April 25, 2016  

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
Debriefing and Zipcar Grand Opening MOSI Planning Move to Downtown
Community Fitness Classes Gensler Shanghai to Design Riverwalk Tower
PopShop Meets Downtown Market Laurel St. Road Closures Begin in May
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
"Broadway Bound" Opens at Stageworks UT Named Havana Study Center Affiliate
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre Patel Presents "On The Edge"
Coming to Amalie Arena Fifth Third Bank CEO Named to Hall of Fame
On Stage at the Straz Center Screening of "An Act of Love"
SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival  
RiverFest 2016  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
MarketPlace News Tampa Police Memorial
Law Day Open House Give Day Tampa Bay
Administrative Professionals Day  

The Partnership Presents

Debriefing and Zipcar Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 27
Downtown Debriefing: Networking & Registration - 7:30am; Program – 8am to 9am
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Debriefing Series presents “Zipping Around Downtown: New On-demand Services Coming to Downtown Tampa!” The Downtown Partnership has been working on on-demand transportation options to be launched this year!
Zipcar, will launch in Downtown Tampa this week! Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, is an American car-sharing company providing member reservations based service, billable by the hour or day. The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s electric shuttle program will use six-passenger low speed vehicles for on demand app based service within Downtown Tampa.
The Debriefing is graciously sponsored by the University of Tampa. Register here.

Zipcar Grand Opening – 9:15am to 9:45am
Tampa Convention Center Parking Lot (on the south side of the center)
Immediately following the Debriefing, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the launch the new Zipcar service. All are welcome to attend.

Community Fitness Classes
Check out the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Weekly Community Fitness Classes powered by Athleta. Free weekly exercise programs offered in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

PopShop Meets Downtown Market
Thursday, April 28, 11:30am to 4pm
Lykes Gaslight Park, 410 N. Franklin Street
Two downtown outdoor markets will converge into one space this week.

The Tampa Downtown Market and PopShop will simultaneously occupy Lykes Gaslight Square, beginning at 11:30am, offering the downtown workforce and residents a robust downtown shopping experience.

PopShop, which  showcases the many downtown unique retail, services, and restaurant options, will run 11:30am to 1pm. Tampa Downtown Market, open from Noon to 4pm, features fresh and local specialty food and crafts offered by local vendors. Please note the Market’s new spring hours.

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Your Downtown Calendar

The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa. Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list.

‘Broadway Bound’ Opens at Stageworks
Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 15
Stageworks Theatre
Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up and eventual divorce. For more information, go to Broadway Bound.

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
City of Gold - Through Thursday, April 28
Dough - Friday, April 29 to Thursday, May 5
The Room - Friday, April 29, 10pm to 11:45pm

Coming to Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning - Congratulations to The Bolts as they get ready to enter Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning will face the New York Islanders, and will Games 1, 2 and if necessary Games 5 and 7. Schedule TBD. Go Bolts!
98 Rockfest - Friday, April 29, begins 5pm
Tampa Bay Storm vs Jacksonville Sharks - Sunday, May 1, begins 2pm

On Stage at the Straz Center
‘Beautiful - The Carol King Musical’ - Tuesday, April 26 to Sunday, May 1
Don't miss this Tony Award-winning Broadway production of the inspiring true story of Carol King’s remarkable rise to stardom. The production features a stunning array of King’s beloved songs.
‘Who We Are: Faces of Tampa Bay’ - Through Tuesday, May 31
‘Murder for Two’ - Through Sunday, May 1
‘Bon Qui Qui in Concert with Group 1 Crew presented by Angela Johnson’ - Wednesday, April 27, begins 8pm
‘The Maids’ - Wednesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 22
‘Beethoven's Eroica Symphony - The Florida Orchestra’ - Friday, April 29, begins 8pm
‘Patel Conservatory presents An Evening of Dance’ - Friday, April 29, begins 8pm
‘Patel Conservatory presents On The Edge’ - Saturday, April 30, begins 7pm

SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, April 30, begins 8pm
The Florida Aquarium
Enjoy fantastic wine and sample delicious food while strolling amongst some of the most amazing sea creatures from around the world. There will be over 120 types of wine available to sample and 20 local restaurants in attendance. For more information, go to SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival.

RiverFest 2016
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Tampa Riverwalk
RiverFest 2016 celebrates all that Tampa Riverwalk has to offer!
Event highlights of this two-day event include:

  • Shakespeare in the Park and Tampa Gym and Dance on the Riverwalk
  • Play and enjoy with interactive performance art at the Straz!
  • Walk-for-Wishes
  • Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown
  • Riverwalk Brunch Festival
  • The Plank" Tampa's First Waterfront Pop-Up Bar
  • Busch Gardens live animal displays
  • 13th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races
  • 2016 Gasparilla Stand Up Paddleboard Invasion
    (Photo: Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown 2015)

Volunteer! Click here if you would like to volunteer on either Saturday or Sunday of the RiverFest. 


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News  

The Nocturnal Group is developing a new bar restaurant concept on North Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa. The Franklin Manor bar will offer craft beer and specialty cocktails designed by Tampa mixologist Rohit Pate. The Carriage House restaurant restaurant menu will “boast a modern twist on old school Americana classics, edible by hand or fork.” Read more in "New upscale bard and restaurant concept coming to downtown Tampa” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Crumb&Cork’ European Motorcyle Night – Save the date for Wednesday, May 11, 6pm to 8pm. Hosting 70+ bikes!

Law Day Open Houses
Monday, April 25 to Saturday, April 30
Lunsford Law Library, 701 E. Twiggs.  
Events include Ask-A-Lawyer: Landlord-Tenant Rights, Introducing Bay Area Legal Services, Advanced Legal Research On Westlaw Next, and Miranda, More than Words Open House.  For more information click here.

Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 27, and a terrific time to treat valued employees at one of Downtown Tampa’s 130+ restaurants. Other ways to show appreciation are through giving gift cards to downtown salons, spas, or shops; a membership to one of downtown’s museums; or tickets to an upcoming game or live performance at a favorite downtown venue. Check out the Downtown Tampa Guidebook or visit the Partnership’s website at Downtown Tampa - Live.   

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Development & Transportation

MOSI Planning Move to Downtown
After receiving study results that indicate The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) would thrive in a new downtown location, the museum’s leaders voted to begin planning for a move to Downtown Tampa in Jeff Vinik’s 40-acre development project. It is expected the planning efforts will take approximately one year. Read more in:
It’s Decided: Museum of Science and Industry will move to Downtown Tampa  - Tampa Bay Times
Hillsborough Commissioners Talk Money with MOSI - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Gensler Shanghai to Design Riverwalk Tower
Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities, has engaged Shamim Ahmadzadegan, principal and design director of Gensler Shanghai office, to lead in the design of Riverwalk Tower, the 52-story mixed-use project at Ashley Drive and Brorein Street. The development will be the first multi-tenant office tower to be built in more than 20 years. The project will include 14 stories of office space, 31 stories of luxury residential, ground floor restaurant/retail space, and seven stories of parking. The adjacent CapTrust building will be razed to make way for green space that will merge into the Riverwalk. Read more in “Updated plans for 52-story tower in downtown Tampa will knock down CapTrust, add green plaza” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Laurel St. Road Closures Begin in May
A portion of Laurel Street, from North Boulevard to Doyle Carlton Drive will be closed beginning Monday, May 2, with an anticipated reopening of early September. Damaged steel bridge structures will be replaced and painted. Both vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to access the Laurel Street Bridge. Cass Street bridge will act as the detoured route. The road closure is part of a Capital Improvement Project. 


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Member Corner

UT Named Havana Study Center Affiliate
The University of Tampa has been named as the first U.S. affiliate of the Center for José Martí Studies (Centro de Estudios Martianos), based in Havana. The Center is an accredited research institution under the Ministry of Culture in Cuba whose mission is to promote the life, work and thought of Cuba’s greatest hero, José Martí. Prior to Saturday, there were 33 CEM affiliates, mainly housed within Latin American universities. This affiliation will allow continued academic exchange opportunities that will be beneficial to UT students, faculty, and the Tampa Bay community. Read more in “UT Named First US Affiliate Of-Cuba’s Center For Jose Marti Studies”- University of Tampa

Patel Presents ‘On The Edge’
Patel Conservatory’s award-winning dancers perform in ‘On The Edge’ alongside artists from Next Generation Ballet and the University of South Florida on Saturday, April 30, 7pm at The Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall. The production, directed by former Radio City Rockette Dance Captain Kelly King, showcases a variety of works fusing high-energy precision with the fluidity of contemporary dance, the percussion of tap and more. Patel Conservatory, the educational arm of The Straz Center for the Performing Arts Center, offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. For more information, visit On the Edge.

Fifth Third Bank CEO Named to Hall of Fame
Brian Lamb, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, was one of five of the Tampa Bay region's top leaders inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame during the 29th annual ceremony earlier this month. Lamb was recognized as an "anchor" of the community for significant business accomplishments and civic contributions. Read more in “Five area leaders inducted into Tampa Bay business hall of fame” - Tampa Bay Times

Screening of ‘An Act of Love’
Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Portico
A screening and discussion session for a thought-provoking documentary called "An Act of Love". The film tells the story of what happened to Rev. Frank Schaefer, an unwitting advocate for equal rights after he officiated his son’s same-sex marriage in the United Methodist Church. This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome. Learn more at The Portico – An Act of Love.

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Around Town

Tampa Police Memorial
The Tampa Police Memorial will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 9:30am to 10am in front of 411 Franklin St.  Madison St. will be closed from Tampa St. to Florida Ave. and also at Franklin and Madison beginning at 6am, reopening at approximately 11am. Parking meters on Madison will be bagged the night before for no parking.

Give Day Tampa Bay
Visit GiveDay Tampa Bay on May 3 to make a donation to your favorite local nonprofit organization. The minimum donation is $25.

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