September 26, 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
Downtown Debriefing: Creative Placemaking Streetcar Extended Service Begins Today
Cross Bay Ferry Plans Unveiled SPP Presents New Vision for Channelside
Local Foundation Spurs Creative Placemaking  Road Construction Begins on Channelside Drive
New Do the Local Motion Management Tampa Named a Top 50 Bike City 
  Selmon Extension Project Update
Your Downtown Calendar  
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week  
The Vault of Souls Member Corner
Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest Tampa Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday 
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center TGH Celebrates Rehabilitation Awareness
Hitting the Ice at Amalie Arena Grand Central at Kennedy Offer
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight: Travel Traders Shop St. Pete Decides on Sewage Audit
Marketplace News Open Streets St. Pete Coming in October
StageWorks Gallery Presents  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Debriefing: Creative Placemaking
Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at Maestro’s at the Straz for a panel discussion with Kim Headland, AIA; Robin Nigh, City of Tampa; and Shaun Drinkard, Tampa Downtown Partnership, about placemaking, public art, and the conscious design of downtown's public spaces. Networking and registration starts at 7:30am with the program and continental breakfast beginning at 8am. Click here to register individually or to request a corporate table.

Cross Bay Ferry Plans Unveiled
Plans for the Cross Bay Ferry were announced last week. Downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa will now be directly connected! November 1 will launch a month of “Test the Waters” trips with regular service beginning December 1. This is a six-month pilot project to show that congestion-proof water-borne transportation will work in Tampa Bay. The vessel is a catamaran design that provides for exceptionally smooth runs, and measures 55-feet, accommodating up to 149 passengers for the roughly 50-minute voyage between the cities. At St. Petersburg, the vessel will dock in the yacht basin along Bay Shore Drive NE. At Tampa, the vessel will dock adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. For more information, visit

Local Foundation Spurs Creative Placemaking
Treasure Tampa (T²) will facilitate creative placemaking in Tampa. Through education, collaboration, and funding, Treasure Tampa will increase the quantity of placemaking projects within Tampa. Ultimately projects funded through this initiative will be fun and bring new reasons to why the community treasures Tampa.

At this time the Gobioff Foundation invites Letters of interest for the Treasure Tampa initiative which will provide up to $30,000 toward creative placemaking project(s) in Tampa that exemplify creativity, collaboration, and community involvement.

Funding is for twelve months starting February 1, 2017. Project must start within six months, by August 1, 2017, and be completed by January 31, 2018. Visit for more information.

New Do the Local Motion Management
Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the transfer of our successful Do the Local Motion guided walking tour program to Where Love Grows, a charitable organization whose founder, Vicki Anzalone, has been involved since its inception nine years ago.
The season will kick off on Friday, October 7 from the Where Love Grows Market at Poe Plaza. The tour will depart at noon. The market is held from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Tours will remain free; however a suggested donation of five dollars is appreciated to help feed a hungry child in our community. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit programs of Where Love Grows. Watch for more details to come.

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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.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
Through Thursday, September 29
Tampa Theatre
Ron Howard brings together found footage and never-before-seen video of the lads from Liverpool, along with new interviews from the people who were there, to tell stories about the Beatles that you've never heard before. For more information, go to The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.

The Vault of Souls
Friday, September 30 to Saturday, October 29
The Vault
This paranormal purgatory was constructed in the basement of the bank and acts as the safe haven for carefully selected souls. To this day, those brave enough to enter this mysterious vault learn its hidden secrets. For some it is a brief visit. For others, it is an eternity… For more information, go to The Vault of Souls.

Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest
Saturday, October 1, begins 3pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Fill up on the best tailgate foods that the Bay has to offer, enjoy live music and tailgate games, and watch live showings of the day's best college football games on two large LED screens. For more info, go to Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Steve Martin's The Underpants - Through Sunday, October 2
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! - Thursday, September 29, begins 7:30pm
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 - The Florida Orchestra - Friday, September 30, begins 8pm
An Evening with Christie Lenée - Saturday, October 1, begins 7:30pm

Hitting the Ice at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes - Tuesday, September 27, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers - Thursday, September 29, begins 7:30pm


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Travel Traders Shop
Don’t be fooled by the name “Travel Traders Shop” at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. While the store stocks souvenirs for hotel guests, it is also a Downtown browser’s choice. Here are some of the things we found:  Guess brand purses, Thymes fragrance toiletries, jewelry, men’s and women’s wardrobe accessories, stylish swimwear, books, greeting cards, gift wrap, Elf brand cosmetics, and eyeglass readers for the far-sighted! Sundries and over-the-counter remedies are available as well. New to the store is an assortment of locally-made Terrapin Ridge Farms jams and sauces.

Marketplace News
Mise en Place celebrates 30 years of bringing superb cuisine and ambience to Downtown Tampa. Join them for their special offerings during the month of September. This week’s specials include:
September 26 - Love your staff! We double your gift certificates for them at Sono Cafe
September 27 - Visit our location at Amalie Arena for a complimentary glass of wine during the game!
September 28 - Complimentary Chocolate Pecan Toffee Mousse
September 29 - One More Time – Mise does 1986 Pricing!!*
September 30 - Mise People Photo Shoot Finale at Sono Cafe… invitation to all!! 5:30pm

StageWorks Gallery Presents
StageWorks Gallery presents the art of Rebekah Lazaridis and Meaghan Scalise with an Artist Reception on Friday, September 30 from 7pm to 10pm. For more information, visit


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Development & Transportation

Streetcar Extended Service Begins Today
On Monday, September 26, TECO Line Streetcars are extending their weekday morning service hours to begin at 7am. The extended hours will run through March 24, 2017. For more information, visit

SPP Presents New Vision for Channelside
SPP’s vision for the Channelside waterfront includes developing a mix of uses including retail, residential, office spaces oriented towards the Garrison Channel; reshaping the streetscapes, providing pedestrian-friendly connectivity as well as view corridors from Channelside Drive to the waterfront; and, creating new public spaces including a waterfront park and plaza.

The plan would connect Port Tampa Bay and the Channel District with southern downtown through an enhanced street network, and extend the Tampa Riverwalk under Beneficial Bridge. The development would eventually replace the current Channelside Bay Plaza retail center and the adjacent Garrison surface parking lot.
The proposal is planned for implementation over four phases, allowing Port Tampa Bay to continue ongoing operations and maintain required security along the working wharf. Site illustrations and renderings are available at

Road Construction Begins on Channelside Drive
Major improvements are underway in the southern part of downtown Tampa. Starting Monday, drivers should notice the left lane closed on Channelside Drive between Florida Avenue and Jefferson Street due to roadwork taking place.

It’s the first phase of a project that will pave the way for over 50 acres of major new development between the Channel District and Downtown Tampa. The initial phase focuses on setting the groundwork from Morgan Street to Meridian Avenue, and between Channelside Drive and Cumberland Avenue.

“Major Road Improvements Underway in Downtown Tampa to Impact Commutes”

A portion of MacDill Avenue at Granada Street will be closed starting Monday, September 26 at 9am for water main and service line construction.  This work is being completed for a new development on Granada Street.  MacDill Avenue, at the intersection of Granada Street, will be closed until October 7, weather permitting. Local access for property owners and businesses will be available on MacDill Avenue, south of Granada Street from Bay to Bay Boulevard.
The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid congestion. For more information, visit

Tampa Named a Top 50 Bike City
Tampa made the list! Only four cities in Florida were named to Bicycling Magazine’s Top 50 Bike Cities. The Tampa Riverwalk and City’s Invision Plan were specifically mentioned.

“The 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016”

To check out downtown’s bike scene, click here.

Selmon Extension Project Update
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting (VTHM) on September 28 at 6pm. This will be the second in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings. To register, click here


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Member Corner

Tampa Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday
Tampa’s majestic movie palace will celebrate its 90th birthday on Saturday, October 15 with four screenings of films chosen for the ways in which each pays tribute to the art of cinema. And as a nod to the Theatre’s opening night in 1926, tickets for the October 15 shows are just a quarter – a dollar for the whole day – and will be available cash only, day-of, at the historic Franklin Street Box Office.

The Birthday lineup is:

Hugo (2011) - 11:45am
The Artist (2011) - 3:15pm
The Cameraman (1928) - 7:00pm
Cinema Paradiso (1988) - 10:10pm

TGH Celebrates Rehabilitation Awareness
As part of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, Tampa General Hospital held its annual Fall Rehab Reunion luncheon on Tuesday, September 20 for former patients over the past year. Traveling back from all over West Central Florida, the patients have overcome everything from motorcycle and bicycle accidents that caused traumatic brain injuries to surviving major, debilitating strokes and burns.  They came back to say thanks and reunite with their caregivers who worked hard to get them back on their feet again.   There were lots of hugs, words of gratitude, smiles and tears as both staff and patients celebrated their miraculous recoveries.

Grand Central at Kennedy Offer
Mercury Advisors announced that a new financing option through Fannie Mae is now available on the limited inventory of remaining residences at Grand Central at Kennedy. Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, affords qualified homebuyers the ability to purchase at Grand Central with a minimum three percent down payment. Located at 1120 and 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd., Grand Central at Kennedy is in the heart of the Channel District where demand for residences is at an all-time high. For more information and further details, call Smith & Associates Real Estate at 813.226.8735 or email, or visit


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Around Town

St. Pete Decides on Sewage Audit
St. Petersburg City Council unanimously agreed to hire an independent firm to review the city’s water resources department rather than conduct an internal audit.

The vote Thursday evening came after three hours of intense debate and questioning about why more than 200 million gallons of sewage have been dumped into area waterways since last summer.

“St. Pete Council Approves Independent Investigation Into Sewage Dumps”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Open Streets St. Pete Coming in October
Open Streets St. Pete is coming October 9! This is a family and pet friendly afternoon filled with fun, vendors, activities and more. Streets around Mirror Lake Park will be shut down to automotive traffic for the afternoon and opened up to the general public, free of charge, for a safe and fun opportunity to walk, stroll, skate, bike, skateboard, wheelchair, or just hang out. For more information visit,

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