May 23, 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
Debriefing Series: MOSI's on the Move City Approves Julian B. Lane Park Funding
Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting Transportation Tax Referendum Hearing
May is National Bike Month Temporary Cass St. Lane Closure
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Fourth Friday Tampa Lightning Take the Lead in Round 3
The “Got Jokes?” Improv Experience EDC Names New CEO
This Week at Amalie Arena Paul Anderson Elected as CAGTC Treasurer
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre Tindale Oliver Gives Back in May
Happening at The Straz Center  
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
This Week’s Retail Spotlight TIA Campaigns for San Fran Service
Marketplace News  
Special Ops Demonstration  
KPI CEO Social: Invitation Only  
Does Your Company Have CPR-Trained Staff?  
Happening Downtown: 500 E. Kennedy  

The Partnership Presents

Debriefing Series: MOSI's on the Move
Tuesday, May 24, Registration – 7:30am; Program – 8am to 9am
The University Club of Tampa, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800
MOSI's Board of Directors voted on April 19 to plan the relocation their new world-class science focused cultural center to the Vinik-Cascade $2 billion redevelopment initiative near the Amalie Arena in Downtown Tampa.

Join the Downtown Partnership for a conversation with Molly Demeulenaere, president & CEO of MOSI about the museum's decision to relocate downtown and the next steps in that process! Member - $20 / Non-Member - $25 / Corporate Table (8) - $160. Continental breakfast will be served. Thanks to our Downtown Debriefing Sponsor, University of Tampa. Register here.

Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting
Thursday, June 2, 7:30am – Registration/Breakfast; 8am to 9:30am - Program
TECO Hall, 702 N. Franklin Street
Hurricane season begins next week. Is your business prepared?
- Holley Wade, Special Operations Manager, Hillsborough County Emergency Management
- Bill Wade, President, Tampa Fire Museum
Guest Speakers:
- Officer Sean Mahabir, Tampa Police Department
- Ed Mora, P.E. Manager, Distribution Restoration, Tampa Electric Company
- Chief Thomas Forward, Tampa Fire Rescue,
- Richard G. Henning, Senior Flight Director, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
- Brian LaMarre, Meteorologist-In-Charge, National Weather Center - Tampa Bay Area

$12 per person. Register here. Sponsored by TECO. 

May is National Bike Month
May is Bike Month and Downtown Tampa continues the celebrations! There is still time for group fun on Wednesday, May 25 with the Urban Restaurant Tour, or you can catch the History Bike Tampa ride on Saturday, June 4. Click here to check out the entire calendar.

And don’t forget Tampa Downtown Partnership’s FREE Coast Bike month for downtown residents in the 33602 zip code. Click here to learn more.


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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.

Fourth Friday Tampa
Friday, May 27, Begins 4pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts & culture scene. Museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or special admission, and/or special programming and offerings. The Pirate Water Taxi will provide up to two complimentary trips between venues and participating restaurants offer special deals (with wristband only – you may pick up a wristband at cultural venues during their posted event hours). Thanks to sponsor, TECO Energy. For more information, visit Fourth Friday.

The “Got Jokes?” Improv Experience
Friday, May 27, begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
This fun event seeks to unite the masses through the universal language of laughter by bringing together a diverse collection of all-stars, including popular radio personalities, actors, national comedians, and spoken word artists. For more information, go to The Got Jokes Improv Experience.

This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Storm vs Cleveland Gladiators - Monday, May 23, begins 8pm
Eastern Conference Final Game 6 - Lightning vs. Penguins – Tuesday, May 24, Puck drops at 8pm
R. Kelly - The Buffet Tour - Friday, May 27, begins 8pm
Tampa Bay Storm vs Arizona Rattlers - Sunday, May 29, begins 2pm

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Love & Friendship - Friday, May 27 to Thursday, June 9
The Man Who Knew Infinity - Through Thursday, May 26
Bloodsport - Friday, May 27, 10:30pm to Midnight
The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead - Saturday, May 28, 10:30pm to 12:30am

Happening at The Straz Center
Who We Are: Faces of Tampa Bay - Through Tuesday, May 31
Tyrone Wells - Monday, May 23, begins 7:30pm
Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives - Thursday, May 26, begins 7:30pm

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
May 28, Noon to 11pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The 4th Annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival features world famous, Blues Traveler followed by an outstanding fireworks show, along with their huge variety of Margaritas! For more information, visit Margarita Festival.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

This Week’s Retail Spotlight
The Museum Store at The Tampa Museum of Art offers a curated collection of trendy, fun merchandise that you won’t find at any mall. Manager Susan Gauthier and staff  sell  unique designer jewelry (including Marjorie Baer priced from $35), artistic time pieces  (check out the paper watches), fantastic greeting cards, stationery and journals, eye-catching home décor (some from MOMA), enchanting candles, fashionable leather goods, innovative toys, imaginative art sets,  and much more. No admission to the Museum is necessary to shop, and everything you buy supports the Museum. If you’re a member, you can receive 10% off your purchase!

Interesting and true: The Straz Center Broadway Series cast members are frequent shoppers of the Museum Store, and you may very well bump into a star of the stage while shopping! 

Marketplace News

Pokey’s Rock & Rolls owners, Mark and Rachael Pocock, put their British roots to work in turning the former Loading Dock space into a lively British café and pub called Pokey’s Rock & Rolls.  Pokey’s has a new look and hours (8am to Midnight) serving breakfast, lunch, and a hardy bar menu in the evening with live music, British sports, darts, and pub quizzes. This week: introductory discounts of 50% off breakfast and lunch menus (including delivery and catering), and 25% off beers and bar menu selections.

Aloft Tampa Downtown will host River Jam XII on Friday, May 27, 6pm to 11pm, featuring commercial real estate musicians for an evening of music, friendship, and fun, benefitting Haley House.

Franklin Manor was featured in Creative Loafing. Get to know the owners of this new downtown venture by reading “Three for all: Drinks, entertainment and food to drive Franklin Manor.

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk has truly become the “multi-modal” hub for Downtown Tampa’s River Arts District. In addition to the bicycles purchased for hotel guest use, an enhanced bike parking area, their private shuttle, and Zipcar location, the hotel now offers a taxi stand. Next up will be a Coast Bike Share station! online shopping is now open for business. Order your favorite scents online from your favorite downtown fragrance boutique, for store pick up or shipped directly to you.

European Wax Center recently made a generous charitable donation of products valued at $1,500 to Dress for Success. This charity’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Ferg's Live Tampa will host Carry the Load Tampa on Monday, May 30, 8am to 2pm. This 5K that begins and ends at Ferg’s will provide an active way for Americans to remember, honor and celebrate military, law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The route includes Bayshore Blvd. Don’t miss the post-march Memorial Rally at Ferg’s.

Special Ops Demonstration
Wednesday, May 25, begins 1:30pm
Tampa Convention Center and Basin Area
U.S. Special Operations Command is inviting the public to watch U.S. and international Special Operations Forces demonstrate their combined combat capabilities. The demonstration will feature special operations forces “assaulting” mock enemy positions and rescuing “hostages” on land and in the bay.

Expect loud noises around the Tampa Convention Center area. Please help spread the word to others who will be in downtown on Wednesday that this is only a live demonstration, and not an actual attack. For more information, go to Special Operations Demonstration.

KPI CEO Social: Invitation Only
Tuesday, May 24, 6pm to 8pm
Downtown Tampa
High-level, peer-to-peer networking, exclusively for established CEOs and C-Suite Executives, brought to you by Key Person of Influence. Contact Jodi McLean for details: 813.258.4372 x1 or For more information, visit KPI CEO Social.

Does Your Company Have CPR-Trained Staff?
More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, and only 10 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests survive. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Send your staff for free training in Hands-Only™ CPR by the American Heart Association Tampa Bay and other community partners on Tuesday, June 7, 10am to 2pm at CPR Training at County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., 1st Floor Multipurpose Room.

Happening Downtown: 500 E. Kennedy
500 E. Kennedy Blvd. known as the Scottish Rite building was built in 1921 and designed by Tampa’s iconic historical architect, M. Leo Elliott. The building is keeping up with the times with extensive renovations and the addition of several tenants that richly contribute to the character of the building and Downtown Tampa. Read more in “Looking for signs of Tampa's growing urban scene? You gotta see 500 E Kennedy Blvd.” - 83degreesmedia


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Development & Transportation

City Approves Julian B. Lane Park Funding
Tampa City Council voted to approve a $35 million plan to renovate Julian B. Lane Riverview Park. Mayor Bob Buckhorn's plan to develop the 23-acre park located on Hillsborough River’s west bank will be funded in part by $15,000 of the BP settlement funds the City of Tampa is receiving. Read more in “Tampa unveils $35M renovation plan for Julian B. Lane Park” - FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Transportation Tax Referendum Hearing
The Hillsborough County Commission Board has set a public hearing date of Thursday, June 9, 6pm, to consider putting a 15-year, half-percent sales tax on the ballot in November. A 15-year sales tax would have the potential to fund high speed ferry and bus rapid transit. Light rail would not be included because it would require a 30-year commitment in order to qualify for necessary federal grant money. The commission will also have the opportunity to reconsider Go Hillsborough projects. Read more in "Commissioners set public hearing for new 15 year sales tax to fund transportation" - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Temporary Cass St. Lane Closure
As part of Tampa’s Downtown Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP) Cass Street westbound between North Boulevard and Edison Street will be closed starting Tuesday, May 24 to Friday, June 3. Eastbound traffic into downtown Tampa on W. Cass Street will remain open. Stay up to date on the project by visiting


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Member Corner

Lightning Take the Lead in Round 3
Tampa Bay Lightning took the lead in the Eastern Conference Final Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road to the Stanley Cup last night. In a nail biting game The Bolts scored in overtime, winning the game 4-3, and taking a 3-2 lead in the round. The team arrives back in Tampa this afternoon (May 23) to get ready to take on the Penguins for Game 6, Tuesday, May 24 at Amalie Arena. The puck drops at 8pm. Show your team spirit by donning your Bolts Blue, flying your team flags and pennants, and taking to social media with hashtags #GoBolts, #BoltsBlue, and #BetheThunder!

And when The Bolts win, so do downtown businesses! Read more in “When the Bolts win, Channelside businesses win” -

EDC Names New CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation has named Craig Richard as its new president and CEO. Richard is an economic development veteran has led development authorities in Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., the principal jobs and business recruiting organization for that core market of Tampa Bay's regional economy.Tampa Downtown Partnership welcomes Mr. Richard and wishes him much success.

Read more in “Atlanta economic development leader Craig Richard named CEO of Tampa Hillsborough EDC” - Tampa Bay Times

Paul Anderson Elected as CAGTC Treasurer
Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and chief executive, has been elected treasurer of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC). Anderson served the national freight advocacy organization for 2015-16 as a board member, and now he will step up to the executive board.

“I was extremely honored to serve on the board over the last year, and in my new role as treasurer, I am eager to continue to support the efforts of this great organization, which serves as a strong voice for affecting national policy and making positive moves toward higher standards of transportation and the movement of goods,” Anderson said.
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) is a diverse coalition of more than 60 public and private organizations dedicated to increasing federal investment in America’s intermodal freight infrastructure.

In other Port news: Port Tampa Bay has again been affirmed with an ‘A’ credit rating on the port district’s approximately $81.5 million in outstanding senior bank loans by Fitch Ratings, as well as a “Positive Outlook.” The announcement represents a continued trend in favorable ratings affirmations received in recent years by other top ratings agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.

Tindale Oliver Gives Back in May
Tindale Oliver has been “FUN-raising” during the month of May! Each quarter, Tindale Oliver chooses an organization for giving and volunteering. This month, they are focusing on giving back by hosting five internal fundraisers to benefit Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and one event supporting Red Nose Day. Their RMH fundraising goal for the month is $240, which covers a family's three-night stay at RMH. Click on either link to get involved or host your own fundraiser.

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Around Town

TIA Campaigns for San Fran Service
Tampa International Airport started a Facebook page last week to drum up support for direct flights from TIA to San Francisco. The page, #TPA2SF, is part of an overall social media push that TIA is using to urge airlines to start flying from Tampa to the popular West Coast city. If the airport receives a robust response from the public, it feels it will help their case to add this new service. Read more in “TIA launches social media campaign for sought-after route” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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