March 23, 2015  

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
Partnership Board News Perry Paint & Glass Building Sold
Downtown Business Watch News on Two Residential Projects
Downtown Mixer with The Bolts at Ferg’s Vinik's Redevelopment Plans in the News
Yoga Gets a Nod from Free & Cheap Riverwalk Catalyst to More Investment
Downtown Guides Cameo on NCAA Video Downtown Ready for More Condos
Easter in Downtown Tampa Traffic & Transportation News
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Gasparilla International Film Festival  "Rays Up" with Tampa Bay Rays
Riverwalk Opening, Festivities & The Plank Pop Up  
Gasp!: The Gasparilla Fringe Festival  
Tango Buenos Aires  
NCAA WFF FAN-Sparilla Kick Off  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Urbanism on Tap 5.1
Tampa Bay Water Bike Ribbon Cutting Tampa One of Top Cities for Ports Travel
IberiaBank Hires New Tampa President Tampa One of Quirkiest Cities
Tampa's Growing Tech Industry  

The Partnership Presents

Partnership Board News
At last week's Tampa Downtown Partnership Executive Committee meeting, Board Chairman David Smith's resignation was announced and accepted. Chair-Elect Greg Minder has assumed the role of TDP Board Chairman. This transition of leadership was prearranged during the Spring 2014 nominating process, when Mr. Smith agreed to continue as chairman until Mr. Minder was available to begin serving. Minder is the president of intowngroup, a full service real estate development company focused on urban infill development

Mr. Smith, Tampa Managing Shareholder at GrayRobinson, PA, will remain active in a board leadership role, as Immediate Past Chairman, and will be more formally honored for his invaluable leadership at the Partnership's 29th Annual Meeting & Luncheon on June 17.

The Executive Committee also approved the appointment of new Board Member, Michael Gorsage, who will represent Tampa General Hospital. Mr. Gorsage is Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at TGH. Congratulations to TDP Board Chairman Minder and Mr. Gorsage!

In more Board news, the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Westshore Alliance Boards gathered last week at a networking event hosted by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. in their Westshore office.

The two organizations recognized they have increasingly common ground with significant development growth underway in both commercial districts, and decided to begin meeting as a way to exchange ideas and look for opportunities to work together.

Photo - Board Chairs Enrique Woodroffe of Westshore Alliance, and the Downtown Partnership’s Greg Minder. 

Downtown Business Watch Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 9am-10am
Maestro's at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown businesses join Tampa Police Department Officer Sean Mahabir and the Tampa Downtown Partnership for the next Downtown Business Watch meeting. Street level merchants - the eyes and ears of downtown - are highly encouraged to attend and get involved in the Downtown Business Watch program. The DBW program elevates the communication level and relationship between businesses and TPD. Click here to register for the meeting.
If you are a downtown ground floor business or property manager and have not already registered for the DBW program, click here to download the registration form, complete it, and  bring the form to the meeting to receive your window display sticker.  
The forthcoming DBW website, created by Marketing in Color, will be a host of information.  Look for it to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Thank you to our Meeting Sponsor, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts. If you would like to host a future DBW meeting, please contact Lynda Remund at 813.221.3686 or

Downtown Mixer with The Bolts at Ferg’s
Monday, March 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ferg’s Live!, 490 Channelside Dr.
It’s a Downtown Partnership Mixer, it’s a Tampa Bay Lightning pregame party, and it’s a fundraiser for Feeding America all in one! Be one of the first 100 to register to receive two free drink tickets, and be part of the thunder to cheer on The Lightning as they fight for a position in the upcoming playoff season. This is a perfect opportunity to network with fellow Downtown Tampa workers and Downtown Partnership and Lightning representatives, while enjoying the ambience of the newly opened Ferg’s Live sports bar and restaurant, located across the street from Amalie Arena. And you’re welcome to stick around for dinner afterwards to catch the Lightning as they take on the Canadiens in Montreal. The game begins at 7:30pm. Register here for the pregame mixer.

Yoga Gets a Nod from Free & Cheap
Tampa Tribune’s Free and Cheap blogger, Janine Dorsey, gives Yoga in the Park a nod as a cheap and fun option for the outdoor yoga class held at Curtis Hixon Park on Sundays at 6pm. This is a free class with a suggested tip of $5, held along the riverfront just before sunset. Yoga in the Park is one of several weekly fitness classes held in the park, brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and our partners. Read the blog at “Two options for cheap Sunday yoga” - (blog)

Downtown Guides Cameo on NCAA Video
Tampa Bay Sports Commission put together the video, “Dribble to Work Day,” last Monday to hype the NCAA Women’s Final Four coming to Downtown Tampa in April. Our Downtown Guides got in the act and can be seen in this fun video at Dribble to Work Day.
For information on the NCAA Women’s Final Four schedule, visit
Easter in Downtown Tampa
The Downtown Partnership has launched a new webpage to promote all the 2015 Easter “Hoppenings,” from brunches to shopping, church services and more.


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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. 

Gasparilla International Film Festival
Tuesday, March 24 to Sunday, March 29, Various times
The Cinemas at Channelside Bay Plaza
Indulge in Film! Six days of film screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, and parties make this Gasparilla arts event an annual favorite. For tickets and schedule information, visit Read more in “Gasparilla film fest has 'Rings' star, buzzed-about movies” -

Riverwalk Opening, Festivities, and The Plank Pops Up
Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29
Tampa Riverwalk and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The new Kennedy Blvd. segment of the Riverwalk opens with a ribbon cutting with Mayor Bob Buckhorn and four former mayors who all were instrumental in the Riverwalk project. Come for the ceremony and stay for the festivities which include a FREE showing of “Dolphin Tale” and The Plank, a pop-up bar in Curtis Hixon Park.

“The Plank,” Tampa’s first waterfront pop-up bar, will open along the Riverwalk in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday night following the ribbon cutting of Kennedy Plaza, and will remain during the weekend for drink and food by Sono Café. The name and concept are an homage to the wooden planks which were originally sold as part of the Tampa Riverwalk. The pop up bar is a concept developed by Friends of the Riverwalk to encourage waterfront destinations along the Riverwalk and is sponsored by Bud Light.

For more information on all the festivities, visit Tampa Celebrates Grand Opening of Kennedy Blvd. Plaza Segment of Tampa Riverwalk

Gasp!: The Gasparilla Fringe Festival
Friday, March 27, 6pm to 10pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Tampa Museum of Art and Creative Loafing present Gasp!: The Gasparilla Fringe Festival, a multi-disciplinary performing arts festival. Back for its second year, Gasp! will be a smorgasbord of edgy, innovative music, dance, theater, improv, and more, presented live by both emerging and accomplished artists. The performances will take place in and around the Museum.
Festival attendees will have access into the Museum’s exhibition, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, Norman Rockwell-inspired TV dinners on aluminum trays—complete with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, apple pie, and other tasty, retro foods—by Sono Café and Mise en Place, complimentary liquor tastings by Twisted Sun Rum, and more.
Purchase tickets and RSVP at

Tango Buenos Aires
Sunday, March 29, Begins 7pm
The Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall
Direct from Buenos Aires comes one of its greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires, featuring 25 dancers in step to the impassioned choreography of legendary Susana Rojo. TBA has toured in more than 20 countries and on four continents, and is known as the most authentic tango troupe. Join the cast for a post-show Milonga. For tickets and more information, visit the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or

NCAA WFF FAN-Sparilla Kick Off
Friday, April 3, 5:30pm to 10pm – Fireworks at 9pm
THE SAIL, adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center
Kickoff the 2015 NCAA® 2015 Women’s Final Four® at the FAN-Sparilla! event, taking place at THE SAIL at Tampa Convention Center. 

Open to the public, the celebration includes food trucks, live entertainment, giveaways to the first 500 people, and more – including fireworks over Tampa’s downtown waterfront.   Tampa plays host to the 2015 NCAA® 2015 Women’s Final Four® for the second time when it comes to AMALIE Arena on April 5 and 7, 2015. For additional information, please contact THE SAIL at (813) 274-7778 or visit or

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Ferg’s Live, Kahwa Coffee, and Aloft Hotel were in the news this past week…

“Ferg's Live brings restaurant, sports bar, entertainment to Channelside; second Tampa Culver's ...” -

“Kahwa in, Starbucks out at Tampa Convention Center cafe”
- Tampa Bay Business Journal

 “Aloft Tampa Hotel adopts keyless room entry tech” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

And don't forget to check out the Downtown Easter "Hoppenings" for Easter brunch and shopping offered by downtown marketplace businesses, as well as a listing of Easter services by downtown's houses of worship.

Tampa Bay Water Bike Ribbon Cutting
Dan and Amanda Fleischbein opened Tampa Bay Water Bike Company, which offers water bike (bikes on pontoons) and biyak (pedal powered kayaks) rentals, back in December, and held their grand opening ceremony this past Friday, with a ribbon cutting officiated by Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The bikes and biyaks can be rented at the boat slip adjacent to THE SAIL at Tampa Convention Area. Other on-water rental activities include the newly opened Tampa Fun Boat, Captain Larry’s Water Taxi, and eBoats.  As part of Florida Bike Month, they are offering a discounted rate of $20 an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays when booked online.

Tampa Bay Water Bike Company was featured in the following media stories:
“As Tampa's Riverwalk expands, entrepreneurs stake claims” - FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV
“Tampa Bay Water Bikes offer a workout with a downtown view” -

IberiaBank Hires New Tampa President
IberiaBank has hired veteran banker, Michael Roth, as Tampa market president. IberiaBank purchased Florida Bank Group for about $87 million in February. Roth brings nearly 20 years of commercial banking experience. Read more in “IberiaBank names Tampa market president” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa’s Growing Tech Industry
Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, spoke at The Partnership’s Downtown Development Forum on March 13. Scott assessed the promising state of Tampa’s tech industry, and discussed the growth opportunities. You can read what he said in “Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong” - 83degreesmedia


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Development & Transportation

Perry Paint & Glass Building Sold
The Perry Paint & Glass Building, a midrise on the east side of downtown’s business core, was recently purchased by locally owned, Arcis Investments, Inc., that has plans to make updates to the completely occupied, brick commercial building. Read about this in “Facelift in the works for historic factory-turned-office-building in downtown Tampa” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

News on Two Residential Projects in Downtown Core
New Residential Project North of The Straz - L
incoln Property Co. of Dallas plans to build a five-story, residential development with 408 apartments on what is currently a surface parking lot owned by Denholtz Associates. Read more in “Lincoln Property planning 400 apartments north of Straz Center in downtown Tampa" - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Grant Block Development to Break Ground
- Atlanta based Carter expects to break ground this summer on their North Franklin development site. The 23-story building is planned to include 360 rental apartments and 10,000 SF of retail space. Read more in “23-story tower on downtown Tampa's Grant block to break ground this summer” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Vinik’s Redevelopment Plans in the News
Strategic Property Partners announced the appointment of renowned urban planners Jeff Speck of Speck & Associates and David Dixon of Stantec to lead their master plan development process, with a focus on walkability. That and other news for Jeff Vinik’s development plans were featured in news stories this past week:
“Managing Channelside before and after transformation” -
'Seven figures' into Vinik's reinvention of Channelside Bay Plaza, a new sense of energy…” - Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Vinik's billion-dollar neighborhood in downtown Tampa will be designed as a place that fosters innovation” - Tampa Bay Business Journal (blog)
“Walkable Downtown featuring an interview with Christine Burdick” - ABC Action News
“Key hires on Vinik's team will help with master planning downtown vision”Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Downtown grocery store a focus for Vinik's real estate team”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Riverwalk Expected to be Catalyst to More Investment
With the opening of the Kennedy Blvd. segment this Friday, and the projected 2016 completion of the Doyle Carlton segment to the north, new private sector investment is expected to continue along The Tampa Riverwalk. Read more in “Linking Riverwalk just start of signature development” - Tampa Tribune

Downtown Ready for More Condos

Another news article, inspired by the Partnership’s Downtown Development Forum, looks at the growing demand for new condo development in downtown Tampa. David Traynor, Smith & Associates and a speaker at the development forum, talks about how downtown’s increasing amenities and the growing market demand are building investor confidence in “Downtown Tampa's condo market tipping toward new construction” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Traffic & Transportation News
I-275 Project“Detours, exit closures start Tuesday along I-275 in Tampa” -

UCAP Project - North Boulevard Closure (between Cass and Cypress) from March 23 through December, 2015. The UCAP team will be closing down North Boulevard Ave between Cypress Street and West Cass Street. The road closure will last until December 2015. For parking for the Julian B. Lane Park, please use the temporary lot on Laurel Street. Click here to see the detour map.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is offering free rides – Show your Voter I.D. Card and ride free to the polls for the City of Tampa District 6 Runoff Election Day on Tuesday, March 24. Visit for more information.

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Member Corner

“Rays Up” with Tampa Bay Rays
Let’s play ball! Downtown Partnership member, Tampa Bay Rays continues their marketing campaign “Rays Up” theme for their upcoming season. Check out the Tampa Bay Business Journal video at “Tampa Bay Rays: 'We’re getting ready for October.”

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Around Town

Urbanism of Tap 5.1
Tuesday, March 24, 5:30pm
The Independent, 5016 N. Florida Ave.
What reminds you of Tampa? An open mic night about urban trends affecting your city.

For more information, visit

Tampa One of Top Cities for Sports Travel
Tampa was named the fourth best city for sports travel by and SeatGeek. Read more in “With NCAA Women's Final Four approaching, Tampa named top city for sports travel” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa One of Quirkiest Cities
The City of Tampa made the Top 20 Quirkiest Cities List in Travel + Leisure magazine, ranking  #11! Read more in “Tampa lands on Travel+Leisure's quirkiest cities list” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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