August 22, 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
Board Welcomes New Directors First Phase of SPP Construction Begins
TDP Shuttle Plans in the News Channel Club Moving Forward
TDP Bike Friendly Program in the News Leadership TB to Install Art at Riverwalk
  HART State of Transit
Your Downtown Calendar  
Last Week for The Beach Tampa Member Corner
Fourth Friday Tampa Port Receives C-TPAT Certification
Drake Summer Sixteen Tour  Patel Conservatory’s Fall Auditions
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center  
This Week at Tampa Theatre Around Town
  Community Conversations
Doing Business in Downtown  
Retail Spotlight: Plant Museum Store  
Marketplace News  
First WaVE Accelerator Applications Open  
Sign Up for Innovative Placemaking Forum   

The Partnership Presents

Board Welcomes New Directors
Kevin Preast, Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, and Craig J. Richard, CEcD, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, were approved as new board members at the Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) Board of Directors meeting of August 16.

Mr. Preast is the senior vice president of event management for Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment where he is responsible for all event bookings at AMALIE Arena.

Mr. Richard is Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) president and CEO. The EDC is the lead economic development organization in Hillsborough County.

TDP Board of Directors leads the Partnership as its policy making body. TDP is the steward of Downtown Tampa, cultivating effective public-private partnerships to facilitate catalytic physical and economic development within Tampa’s central business district. For a full list of the board, visit Tampa Downtown Partnership Leadership.

TDP Shuttle Plans in the News
Tampa Downtown Partnership is planning a free, on-demand electric vehicle service to accommodate short trips within Downtown Tampa, including downtown's Central Business District, Channel District, and University of Tampa area, along with Harbour Island's north section that is not gated. This initiative is one of several planned options to provide better connectivity, and reduce parking challenges. A service launch date will be announced soon. Watch for updates in Monday Morning Memo.

"Solutions to parking problems coming to downtown Tampa" - ABC News

TDP Bike Friendly Program in the News
Le Méridien Tampa and Barrymore Hotel are featured in a recent Tampa Bay Business Journal article that focuses on the hospitality bike trend of supplying hotel guests with bikes. Le Méridien is partnering with Priority Bicycles in order to provide guests with packaged bicycles experiences. This endeavor will help the hotel qualify for the Bike Friendly Business certification program administered by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The Barrymore Hotel has received its Bike Friendly Business certification for its efforts to accommodate downtown's bicycle scene. The Partnership's bike friendly program has resulted in Tampa becoming No. 1 in Florida for certified bicycle friendly businesses and No. 9 in the country.

"Downtown Tampa hotel joins the guest biking trend" - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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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.

Last Week for The Beach Tampa
No sunscreen needed for this beach experience! Open daily, the 15,000 square foot, interactive architectural installation features an “ocean” of 1.2 million recyclable and antimicrobial white balls. Go for a “swim” and enjoy the shoreline beach activities. Visitors can park free at the South Regional Garage and each guest will be treated to a free ice cream. While most tickets via Ticketmaster are sold out, tickets at the door are still available.

A heartfelt thank you goes to The Vinik Family Foundation for the unique and exciting activation to the arena. For more information, visit The Beach Tampa.

Fourth Friday Tampa
Friday, August 26, begins 4pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts & culture scene! Nine museums and performing arts venues combined offerings include extended hours, free or value-added admission, and special programming. While visiting the arts and culture venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments) and up to two complimentary Pirate Water Taxi trips between venues.

For more info, go to Fourth Friday

Drake Summer Sixteen Tour
Saturday, August 27, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist, Drake, will perform his long list of popular songs and rap hits. For more information, go to Summer Sixteen Tour.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

TECO Theatre Presents Sawyer Fredericks - Saturday, August 27, Begins 7:30pm
Aerial Dragons - Saturday, August 27, Begins 8pm

New 2016-2017 Season Tickets Are On Sale Now!
The upcoming 2016-2017 season at the Straz Center includes performances by Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater, The National Theater Live, and renowned speakers such as Carl Hiaasen; an exciting selection of kids programs and musical performances; and of course the highly anticipated Broadway season which will bring you such popular productions as The King and I, An American in Paris, Cabaret, and Wicked, to name a few!

This Week at Tampa Theatre

Don’t Think Twice - Friday, August 19 to Saturday, August 24
Behind the Scenes with Jack & Dana - Thursday, August 25, begins 6pm
Shooting & Sharing Your Story - Saturday, August 27, 9am to Noon
The Maltese Falcon - Sunday, August 28, 3pm to 4:45pm


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Plant Museum Store
Tampa's first museum, Henry B. Plant Museum, opened in 1933, along with its museum store, another first in Downtown Tampa. It began as just a small case of books and jewelry at the museum entrance. Eighty-three years later, books and jewelry are still sold at the shop along with unique home decorations, accessories, stationery, ceramics, games, toys, and more. All merchandise reflects the permanent collection from the Tampa Bay Hotel, and is reminiscent of the period that the historic hotel operated (1891 to 1930). Have you seen their Tussie Mussies? These handheld fragrant bouquets are a particular favorite of brides. Without question, the item that has sold the most is a tiny little mouse during the museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll. Last year they sold 2,500 in three weeks!

The shop and museum are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, noon to 5pm.  In December, the museum is open 10am to 8pm daily.

Marketplace News
Earl of Sandwich has signed a lease for 1,574 square feet retail space in the Element residential tower. An opening date has not yet been announced. “Earl of Sandwich coming to downtown Tampa” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Indigo Coffee will return to the corner of Franklin and Twiggs, this time sharing space with Re/Max Bay to Bay (opening its fourth location). Watch their announcement video.

L'Eden Café & Bar owner, Priscilla Vincent, will host her first attorney happy hour this Thursday, August 25 2016. Socialize and de-stress the French way with $20 for all you can drink, or $32 for all you can drink and eat. Also, Priscilla has proudly announced the launch of the restaurant’s new website!

The Old Tampa Book Company invites you to an evening with local author Tina Brown on Friday, September 2, 6pm to 8pm. Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and great conversation during this author chat. Please RSVP to 813-209-2151 or

Channelside Bay Plaza now offers a VIP Program to its neighbors. Currently nine of its retail tenants are participating, with discounts and value-added deals.

Columbia Café at Tampa Bay History Center, along with all Columbia Restaurant Group venues, is raising money for local charities in the 19th Annual Columbia Community Harvest throughout the month of September. Five percent of your bill will go toward your choice of charities from the Columbia’s list.   As Columbia Restaurant president Richard Gonzmart says, “You’ll eat well and do good!”  

First WaVE Accelerator Applications Open
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 31
The First WaVE Accelerator is a program offered by Tampa Bay WaVE to assist startups with mentorships, workshops, technology perks, and more. Applications are now open for the next session. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 31. Learn more at First WaVE Accelerator.  

Sign Up for Innovative Placemaking Forum

The Gobioff Foundation is launching placemaking support program Treasure Tampa (T²) at a breakfast held on Monday, September 19, 8:30am to 10am at The Vault, 611 N. Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa. The T² project will provide $30,000 in seed money for a Tampa-based creative placemaking project, one that revives an area through arts and culture activities within a public space.
The breakfast will include information about the application process and program details, along with a presentation by Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America. The breakfast is fully booked, but once enough names have been added, a lunch will be opened. Register here.


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Development & Transportation

First Phase of SPP Construction Begins
Lane closures on Morgan Street between Brorein and Old Water streets begin on Monday, August 29 for infrastructure and roadway improvements to support Strategic Property Partners’ 40 acre, mixed-use district development in the southern area of Downtown Tampa. Morgan Street will fully reopen in December 2016, weather permitting.

On Monday, September 5, Channelside Drive’s north lane between Morgan and Jefferson streets will be closed. The north lane is expected to reopen in the summer of 2017.

This work will help create a functional street grid linking downtown’s Channel District with the Central Business District. This work will support the district’s active streetscapes. The district plans call for as many as 1,000 residential units, 2.2 million square feet of office space, and the USF medical campus.

Stantec is the design engineer and Kimmins Contracting Corporation is the contractor. The project scope includes:

Resurfacing and reconstruction of 11,229 feet of roadway

  • Eventual conversion of Channelside Drive from one-way, eastbound to two-way between Morgan Street and Meridian Avenue
  • Conversion of Jefferson Street from one-way to two-way
  • Extension of Old Water Street north from Channelside Drive to Cumberland Avenue, creating a new north-south connection
  • 8,310 feet of new water, sewer, and storm water pipes
  • Addition of technology infrastructure
  • Installation of 6,446 feet of chiller pipe to support a centralized cooling facility
  • 338 new on-street parking spaces
  • 3,269 feet of bike lanes
  • Wide sidewalks to enhance walkability and provide outdoor dining and gathering opportunities
  • Improved street and sidewalk lighting

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Channel Club Moving Forward

It was reported that Mercury Advisors’ Channel Club development project is close to signing an agreement with KAST Construction. The Channel District development plans include Publix.

"Channel district tower, Publix move closer to groundbreaking" - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Leadership TB to Install Art at Riverwalk
Leadership Tampa Bay’s 2016 class will be installing a series of an interactive public art titled “Before I Die…” conceptualized by Candy Chang of New Orleans. Art wall comments are added by passersby and the slate is cleaned with each rainfall. This type of project can be found in 70 countries. 

Larry Feldman, CEO Feldman Equities, worked with members of the class to allow the inaugural wall to be presented on the site of Riverwalk Tower while it is under construction.  An unveiling will take place on Friday, August 26, 4:30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. Please register at Leadership Tampa Bay.

There will be multiple installations, including a permanent location at the Armature Works site which will open in fall. 

HART State of Transit
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) held a forum last week at USF CAMLS in Downtown Tampa, presenting the state of transit in Hillsborough County and the region to a filled room. Topics ranged from transit solutions such as the ferry pilot project between Tampa and St. Petersburg, regional transportation approaches, a premium transit study, new technologies, the future of transit based on electric, autonomous, on-demand and shared services. Jeff Vinik, owner of Tampa Bay Lightning and SPP, emphasized that transportation is the most important element in determining where Tampa and Hillsborough County will be 10 to 20 years from now. Click here to check out the HART taking transportation beyond the bus video.


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Member Corner

Port Receives C-TPAT Certification
Port Tampa Bay received C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism) certification, through a program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. C-TPAT is a public-private partnership security program. The Port received the C-TPAT certification based on its commitment to supply chain security and maintains ongoing collaboration with its many public and private partners port-wide, as well as law enforcement and port customs operations. For more information on the program, visit C-TPAT Certification.

Patel Conservatory’s Fall Auditions
The fully accredited Patel Conservatory at The Straz Center for Performing Arts will begin holding auditions for its fall classes and productions in dance, music, and theater for students of all ages. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community. Information about the Patel Conservatory is available at Patel Conservatory.


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Around Town

Community Conversations
Thursday, August 25, 6:30pm to 8pm
Cyrus Greene Community Center, 2101 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Connect with Tampa police officers to discuss safety, and collaborate on solutions. Join this positive discussion and dialogue about working together to keep Tampa safe.

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