March 30, 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 Professionals Mixer Riverwalk Kennedy Segment Opens!
Rock the Park Riverfront Residential Project Update
Do the Local Motion More National Attention for Vinik Project
Debriefing Series - Tides of Change Amazon Hose Demolition Begins
New Guidebooks Delivered This Week Transportation News
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Tampa Theatre Summer Camps Fl Aquarium Celebrates 20 Years
Tampa Oath of Office Ceremony UT is a Hult Prize Finalist
Eat at Joe's   
Plant Museum's First Fridays  
NCAA Women's Final Four  
Easter in Downtown Tampa  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Where Love Grows Fundraiser
Spotlight on Library's Makers Space  
Wells Fargo Building  
Get Pumped For Startup Surge!  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Professionals Mixer
Monday, March 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ferg’s Live, 490 Channelside Drive – across the street from Amalie Arena
Tonight! It’s a mixer for professionals, a Tampa Bay Lightning Pregame Party, and a fundraiser for Feeding America all in one! Register here to attend and receive two FREE drink tickets. Be part of the thunder as we cheer on The Lightning as they fight for a position in the upcoming playoff season.  Registration cut off is 2pm today. Attendance is free, however there is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit Feeding America.

  • Network with fellow Downtown Tampa professionals
  • Take a selfie with ThunderBug (until 6:15pm)
  • Enter to win tickets to an upcoming Tampa Bay Lightning Game
  • A Lightning representative will be available to give you the lowdown on The Bolts
  • A Feeding America representative will be on hand to accept donations and tell you about their good efforts
  • Enjoy appetizers, courtesy of the newly opened Ferg's Live!

Stick around after the mixer for dinner afterwards to catch the Lightning as they take on the Canadiens in Montreal on one of the many television screens at Ferg's Live. The game begins at 7:30pm.   
Rock the Park
Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This month’s featured performances are Gwan Massive, Bangarang, and Virginia Rose Band. RTP is FREE and family friendly.  Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit Rock the Park.

Do the Local Motion
Friday, April 3, 12noon to 1pm
Meet at Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Take a “Walk Back in Time” with this week’s FREE lunchtime walking tour, featuring Tampa Bay History Center.  Do the Local Motion is brought to you regularly on the first and third Fridays of the month at 12noon by Tampa Downtown Partnership. And watch for specially scheduled walks.  Register here.

Debriefing Series – Tides of Change
Tuesday, April 7, Registration & Networking - 7:30am; Program – 8am to 9am
Florida Aquarium
Join the Tampa Downtown Partnership for this month’s Downtown Debriefing Breakfast Series to salute the Florida Aquarium as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. Hear from Aquarium CEO Thom Stork as he tells the story of the Aquarium’s 20 years of  success, and the impact it has had on Downtown Tampa’s economic growth. Register here.

New Guidebooks Delivered This Week
Tampa's Downtown Guides will be delivering the new Tampa Downtown Guidebooks and Dining & Entertainment Guides/Maps. The guides deliver these marketing pieces to restaurants, shops, office buildings, and residential buildings this week.

We at the Downtown Partnership hope you like the new look and feel of these pieces that include the official Downtown Tampa directories designed by Foundry 119, located in the Channel District. The Guidebooks and D&E Guides are the first of the launch of the new brand refresh and campaign that the Partnership will use to market Downtown Tampa!  The Guidebooks and D&E Guides are updated twice per year.

If you do not receive your new supply by the end of this week, please contact Rachel Radowec at 813-221-3686. Also, if you are in need of a brochure rack for these pieces, please let either the Downtown Guide or Ms. Radowec know.


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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. 

Tampa Theatre Summer Camp
Registration opens today for Tampa Theatre's young filmmaker summer camp for students in grades 3-12.  Campers work in small groups to learn the creative process of live-action or stop-motion animation filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing.

Each camp is a Monday-Friday program of half-day sessions, and participation is capped at 20 campers per session. For more information, visit Tampa Theatre Summer Camp. Watch for listings of other downtown area summer camps, coming soon!

Tampa Oath of Office Ceremony
Wednesday, April 1, 2pm
Tampa Convention Center – Ballrooms B & C
Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa City Council Members, Mike Suarez, Charlie Miranda, Yvonne Yolie Capin, Harry Cohen, Frank Reddick, Guido Maniscalco, and Lisa Montelione for the Oath of Office Ceremony as they are sworn in for their new term to lead the City of Tampa. If you cannot attend but would like to watch the ceremony, it will air on CTTV (Verizon Fios Channel 15 or Bright House Channel 640).
Eat at Joe’s
Friday, April 3, 11am to 2pm
Joe Chillura Square
Eat at Joe’s is a first Fridays lunchtime music and social event. Downtown workers, residents and visitors can gather to enjoy food, live music, and the great outdoors!

Plant Museum’s First Fridays
Friday, April 3, 5pm to 7pm – And every first Friday of the month through November
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa
The Museum will be open with free admission.  Explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at our tastings table.  Experience the magic of the Museum at dusk! Featured this month is Matt Weihmuller’s Jazz Trio, performing on the Museum veranda.  For more information, visit Plant Museum.

NCAA Women’s Final Four
Sunday, April 5 to Tuesday, April 7
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa will serve as host to the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the second time, having previously hosted this major collegiate sports event in 2008, with Tennessee claiming its eighth national championship that season. For more information or to learn how to purchase tickets, visit NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Easter in Downtown Tampa
Downtown Tampa is “hoppening” for the Easter season, with services, Easter Egg hunts, brunches, chocolate bunnies and more. For more information, visit  Downtown Easter “Hoppenings.” 

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Duckweed Grocery hosted a Community Takeover last week when volunteers, including Downtown Partnership’s Rachel Radawec, Element and Skypoint residents, and other neighborhood friends, ran the store to give the hardworking staff at Duckweed a day off to play!

Oxford Exchange
will add a flower cart to their retail component every Saturday and Sunday, beginning this Easter weekend.

The Loading Dock Sandwich Pub offers "Cold Cut Comedy," an open mic comedy show featuring local talent, along with their famous cold cut sandwiches made fresh to order ever first Wednesday of the Month!

"The Plank,"
Tampa's first waterfront pop-up bar, successfully operated for three days this past weeked, in conjunction with the Tampa Riverwalk Kennedy segment opening. Customers enjoyed drinks and food by Sono Café. The pop-up concept developed by Friends of the Riverwalk.!

Duckweed Community Takeover

Spotlight on Library’s Makers Space
The Hive, a makers space located at John Germany Library, offers a variety of technology and educational programs. Read about the 3-D printers which are available for use by the public, in “USF, Tampa library building on once-exotic 3-D printing technology.” - Tampa Bay Times

Wells Fargo Building
Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners announced last week that they have reacquired an equity position in Wells Fargo Center in a joint venture partnership arrangement. The two companies originally acquired the building at the end of 2012 in joint venture partnership with another institutional investor.  Tower Realty Partners will retain management responsibilities with Feldman Equities providing leasing oversight.  Cushman & Wakefield has been retained to represent the ownership group in leasing the building.  The building currently has 33,000 square feet available for lease. Wells Fargo Center recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation involving the modernizing of the building systems and infrastructure.

Get Pumped For Startup Surge!
Tampa Bay WaVE’s Startup Surge event is scheduled Friday, June 5. Startup Surge is essentially a "Speed Mentoring" session where you will get the chance to meet with dozens of mentors, advisers, and funding coaches for 20 minutes of one-on-one coaching and counseling. The official website will be launching in April. For more information, visit Tampa Bay WaVE.

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Development & Transportation

Riverwalk Kennedy Segment Opens!
The rain did not deter an enthusiast crowd from coming out in force witnessing the grand opening ceremony for the latest addition to the Tampa Riverwalk. This segment is the link, providing a contiguous waterfront walk between Tampa Bay History Center and The Straz Center for the Performing Arts! This opening came the same week as the news of the next Riverwalk phase. Read more from the extensive coverage of this landmark event:

“Linking Riverwalk just start of signature development” -
“Tampa's newest attraction draws crowd to Riverwalk” - WFLA
“Former mayors help open Riverwalk” - WTSP 10 News
“Tampa's Riverwalk sprouted from small seeds” -
“Grand opening marks continued 'Riverwalk' expansion” - FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV
“Tampa's Riverwalk opens with pop-up restaurant” - ABC Action News

Riverfront Residential Project Update
Development team, Framework Group LLC, InTown Group LLC, and American Land Ventures LLC of Miami have released new updates about their planned residential project adjacent to The Straz Center. Along with a new name, AER in the Arts District, the development design has evolved. The design will include a more subtle, curved profile, with the parking deck placed adjacent to the tower to its east side, allowing for more residential units facing the riverfront. For more on its latest design enhancements, read “Updates change design, name of planned Tampa high-rise” -

More National Attention for Vinik Project
Jeff Vinik’s 40 acre master plan continues to receive national attention, this past week from the Wall Street Journal. Read and watch the video at “The $1 Billion Makeover for Tampa” - Wall Street Journal. 

Amazon Hose Demolition Begins
Demolition work is underway at the former Amazon Hose & Rubber Co. building site in Channel District area. Florida Crystals Inc. is planning a 300-unit, upscale residential project named “Channelside Residences” which will convey an art deco feel. The development will be located on East Kennedy Boulevard, between 11th and 12th streets. The potential opening date is planned for late 2016. Read more in “Amazon Hose Building Demolition Underway” -

Transportation News
Coast BikeShare Exceeds Goals - As Coast Bike Share marks one hundred days serving Downtown Tampa and outlying areas, they are reporting that more than 3,000 participants have pedaled 20,000 miles. Read more in “Tampa bike-share program teaching 'share the road' lessons” -

HART Partners with RedCoach - HART has partnered with RedCoach, a ground transportation provider, to expand services in the area, with a stop at HART’s downtown terminus, Marion Transit Center.  This stop will connect HART passengers with service to Miami, Tallahassee, Gainseville, and Orlando. Megabus,com has also been serving HART customers at the downtown location to Orlando and Miami for the past year. For more information, visit Go HART

Traffic Update - The three new I275 southbound lanes between Downtown Tampa and West Shore are now open. Read more at “New lanes of I-275 now open in Tampa” -

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Member Corner

Fl Aquarium Celebrates 20 Years
In honor of the Florida Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary, it will host celebrations through August, including a fun birthday party on March 31, 10:30am to 11:30am, providing their otters and lemurs (animal safe) edible birthday cakes and celebrating with our guests, staff and SCUBA divers in front of the 500,000 gallon Coral Reef Exhibit! 

Here’s the birthday party schedule:

  • 10:45am - Otters receive their birthday cake
  • 11am - Lemurs receive their birthday cake
  • 11:20am - Aquarium staff, volunteers, and divers will sing Happy Birthday in front of the Panoramic Window in the Coral Reef Gallery.

While the otters and lemurs feast on a large underwater birthday cake, Aquarium-themed birthday cookies will be distributed to Aquarium guests. Visit Florida Aquarium to learn more.

UT is a Hult Prize Finalist
Out of 60,000 World Wide Teams competing for $1 million in startup capital, The University of Tampa team, Athollo, is one of six final competitors and will present their solution to early childhood education to President Bill Clinton in fall 2015. BamBoost, the second team from UT, is now competing for the wild card position by launching a Indie Gogo Campaign! The Hult Prize is a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. This year’s theme, selected by President Bill Clinton, is Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and Beyond.

The Sykes College of Business Entrepreneurship Center and Hill Ward Henderson will host an evening of celebration on Thursday April 9, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at The University of Tampa, Martinez Athletic Center. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Both University of Tampa and Hill Ward Henderson are members of Tampa Downtown Partnership.

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Around Town

Where Love Grows Fundraiser
Our own Do the Local Motion program manager, Vicki Anzalone, has grown a charitable program, Where Love Grows, to combat childhood hunger. Please join her at the upcoming fundraiser, Where Love Grows Spring Fling, on Wednesday April 1, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at The Lodge, 516 S. Howard Ave.  A $20 donation at the door will include one free drink and appetizers. 

In February 2015, The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Vicki Anzalone as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the season. Anzalone, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Where Love Grows, Feeding America and Boys & Girls Clubs.  Since its inception in 2010, Where Love Grows has fed over 3,300 meals.

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