April 20, 2015  

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 Guides Find Love Possible Contract on Tribune Building
Downtown Grants Available Kennedy Detour Alert
Stay Fit with TDP Programs Lightning Win Translates Off Ice
  Voice Your Transportation Choices
Your Downtown Calendar Increased Streetcar Event Ridership
Free Jazz Workshop  
"My MacDill" Downtown Fly Over  Member Corner
Starwars Trilogy Deal to Our Readers Where Love Grows
Upcoming Weekend Highlights Beard-a-thon is Back
Coming Up Next Week  
 Doing Business in Downtown  Around Town
Marketplace News Goody Goody  Finds Home
New GM at Channelside Powerstories Presents Stop Kiss
Startup Surge Better Block Meet & Greet

The Partnership Presents

The Partnership Presents
Downtown Guides Find Love
Love is in the air, at least for two long-time Tampa's Downtown Guides, Christopher Thompson and Cynthia Sanchez, as they were united in marriage yesterday, exchanging vows in front of delighted guests comprised of family and friends. Congratulations and best wishes to them both!  We couldn't be more happy for them.

Downtown Guides serve Downtown Tampa seven days a week, acting as on-street ambassadors, and offering free stranded motorist assistance. To learn more about the Partnership’s Downtown Guide program, visit Tampa’s Downtown Guides.

Downtown Grants Available
Tampa Downtown Partnership offers two grants to help support projects that enhance downtown’s public space and pedestrian experience – the Downtown Public Space Activation Grant Program and the Downtown Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant Program. 

The purpose of the Public Space Activation Grant Program is to create unique, publicly accessible activation projects in the public realm that enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or social good. Learn more about it at Activation Grant Program.

There is continuing investment in downtown’s ground floor retail spaces by quality businesses that are enhancing the street level pedestrian experience.  The Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant Program supports and encourages more investment to enrich the street level appearance and activation through storefront and sidewalk cafe improvements. Learn more about this grant at Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant.

Stay Fit with TDP Programs
The Downtown Partnership continues to support an active lifestyle by managing and partnering with the private sector to bring free downtown fitness programs. 

Pound the Park – Mondays, 6pm at Curtis Hixon Park
Zumba in the Park – Tuesdays, 6pm at Curtis Hixon Park
Bamboozle Fit Club – Wednesdays, 6pm at Curtis Hixon Park
Do the Local Motion – First and Third Fridays, 12noon (Oct.-May) beginning at Lykes Gaslight Square
Yoga in the Park – Sundays, 6pm at Curtis Hixon Park

Don’t forget to tip your instructor!


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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. 

Free Jazz Workshop
Thursday, April 23, Begins 5pm
Patel Conservatory at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
A free jazz workshop will be led by virtuoso bassist John Lamb, The workshop will be based on improvisation and will include a demonstration and performance. Students will receive expert instruction from Lamb, as well as resident jazz instructor Matt Weihmuller. Students should bring their own instruments. Their participation in this workshop could count as their audition for the Patel Conservatory Summer Jazz Intensive, July 27-31. The actual performance resulting from the workshop will follow on Friday, July 24, 6:30pm. For more information, visit strazcenter.org.

“My MacDill” Downtown Fly Over
Wednesday, April 22, Approximately 8am
Downtown Tampa and Bayshore Blvd.
The skies over Downtown Tampa will rumble as the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s B025 Mitchell, followed by four T-6 Texas aircart, and four Yaks as they fly to salute the launch of MyMacDill, MacDill AFB’s 75th Anniversary celebration campaign.  To participate in the My MacDill campaign, submit photos, videos or stories of any ties that you or a loved one have to the base.

Starwars Trilogy Deal to Our Readers
Saturday, April 25, 2pm; Sunday, April 26, 1:30pm & 7pm shows
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
A special offer to Monday Morning Memo subscribers - purchase tickets for $25 ⃰ using promo code STARWARS. One Man Star Wars Trilogy Writer/performer Charles Ross spent too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away - and adulthood has been no different. In the high-energy One Man Star Wars Trilogy, Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships, and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars trilogy. Visit www.strazcenter.org or call the Ticket Office at 813-229-7827. Some restrictions apply.

Upcoming Weekend Highlights
Friday, April 24
Florida Orchestra: Tribute to Judy Garland at The Straz
Fiddler on the Roof at The Straz
Saturday, April 25
YMCA Healthy Kids Day 2015 at Curtis Hixon Park
Tampa International Dragon Boat Races & Asia Fest at Cotanchobee Park
Screen on the Green at Water Works Park
SeaGrapes Fine Wine and Food Festival at Florida Aquarium
Sunday, April 26
Take Back the Night at Curtis Hixon Park

Coming Up Next Week
Enchanted Earth - Thursday, April 30, Begins 7pm, Tampa Theatre
Spend an Evening with Sylvia Earle and Meg Lowman. Dr. Sylvia Earle, considered America’s ocean ambassador, has logged in an excess of 7,000 hours underwater in more than 100 worldwide expeditions over the past five decades. Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For more than 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve natural mysteries in the world’s forests.

RIVERFEST 2015- Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, Tampa Riverwalk
Celebrate Tampa Riverwalk! Two days, six waterfront parks and several cultural attractions! Enjoy everything from the Mayor’s Mac ‘n Cheese Throwdown, Downtown Tampa Carnival, Bloody Mary Fest, the Plank Pop-Up Bar, free museum admissions or special events, and all kinds of other family fun!

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Old Tampa Book Company – As ownership changes hands at this downtown mainstay, the popular bookstore offers a 50% off sale and open mic event on Saturday, April 25, and receives plenty of media attention, including “Old bookstore in downtown Tampa gets new owners, retains mystique” - 83degreesmedia

Crumb & Cork - Lunch is back, and will be served on Thursdays and Fridays, 12noon to 3pm! Enjoy a delicious salad, flatbread, or homemade gnocchi entrée while you take in one of the best views in downtown!

Lonni’s Sandwiches just moved down the block to 206 N. Morgan St., but is still making those “naturally good” sandwiches with their famed Wild Rice Bread!  Now they’re offering free lunch delivery throughout Downtown Tampa!

New GM at Channelside
Congratulations to Adam Vosding who was recently named the General Manager for Channelside Bay Plaza. Vosding oversees all daily management operations, as well as leading business strategies for the plaza. Prior to joining Franklin Street, Vosding worked for Publix Super Markets, Inc. for more than 20 years in many roles, including as real estate specialist, and also worked at Lucky’s Market in Boulder, Colorado where he served as the lease and licensing specialist.

For more information, visit “Franklin Street Hires Adam Vosding as General Manager for Channelside Bay Plaza”Tampa Bay Newswire

Startup Surge
Tampa Bay WaVE will host its signature event, Startup Surge, on Friday, June 5. Dozens of startup mentors from around the region will be on hand to provide advice on tech startup businesses or ideas. Participants will have the benefit of ten mentor meetings, three workshops, lunch and a final keynote to find out what it takes to launch a tech startup in Tampa Bay. Read more at Surge Day Tampa Bay.


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Development & Transportation

Possible Contract on Tribune Building
According to a news story last week, the 4.4 acre Tampa Tribune property on the west of the Hillsborough River may be under contract. Read more at “Tampa Tribune site in downtown Tampa under contract for redevelopment play, sources say” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Kennedy Detour Alert
Through the summer of 2016, the Kennedy Boulevard Bridge in Downtown Tampa will experience lane closure or closed to traffic intermittently between the hours of 9:30pm and 6am. These closures are a result of a $2.9 million Florida Department of Transportation project that includes work on the bridge tender house, the bridge deck and the sidewalk. Read more at “Kennedy bridge will be closed periodically due to construction” - TBO.com

Lightning Win Translates Off Ice
The Tampa Bay Lightning is tied against the Detroit Red Wings as they play the first round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s an exciting time for Tampa hockey fans, but it also translates to added exposure for the economic development boom occurring in Downtown Tampa. Christine Burdick, Downtown Partnership President, weighs in along with others in the new story, “Bolts zap energy into Vinik's Downtown vision” - WTSP 10 News

Voice Your Transportation Choices
Don’t miss this opportunity to share your opinion about transportation in Hillsborough County. The County is hosting 13 open house workshops where your input is sought on the Top 5 Priorities: Maintenance, Better Roads, Intersections, Sidewalks/Bike Lanes, and Transit Options. RSVP for an upcoming workshop. This week’s workshops include:

  • Monday, April 20, 6pm to 8pm – Making Choices: New Tampa
    New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
    RSVP here
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6pm to 8pm – Making Choices: South County
    The Landing & Cafe at Waterset, 7012 Sail View Lane, Apollo Beach
    RSVP here
  • Thursday, April 23,  6pm to 8pm – Making Choices: Northeast/Plant City
    Trinkle Center, 1206 North Park Road, Plant City
    RSVP here

You can also check out the Issues & Opportunities Report, which recaps the community’s input from the first 18 workshops. If you’re interested in learning more, visit GOHillsborough.org.

Increased Streetcar Event Ridership
In FY2015, to date, TECO Line Streetcar's weekend ridership counts are up, averaging 2,759 passenger trips. That number includes the special events. Some of the events that have helped boost those numbers are the the MS AMADEA Cruise Ship's five days in port, the NCAA Women's Final Four Championships, Streetcar Live Concerts performed on streetcars, and the recent Tampa Pride events.

Read more in “TECO Line Streetcar System Reaps Increased Ridership during Special Events.” -Mass Transit Magazine

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Member Corner

Where Love Grows

With the recent recognition of the Lightning Community Hero Award and participation in the upcoming Give Day Tampa Bay, Vicki Anzalone, Founder of Where Love Grows was featured on today’s episode of Daytime on WFLA Channel 8. Where Love Grows is a member of the Downtown Partnership.

Where Love Grows will host a Give Day Tampa Bay Celebration in Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Tuesday, May 5, 11am to 2pm.  In conjunction with the event, a free Do The Local Motion Walking Tour will take place at noon on that day.  Community partners such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, IamMore Foundation and The Teal Recovery Project will also be a part of the event.  Food will be generously donated by Fresh Kitchen of the CRG Group. Join the celebration and learn more about Where Love Grows' crusade against childhood hunger in Hillsborough County.

Give Day Tampa Bay is a community-wide, online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Florida NEXT. This charitable giving day helps organizations like Where Love Grows raise much-needed, unrestricted dollars.  More than 500 other local non-profits are registered for Give Day Tampa Bay. For 24 hours, from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 5, donors can make gifts online to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in the Tampa Bay area.

Beard-a-thon is Back!
Partnership member, The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation are bringing back their Playoff Season Beard-a-thon to raise money for Moffitt Cancer Center. “Put your best face forward and grow one for the team.” Even Thunder Bug has grown some whiskers! To learn more, visit Beard-a-thon 2015.

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Around Town

Goody Goody Finds Home
Richard Gonzmart and his Columbia Restaurant Group bring back the iconic Goody Goody, famous for its special burgers, to Tampa. The group selected a location in Hyde Park Village next door to the CineBistro on Swann Avenue. Read more in “Goody Goody a go for Hyde Park Village”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Powerstories Presents Stop Kiss 
Powerstories Theatre’s mission is to "stage true stories to open minds and hearts." Powerstories is a non-profit that empowers girls and women to share their true "power" stories. The third installment of their all-new PowerPlay Series, Stop Kiss, runs through Sunday, April 26. Ticket are only $20! Support local arts while enjoying a night out on the town with dinner and a live performance at their 35-seat black box theatre on the Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, visit Powerstories Theatre.

Better Block Meet & Greet
Monday, April 20, 5:30pm to 7pm
Buddy Brew, 2020 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Congress for New Urbanism is hosting a gathering with Andrew Howard, co-founder of the Better Block, on hand to chat and answer questions about how you can initiate a Better Block in your community. If you have any questions, please call Catherine Hartley at 813-220-4569 or email hartleyc@hillsboroughcounty.org.

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