March 3, 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
|Two Downtown Forums This Week
||Another Potential Residential Development
|Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta
||Connect Tampa Bay Seeks Your Support
|Rock the Park
||Urbanism on Tap 3.0
|Do the Local Motion Tours
|2014 Downtown Development Forum
||HART CFO Honored
|March is Bike Month
|Your Downtown Calendar
||10-Year Stanley Cup Anniversay
|For the Love of Art
||Port Tampa Bay Honored
||New Exhibit at FL Aquarium
|Gasparilla Music Festival
|Tampa Theatre News
|And Later This Month
||Ybor City Community Meeting
||Water Restrictions Changed
|Doing Business in Downtown
|GTE Financial In the News
|City & MacDill Honor Women of Commitment
The Partnership Presents
Two Downtown Forums This Week
Last chance to register for these two Downtown Forums held this week:
|Downtown Debriefing Series - Tuesday, March 4, 7:30am to 9am at Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa St.
“Riding the Wave of Waterfront Development” - Learn about the + $7 million Water Works Park revitalization (includes boat docks, a canoe launch, a playground, and dog run); and Ulele, the new concept from the Gonzmart Family of Restaurants, to open this spring in the historic Water Works building located next to the park. Presenters are Karla Price, City of Tampa, and Richard Gonzmart, Columbia Restaurant Group. Register here for Downtown Debriefing. This forum is hosted by Hillsborough County Bar Association and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.
Downtown Security Network Forum - Wednesday, March 5, 8am to 9:30am at University Club, 201 N. Franklin St.
The first in the new DSN series, “Securing Downtown” is moderated by Officer Roy Paz, Special Operations Bureau, TPD; with Guest Panel Speakers: Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Police Department; Chief Thomas Forward, Tampa Fire Rescue; Mark Dubina, VP - Security, Port Tampa Bay; Ollie Gagnon Homeland Security, Protective Security Advisor, West Florida District; Michael McPherson Supervisory Special Agent, FBI. Register here for Downtown Security Network Forum. Sponsorship & Corporate Table Opportunities Available. For more information, contact Lynda Remund at 813-221-3686 or Lremund@tampasdowntown.com.
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, March 5, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
This month’s food truck lineup includes Not Your Ordinary Food Truck, Cajun In A Truck, Killer Samich, Gone Bananas, I WANNA WOK, Michelle Faedo, Curbing Your Appetite, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally Mobile DJ Truck, and HolyHog BBQ. For more information, visit Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.
Rock the Park
Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
FREE monthly concert of the best of local acts! Featured musical artists are Les Racquet, Red Sun Rising, and Ronny Elliott. Food offered on premises, and nearby restaurants offer carryout. For more information, visit Rock the Park. Sponsored by tbt*.
Do the Local Motion Tours
Channel District Tour
Friday, March 7, 12noon to 1pm
Begins at Lykes Gaslight Square
FREE walking tour offered the first and third Fridays of the month. This week, the Congress for New Urbanism will lead the tour of the Channel District. See firsthand how it is rapidly evolving.
Tuesday, March 18, 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7pm tours
Begins at the basin located next to Sail Pavilion at Tampa Convention Center
The special eBoat tour is back by popular demand. Travel one hour through the river and channels, enjoying the scenic view of downtown and Agua Luces lighted bridges. Drinks and snacks included for only $15!
Register for the 5:30pm tour here.
6:30pm tour SOLD OUT!
Register for the 7pm tour here.
2014 Downtown Development Forum
Friday, March 21, 7:30am to 12noon
Tampa Preparatory School
727 W. Cass Street
Downtown Partnership’s signature development forum will feature a morning of panel discussions and presentations on the latest in Downtown Tampa development, transportation, and trends.
Keynote Speaker - Rob Walsh, Former Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Special Guest - Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa
Click here to register. Thanks to our sponsors, University of Tampa and Tampa Tribune.
March is Bike Month
Tampa Downtown Partnership Tampa BayCycle program launches a month of bicycle campaign activities to celebrate Florida’s Bike Month – March 2014. Tampa BayCycle is an initiative which encourages bicycling instead of driving to work, school, on errands, or recreational activities. The campaign brings people together who believe riding a bicycle benefits both you and our entire community. This is the seventh year Bike Month is observed in the Tampa Bay area. There are 17 events/programs scheduled throughout the month.
For the complete program list, visit Getting Around – Bike and Walk.
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Your Downtown Calendar
For the Love of Art
Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, April 30, Mondays to Fridays 8am to 5pm
TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N. Franklin St.
County to County - For the Love of Art, is a group exhibition by artist Taylor Iikin and Students from Dunedin Fine Arts Center in Pinellas County. This exciting collection of work offers a variety of mediums from traditional watercolor and acrylic on canvas, to pen & ink and layered images. For more information, contact Debra at 813-767-1600 or email her at email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 5, Begins 7:30pm at Sykes Chapel at University of Tampa
Features flute and organ duet, cello and bass duet, bassoon and piano piece, and a piece for voice.
UT Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Camerata Singers
Thursday, March 6, Begins 7:30pm at First Baptist Church
Student concert featuring the UT Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Camerata Singers.
Friday Concert Series
Friday, March 7, Begins 12noon at Sykes Chapel at University of Tampa
30-minute performances by UT music faculty, students and guest artists, demonstrating the Blüthner grand piano and the 3,184-pipe Dobson organ. This month’s program features Simon Morley, organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Future performances scheduled:
- April 11 - UT music students
- May 2 - Ryan Hebert, University organist
For more information, call 813-257-1877. Performances are FREE and open to the public.
Gasparilla Music Festival
Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Gasparilla event season continues with this two-day annual fest offering a wide variety of music genres on several stages located in both Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Gardens, and cuisine from the region's top restaurants, including Anise Global Gastrobar, Ulele, Cafe Hey and Inside the Box among others. The musical headliner is the Flaming Lips, and other notable acts include Trombone Shorty, Delta Spirit and Jason Isbell.
For more information, visit Gasparilla Music Festival.
Tampa Theatre News
Drive-By Truckers Tix on Sale
Tuesday, June 3, Begins 7:30pm
Drive-By Truckers (DBT) is an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia. Tickets are now on sale at $26 & $32 (plus applicable service fees) at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, online at Tampa Theatre and through all Ticketmaster outlets.
Family Favorite Series Announced
The popular Family Favorites returns, running on Sundays at 3pm:
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) - March 9
- Short Circuit (1986) - March 16
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) - March 23
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) - April 6
- October Sky (1999) - April 13
- The Karate Kid (1984) - April 20
- The Wizard of Oz (1939) - April 27
For more information, visit Tampa Theatre.
And Later This Month
13TH Annual Bolt Run
Saturday, March 15, Begins 7am at Tampa Bay Times Forum
Hosted by Tampa Bay Lightning, this run benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Register participants receive a free ticket to a Lightning’s game. Three races - register early at Tampa Bay Lightning.
Picnic in the Park
Sunday, March 16, Begins 10:30am at Plant Park at the University of Tampa Campus
Roll back the clock a century for an old fashioned picnic with musical entertainment and Victorian games and sports. Special $1 admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum. Email your reservation for tables by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor’s River O’Green
Saturday, March 15, 11am to 4pm in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Hillsborough River will once again be dyed vibrant Kelly-green between Cass Street Bridge and Kennedy Bridge. The dye is potable water grade, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Food trucks, Irish entertainment and activities. Visit River O’Green for more information.
Gasparilla International Film Festival
Wednesday, March 19 to Saturday, March 23
Celebrating the best independent filmmakers from around the world. Events are held at Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, Anise Global Gastrobar and other locations outside of Downtown Tampa. For more information, visit Gasparilla Film Festival.
Spring Beer Fling
Saturday, March 29
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Beer, games, surf rock and all things retro. For more information, visit Spring Beer Fling.
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Doing Business in Downtown
GTE Financial In the News
Retail technology expert, Codigo, has partnered with NanoLumens, world leader in LED indoor displays, to create an immersive and interactive environment for GTE Financial’s newly redesigned Downtown Tampa location at 601 N. Ashley Dr. “The new space layout is designed to be more open, eliminate teller lines, and offer visitors an engaging and interactive retail-like experience,” says Mandy Zurbrick, VP of Marketing at GTE Financial. Codigo’s digital signage software allows GTE Financial to remotely control its in-branch advertising and messaging displayed on the digital screens, video wall, and ribbon display. Additionally, Codigo’s iPad and Large-Format kiosk solutions give branch visitors the ability to explore product and service information at their leisure. You can read more in GTE Financial Transforms Branch with Codigo Digital Signage and Kiosks.
City & MacDill Honoring Women
Tuesday, March 4, 10:30am
Tampa Convention Center
The City of Tampa will hold its 18th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration, where Mayor Bob Buckhorn will present Frances Henriquez with the 2014 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award. Ms. Henriquez served as the first woman, first Hispanic, and the last elected City Clerk for five terms. And Colonel Scott V. DeThomas, Wing Commander, MacDill Air Force Base, will present the 2014 MacDill Air Force Base Women's Appreciation Award, honoring an outstanding female member of the military at MacDill AFB, to Colonel Elizabeth A. Decker, Commander, 6th Medical Operations Squadron. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Betty Castor, former president of the USF, and Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Police Department, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. FREE and open to the public.
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Another Potential Residential Development
Connecticut based developer, The Richman Group, is looking at potentially developing land just to the north of The Tampa Bay Times Forum in Downtown Tampa. Although not yet announced by the developer, city records show a plan for a seven- story development with 338 residential units located between Morgan Street, Whiting Street, Jefferson Street, and the Crosstown Expressway. You can read more in the Tampa Tribune article, Residential project under review in Downtown Tampa.
Connect Tampa Bay Seeks Your Support
Wednesday, March 5, 9am
Hillsborough County Commission Chambers, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
I Connect Tampa Bay will be attending the next County Commission meeting to ask for release of funds for Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), and to urge them to move forward with transportation improvement initiatives. Connect Tampa Bay, a local nonprofit, has been coordinating public support for transportation related issues for the past year. If you are interested in supporting their effort, they ask that you RSVP on Facebook and invite friends.
Urbanism on Tap 3.0
Tuesday, March 11, 5:30pm to 7pm
Pour House in Channel District
Led by Urban Charrette and CNU Tampa Bay, Urbanism on Tap is a FREE, recurring open mic event, focused on generating constructive conversation within the community about current ideas and trends that are shaping our city. The upcoming event is the first in a new three-part series, entitled “Tampa: The New Building Boom”. The first event, “New Buildings, New City?” will focus on a number of the new developments that have made their way off the drawing boards and into reality, and how they are changing our city's urban landscape. For more information, email Ashly Anderson.
I-275 Construction: One to two lanes may be closed in various locations in each direction of I-275 from Memorial Highway (SR 60, Exit 39) to Ashley Drive (Exit 44) from 10pm to 5:30am through March 6 at night. Ashley/Kay/Tampa entrance ramps to southbound I-275, southbound I-275 exit to Ashley, and Doyle Carlton Drive will be closed on the weekends of March 7 and 14 at night. For more detailed information, visit TBI Interstate Closures.
Also expect night lane closures on I-4/Selmon Expressway through March 9.
|HART CFO Honored
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit CFO Jeff Seward was presented the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year Award in the Government Agency Category. As CFO, Mr. Seward is responsible for Accounting & Financial Reporting, Budget, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Procurement, Contracts Administration, Grants & Planning. Those vitally important departments execute the long-term financial strategy of HART, manage major capital projects, secure grants to enhance our current infrastructure and implement investment tools to improve fiscal sustainability.
Seward has more than 25 years of local government, private-sector and military experience, providing leadership for various areas, including financial advising, strategic planning, economic development and auditing. Congratulations on this prestigious award!
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10-Year Stanley Cup Anniversary
Tampa Bay Lightning will hold a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the franchise’s 2004 Stanley Cup Championship on Monday, March 17 when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30pm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Expect appearances by 2004 team and staff alumni who will be available before the game for autographs and photos. Fans will receive a replica of the actual Stanley Cup ring and commemorative poster. Other anniversary related activities will also take place. The Lightning won their first Stanley Cup on July 7, 2004 following a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames in the seventh and final game of the series. It was the crowning achievement of the franchise, just 12 years after entering the National Hockey League.
Port Tampa Bay Honored
Congratulations to Port Tampa Bay who were recently honored as recipient of two “Best of the Bay” awards for promotional advertising at last night’s annual American Advertising Federation—Tampa Bay’s Addy Awards Show Gala. The awards program recognizes outstanding creative achievement in advertising, printed collateral, broadcast, video, radio, interactive and overall campaign work, submitted and judged by a panel of experts.
|New Exhibit at FL Aquarium
Florida Aquarium opened their newest exhibit, Journey to Madagascar, this past weekend. Explore the country of Madagascar and experience the diverse animals that call this unique island home with face to face experiences with ring-tailed lemurs, interactive experiences including an area where guests can pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches and opportunities to see colorful chameleons and an Indian Ocean coral reef up close. This exhibit captures some of the uniqueness of the island while addressing some of the challenges that threaten its natural wonders. Journey to Madagascar is included in the price of admission.
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Ybor City Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 11, 5:30pm to 7pm
The Italian Club, 2nd Floor 1731 E. 7th Ave.
Current project update and future priorities. For more information, contact Corine Linebrink at Corine.Linebrink-Wain@tampagov.net or 813.274.7960.
Water Restrictions Changed
A water shortage order issued at the end of December by the Southwest Florida Water Management District was extended earlier this week. With wetter than predicted weather conditions, the extension returns Tampa and the surrounding three-county area to twice-a-week irrigation allowances, effective immediately. Restrictions on outdoor recreational water use remain in place. The following irrigation allowances affect all Tampa locations; except those where reclaimed water is in use for irrigation:
- Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3 - Mondays and Thursdays
- Addresses ending in 4, 5, or 6 - Tuesdays and Fridays
- Addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9 - Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Locations with no address (common areas, entry areas), and locations with mixed addresses (office complexes, shopping centers) - Wednesdays and Saturdays
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