August 18, 2014    

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
Endorsement of Downtown SSD Park Plans Taking Shape
Marketing Internship Opportunity USF Considers Downtown for Med School
Two More Weeks of Savings Crescent Bayshore Sets High Bar
Plan Your Holiday Parties Now!  Back to School Means Drive Safely!
  Hillsborough County Transportation Plan
Your Downtown Calendar Ride HART Free to the Polls
Du Dash and Tailgate Fest  
Urban Restaurant Tour Member Corner
Not Your Average Speakers Series News from Cushman & Wakefield
Downtown Labor Day Celebrations Tampa Prep Live on Fox 13
Lightning Preseason Tickets on Sale  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News 6 Months & $60,000 for the Arts!
The Business of Sports  
Library's Innovation Center  

The Partnership Presents

Endorsement of Downtown SSD
Mukang Cho, CEO of In-Rel Properties and owner of Rivergate Tower in Downtown Tampa, extolls the merits of Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Special Service District (SSD) initiatives in his case for the formation for a downtown management district in Lexington, KY where In-Rel has property. 

Read his Op-Ed in the Lexington Herald at Downtown-needs-a-management-district. 

Marketing Internship Opportunity
Tampa Downtown Partnership has an opening for a paid marketing intern position.  Application deadline has been extended to Friday, August 22.  For job description and application instructions, visit TDP Marketing Internship.

Two More Weeks of Savings
The Downtown Summertime Savings Program offers BOGOs, percentage-off discounts, and added-value deals at 34 restaurants, retailers, and cultural attractions.  Download your FREE Summertime Savings Card today and take advantage of these offers for the last two weeks of the program!  Our thanks goes to our program sponsors, and Creative Loafing Tampa

Plan Your Holiday Parties Now!
Tampa Downtown Partnership has compiled a list of all the downtown holiday party venues and caterers for your convenience.  Now is the time to book your parties to secure the date.  For the full listing of options, go to Downtown Holiday Party Venues and Caterers

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Your Downtown Calendar

Du Dash and Tailgate Fest
Saturday, August 23, Du Dash – 6:45am to 5pm; Tailgate – 11am to 8pm
Curtish Hixon Waterfront Park
Do the Du Dash, the Cotts Beverages Du Dash duathlon that is, and stay for the Tailgate Taste Fest.  The Du Dash offers three categories: competitive, recreational, and youth. The competitive and recreational races consist of a 5k run and a 10 mile bike. The youth division will include a one mile run and a three mile bike.  And the Tailgate Party will serve up food, drinks, and entertainment at this Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ watch party to help kick off the 2014 football season!

Urban Restaurant Tour
Thursday, August 28, 5:30pm to 9:45pm
Begins at City Bike Tampa
Destinations include John Rolfe Lounge, Fountain Square, Islands Pizza, and Crumb&Cork. Small plates at each stop along this guided bicycling tour. For more information and to register, visit Florida Bike Tours

Not Your Average Speakers Series
Thursday, August 28, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tampa Bay WaVE, 400 N. Ashley, Second Floor
Don’t miss Cultivating Innovation at the Intersection of Arts & Technology, a Not Your Average Speakers Series forum.  Speakers Panel:

  • Chad Mairn -- Librarian, teacher, author and 'technophile'
  • Jeff Hazelton -- President and CTO of BioLucid
  • Megan Voeller -- Associate Curator of Education and Art In Health Program Director at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum
  • Nathan Schwagler -- Creative-In-Residence at USFSP (University of South Florida in St. Petersburg) College of Business
  • Nikki Campbell -- Assistant Director of the Virtual Patient Care Center (VPCC) at USF Health CAMLS

FREE and open to the public.  Please register here.
Downtown Labor Day Celebrations
Sunday, August 31, Until 9pm
Celebrate the end of summer with the Tampa Attraction’s Association’s Summer Light Up the Night Lighted Boat Parade, Enjoy the parade, fireworks, and extended (discounted) hours at Florida Aquarium.  Register your own boat for the parade and enter to win best lighted boat, or let Yacht Starship or Florida Aquarium’s Bay Spirit II take the helm while you enjoy the sights!

Lightning Preseason Tickets on Sale
Tue, Sept. 23, 2014 - 7:30 PM vs. Nashville Predators
Fri, Sept. 26, 2014 - 7:30 PM vs. Dallas Stars
Sat, Oct. 4, 2014 - 7:00 PM vs. Florida Panthers
Hockey returns to Tampa when the Lightning drop the puck on their preseason schedule. Three preseason games will take place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum starting on September 23rd. Get your first look at new acquisitions Jason Garrison, Anton Stralman, and Brian Boyle as the Bolts begin their preparation for the 2014-15 season.  Purchase tickets here.   

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Max & Chz, a new downtown eatery serving – that’s right – mac and cheese, opened its doors last Thursday to a very enthusiastic crowd of patrons.  Located at 117 S. Hyde Park St., Max & Chz offers eat in, takeout, and delivery service for lunch and dinner.  Open Tuesdays through Saturdays.   

Crumb&Cork is now offering Half Off Mondays!  Save your receipt from your C&C purchase to use on your next Monday visit for 50-percent off regular menu items ALL DAY MONDAY.  (Present coupon when ordering.)  And don’t miss their Champagne Wednesdays with half off all champagne all day!   

Jackson Dental is celebrating its One Year Anniversary on Tuesday, August 19, 4pm to 8pm in Suite 300 in the Bank of America building. Have a drink, enter to win a free Botox procedure and an electric toothbrush, and free Botox consultations with an option to lock in a special Launch Party price of $8/unit. 

Tampa Bay Times’ Ultimate Bar Guide featured 14 Tampa Bay bars that “feel like communities,” including three of our popular downtown destinations:

“Home is where the bar is” at Paddywagon Irish Pub
“We want to travel back in time” to The Floridan’s Sapphire Room
“We want to salute Tampa’s heritage” at Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center

Café Dufrain is hosting a "Dog Days of Summer" event on Saturday, August 23, 3pm to 5pm. The Humane Society will on hand with adoptables and a portion of the proceeds will go to the shelter.  Sea Dog Brewing Co. will also be there with beer samplings.

Orange Theory will host FREE Tuesday and Saturday Fitness Camps at Pierhouse Channelside.  Reserve your spot by calling 813-513-9845. Coming soon – Run Club on Thursday evenings!

Oxford Exchange will host a free Book Signing & Discussion of The Ingredients Matter by Urmi M. Patel, M.S., Hina Balar, B.E., and Shilpa P. Saxena, M.D. on Saturday, August 23, 2pm in their bookstore. 

The Business of Sports
As the hockey season is getting ready to kick off, good news from the Tampa Bay Lightning. has ranked the Lightning prospects Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy the Number 1 overall prospects at their respective positions.  For the second consecutive year, Drouin was named the top skater by's Corey Pronman in his list of Top 100 prospects released last week. To see what Pronman had to say about Drouin and Vasilevskiy.  Read more here

Library’s Innovation Center
What's the buzz? It's The Hive - John F. Germany Public Library’s new community innovation center – a vehicle to help your business maneuver its way into the 21st century!  The Hive is a work in progress, but the community is invited to visit the 3rd floor on Saturday, August 23, 12noon to 4pm for a sneak peek of this exciting new space, featuring 3D printing, a recording studio with green screen, a robotics center and more. Tours and programs run throughout the day.

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Development & Transportation

Park Plans Taking Shape
More details to the proposed Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park master plan were unveiled at last week’s community meeting.  Included in the plans are a great lawn, community center, and boathouse.  Read more at Tampa Bay Times article, Plan for riverfront park has community center, boathouse.  

USF Considers Downtown for Med School
USF Medical School is in expansion mode and they are looking for a location to expand.  One location in consideration is at or near its Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, (CAMLS) downtown facility.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, USF considering new locations, including downtown Tampa, for medical school.  

Crescent Bayshore Sets High Bar
Crescent Bayshore, the new residential development at Bayshore Blvd. near Platt Street is commanding $2.32 per square foot.  That equates to rents ranging between $1,300 to $3,800 per month.  Rents for SkyHouse, which is under construction in downtown’s Channel District, are predicted to be over $2 per square foot.  Read more in Tampa Real Estate News article,
Exclusive rents at Crescent Bayshore are a new high watermark for Tampa apartments

Back to School Means Drive Safely!
Leave extra time and pay attention to the road as the kids go back to school this week.  Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School and Hillsborough County public schools begin classes tomorrow, Tuesday, August 19 while Tampa Preparatory begins today, Monday, August 18. 

Hillsborough County Transportation Plan
Hillsborough County leaders will launch a series of community meetings next month as they unveil their proposed countywide transportation plans.  The meetings will be your opportunity to provide input for these plans which will most likely be the cornerstone for a proposed 2016 transportation sales tax referendum.  Learn more details in the Tampa Tribune article, Transportation tax plan going public in September 2014

Ride HART Free to the Polls
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will offer free rides on Primary Election Day, August 26, 2014 and General Election Day, November 4, 2014. Patrons who present their valid voter registration card will ride free to their closest local polling location. Simply show your valid voter ID card to the Bus Operator when boarding for your free ride.  Promotion is not valid for use of HARTPlus service or the TECO Line Streetcar System.  To plan a Primary Day trip, you can use the Google Trip Planner feature on

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Member Corner

News from Cushman & Wakefield
Tampa Downtown Partnership board executive committee member and immediate past chair, Larry Richey has been promoted to oversee seven Florida offices for Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc.  Richey will now oversee Cushman's South Florida offices; in his role for the last 23 years, he oversaw offices in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Cushman has six corporate offices and one affiliate office, which employ a total of 107 brokers and 279 professionals.  “We take great pride in the work we do for our clients, and this new structure will allow us to collaborate more between the Florida markets and build stronger relationships that support our clients across the state and beyond,” Richey said in a written statement.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, Cushman Wakefield’s Richey promoted to statewide leadership role

Tampa Prep Live on Fox 13
Charley Belcher from Fox 13 will be filming his morning segment Charley's World LIVE from the Tampa Prep Middle School on Tuesday, August 19, 6:45am to 9:25am! Charley's World is part of Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay morning show with segments throughout the morning. 

Make sure to set your DVRs to record it if you aren't able to watch it real time.
Tampa Prep is a Downtown Partnership member, and its Head of School, Kevin Plummer serves on the board’s executive committee. 


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Around Town

6 Months & $60,000 for the Arts!
In six months, has raised more than $60,000 and continues to bring local Hillsborough- and Pinellas-based organizations on-board to raise much-needed funds for specific arts and culture projects. power2give Tampa Bay is now open to ANY Hillsborough or Pinellas 501c3 nonprofit with an arts-based project. Eligibility is no longer limited to nonprofits with an arts/culture mission. If you have questions about your organization's eligibility or how to get started, visit power2give resource page or contact the Arts Council at 813-276-8250.

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