October 5, 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
Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta SPP Vision Plan in the News
Tampa Downtown Market  
Do the Local Motion  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Oktoberfest Foley & Lardner Attorneys Recognized
History Center Gala Lightning Sled Hockey Program
The Great Gatsby Party   
Lights Rise on Grace  
Brews by the Bay  
Tampa Bay Design Week  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News New North Hyde Park Townhouses
SunTrust Building Sold  
Forum on When Wellness Works  

The Partnership Presents

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, October 7, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square, 410 N. Franklin Street
Food trucks line the park for a movable culinary feast during the lunch hour. For more information, visit Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Tampa Downtown Market
Thursday, October 8, 4pm to 7pm
Lykes Gaslight Square, 410 N. Franklin Street
Shop fresh, shop local – weekly at the Tampa Downtown Market. New season, new day, new time, new location!

For more information, visit Tampa Downtown Market.

Do the Local Motion
Friday, October 16, 12noon to 2pm
Departs Joe Chillura Courthouse Square
Architectural Assets Tour led by a representative from AIA Tampa Bay. Meet at  the Family Tree Market in the park. For more information, visit Do the Local Motion.


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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.

Friday, October 9, 4pm to 11pm; Saturday, October 10, 11am to 11pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate German cheer, dancing and singing at the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Tampa!
For more information, visit Oktoberfest.

History Center Gala
Friday, October 9, 7pm to 9pm
Tampa Bay History Center
This annual fundraiser supports more than 14,000 K-12 students and faculty and is also viewed as the area’s premier black-tie event. A cocktail party that features live music, food from the esteemed Columbia Restaurant and a breathtaking waterfront view.

For more information, visit Tampa Bay History Center Gala.

The Great Gatsby Party
Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Fletcher lounge will be transformed into a speakeasy that will have music, gourmet food, games, an open bar, and even the opportunity to have your photo taken with a 1929 Bentley. Be prepared to be whisked into the “Roaring 20’s” during this extravagant event. For more information, visit The Great Gatsby Party.

Lights Rise on Grace
Playwright Meet & Greet – Tuesday, October 6, 6pm
Performance dates - October 8 to October 25
Stageworks Theatre
Named Outstanding Play for its workshop at the New York Fringe Festival. Lights Rise on Grace is an examination of race, sexuality, and family as unconventional as the relationships it depicts. For more information, visit Lights Rise on Grace.

Brews by the Bay Craft Beer & Food Festival
Friday, October 16, 8pm to 11pm
Florida Aquarium
You won’t want to miss this event with over 100 unique beers, delicious food from at least 25 area restaurants, and a sea of live entertainment. All exhibits will be open to enjoy. The event benefits The Florida Aquarium’s conservation, education and animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. For more information, visit FL Aquarium.

Tampa Bay Design Week
Friday, October 9 through Saturday, October 17
Various Locations
Explore how design influences the quality of life within our community as AIA Tampa Bay hosts a series of events over the course of one week. Learn more at Tampa Bay Design Week.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Old Tampa Book Company will hold a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, October 6, with Chad Beckim, Award Winning Playwright of Lights Rise on Grace which opens at Stageworks Theatre on October 8, running through October 25.

THE SAIL presents Brews & Bites, a food truck rally with craft beer and live entertainment!
Friday, October 9, 6pm to 10pm adjacent to Tampa Convention Center.

SunTrust Building Sold
Highwoods Properties Inc. has purchased the SunTrust Financial Centre in downtown Tampa, with a total investment of $124 million, which includes the adjacent Ferman Garage, a surface parking lot, and $9.1 million in building improvements, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal. Read more in their news article, “SunTrust Tower in Downtown Tampa sold.”

Forum on When Wellness Works
Thursday, October 8, 7:30am to 9am
Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Today's business leaders are turning to wellness programs for cost-effective ways to reduce medical costs, lower absenteeism and engage their employees. Be part of the discussion! Learn more at  When Wellness Works.


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Development & Transportation

SPP Vision Plan In the News
Jeff Vinik and his SPP team’s project is in the news this week, with reports of phases that will bear an investment of more than initially conveyed, and will include wellness focus. Read about this in:
“Vinik: First phase of downtown development alone will be more than $1 billion" - Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Editorial: Vinik has designs on a healthier Tampa” - TBO.com

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Member Corner

Foley & Lardner Attorneys Recognized
Foley & Lardner LLP recently announced that 13 of its Tampa based attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Guide, including:
Michael D. Annis: Corporate Law, Tax Law; Curt P. Creely: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law; Christopher L. Griffin: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation; Gary D. Koch: Health Care Law; Thomas M. Little: Leisure and Hospitality Law, Real Estate Law; Carolyn T. Long: Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Michael P. Matthews: Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Fred S. Ridley: Leisure and Hospitality Law, Real Estate Law;  Olin G. Shivers: Tax Law; Stephen J. Szabo: Leisure and Hospitality Law, Real Estate Law; Martin A. Traber: Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law; Steven W. Vazquez: Corporate Governance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Venture Capital Law; and Mark J. Wolfson: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy.

The Best Lawyers in America guide is based on a peer-review survey process in which thousands of leading attorneys confidentially evaluate other attorneys in their practice areas.  Congratulations to all! For more information about the firm, visit Foley.com.

Lightning Sled Hockey Program
The Tampa Bay Lightning sled hockey program will add new programs to grow its participation during this 2015-2016 season. Spearheading these programs is the new head coach, Bill Hannigan, a US Army veteran who currently works for the Wounded Warrior Project, where he serves as a physical health and wellness specialist. Having been a wheelchair user for more than 20 years after suffering a spinal cord injury, Hannigan has made sled hockey his passion and a form of recovery.

The Lightning Sled Hockey Team will hold an open practice on Saturday, October 10, 1pm to 2:30pm at Amalie Arena. The session is open to anyone who is interested.  Equipment will be made available. 

New this season is the Lightning Sled Hockey Youth Program.  They will compete against other Florida teams and at the Disabled Festival held in Detroit.  The Lightning’s adult program will be more structured and competitive, with games against other adult teams across North America. Read more in Lightning Club News.


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Around Town

New North Hyde Park Townhouses
Las Azoteas, is a planned 39-unit townhouse project at 405 N. Oregon Avenue. Gobea Capital and partners Sight Real Estate recently filed plans with the City of Tampa.

Read more at “Tampa developer, entrepreneurs partner on North Hyde Park townhouses with private rooftop terraces (RENDERING)” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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