and near Downtown Tampa
This popular monthly Tampa Urban Restaurant Tour is an exciting culinary discovery by bicycle.  This month’s destinations include City Bike Tampa, John Rolfe Lounge, Fountain Square, Islands Pizza and Crumb&Cork. 

Registration deadline is today, Monday, August 25.  Register here

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival
Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31, 9am to 5pm
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and Stageworks Theatre
Five amazing full-length plays in two locations - at The Straz Center and Stageworks Theatre.  Other programs will include:

  • Celebrity Guess Tasha Smith from Tyler Perry's "Why Did I get Married?" & "For Better or Worse"
  • Short Play Competitions
  • Monologue & Scene Competitions
  • FREE Late Night Open Mic event with light food and refreshments included

For more information, visit

Tampa Home & Garden Show
Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31
Tampa Convention Center
FREE and open to the public. Check out displays of everything imaginable for in and around your home.  Featuring special guest appearance from John Godwin of A&E's Duck Dynasty on Saturday. For more information, visit Home & Garden Show

Upcoming UT Concerts
University of Tampa’s concerts are free and open to the public:
Saturday, August 30, 7:30pm in Plant Hall’s Fletcher Lounge - The Rubinstein Players, a duo comprised of violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova and pianist Maria Lyapkova, early 19th century Ukrainian works.        

PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Value:

  • Works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sunday, September 28, 2pm
  • Haig Mardirosian, Organist, Sunday, October. 19, 2pm
  • Tom Teasley, World Percussionist, Sunday, November 23, 2pm
  • UT Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 7, 2 pm and 4pm
  • John Scott, Organist, Sunday, February 22, 2pm.
  • The Thirteen — Chamber Choir, Sunday, April 12, 2pm.

For more information, visit

Fashion Week Returns
Tampa Bay Fashion Week is less than a month away. Two of the major events will be held in Downtown Tampa:

Book of Mormon Returns
Tuesday, January 20 to Sunday, February 1
Straz Center’s Morsani Hall
Returning by popular demand!  Tickets are on sale now for this upcoming live Broadway performances of Book of Mormon!  Don't miss out - purchase your tickets today at The Book of Mormon.

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Anise Global Gastrobar is hosting a charity event for St. Jude’s on Monday, September 8, 6pm. Anise is a winner of a Damrak Gin competition and will receive a $500 check to donate to St. Jude's. Damrak is sponsoring a summer beach themed party offering free appetizers and 25% of all gin & tonic drinks sales will be donated to St. Jude’s.  

The Bookstore at Oxford Exchange will be making some fun changes this fall, by devoting a section of their display space dedicated to an assortment of Rizzoli Studio coffee table books. 

Downtown Deals is the new Partnership webpage listing the most up-to-date downtown retail and restaurant offerings. Check it out! 

Lights, Action, Camera on CAMLS
The Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission hosted its first familiarization tour last week for film production managers this past Wednesday throughout the Tampa area including Downtown Tampa’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). On tour were location and production directors who represented companies from Orlando that shoot television commercials and other commercial work. CAMLS could potentially be used as the scene of a high school cafeteria, an emergency room, or a bank to name a few possibilities!  Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, CAMLS TIA impress on Tampa Film Commissions first site location tour

Not Your Average Speakers Series
Thursday, August 28, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tampa Bay WaVE, 400 N. Ashley, 2nd Floor
Join a community conversation about Cultivating Innovation at the Intersection of Arts & Technology! A panel of experts will lead the conversation on the combination of the arts and technology is the ingredients for the future of innovative industries.  The event is FREE.  Register here

Ship Repair Succession Challenges
Port Tampa Bay is home to four ship repair and dry-dock businesses, employing approximately two thousand blue-collar workers.  The demand for ship repair services has been on the rise, however their workforce has been waning.  Read more in the Tampa Tribune article Port Tampa Bay faces silver tsunami of graying tradespeople.  

Hotel and Restaurant Property Sale
New York-based private equity company, Blackstone is purchasing the Knights Point property, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd, on Harbour Island that includes Jackson’s Bistro and Westin Harbour Island hotel properties. Blackstone is purchasing the property from Wilder Corporation for $49.5 million with a closing date scheduled for September 3.  Read more in the Tampa Tribune article, Blackstone buying Jackson’s, Westin

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Development & Transportation

Channelside Deal Closes Last Week
The long awaited Channelside Bay Plaza purchase came to pass last Tuesday, as Jeff Vinik’s company purchased the lease agreement to the complex for $7.1 million.  The complex was purchased from Irish Bank Resolution Corp., and Port Tampa Bay is the land owner of the property.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik now owns Channelside Bay Plaza

New Public Art Coming to Riverwalk
Tampa City Council voted to allow the removal of rowing team graffiti in the area of the soon-to-be new Kennedy segment of the Riverwalk.  The 650-foot stretch will be cleaned up and made ready for a new installation of Lights on Tampa.  Read more at Tampa Bay Times article, Tampa okays removing some rowing team graffiti along Hillsborough River.  

Hillsborough 2040
By 2040, Hillsborough County will have about a half million new residents and new jobs. How do we strategically accommodate this growth? Be part of the conversation by taking this ten minute survey to voice your opinion on Hillsborough County 2040 Plan.

Coast Bikes Coming in September
The long awaited bike share program will put 300 rental bikes on Downtown Tampa’s streets beginning in September.  A big push for safe bicycling will accompany their launch.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, Coast Bike Share seeks to change Tampa's cycling culture.

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Member Corner

News from Walker Brands
Downtown Partnership member, Walker Brands recently welcomed back to its team Matt McEachern as Creative Director.  In his new position, Matt leads the agency’s overall creative strategy for all client accounts, including developing conceptual strategies for brand programs and overseeing consistent execution of integrated branding campaigns, including all offline and online touch points.  Matt previously held the position of Studio Director and Art Director for the company. 

Prior to rejoining Walker, Matt was Creative Director for OttLite Technology, where he spearheaded the rebranding efforts for this consumer lighting products company, including a complete Website redesign,new packaging, community building programs, social media campaigns, pull-through strategies and cause-related marketing efforts.

Straz Center Partners with Hillel
Straz Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with The Hillel Academy, a performing arts school that will augment the Patel Conservatory To-Go Program during the new school year. The wide ranging classes include music and theater.  Read more in the Tampa Tribune article Hillel, Straz partner for performing arts education.  

FMoPA Photo Classes
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is offering an array of photography classes for adults and children this fall.  These courses include basics, composition, light room and more.  Learn more at FMoPA Classes

Port Tampa Bay Restoration Project
One of Port Tampa Bay’s major environmental projects, the McKay Bay Restoration project, has been acknowledged as winner in the Mitigation category of the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) Annual Environmental Improvement Awards program.  The program recognizes projects that show leadership and exemplary environmental stewardship in and around seaports.

Port Tampa Bay, with assistance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), embarked upon and completed a combination of wetland restoration projects within the McKay Bay Ecosystem in Tampa Bay. The net impact of this work has resulted in the restoration of estuarine wetlands and adjacent shallow intertidal bay bottom within this historically impaired water body.  Congratulations to Port Tampa Bay for the fine work and recognition!

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Around Town

Vote for Your Downtown Favorites!
Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Awards – Vote by August 31 for your favorite downtown businesses!

Tampa Bay Business Journal’s The Best in The Biz Awards – Vote for your favorites in dining, transportation, entertainment, services, attire, hospitality/leisure, office/fun. 

Opportunity for Non Profits
The Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, Pirate Fest Charitable Relations Committee (“Committee”), is seeking applications from qualified 501(c) (3) organizations registered with the State of Florida for a unique fund-raising opportunity at the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and Pirate Fest celebration scheduled for January 31, 2015.  The Committee coordinates non-profit beer garden sites along the Gasparilla parade route, and in connection with Pirate Fest events.  Non-profit entities will have the opportunity to operate a beer garden site at the event as a fundraiser for their organization.  If interested please contact Teresa Skipper at (813) 251-4500 to request an application.

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