May 18, 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
Council Recognizes Bike Initiative Forward Movement on The Martin
Save the Date for the Annual Meeting Council Votes on Quiet Zone
Free Stranded Motorist Service Streetcar Public Art Project
Downtown Study Infographic #4 GOHillsborough Community Meeting
  HART & Coast Bike Share Partnership
Your Downtown Calendar Road Closure Reminders
Second Screen Cult Cinema  
NHL Eastern Conference Finals  Member Corner
This Week's Live Performances ChappellRoberts Expands Team
Tampa Bay Storm vs Philadelphia Soul Foley & Lardner Ranked on Elite List
Third Annual Margarita Festival TGH Receives Cardio Related Accreditation
Bike, Blues & Brews Aquarium Releases Sea Turtles 
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Start Up Weekend Tampa Bay 
Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ Merger Cultural Development Grant
Coming Up at Tampa Bay WaVE  
Medical Travel & Healthcare Summit  

The Partnership Presents

Council Recognizes Bike Initiatives
Tampa City Council recognized the Tampa Downtown Partnership last Thursday with a commemoration for the Partnership’s local Florida Bike Month initiatives and Tampa BayCycle campaign. To learn more about the Bike Month scheduled events, ongoing bike programs, and downtown’s bicycle culture, visit Getting Around Downtown - Biking.

If your business or organization is interested in a free bike safety class, please contact Karen Kress at 813.221.3686 or

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 17, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Tampa Convention Center
Save the date for the Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Watch for more information and a link for registration to follow soon.

Free Stranded Motorist Service
Anyone spending anytime in Downtown Tampa has seen the friendly and knowledgeable Downtown Guides, strolling downtown sidewalks in their yellow shirts and pith helmets. These guides serve as on-street ambassadors seven days a week, providing information on downtown parking, restaurants, retail, and event information. They also serve as the extra eyes on the street to help make downtown a safer place.

Did you know that the Guides also provide free stranded motorist assistance for anyone in downtown with a flat tire or dead car battery? They are just a phone call away at 813.267.2220. Their hours of operations are Monday - Friday, 7am to 8pm; Saturday – 11am to 8pm; and Sunday – 7am to 4pm.

Downtown Study Infographic #4
In March 2015, Tampa Downtown Partnership released the Biennial Downtown Workforce and Resident Study, a result of a worker and resident survey, and compilation of data. The end result is information on demographics, behavioral trends and perception. The study has been conducted every two years since 2008, and provides information for stakeholders, planners, potential developers, and investors. The summary of this year’s and previous years’ studies can be found on the Downtown Partnership website at Reports/Biennial Studies.

The Partnership’s consultant, HCP Associates, has created a series of infographics to better tell Downtown's story of growth and diversity. This fourth infographic is the second “Mythbuster” in this series, taking a look at the general perception on downtown’s safety. Click on the Infographic on the right to see a full-size version.


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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.
Second Screen Cult Cinema
Wednesday, May 20, 6pm to 10pm
The Vault, 611 N. Franklin St.
To start things off, a cocktail hour will be held from 6pm to 7pm prior to the movie. The film feature is Danger: Diabolik (1968 - Directed by Mario Bava). A mod classic action film based on the Italian comic book character Diabolik. Fans of late '60s mod style, colorful and beautiful cinematography, groovy music, flashy cars, James Bond knock-offs, and comic book mayhem will really dig this flick! $5 suggested donation. Memberships available. For more information, visit Second Screen Cult Cinema.

NHL Eastern Conference Finals
The Conference Finals continue between Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

Game 2 is played at Madison Square Garden at 8pm. The Lightning’s Official Watch Party is held at Channelside Bay Plaza for this and other away games. Several other downtown venues will also host watch parties. Come out to the games and the watch parties, and Be the Thunder!

This week’s home games:
Game 3: Wednesday, May 20, Puck drops 8pm at Amalie Arena
Game 4: Friday, May 22, Puck drops 8pm at Amalie Arena

If needed, Game 5 will take place on Sunday, May 24, 8pm at Madison Square Garden; Game 6 on Tuesday, May 26, 8pm at Amalie Arena; and Friday, May 29, 8pm at Madison Square Garden.

This Week’s Live Performances
Annapurna – Thursdays to Sundays (through May 24) at The Straz Center
Florida Orchestra: Let Freedom Ring – Friday, May 22, 8pm at The Straz Center
Rock Legends - Rush 40th Anniversary Tour – Sunday May 24, 7pm at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Storm vs Philadelphia Soul
Saturday, May 23
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Storm take on AFL South Division rival Philadelphia at Amalie Arena. This game features the Seats for Service event, giving attendees a chance to sponsor seats for United States military personnel. A portion of the sponsorship proceeds benefit the Wounded Vets Association. For more information, visit Storm vs Soul.

Third Annual Margarita Festival
Saturday, May 23, 12noon to 11pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Enjoy a variety of margaritas, from regular to extreme, an awesome lineup of musical entertainment including headliner, and Grammy nominee, Smash Mouth! Then stick around for the grand fireworks display to top off the night!

For more information about this full day, outdoor event, visit Margarita Festival. There is also The Grand Tequila Tasting occurs the night before on May 22, 6pm to 9pm the Tampa Museum of Art.

Bikes, Blues & Brews
Sunday, May 31, 1pm to 6pm
Grand Central Courtyard
This Channel District Community Alliance event features Most Creative Bike in Show Contest, Channel District Tour de Art District Tour, and Groove to The Grove. Enjoy food and drink specials and live entertainment. For more information, visit Bikes, Blues & Brews

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
L’Eden French Cafe and Bar, a downtown mainstay, has a new website and a new owner, Priscilla Vincent, a young foodie who learned how to run a business at the American Business School in Paris. This new venture for Pricscilla combines her passion of fine food with her desire to run a business. Follow L’Eden on their Facebook page that promotes healthy eating, new vegan and vegetarian options. Best wishes and à plus tard to L’Eden original owner, Chef Gerard Jamgotchian, who is returning to his home in Paris for a while.

Commune + Co., a new iced coffee street vendor, is adding to the downtown mix! Their cart is conveniently located at Kennedy and Franklin from 8am-12:30pm, Mondays through Fridays. And just in time for the summer weather!

The Rays Store, 400 N. Tampa St., is offering a Rays Game ticket voucher, good for two tickets if you wear your favorite baseball team jersey (preferably Tampa Bay Rays) to their store on National Jersey Day, Friday, May 22 between 10am and 4pm.

Ulele and Columbia Café owner, Richard Gonzmart was praised by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for having a "heart as big as Florida.” Gonzmart is becoming one of the first three Luminaries in a new program from The Junior League of Tampa and WEDU Public Media, Gonzmart, who is the president of the 110-year old Columbia restaurant group, is well known as a community member and leader who is constantly giving back.

The other two honorees are Sister Claire LeBoeuf and former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez. WEDU will air a documentary on the three with a premiere on May 28, 9pm. Congratulations, Richard!

Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ Merger
Two of the largest commercial real estate firms in the region are merging this year - DTZ (formerly Cassidy Turley) is acquiring Cushman & Wakefield Inc. for a reported $2 billion. The Cushman & Wakefield name will be maintained, and the merged company will operate with a $5.5 billion in annual revenue and 43,000 employees. Read more in “Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ merger could shake up local commercial real estate” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Coming Up at Tampa Bay WaVE
Google I/O Extended Livestream – Thursday, May 28, 11am to 5pm. Watch the latest in tech, mobile and beyond with fellow techies at this forum. Food, fun, and fabulous swag if offered to any attendees that complete a simple survey.

Start Up Surge – Friday, June 5, Begins 10am. Designed for tech-minded people who want a guided-path to develop and grow a successful technology company. Tampa Bay WaVE has put together a full day of coaching sessions and workshops with inspiring entrepreneurial mentors. 

Medical Travel & Healthcare Summit
Sunday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 16
Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
The Medical Travel & Global Healthcare Business Summit is the main event for the Americas focused on the growing industry of Global Healthcare. The Summit provides an innovating agenda including three days of business encounters, workshops, certification programs, a forum on wellness tourism, an open house and more. The summit is tailored for professionals of all industries. Learn more at Summit Agenda


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Development & Transportation

Forward Movement on The Martin
Mercury Advisors has recently filed a change request with the City of Tampa for their planned development project, The Martin on Meridian, signaling forward movement on this mixed use project. The changes include removing two stories from the tower lowering the building from 275 feet to 261 feet, adding seven residential units, and adding approximately 1,400 square feet of space. With the modifications, the development will include 21 stories, 323 apartments, 38,233 square feet of retail space, and 613 parking spaces. Read more in “Channel District apartment tower developers tweak project” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Council Votes on Quiet Zone
Tampa City Council voted last week to fund $1.35 million to create a quiet zone in Downtown Tampa, installing crossing gates and making crossings safer, to silence the train horns that have been disruptive to the growing downtown population. The other half of the money is coming from a Florida Department of Transportation grant the city won in January. The project will take some time for planning and construction. Monday Morning Memo will cover the progress on this important project.

Read more in “New rail crossings will quiet downtown train horns” -

Streetcar Public Art Project
Consider helping create public art for Downtown Tampa, while promoting awareness of the TECO Line Streetcar. A $1,500 sponsorship will fund the creation and installation of a streetcar sculpture in a highly visible location. A plaque with the sponsor and artist names will be included. Deadline for sponsorship opportunities is June 30. Contact Abbey Dohring Ahern at 813.221.4129 or at

GOHillsbrough Community Meeting
Join the GOHillsborough team for an upcoming Finding Consensus Workshop to weigh in on transportation choices:

Monday, May 18, 6pm to 8pm – Northwest/Westchase/Town 'n Country/Carrollwood
Town ‘n Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive #120 - RSVP here.

Tuesday, May 19, 6pm to 8pm - Northeast/Plant City
Trinkle Center, 1206 North Park Road, Plant City - RSVP here.

Thursday, May 21, 7pm to 8pm – Telephone Town Hall
Toll Free Number: 877-229-8493, PIN: 110301 - RSVP here.

HART & Coast Bike Share Partnership
May is National Bike Month, and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) and Coast Bike Share have teamed up to add a Coast Bike Station with three bikes at the Marion Transit Center (MTC) in Downtown Tampa. Coast Bikes can be reserved on Coast's mobile app, online at, or at the bike itself using its keypad. Pick up a bike after you arrive at MTC, and coast to your destination, locking the bike at any hub or public bike rack when you arrive. It's that easy! And you can purchase a monthly Coast Bike Share annual membership for convenience. 

Road Closure Reminders
An update and reminder of road closures during the UCAP construction project:

  • West Cypress Street, from the Hillsborough River to North Boulevard is closed.  Parking for Julian B. Lane Park at the temporary parking lot on Laurel Street just north of the park.
  • North Boulevard is closed between West Cypress Street and West Cass Street.
  • East Tyler Street is closed between Pierce Street and North Jefferson Street.
  • East Cass Street is closed between Pierce Street and North Jefferson Street.
  • Cass Orange Connector is closed between East Tyler Street and East Cass Street.
  • North Orange Avenue is closed between East Tyler Street and East Cass Street.


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Member Corner

ChappellRoberts Expands Team
ChappellRoberts, one of Tampa’s largest advertising agencies, expanded its team with the addition of four new employees – Rick Kourchenko, senior copywriter; Marie Holdaway, graphic designer; Maritza Ochoa, assistant research account executive; and Kelley Volenec, assistant account executive. This growth complements the agency’s recent acquisition of high-profile accounts, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Congratulations to the entire team!

Foley & Lardner Ranked on Elite List
Kudos to Foley & Lardner LLP,  ranking #10 of 450 law firms on the BTI Brand Elite 26 list! This ranking indicates a firm that has earned their clients’ trust and the ability to handle highly consequential work. 

Foley & Lardner LLP is a corporate law firm that provides legal and related services for complex issues facing companies today. With approximately 900 attorneys in 20 offices, Foley combines international reach with a local focus across a full range of legal services in various industries, including technology, health care, sports and manufacturing. Foley has been recognized by clients and the legal industry for its strong commitment to client service excellence and innovation.

TGH Receives Cardio Related Accreditation
Tampa General Hospital is the only hospital in Hillsborough County – and one of 10 hospitals in the state – to achieve heart failure accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Tampa General has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists.

Aquarium Releases Sea Turtles
Just in time for Endangered Species Day, The Florida Aquarium and their Center for Conservation Team released six rescued sea turtles back into the wild last week. All of these turtles were rescued on the east coast, with three of them being sent to The Florida Aquarium from New England during a cold snap in November.

While they are still on the endangered list, increased awareness as well as conservation and protection efforts by both local and federal organization are helping to protect the species. The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation combines research and rehabilitation programs to give much needed support to animals in distress or imminent danger and ecosystems faced with both natural and man-made threats.

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Around Town

Start Up Weekend Tampa Bay
If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Start Up Weekend Tampa Bay, a 54-hour event held July 27 to 29 brings together Tampa Bay designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.  Anyone is welcome to pitch their start up idea and receive feedback from their peers, but sign up soon – space is limited. 

Cultural Development Grant
All Hillsborough County area 501c3, nonprofit arts organizations interested in applying for a 2015-16 Cultural Development Grant from the Arts Council are invited to attend a workshop on the program and the application process on Friday, June 5, 1:30pm to 2:30pm at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E. Palm Ave. This session is required for all applicants. See the Arts Council Cultural Development Grants page for information. 

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