December 2, 2013
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
||Doing Business in Downtown
|Freshly Potted Planters in Downtown
|Debriefing Series Looks at Entrepreneurship
||Council to Look at Permitted Hours for Bars
|Operation Gimme Shelter
|Food Trucks, Rock the Park & Walk
||Development and Transportation
||What is the Real Cost of Your Housing?
|Your Downtown Calendar
||Riverwalk Monuments to be Unveiled
|Plant Museum's Victorian Stroll
|Community Conversations at TMA
|Humane Society YP PetMet Mixer
||Street Lightning Helps Boys and Girls Club
|Tree Lighting and Santa Fest
| Radio City Christmas Spectacular
||Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
||'Tis the Season to Give
The Partnership Presents
|Freshly Potted Planters in Downtown
Tampa’s Downtown Clean Team filled 69 planters in Downtown Tampa last week, with pansies that are white with pink center, fountain grass centered in the middle of the planter, and dusty miller, to add a bit of a wintery Christmas look.
Our Clean and Safe Team is comprised of the Clean Team and the Tampa's Downtown Guides. Learn more about our Clean and Safe Team’s efforts at Downtown Partnership Special Service District Programs.
Debriefing Series Looks at Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, December 4, 7:30am - Networking; Program 8am to 9am - Program
The University Club, 201 N Franklin Street, #3800
Still time to register for Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Debriefing Series which will feature a panel of young, creative entrepreneurs from the startup, events, fashion, dining and tech communities converge.
Guest Panelists are Sonny D., Paul Mitchell the salon 1.0; Darin Lewis, Mega, Inc.; Lynn Pham, Bamboozle Café; Monica Varner, Elan Event Studio; James Zebrowski, UT Entrepreneurs. To register, visit Downtown Debriefing Series Registration.
Operation Gimme Shelter
Tampa Police Department and Tampa Downtown Partnership challenge downtown businesses to help the homeless find shelter for the holidays with "Operation Gimme Shelter." The downtown businesses are being challenged to donate to the Salvation Army between now and December 31 to help homeless have a place to stay during the holiday season.
The Tampa Police Department started the operation off with a $2,000 donation and Tampa Downtown Partnership is also taking a lead role with a contribution of $1,000 and a campaign to reach out to members, downtown businesses and other stakeholders to build support for this project.
With cold nights upon us, your $10 can make a real difference in a homeless person's life this holiday season. To donate, please visit Salvation Army Tampa or mail a check to PO Box 2839, Tampa, Fl 33601. Please put “Operation Gimme Shelter” in the memo line. Credit card donations can also be made via phone 813-228-7616. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Food Trucks, Rock the Park & Walk
The Tampa Downtown Partnership hosts and/or coordinates several downtown events. Here is what is lined up this week:
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta - Wednesday, December 4, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
This popular lunchtime food truck event is held the first Wednesday of each month.
Rock the Park - Thursday, December 5, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This monthly event rocks Curtis Hixon every first Thursday of the month. RTP shares the park with Downtown on Ice this month so if inclined, you can also rock the ice rink!
Do the Local Motion - Friday, December 6, 12noon
Gather at Lykes Gaslight Square
FREE walking tour offered the first and third Friday of the month. This week, join the group for a walk over the bridge to University of Tampa and Henry B. Plant Museum for a special, abbreviated tour of the Victorian Stroll now going on at the museum.
Tampa Downtown Market - Sunday, December 8, 10am to 3pm
601 N. Ashley Drive (across from Curtis Hixon Park)
With 60 local vendors on hand, the Market is the place to find that special holiday gift. Don’t miss the produce and specialty food vendors while you are there. Presented by GTE Financial.
Yoga in the Park – Sunday, December 8, 5pm to 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
FREE one hour class for all levels in scenic Curtis Hixon Park offered by Yoga Downtown Tampa!
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Your Downtown Calendar
The following is just a sampling of events in Downtown Tampa. For more information, visit the Partnership’s website calendar at Downtown Events Calendar and/or sign up for the weekly Downtown After Hours publication released on Thursdays.
|Plant Museum’s Victorian Stroll
Through Monday, December 23
The Henry B. Plant Museum presents its annual Victorian Stroll, as the extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel portrays a Victorian style holiday.
Each of its 14 exhibit rooms are adorned with dazzling, trimmed trees, uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. The Grand Hallway will be filled with the sounds of carolers, and a special exhibit of antique toys dating from the 1890s to 1930s.
Community Conversations at TMA
Sunday, December 8, 1pm to 2pm
Tampa Museum of Art, Dickey Family Lecture Hall
Community Conversations: “Water: Art, Science and Inspiration” will offer a lively discussion on the importance of water in our culture, how our community is working to protect it, and how art plays a role. This community conversation is inspired by Fragile Waters: Photography of Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. Community Conversation is free to members and students with ID. Open to nonmembers at $10. Presented by AT&T.
Panel to be moderated by Executive Director Todd Smith. Featured panelists include Cynthia Barnett, Author and veteran journalist; Robin Nigh, Manager, Arts Programs, City of Tampa; and Lauren Taylor, Director of Youth Education, Florida Aquarium.
Humane Society YP PetNet Mixer
Thursday, December 5
The Tampa Club, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa Club presents their first of its kind younger professional mixer benefiting The Humane Society of Tampa Bay! Admission includes two drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and validated parking at 200 North Tampa Street. PetNet is a membership group of The Humane Society of Tampa Bay for younger professionals ages 21-45. To register, visit Tampa Club PetNet Registration.
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8
University of Tampa Venues
Dancing with Winds - Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, Begins 7:30pm
At the Falk Theatre - Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of live music and dance – a rich combination of the UT Wind Ensemble and dance students. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Heaven and Nature Sing: A Holiday Celebration, Sunday, December 8, 2pm, 4pm
At Sykes Chapel - Performers include The University of Tampa Chamber Singers and Camerata, The Tampa Brass and organist Haig Mardirosian. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Tree Lighting and Santa Fest
Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Downtown Tampa
Holiday tree lighting and entertainment in Hixon Park on Friday - 6pm to 10pm
Santa Fest and Holiday Parade in Downtown Tampa on Saturday - Parade begins at 11am; Fest runs 12noon to 4pm
Holiday entertainment, crafts and other activities. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will be shown in the park on Friday evening. For more information, visit Tree Lighting and Santa Fest.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, December 29
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
A full schedule of holiday performances and more will be offered throughout December at The Straz Center.
One of the highlights is Radio City Rockettes as they take the stage for the grandest of holiday traditions... Radio City Christmas Spectacular with ith new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking imagery in this all-new production!
Some of the other exciting performances you can find this month at The Straz include:
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Doing Business in Downtown
Downtown Tampa welcomes a new retail business, John Rolfe Tobacco, a premiere cigar bar and lounge located at 214 E. Cass Street. Owner Dan Mouneimne lives in Downtown Tampa and wanted to work here too – so he opened his new business just steps away from home. The business name comes from John Rolfe, who introduced tobacco as a commercial crop to Virginia colonists in the early 17th Century, and is known also as the husband of Pocahontas.
Dan designed the interior himself with artifacts from local salvage yards to curiosity shops in Dubai, has opened the attic to provide light from high windows, sanded the floors to their original wood, and added eclectic art in lighting and wall spaces. Dan wanted to create a spot for people to relax after work and on the weekends, enjoy their favorite wines and craft beers, some jazz and a good cigar too – a permanent chill lounge.
Check out 12 Days of Holiday Shopping - a list with lowdown on downtown gift giving ideas!
Council to Look at Permitted Hours for Bars
On Thursday, December 5, the Tampa City Council will review a draft ordinance that could change bar closing hours from 3am back to midnight. The Council is considering this along with a second ordinance that would create annually renewable permits to allow venues to apply to stay open later. This is in an effort to control areas that are believed to be problematic. The extended hours permit would be a "privilege, not a right," according to language in the ordinance. You can read more about this in the Tampa Bay Times article, Tampa-to-consider-new-rules-on-bars-closing-times.
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What is the Real Cost of Your Housing?
Location, location, location. You pay for location one way or the other. Your real housing cost includes transportation, because how far you live from where you work and other frequented destinations can add to your cost to live where you do.
The Location Affordability Portal (LAP), developed by US departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), allows users to estimate housing and transportation costs for neighborhoods and towns across the US. It demonstrates the significant affordability advantages of "car optional" neighborhoods relative to distant suburbs.
When considering affordability of a place, households tend to consider housing costs separately. The portal demonstrates how transportation costs vary almost as much as housing costs. In walkable communities, households often save $6,000 to $7,000 after taxes per year in transportation costs compared to suburbs. That can vary, but the savings is still dramatic. There are many factors involved in choosing your housing, and understanding the cost of transportation is an important factor. Information for this article was taken from the publication,
Better! Cities & Towns.
Riverwalk Monuments to Be Unveiled
Tuesday, December 3, 11am
Tampa Convention Center at the Riverwalk
As construction continues on the Kennedy Blvd. segment of the Tampa Riverwalk, other Riverwalk progress will be marked tomorrow as six new monuments are unveiled. Serving as an educational tool to residents and visitors alike, the trail will use busts, statues, and monuments to represent significant events and noteworthy people that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County. These monuments are part of a project to install a total of 30 monuments along the Tampa Riverwalk.
Photo Credit: William G. Carson, Jr., M.D
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Street Lightning Helps Boys & Girls Club
Beginning this week, Downtown Partnership member, The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Chase will be partnering to introduce a revamped Street Lightning program at the West Tampa Boys & Girls Club. Street Lightning provides students in the Tampa Bay area the opportunity to learn the basic elements of hockey, how to play the game and help participants experience math and science concepts when playing the game. Full sets of street hockey gear for students to play in their free time and during school hours will be donated, and participants will receive workbooks with math and science concepts that can be applied to their game experience. The program will roll out to the local Boys & Girls Clubs in 2014. You can learn more about this generous organization at Tampa Bay Lightning.
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|Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Saturday, December 21, 4:30pm
University of South Florida – School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 Holly Drive
Winter Concert Features Youth Ensembles
The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Winter Concert, some of the most talented young musicians in the area, will feature some great classics with a holiday twist.
“Overture to Euryanthe,” “Adagio” from Spartacus, selections from “Nutcracker” and William Walton’s “Crown Imperial.” The concert also showcases another very prominent youth ensemble in Tampa Bay -- the Gulf Coast Youth Choir. This is the first time both of these talented groups will share the stage. Performing Gwyneth Walker’s “I Will Be Earth,” and encoring with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” the TMYO’s Symphony Orchestra and GCYC’s Le Petit Chore will close the concert with a joyous celebration.
And earlier on December 21, at 2 p.m., in the USF School of Music Concert Hall, three other TMYO ensembles will perform: the String Concertino, the Symphonic Strings, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. For more information, visit TMYO.
‘Tis the Season to Give
Metropolitan Ministries has opened its annual holiday tents to bring holiday hope to more than 23,000 struggling families in our region. You can donate food and toys at their location nearest Downtown Tampa at 400 West Palm Avenue. For more information, visit Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent Program.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC), Elder Automotive Group and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will team up for the third consecutive year to take part in Replay Tampa Bay, a holiday sporting goods drive at Raymond James Stadium from December 8 to 28. The program encourages members of the Tampa Bay community to assist local kids in need throughout the holiday season by donating new or gently used sporting goods to a designated drive location.
Donation bins will be located throughout Raymond James Stadium parking lots at the yellow collection tents approaching stadium entrances.
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