November 17, 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
Debriefing Looks at Park Design Coast Bike Share Launches Today!
Annual Urban Excellence Awards A Look at the Kress Project
Downtown Worker & Resident Survey Opening Up Rays Talks
BayCycle is About Biking Safely ENCORE! Seeks Operator for Theater
Holiday Shop & Stroll Connect Tampa Bay Happy Hour
  Streetcar Services as an Answer
Your Downtown Calendar  
Artworks 2014 Exhibition Member Corner
Empty Bowls 2014 Swim with Sharks at Aquarium
UT Highlights Quincy Jones Arrangements NY Times Reviews Poseidon Exhibit
Tampa's Downtown on Ice ChappellRoberts Grows as Agency
FL Orchestra Meets Rat Pack Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick News
Seaboard Seafood Festival New Team Member at Tucker Hall
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Urban Conga Knows How to Play
Startups: Ask an Expert TIA Adds More International Flights 
KPMG Receives LEED Certification Urbanism on Tap's "Town & Gown"
A 24-Hour Downtown  

The Partnership Presents

Debriefing Looks at Park Design
Tuesday, November 18, 7:30am – Registration and Breakfast; 8am to 9am – Program
University Club, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800
This month’s Downtown Debriefing Series event takes a look at the most recent updates of the Julian B. Lane Park Redesign. City officials, Randy Goers and Karla Price, are our guest speakers. 

Thanks to our sponsor, University of Tampa. Register here

Annual Urban Excellence Awards
Wednesday, November 19, 6pm
Aloft Tampa Downtown
Celebrate businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown and have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa.

This Year's Winners Are:

Public Sector Project Award - Waterworks Park
Private Sector Project Award - Aloft Downtown Tampa 
Partnership Award - Ulele / Ulele Spring
Landmark Development Project Award - Le Meridien Hotel
Downtown Detail Award - The Franklin Building
Downtown Experience Award - E-Boats
Activating Spaces Award
- Cyclovia
Marketplace Award - Holy Hog Barbecue
Downtown Person of the Year Award - Antonio de Sousa
People’s Choice Award - Winner will be announced at the ceremony.

Thanks to our sponsor, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. Register here.

Downtown Worker & Resident Survey
If you live, work, or attend college in Downtown Tampa, please lend your expertise by completing our Biennial Downtown Workforce & Resident Survey. Share your own downtown experience and thoughts about how Downtown Tampa can be improved.  The survey takes 10-15 minutes and the deadline is December 6.
As a thank you, all participants will receive a discount card with special offers redeemable at the following downtown businesses: Pizza Fusion, Maloney’s Irish Pub, The Hideaway Sushi Lounge, Bay City Sandwich Shop, Hayman Jewelry Co., Sacred Heart Gift & Book Store, Tampa Water Taxi Co. LLC, and Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop & Ticket Outlet.  Respondents who provide an email address will also be entered into a drawing for Downtown Tampa gift cards and tickets, including four tickets to Tampa Bay History Center and dinner for two at Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien Tampa.  Watch for additional information on more prizes to win!

BayCycle is About Biking Safely
Coast Bike Share is launching today, so it is really time to step up our efforts on bike safety. City of Tampa and the Downtown Partnership are partnering Tampa BayCycle campaign, "Tampa's SPOKESpeople for all things cycling," to provide ten free bike safety classes in November, with additional classes added upon request. As part of each class, a certified instructor will walk participants through the basic "Top 10" tips of bike safety in an informal classroom style setting. Each participant will also leave with important safety gear such as a helmet, light set, or vest.  All classes last one hour. RSVP by visiting

This week’s safety classes:
Monday, November 17, 6:30pm - Desoto Park Playground Activity Complex (2617 Corrine St.)
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30pm - Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex (59 Columbia Dr.)
Thursday, November 20, 6:30pm - Duckweed Urban Grocery (803 N. Tampa St.)

Holiday Shop & Stroll
Tuesday, November 18, Begins 5:15pm
Meet at Tampa Bay Rays Shop
Do the Local Motion takes you on a guided walking tour for this special, festive walk custom-made for browsers and shoppers. Stops include LaSunshine Boutique, Sacred Heart's Gift Shop, and the Tampa Museum of Art's Gift Shop for its Annual Holiday Sale. You are certain to find some of the most unique holiday décor and gifts for family. FREE and open to the public. Register here.

Do the Local Motion sponsor,, express city-to-city bus service with a station in Downtown Tampa, is offering a contest to win two free roundtrip tickets. Contest ends November 30. Enter here to win.

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Your Downtown Calendar

Artworks 2014 Exhibition
Runs through Friday, January 2, 2015, Open Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm
TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N. Franklin St.
An exhibition of juried artwork, Artworks 2014 is sponsored by The Brandon League of Fine Arts. The 30 art pieces on display are winners of this year’s competition and offer a glimpse of the wide array of talent that’s here in the Tampa Bay area and around the state. Free and open to the public. Learn more about the artists at

Empty Bowls 2014
Thursday, November 20, 11:30am to 1pm
Lykes Gaslight Park
A BBQ lunch served on a colorful keepsake pottery piece,  crafted by local schoolchildren, to raise money to feed children in our community who go hungry. One bowl purchased will serve 70 full meals to those in need. Get more information and purchase tickets here.

UT Highlights Quincy Jones Arrangements
Monday, November 17, 7:30pm
University of Tampa’s Plant Hall West Verandah, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
For its fall concert, The University of Tampa Jazz Ensemble will highlight the musical arrangements of the great Quincy Jones. The concert is free and open to the public. Another University of Tampa program you may want to check out is the production of Les Miserables on November 20 to 22 presented by The Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance.

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, January 4
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The region’s only outdoor ice skating rink, and it’s only $10 per person for a 90 minute skate including skates rental. Click here for more information.

FL Orchestra Meets Rat Pack
Friday, November 21, Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor Matt Catigub invites you to a swinging night of big band tunes made famous by Las Vegas’ Rat Pack. Click here for more information.

Seaboard Seafood Festival
Saturday, November 22, 11am to 6pm, and Sunday, November 23, 12noon to 4pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Live entertainment, cash bars, and games. Seafood offered by local restaurants. Purchase tickets here.

For a full list of upcoming things to do in downtown, visit Downtown Event Calendar


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
“Sneak peek: Ferg's in Channelside to be way more than a sports bar”Tampa Bay Business Journal. The news article highlights the progress report of Ferg’s in Channelside, which is anticipated to open in December across from Amalie Arena. The venue will include retrofitted 40-foot freight containers for a kitchen and restrooms in a 10,000-square-foot courtyard, and will offer a sports bar restaurant atmosphere with live, staged entertainment.
Urban Juice, 510 N. Franklin, will host a special pop-up shop experience on Wednesday, November 19, 11am to 2pm. E.C.H.O. youth group members will sell beautiful holiday gifts by Karama Gifts, Sydney Buchanan and Prayer Bowls.  Each company will donate a portion of the proceeds to E.C.H.O.’s ministries of Ebola impacted communities of West Africa.  

Le Meridien Tampa's Destination Unlocked is a new must-see video promoting both the hotel, Downtown Tampa, and Ybor City.

Kurdi’s Fresh Mediterranean Grill has an exciting new look, chef, and menu, along with a bar offering craft and local beers on draft. Kurdi’s held their grand reopening last week to showcase all their new international cuisines. Read more at New taste of Kurdi’s.

BoConcept now provides business design services for office reception areas and work spaces of all sizes.  BoConcept also provides model home design services as well.  Design consultants will work with businesses in their Channel District store or at the business site.  For more information, contact Angela Horton at or 813-314-0800. 

Kurdi's Fresh Mediterranean Grill

Channelside Bay Plaza has announced its theaters will be the exclusive site for the Gasparilla Film Festival 2015!

Startups: Ask an Expert
Tampa Bay WaVE’s Venture Center offers an Ask an Expert program which allows entrepreneurs to tap into their network of over 45 subject matter experts who volunteer their time to help overcome the hurdles of building tomorrow’s breakout successes.  The forum is held every Wednesday, with up to 3 experts on hand for bookable, one-on-one meetings. Learn more at Venture Center.

KPMG Receives LEED Certification
Congratulations to KPMG, a 22-year tenant at 100 N. Tampa, in Suite 1700. KPMG has fulfilled LEED requirements for Commercial Interiors, a level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. They recently completed a full renovation of their office interiors and chose to follow the stringent requirements established by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. 100 North Tampa, managed by Cassidy Turley, achieved LEED SILVER for Existing Buildings in Operations and Maintenance in 2009 and again in 2014. 

A 24-Hour Downtown
83 Degrees talks about Downtown Tampa’s urban revival in “Experience 24 hours on the streets of Downtown Tampa,” sharing some recommendations of their own on experiencing what downtown has to offer. 

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Development & Transportation

Coast Bike Share Launches Today!
Tampa’s bike sharing program, Coast Bike Share, launches its founding membership program today, Monday, November 17, 10am at a ceremony in Ybor City’s Cenntial Park. As of today, founding members will have access to bikes and 30 hub locations throughout Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Hyde Park and the Channel District.

The full system will launch on Sunday, December 7. A launch party will be held on December 7 at Water Works Park with food trucks, live music, and an escorted ride through Downtown Tampa. Read more at Coast Bike Share Launch.

A Look at the Kress Project
Tampa Bay Times ran an editorial approving of the plans for the recently announced Kress Building project. Access the editorial at “Kress project taps into Tampa's past to push into future”

Opening Up Rays Talks
Tampa Tribune editorial applauds St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for making good on a campaign promise to allow stadium talks to occur outside of St. Petersburg, to work on keeping Major League Baseball in this region. Access the editorial at Let Rays Stadium Talks Begin.

ENCORE! Seeks Operator for Theater
The musically themed ENCORE! Tampa is working on introducing a 5,000 SF professionally operated performance theater at its newest residential building, the Tempo. Read more in “ENCORE! Tampa to raise curtain on performance theater” - 83 Degrees Media

Connect Tampa Bay Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30pm
Holy Hog BBQ
As most know, Greenlight Pinellas transit tax initiative failed to pass in the November elections, and groups are already starting to talk about next steps. Connect Tampa Bay will host a happy hour to discuss how to do so.  For more information, visit Connect Tampa Bay.

Streetcar Service as an Answer
Tampa Tribune featured a column about how the expansion of the TECO Line Streetcar System could contribute to the revitalization of Downtown Tampa. The Tampa Downtown Partnership has been working with the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on a streetcar expansion and downtown circulation study. Read the column at “Could Tampa’s Streetcar service be an answer for downtown?”

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Member Corner

Swim with Sharks at Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium has launched a new program called Shark Swim that allows guests to become immersed for 30 minutes in the Coral Reef Gallery without being SCUBA certified. Guests will experience the thrill of SCUBA diving from the surface, while enjoying all the sights a thriving coral reef has to offer. 

The Florida Aquarium’s mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. It is ranked as one of the best aquariums in the country and “top 5 kid-friendly aquariums” by Parents Magazine.

NY Times Reviews Poseidon Exhibit
The New York Times favorably reviewed the Tampa Museum of Art’s notable Poseidon Exhibition which runs through November 30.  Read the review at In Tampa, the World of Poseidon.

ChappellRoberts Grows as Agency
 ChappellRoberts continues to grow its agency talent by hiring a new employee, as well as promoting from within.. Megan Federico has joined the team as an assistant account executive and Katy Parsons, APR, was promoted to senior account executive.

Marking its 35th anniversary, ChappellRoberts drives results with unexpected ideas for its clients through branding, advertising, public relations, and marketing.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick News
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP recently announced that Gregory C. Yadley, partner in their Tampa office, has been reappointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. 

Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service business law firm with more than 240 attorneys practicing in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more at Shumaker Loop Kendrick Attorney Reappointed to SEC Advisory Commttee

New Team Member at Tucker Hall
Former prosecutor and federal law clerk Sasha Lohn-McDermott has been named Senior Account Supervisor at Tucker/Hall. Lohn-McDermott will help clients with public affairs and crisis management issues. Lohn-McDermott most recently served as an assistant statewide prosecutor at the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. Read more at Accomplished Bay Area Attorney Joins Leading PR  Firm Tucker Hall.


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Around Town

Urban Conga Knows How to Play
The Urban Conga, a non-profit promoting community activity and social interaction through play, has teamed up with television writer/producer Michael J. Flanagan, who has created original entertainment for networks such as Nickelodeon, Coca Cola, and ESPN, to create a documentary about the importance of play. PLAY: The Documentary.

TIA Adds More International Flights
Tampa International Airport and Lufthansa recently announced the airline will add five-day-a-week, non-stop air service between Frankfurt and Tampa beginning September 2015. Read more at TIA announces new international destination.

Urbanism on Tap's "Town & Gown"
Tuesday, November  18, 5:45pm to 7:15pm
P.J Dolan's Irish Pub and Grille, 2836 E Bearss Ave.
The next Urbanism on Tap, brought to you by CNU Tampa Bay and The Urban Charrette is the second to the last event of a three-part series, looking at the relationship between universities and their host cities.

The open mic event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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