May 2, 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
Special Offer for New Zipcar Service Go Hillsborough Voted Down
Mother's Day - Downtown Style! TBARTA Wins Future of Region Award
Outside is In with Partnership Events  
May is National Bike Month  
Downtown Partnership Mixer  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Broadway Bound In Memoriam: David Shear
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre Lightning Continue in Playoffs
On Stage at Straz Center Port Hosts Export Summit
JanFam the Movement Re-Placing Fort Brooke
Streetcar Live Powered by GMF  
Bikes, Blues and Brews  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Orbitz Ranks Tampa as Hotspot
CoCreative to Host Open House Give Day Tampa Bay
Pitching Like a Pro Forum  
Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Program  
University Club Names President  

The Partnership Presents

Special Offer for New Zipcar Service
Tampa Downtown Partnership co-hosted the Zipcar Grand Opening Ceremony last week to launch the new downtown car share service.  Tampa Downtown Partnership underwrote some of the associated costs and assisted with securing Zipcar staging locations which include The Barrymore Hotel in downtown’s River Arts District, University of Tampa, SkyHouse in downtown’s Channel District, and Tampa Convention Center.

Two special offers to get you going as a “zipster” - Zipcar is offering a half-price $35 annual membership through April 30, 2017.  And Tampa Downtown Partnership is giving a $25 driving credit (limited time offer). Sign up now with a total savings of $60! Sign up at

The forthcoming free Downtown Shuttle was also introduced at the ceremony. The Downtown Partnership will be launching that last-mile transportation in Summer 2016. Read more in
"Zipcar car sharing service expands to downtown Tampa”  - Fox News 13
“Tampa welcomes two new ways to get around downtown”  -

Mother’s Day – Downtown Style!
Mother’s Day is coming up next weekend on Sunday, May 8. Downtown Tampa has the right gift or experience for your mom, no matter her taste. Unique gifts, spa treatments, a play, a museum, brunch, lunch or dinner. You name it, Downtown Tampa has it. Check out ideas compiled for you by the Downtown Partnership at Mother’s Day is Happening in Downtown Tampa.
Outside is In with Partnership Events
Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta - Wednesday, May 4, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square. Head to the park for some food truck fun. Get a full spectrum of lunch choices with a line of local food trucks surrounding the shaded park..

Rock the Park - Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Rock the Park provides a lively atmosphere to listen to great talent. This month’s show features Will Quinlan, Dawns, and Ella Jet. Enjoy the music with stadium-style seating, food and drinks on the premises, and an exciting vibe!

Do the Local Motion- Friday, May 6, Noon to 1pm beginning at Poe Plaza
All Aboard the “DTLM” Train! Loosen up and get the blood flowing with a free guided walking tour. This walk features Tampa Union Station. Arrive early and browse Family Tree Market benefiting Where Love Grows.

May is National Bike Month
Once again, the Downtown Partnership is helping to compile a calendar of “Bay Area Bike Happenings”. Our favorite this week is the History Bike Tampa ride on Saturday, May 7. Check out this time-lapse video from one of their rides. Look for more information this week outlining all the great bike-related ways Tampa’s Downtown is celebrating.

A couple more pieces of bike news…
The new Zipcar car share offers some cars with bike racks!
Check out the Calendar section for the Bikes Blues Brews event happening May 15!

Downtown Partnership Mixer
Tampa Downtown Partnership Members are invited for a fun social event to mix, mingle, exchange ideas, and build relationships with others who are interested in downtown. 
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Sail Pavilion. Includes a Pirate Water Taxi Tour.
Invite your team, spouse, and other guests to this free event. Not a member? Learn about the benefits by contacting Kim Finn at or 813.221.3686. Register at Downtown Partnership Member Mixer Registration.

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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.

Broadway Bound
Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 15
Stageworks Theatre
Part three of Neil Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up and eventual divorce. For more information, go to Broadway Bound.

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Dough - Through Thursday, May 5
Incident at Vichy - Screening and Panel Discussion - Monday, May 2, begins 7:30pm
The Congressman - Friday, May 6, to Wednesday, May 11

On Stage at Straz Center
Who We Are: Faces of Tampa Bay - Through Tuesday, May 31
Spring Choral Concert - Thursday, May 5, begins 6:30pm
Soul Crooners 2 - Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 15
Spring Instrumental Concert - Friday, May 6, begins 6:30pm
Next Generation presents Giselle - Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 7
Mother’s Day Brunch - Sunday, May 8, 11am to 4pm
The Maids - Through Sunday, May 22

JanFam the Movement
Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6
Tampa Convention Center
Legendary Janet Jackson choreographers and dance pioneers Anthony Thomas and Tina Landon, with special guest Janet choreographers Shawnette Heard and Michael Andrews will bring their dance talent, choreography expertise, and auditioning - touring - and industry knowledge to two-days of masterclasses & music video workshops. Participants learn original choreography. Fans of Janet Jackson are welcome to attend as an observer. The event will be professionally filmed for an upcoming docu-series about the fans of Janet. Ages 8+ welcome. Learn more at JanFam the Movement.

Streetcar Live Powered by GMF
Saturday, May 7, 5pm to 7pm
TECO Line Streetcar
To celebrate the last Streetcar Live event of the season, TECO Line Streetcar and Gasparilla Music Festival booked NOLA-inspired Brown Bag Brass Band. With a capacity of just 74, the historic Streetcar provides an unmatched, intimate musical experience.  The rolling concert series is all ages and included in the TECO Line Streetcar System fare, just $2.50 for a one-way ride or $5.00 for an all-day pass. For more information, visit Streetcar Live.

Bikes, Blues Brews
Sunday, May 15, 11am to 4pm
Begins and ends at Grand Central on Kennedy
New Belgium Brewing presents Bikes Blues Brews (BBB) to raise funds for the Channel District Community Alliance and to also provide a donation to Special Olympics Florida – Hillsborough County.

The event starts with a decorated bike ride followed by a block party with a Taste of Channel District, drink specials, a special release beer, and live blues music by Woody and The Woodtones.  For more information, visit Bikes, Blues and Brews.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
The newly opened Attic Cafe was featured last week in “Attic Cafe and Bar finds downtown home“ - Have you check out their rooftop view yet?

Caffeine is now open at 212 E. Cass Street. With over nine years of experience operating coffee shops in the Baltics, the owners have explored coffee growing throughout the world. Check out the brew bar where drinkers can learn about some of the 800 flavors of coffee! Manager Emilija Dadonaite (Emily) reports that Caffeine’s is serving up local roaster Zeal, the Wi-Fi is on, they’re pet friendly, and the pastries are delicious. Weekday hours are 6am to 8pm, and weekend hours are 8am to 5pm.  Hours may be adjusted to meet customer demand.

OPÉS Health, a state of the art, multi-practice medical facility will be opening in three to four weeks at 912 Channelside Drive. Services will include primary care, urgent care, dental, vision, imaging, and pharmacy.

Franklin Manor, a craft cocktail bar and entertainment space, and The Carriage House,, a new restaurant concept, are featured in “Two soccer fans walk into a bar and become the partners behind new downtown Tampa bar and ...”  - Tampa Bay Business Journal  The owners behind this project are David Anderson and Lanfranco Pescante, partners in The Nocturnal Group. They expect to open these two new downtown businesses in Summer 2016.

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk will offer new services by Bright Houe Networks Enterprise Solutions including video, internet, managed WiFi, and voice. Read more in “Bright House connects Tampa’s Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk” - CED Magazine

Aloft Hotel will host the Tampa Tequila Fest for Cinco De Mayo. Attendees will enjoy a poolside evening of live music, entertainment, and tequila! Tickets to the event are only $15 presold and includes the first tequila cocktail on the house! For tickets and more info, visit Tampa Tequila Fest.

CoCreativ to Host Open House
From a pilot location in St. Petersburg to a "sandbox" location in South Tampa to now opening in Downtown Tampa, CoCreativ is an office space provider with no long-term contracts. To celebrate their opening, CoCreativ CEO Joseph Warren and his team invite you to their open house on Friday, May 6,  4pm at 601 Ashley Drive, Suite 1100. Register at CoCreativ Open House.  

Pitching Like a Pro Forum
Tuesday, May 3, 6pm to 8pm
UT Entrepreneurship Center – 8th Floor, Pitch Room
Key Person of Influence Business Accelerator Pro Series – “He Got Game in Tampa; Pitching Like a Pro” features guest contributor, Rob Higgins, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
Click here for more information.

Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Program
Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Program is structured to help your startup reach the milestones necessary in order to move to the next phase within one year or less. Application deadline is May 13. Learn more at  

University Club Names President
John J. Agliano, a shareholder of Bajo Cuva Cohen Turkel, P.A., has been elected President of the University Club of Tampa for 2016-2017. Congratulations!


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Development & Transportation

Go Hillsborough Voted Down
The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners voted down (4-3) putting Go Hillsborough, proposed a countywide half-cent transportation sales tax initiative, to a referendum on the November 2016 ballot. A portion of the funding was to be used for City of Tampa projects including a rail project between downtown and Tampa International Airport and the extension of the TECO Line Streetcar system. Read more in “Go Hillsborough sales tax plan fails” Tampa Bay Business Journal

TBARTA Wins Future of Region Award
Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) received first place in the Transportation and Mobility Category for its regional transportation 2015 Master Plan Update at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s 24th Annual Future of the Region Awards last week.  The Plan Update was recognized for its exemplary and innovative public engagement and cost-saving planning strategies, as well as providing the region a focused, yet flexible mechanism for continued impact capable of building consensus for major transportation investments crucial to creating quality communities, economic competitiveness and sustainable development. Read more in “TBARTA wins first place at Future of the Region Awards Ceremony.”


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Member Corner

In Memoriam: David Shear
It was with heavy hearts that we received news last week that long time Tampa Downtown Partnership Board Member, David Shear, passed away.  David was a member of the Partnership Board for more than 25 years, and was always a committed supporter of Downtown Tampa. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Casey and family for their loss.  You can read his obituary at Legacy: David Shear.

Lightning Continue in Playoffs
The Tampa Bay Lightning are tied 1-1 with the New York Islanders in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The next two games, May 3 and 6, will be played in New York. The next home game is scheduled May 8. 

Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is one of three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today. Congratulations to Bish! The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards.

Port Hosts Export Summit
Port Tampa Bay recently hosted the Fresh from Florida Export Summit – Accessing Overseas Markets.  The summit brought together a cross section of agriculture, shipping, refrigerated cargo and logistics experts with attendance by Florida growers and producers, including the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and its members, as well as food and beverage companies, logistics service providers and regulatory agencies.

Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson opened up the long event, speaking about the commercial and shipping opportunities that lie ahead for the Port and the State of Florida, particularly with the opening of the expanded Panama Canal this coming June and the Port’s recent acquisition of two new post-Panamax container cranes.

Re-Placing Fort Brooke
Tampa Bay History Center’s current exhibit, Re-Placing Fort Brooke, is spotlighted in “Tampa Bay History Center exhibit lets visitors look underground and long ago “ -

The exhibit includes an interactive map with a "spyglass'' window that allows the museum guest to see what historically stood on the same spot of a modern map of Downtown Tampa.


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Around Town

Orbitz Ranks Tampa as Hotspot
Tampa has come a long way as a destination spot. From the days when a visit here meant not much more than a trip to the beach and Busch Gardens, to a plethora of recreational options, including a visit to the Tampa Riverwalk, as cited by Orbitz in “15 U.S. tourist hotspots nobody cared about 15 years ago.”

Give Day Tampa Bay
Tuesday, May 3rd is a day of giving! Pick your favorite charities and nonprofits and give generously.  Click here to give!

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