February 8, 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 Partnership Member Mixer Strategic Property Partners, LLC Hires CEO
Veteran Downtown Guides Promoted Riverwalk's Selfie Construction Wall
This Week's Partnership Programs Name the Development Contest
Downtown is Happening for Valentine's Day Rays Meet with Hillsborough/Tampa Officials
Security Forum Teaches Preparedness Transportation News
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
In the Blood New Partners at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
At Second Screen - A Clockwork Orange Be My Penguin Valentine Contest
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre Kasser Mochary Traveling Exhibit to Open
Events at Amalie Arena this Week  
On Stage at The Straz Center  
2016 Gasparilla Events  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Downtown River Arts Survey
Tampa Bay Startup Week Julian B Lane Park Community Meeting
Times and Tribune Printing Partnership  
New Lightning Games App  
Harbour Island Commercial Real Estate  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Partnership Member Mixer
Thursday, February 25, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
The Cube at Rivergate Tower, 400 N. Ashley Drive  
Tampa Downtown Partnership Members are invited for an evening of mixing, mingling, exchanging ideas, and building relationships with others who are interested in downtown. Members are welcome to invite their spouses, employees, and guests to join this exciting free event. Hors d'oeuvres and a drink on us! Catered by Mise en Place.
Member event registration here. Not a member? Contact Kimberly Finn to find out how to become one at 813.221.3686 or kfinn@tampasdowntown.com.

Veteran Downtown Guides Promoted
Congratulations to veteran Tampa’s Downtown Guides, Teresa Walls and Robert Arnold, who were promoted this week. Teresa has been with the team nearly 8 years, starting out with the Clean Team in 2008 and becoming a Guide in 2009. She will now serve as assistant project manager, supporting the Guides and Clean Team project manager. Robert Arnold joined the Downtown Guides in 2007 and has been promoted to team leader. For more information about the Guides and their services, visit Tampa’s Downtown Guides.

This Week’s Partnership Programs
Free Community Fitness Programs
Pound the Park by Pamela Robinson - Mondays, 6pm
Zumba in the Park by the Downtown YMCA - Tuesdays, 6pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp by Urban Sweat Shop - Wednesdays, 6pm
Yoga in the Park by Yoga Downtown Tampa - Sundays, 5pm

These programs are held in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership, and powered by Athleta.

Tampa Downtown Market – Shop fresh, shop local at the Downtown Market held each Thursday, 12noon to 6pm at Lykes Gaslight Square. Stay for the free yoga class offered by Veya Fit Spa at 5:15pm. A product of Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Downtown is Happening for Valentine’s Day
Treat your special someone to a gift of jewelry, perfume, spa treatment, dinner, movie, live performance, day at the museum, boat ride, or other unique ideas offered in Downtown Tampa. Check out the list the Downtown Partnership has been putting together to help you plan your Downtown Valentine’s Day.

Security Forum Teaches Preparedness
The sold out Downtown Partnership Security Series Forum, “Active Shooter,” offered a presentation and live demonstration for the 260 people in attendance. The audience learned that even a small amount of preparedness can make a difference in saving lives. Thank you to Tampa Police Department for providing the presentation and Port Tampa Bay for providing the venue. The event was well covered by the media, and you can read more about it at:
“Masked gunman enters Downtown Tampa building for active shooter training” - WFLA
“Tampa police urge preparation at active shooter drill at port” - Tampa Bay Times
“Safety summit held downtown Tampa” - WTSP
“Port hosts active shooter drill” - Fox News

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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.

In the Blood
Through Sunday, February 21
Stageworks Theatre
A homeless mother named Hester lives with her kids in the inner city. While Hester's kids fill her life with joy, the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Nothing can stop the play's tragic end. For more information, go to In the Blood.

At Second Screen - A Clockwork Orange
Wednesday, February 10, begins 6pm
The Vault
Second Screen Cult Cinema presents a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s controversial and brilliant film, A Clockwork Orange (1971). Settle in for “a bit of the old ultra-violence.” For more information, go to Second Screen Cult Cinema.

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films - Through Wednesday, February 10
Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts - Through Wednesday, February 10
Where to Invade Next - Thursday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 24
Soulshine Music Presents: Storm Large - Saturday, February 12, begins 8pm
Best Picture Classics Series - Shakespeare in Love - Sunday, February 14, 3pm to 4:15pm

Events at Amalie Arena this Week
Andrea Bocelli - Thursday, February 11, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators - Friday, February 12, begins 7:30pm

On Stage at The Straz Center
Disney’s The Lion King - Through Sunday, February 14
Birds of Chicago - Monday, February 8, begins 7:30pm
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man – Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 14
PostSecret - Saturday, February 13, begins 7:30pm

2016 Gasparilla Events
Publix Too Good For Drugs Jr. Gasparilla Distance Classic - Saturday, February 13
Sant' Yago Knight Parade - Saturday, February 13
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic - Saturday, February 20 to Sunday, February 21
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts - Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6
Gasparilla Music Festival - Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Two to Tango Thursdays at The Franklin (510 N. Franklin Street) is a new dance and social event where new dancers are welcome. It will be held this month on February 11 and 18, 7pm to 10pm. No partner needed, come as you are for dance, daily drink specials, tapas, or dinner... for an evening of unique entertainment. A $5 donation is suggested.

Qachbal’s, located in Channelside Bay Plaza, was featured in a recent 83 Degrees article, “Made in Tampa Bay: Chocolate treats like none other can help you express your love.” And just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Storm Large LIVE in Concert - Friday, February 12, 8pm
The Franklin (est. 1895) and Tampa Theatre (est. 1926) are teaming up to give you an historic Valentine's Day weekend! Treat your Valentine to dinner, a show and a sumptuous spa treatment with a pair of tickets to see Storm Large live in concert at Tampa Theatre, plus a $100 gift card for dinner, drinks and dessert courtesy of The Franklin Sports Bar & Lounge and Urban Juice, and a $100 gift card to Veya Fit Spa. Enter to win tickets here. Storm Large tickets are $48.50 plus applicable fees.

Tampa Bay Startup Week
Tampa Bay Startup Week is here, celebrating Tampa’s entrepreneurs with enriching programs! Events are free and open to the public. Highlights include:

70+ Free Events
At Basecamp (District 3: 802 E Whiting St, Tampa, FL 33602)

  • Daily Breakfast & Coffee - mornings
  • Daily Lunch (Food trucks Tues, Weds, Thurs)
  • Daily Happy Hours from 4pm to 6pm
  • Daily Professional Headshots from 2pm to 4pm
  • Mentor Office Hours every day from 11am to 1pm
  • Co-working everyday with boosted Wifi powered by Bright House
  • Yoga Sessions
  • Inspiring Entrepreneurship Workshops, Meetups, and Discussions
  • Music & Networking with entrepreneurs, mentors, and community leaders

Monday, February 8

  • 6pm - Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, February 9

  • 6pm - Celebrating Social Media

Wednesday, February 10

  • 6pm - 1776 Challenge Cup Pitch Competition (20 Local Tech Companies Pitching)

Thursday, February 11

  • 5:30pm – “Decoding the Internet of Things” Thought Leader Panel - Cisco Systems, Jabil, MapR, Fan Fund

Friday, February 12

  • 6pm - Official Closing Party at the Rialto Theatre - Live Entertainment, Super cool interactive tech including Oculus Rifts, 360 Degree Cameras, Robots, Xbox, Adult beverages, food, and more.

Times and Tribune Printing Partnership
Tampa Tribune will be vacating its current headquarters and printing plant located on the west bank of Hillsborough River to make way for a mixed use development project by the Related Group. It is reported the paper is looking at new office space (minus a printing plant) in Downtown Tampa and has formed an agreement with Tampa Bay Times to print their publication. Read more in “Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times form printing partnership” - Suncoast News

New Lightning Games App
Tampa Bay Lightning will be the first U.S. professional sports team to launch a mobile app where fans can shoot photos and video that the team can post on screens throughout the arena. The Lightning hired Seattle based Enthrall Sports to develop the software which is called FanCap. Read more in “Vinik-backed Seattle startup brings new tech to Amalie Arena for Lightning games” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Harbour Island Commercial Real Estate
Equinix Inc. has signed a lease for 25,000 square-feet in their current location of Two Harbour Place on Harbour Island, signing a lease for 25,000 square-feet. It previously occupied 17,188 square-feet in the building. Paula Buffa and Lauren Coup of Cushman & Wakefield represented landlord Crocker Partners in the transaction. Read more in “Equinix renews expands in Two Harbour Place.”Commercial Property Executive


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Development & Transportation

Strategic Property Partners Hires CEO
James Nozar has been hired by Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nozar, currently a senior vice president at The JBG Companies in Washington, D.C., will begin at SPP on March 1. SPP is a joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC and Jeff Vinik. Mr. Nozar will oversee all aspects of the business of SPP, including the design, entitlement, programming, construction, and delivery of SPP’s planned 6 million square-foot mixed-use development along downtown's waterfront.

Over the past 10 years at The JBG Companies, Mr. Nozar has managed the development of 25 completed and active multi-use real estate projects, and the entitlement of over 10 million square feet of new multi-use development. He's spent over 15 years in real estate consulting and development before joining SPP.

Riverwalk’s Selfie Construction Wall
Friends of the Riverwalk installed 172’ of interactive/art construction screening along the Riverwalk (between Brorein Street and the Platt Street Bridge).  This area is currently under construction until June for pump station improvements and Friends of the Riverwalk wanted to make the construction area an asset to patrons of the Riverwalk. 

The entire stretch of fencing illustrates all of the major destinations along the Riverwalk as well as opportunities for Riverwalk selfies. Use the hashtag #riverwalkselfie when posting. 

Name the Development Contest
FCI Residential Corp, the developer of the former Amazon Hose property in Channel District, has created a contest promotion called “What’s In A Name” for soon to open art deco style community. You can help choose the ideal name by casting your vote for one of six choices. By voting, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Gift Card to City Dog Cantina. Vote here.

Rays Meet with Hillsborough/Tampa Officials
Tampa Bay Rays met with local elected and business leaders from Tampa and Hillsborough County last week to unveil The Rays’ vision for a new stadium, as they begin their process for a new stadium and potential new location. Tampa’s greater downtown area is one of the potential sites that may be considered. The Rays are planning for a smaller capacity, more intimate “next-generation” ballpark with “flexible seating” and different gathering points. The meeting did not include discussion about sites or cost. Officials noted that this is the first step in a long process. Read more in “Hillsborough officials, Rays lay groundwork with first stadium talks”Tampa Tribune

Transportation News
“Switching Gears to Tampa's Convenient Bicycle Rentals and Routes” - Minaret Online
University of Tampa students are taking to bicycles more and more as Bike UT and Coast Bike Share programs are made available to them.

“Commuter rail, TBX top 2016 regional transportation priorities” - Tampabay.com
Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group met last week to identify leading transportation projects. The priorities, which have not yet received final approval, include Tampa Bay Express, a transportation hub at West Shore connecting downtown and the airport, commuter rail along CSX tracks, a regional farebox system, and improvements to the Duke Energy Trail.

UCAP Weekend Road Closures - The intersection of E. Tyler St. and Florida Avenue will be closed during the weekends in February and March.

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Member Corner

New Partners at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have recently been named partners at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick:
Jason A. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of patent application preparation and prosecution as well as opinion work and client counseling. Willard A. Blair practices primarily in the areas of corporate and securities law, and mergers and acquisitions. C. Victoria Knight-Alaee practices primarily in health law.

Be My Penguin Valentine  Contest
Roses are red, violets are blue, make a donation, and a Florida Aquarium penguin might come meet you! The Florida Aquarium is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering one lucky winner the chance for an Aquarium penguin to visit a loved one at their workplace on Friday, February 12. Contestants can either make a donation to the Aquarium’s conservation program or go directly to the entry form.

Any donations collected will go towards the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives including the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. Contest ends on Wednesday, February 10, 9am. For official rules and entry please visit the Florida Aquarium.

Kasser Mochary Traveling Exhibit to Open
Friday, February 12 to Monday, May 30
Tampa Museum of Art
Comprised of approximately 100 works of art, Public and Private - The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, examines the portrayal of the human figure through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by noted 19th and 20th century European and American artists including Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Auguste Rodin, and many others. For more information, go to The Figure Examined.

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Around Town

Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Survey
The Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association, formerly the Uptown Council, is the downtown neighborhood association representing the area between I-275 north, Marion Street east, Kennedy Boulevard south, and the Hillsborough River west. Their mission is to protect and enhance the residential and commercial interests of the neighborhood. To help prioritize their goals, the association is conducting a survey, asking both members and nonmembers to participate. Take the survey here.

Julian B Lane Park Community Meeting
Civitas and the entire design team for the Julian B Lane Riverfront Park Redevelopment Plan I thanks those who have participated in past meetings and invites you to join them this Wednesday as they share the final design for the park.

The meeting will be held:
Wednesday February 10, 6pm to 7pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 2200 N. Oregon Blvd.
Parking is available in both south and west parking lots of the center.

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