September 15, 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
New Zumba in the Park Program New Residential Development Planned
Do the Local Motion Returns! Zoning Approval on Vinik Hotel
Downtown Market Changes Location Downtown Focused on Planning
Cyclovia Tampa Bay Chamber Transportation Survey
  NoHo Flats Complex Sold 
Your Downtown Calendar Transportation News
Chat- From Mao to Now  
Tampa Bay Fashion Week Member Corner
On Stage This Week Tindale Oliver's New Brand & Mission
Jim Swallow Solo Art Exhibit Port Tampa News
Tampa Tailgate University of Tampa Events
Coming Up Next Week Tampa General Hospital
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News S&P Upgrades Tampa's Credit Rating
New Logo for Amalie Arena Best of the Bay
A-Lign Moves Downtown- Hosts Open House New Leadership at United Way
Startup Surge Day  

The Partnership Presents

New Zumba in the Park Program
Tuesdays, Begins 6pm to 7pm – Beginning September 23
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Held year-round, this new class is free and open to the public.  Participants meet on the park’s terraces.  Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership & Downtown Tampa YMCA! “Like” Zumba in the Park on Facebook.

Do the Local Motion Returns!
1st & 3rd Fridays of the Month, 12noon to 1pm – Beginning October 3
Meet at Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s guided walking tour program kicks off its seventh season with All the Way to WFLA, showcasing the WFLA Channel 8 Studio.  Each walk features a different downtown theme. Additionally, two evening fundraising events will include a Tampa Bay Lightning game in March, and a Tampa Yankees game at Steinbrenner Field in April.  For more information, visit Do the Local Motion.

Downtown Market Changes Location
Third Sunday of the month beginning October 19, 10am to 3pm
Rivergate Tower Surface Parking Lot, 400 N. Ashley Drive
To coordinate with other local market schedules, the Downtown Market returns on the third Sunday of the month. The new location is across the street from last year’s site - to the north of The Cube and adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden. The Market is a product of Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit Tampa Downtown Market.   

Cyclovia Tampa Bay
Cyclovia Downtown Tampa
Sunday October 19, 9am to 2pm
Kennedy Boulevard between Franklin Street and Nebraska Avenue
Cyclovia is an "open streets" event that started in Bogotá, Colombia, which turns major city streets into safe and open, car-free environments for families to run, bike, play, and be well together. This event is brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership, FDOT and several other partners. For more information, check out Cyclovia Tampa Bay.

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Your Downtown Calendar

Chats – From Mao to Now
September 17, 7pm to 9pm
Tampa Museum of Art
The first Chats event, a community conversation featuring guest scholars, will feature experts on the Post-Mao Generation, relating to the museum’s current exhibition, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. The program is free to the public, with a cash bar and light appetizers. For more information, visit Tampa Museum Events

Tampa Bay Fashion Week
Downtown Tampa will host two of the major Fashion Week events:

  •  Designer Presentations & FWTB Boutique - Wednesday, September 17, Begins 7pm at Hilton Tampa Downtown
  • Kid Couture – Saturday, September 20, 10am to 12noon at Glazer Children’s Museum

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Fashion Week Tampa Bay.

On Stage This Week
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel – Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20, Begins 8pm at Stageworks Theatre

Jay Mohr of Comedy Central fame – Saturday, September 20, Begins 7:30pm at Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with special guest Steve Winwood – Sunday, September 21, Begins 7:30pm at Amalie Arena

Jim Swallow Solo Art Exhibit
Thursday, September 18, 5:30pm to 7pm
TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N. Franklin Street      
Fine art photographer, Jim Swallow, in his first solo exhibition in Tampa, features 27 selections from his Photographic Collections titled A Place to Rest, Selective Color, Black & White and Sepia, Infrared, and his newest body of work The Gold Collection. Swallow will host this Talk & Tour event in conjunction with the exhibit that runs through October 31.  The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Both the event and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information on the artist, visit

Tampa Tailgate
Saturday, September 20, 6pm to 11pm
Amalie Arena
13th annual Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser with a night of football, food, drink, raffles, and auctions.

Coming Up Next Week
Fall Urban Art Mart - Saturday, September 27, 10am to 2pm at The Portico, 1001 N. Florida Avenue. Arts & crafts, food vendors, entertainment, and family activities. Free and open to the public.

Smithsonian Museum Day – Saturday, September 27 at Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, or Tampa Bay History Center. Preregister to get up to two free admission vouchers at any of these three downtown museums. 

Lightning Fan Fest - Saturday, September 27, Doors open 10am at Amalie Arena. Fans can get autographs, watch scrimmages, and Kids Zone activities. Free and open to the public.

Downtown Events Calendar is your comprehensive guide of things to do in Downtown Tampa - there's always something for everyone!


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Holy Hog BBQ opened its doors last week to large crowds anxious to try out Downtown Tampa’s newest restaurant. Located at Franklin and Kennedy, the restaurant offers carry out and dine in service, including large outdoor seating areas with a bar serving beer and wine. A “sausage cutting” ceremony made the opening official on Thursday, and Holy Hog began serving at its full schedule last Friday. 

Café 124 also opened last week, Monday, September 8, in the ground floor space in CAMLS, 500 N. Tampa Street. Owner Kathy Mayer has a catering business, Catering by Kathy, and will serve as the official caterer for CAMLS. The restaurant is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm. 

Downtown Music Scene and Downtown Deals are updated weekly (on Thursdays) to inform you of upcoming musical performances at downtown’s restaurants and bars, and special offers at restaurants and retail, respectively.

New Logo for Amalie Arena
Along with its new name, Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum) has adopted a new logo.  As reported last week, Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC, controlled by Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik, entered into a long-term partnership with Amalie Oil Company (AM-a-lee), giving the manufacturer and marketer of motor oils and industrial lubricants naming rights to the arena.  Amalie Oil Company, located in the Port of Tampa, has been a global leader in the manufacturing and marketing of motor oil and industrial lubricants since 1903. For more information, visit

A-Lign Moves Downtown - Hosts Open House
A-lign, a full service assurance, security, and compliance solutions firm will host an open house and networking event, Tuesday, September 23, 6pm, to celebrate the opening of its new location in Rivergate Tower.  The growing company relocated to enhance its presence with Tampa clients by having a downtown presence.  An RSVP is required to attend the open house.  Please call 888-702-5446 or email

Startup Surge Day
Friday, September 19, 12noon to 5pm
Tampa Bay WaVE, 400 N. Ashley Drive
50 mentors, 20 topics, 10 meetings 3 workshops, and 1 keynote speaker - an opportunity for startup entrepreneurs to get on top of their game.  To register, go to Surge Day

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Development & Transportation

New Residential Development Planned
Another Channel District residential project came to light last week, as Florida Crystals Corporation’s real estate purchase in Channel District and rezoning request were disclosed. The property is the former Amazon Hose and Rubber facility at 222 N. 12th St.  The rezoning request is to change from industrial to residential to allow for a 250-unit apartment building. Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, Florida Crystals pursuing residential project on Amazon Hose site in Channelside

Zoning Approval on Vinik Hotel
Last week, Tampa City Council voted in favor of initial approval for a 400-room hotel at the corner of Florida Avenue and Old Water Street, as proposed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The second hearing and final vote is scheduled to go before the council on October 2. Read more in the WTSP 10 News story, Tampa gives early OK to Vinik's 400-room hotel.

Downtown Focused on Planning
The first news story looks at potential use of CRA funds that will become available after the Tampa Convention Center bond is paid off.  The second is an editorial about the newly unveiled Julian B. Lane Riverfront Master Plan. 
With other downtown ideas in the mix Tampa's money is not guaranteed for Rays Stadium, Tampa Bay Times, Sept. 12, 2014

Editorial: Reviving a park, a neighborhood and a waterfront, Tampa Tribune, Sept. 11, 2014. To download renderings of the park design, visit Julian B. Lane Riverfront Master Plan.

Chamber Transportation Survey
The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is conducting a transportation survey to determine what are the perceived priorities and needs for area transportation.  Please take ten minutes to provide your input on this important topic at Transportation Survey

NoHo Flats Complex Sold
Residential rental complex, NoHo Flats, located at Kennedy Blvd. and Rome Avenue, and adjacent to Downtown Tampa, recently sold for $57.25 million to Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd. The seller was Pollack Shores Real Estate Group. The construction of this development was completed this summer and is now between 70 percent and 80 percent occupied.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s article, NoHo Flats in North Hyde Park near downtown Tampa sells for $57.25M.

Transportation News
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit reported that August ridership numbers surpassed one million trips taken, for the 54th consecutive month, Total trips were 1,274,313, continuing the strong upward ridership trend for HART.  The agency has seen record ridership in 9 of the past 10 years. Year-to-date (October 2013 - August 2014), bus ridership is up 1.8 percent; an increase of 239,450 trips, compared to the same period last year. A possible reason for these record numbers could be the annual average cost savings of $10,064 for those individuals who use public transportation instead of driving (as cited by American Public Transportation Association).

Coast Bike Share’s blue bikes arrived last week and are now being assembled as Downtown Tampa anxiously awaits this new bike share service.  Channel 10 News covered this arrival and gave a sneak peek in their video which features interviews with Coast Bike Share owner, Eric Trull, and Tampa Downtown Parntership director of transportation and planning, Karen Kress.  You can see the bikes in action before the official launch at Downtown Tampa's free Cyclovia event on October 19. To find out more about joining the bike share program and where all of the bike racks will be, visit the Coast Bike Share website.

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Member Corner

Tindale Oliver’s New Brand & Mission
Downtown member, Tindale Oliver, a planning, design, and engineering firm headquartered in Tampa, is pleased to announce a new corporate brand and mission. Reflecting the recent expansion and growth of the company as well as an enhanced vision for the future, the rebranding was launched to coincide with the firm’s 25th anniversary and features a fresher and more modern logo, a redefined mission, a more comprehensive website, and new client materials. The company name also has been adapted to Tindale Oliver (previously Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc.). 

Since 1989, Tindale Oliver has provided transportation, community planning and design, transit, and public finance solutions to public and private clients throughout the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Tindale Oliver also has offices in Orlando, Bartow, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, and Seattle. To learn more about their new brand and mission, visit

Port Tampa News
Honoring Steinbrenner - Port Tampa Bay, a Partnership member, and the Tampa Port Ministries announce today that they will honor the late George Steinbrenner with the Captain James McKay Award at the 13th Annual Anchor Ball on October 4, an annual charity event that supports the Tampa Seafarers’ Center located on the port. Read more at Port Tampa Bay to honor the late George Steinbrenner.

New Sister Port - Port Tampa Bay signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with the Port of Cartagena, Colombia, that will encourage working business opportunities and establish an alliance between the two ports.  Port Tampa Bay has struck similar agreements with other key Latin American ports. Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, Tampa Port Authority has sister port in Columbia

University of Tampa Events
Along with the start of the academic year, University of Tampa, a Partnership member, launches performances open to the public including:

  • Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Adapts to the Digital Age - Wednesday, September 17, Begins 7:15pm at the Vaughn Center’s Reeves Theater. For more information, contact 813-257-3545.
  • Jazz & Blues Concert by Don Saginario – Monday, September 22, Begins 4pm
  • Works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a PNC Bank Concert Artist Series event - Sunday, September 28, Begin 2pm at Sykes Chapel.

For more information on these and other performances, visit UT Sykes Chapel.

Tampa General Hospital
The Florida Health Sciences Center, the governing board for Tampa General Hospital has announced its new slate of officers for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The governing board is made up of community volunteers who serve three year terms. The new officers include: 

  • John Brabson Jr., Chairman, CEO and President of  Lykes Insurance Inc.
  • Fred Dobbins, Vice Chairman, SunTrust’s City President in Hillsborough County.
  • John B. McKibbon, III, Treasurer, Chairman of McKibbon Hotel Management, McKibbon Hotel Group and M3 Accounting + Analytics. 
  • Joseph Taggart, Corporate Secretary, Senior Managing Director of Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services.
  • John Touchton, Strategic Planning  Chairman, President of the Witt-Touchton Company.
  • David A. Straz, Jr., Immediate Past Chairman, Ambassador at Large & Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia and Honorary Consul General, Republic of Honduras.

Tampa General Hospital is a long standing member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.


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Around Town

S&P Upgrades Tampa’s Credit Rating
Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City of Tampa’s Issuer Credit Rating from a ‘AA+’ to ‘AAA’, the highest possible rating for municipal issuers this month. In the upgrade, Standard and Poor’s cited the City of Tampa’s “strong economy” coming out of the recession. S&P also cited Tampa’s liquidity and budgetary flexibility.  Finally, the ratings agency wrote, “we view the city’s management conditions as very strong, with strong financial practices.” To view the full report, please visit

Best of the Bay
Wednesday, September 17, 6pm to 10pm
The Coliseum
Don't forget about next week's big Best of the Bay Awards Party!  The party features the early release of the Best of the Bay issue!  For more information, visit BOTB Awards.

New Leadership at United Way
Suzanne McCormick has taken the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Suncoast. McCormick comes to United Way Suncoast from United Way of Greater Portland (Maine). Her 13-year career with United Way of Greater Portland included a variety of key roles spanning from resource and major gift development, volunteer services, and community impact programming, prior to serving as its CEO.

McCormick’s initial focus will be to meet with community leaders, volunteers and partners across the four-county Suncoast region to learn and listen for the connections that will help successfully deliver United Way Suncoast's new strategic plan to break the cycle of poverty through a focus on early literacy, youth success and helping adults achieve financial stability.


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