Monday Morning Memo

Monday, January 16, 2017

Partnership Presents

Special Offer for Our Readers
See the one night only broadcast of Treasure Island from the London Theatre on Sunday, January 15 for only $15! It is a dark and stormy night at the inn. A stranger with a sea-chest stuffed with secrets arrives. So begins young Jim Hawkins’s swashbuckling adventure with a cast of legendary characters including “Long John” Silver. Robert Louis Stevenson’s thrilling tale of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in this new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

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Biennial Survey Tabulations
Thank you to all university students, residents, and workers in downtown for participating in our biennial survey which closed on December 30. Tabulations, analysis and data review is currently underway by HCP Associates. Stay tuned for more information on the final results presentation which will occur at our annual Development Forum!

Downtown Shines During Playoffs
From the shots of the Jose Gaspar pirate ship on ESPN to the Facebook videos of people enjoying the Riverwalk, Tampa has certainly been shining on the national stage during the College Football National Championship Playoffs. The social and economic impact will continue to be felt for some time to come. The Tampa Downtown Partnership is thankful to those who have volunteered their time and lent their skills to make this past weekend’s activities such a success. Your continued support and social interaction – whether through retweets, posts, and shares – is truly appreciated and we are thankful to be part of this community. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Are You an Urban Insider?
Downtown Tampa’s Urban Insiders are people who live, work, and/or play in our urban core. They are people who are in the know, who tell their story so others are able to experience the many offerings available Downtown. To become a featured Urban Insider on the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s new website (coming soon!) simply contact Kelsy Van Camp via email.

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.

Lectores Reading Series
Through Thursday, January 12
University of Tampa
Listen to a wide array of talented authors tell their stories. The award-winning group of writers in this series includes Peter Meinke, Jason Ockert and Stefan Kiesbye, Gina Frangello and Kevin Moffett, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. For more info, go to Lectores Reading Series.

Do the Local Motion
Friday, January 13, noon to 1pm
Poe Plaza Esplanade
Join us for DANCE WALK 2017! with the pros from The Hip Room. Make sure you stop by for a free sample of Ballout Food Company from 11:30am to 1:30pm. They will be donating the entire dinner on January 17 at the Mary Help of Christian Boys and Girls Club in honor of Where Love Grows 4th Anniversary. Visit, pre-order options available.

On Stage at the Straz Center
Open Rehearsal – Romeo and Juliet – Through Thursday, January 12
Forbidden Broadway – Tuesday, January 10 to Sunday, March 12
Opera Tampa League’s Wondrous Wednesday – Wednesday, January 11
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Wednesday, January 11 to Sunday, February 5
National Theatre Live presents Treasure Island – Sunday, January 15, begins 2pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
Do the Right Thing – Friday, January 13, 10:30pm to 12:30am
Golden Dragon Acrobats – Saturday, January 14, begins 3pm
The Weight of Remembering – Sunday, January 15, 3pm to 4pm

This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres – Thursday, January 12, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Friday, January 13, begins 7:30pm
Winter Jam Spectacular – Friday, January 14, begins 6p

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: FedEx and eBay Valet
The FedEx store at Kennedy and Tampa Street offers eBay Valet, and easier way to sell your things on eBay! It’s an easier way to sell your stuff because you just bring what you have to sell to the FedEx store and your part is done – no taking pictures, no writing descriptions, no emails. They’ll securely pack it, and ship it to eBay Valet who photographs, lists, sells and ships for you. You’ll receive up to 80% of the final selling price. To learn more visit or stop in the FED EX shop.

Marketplace News
Harbourside Animal Hospital is offering microchips for your pet for $10 beginning January 9 thru January 31. Registration is not included.

The Fitzgerald, the new 300-unit apartment building, is opening February 1. Located in the Channel District with many amenities, enjoy your first month of free rent with 13-15 month leases on apartments located on 2nd to 6th Floors.

Hotel Bar, located at 200 N. Tampa Street, is inspired by hotel bars around the world where classic cocktails originated; some go back to the 1890s. Fly’s long time beverage director, Daniel Guess, is now Hotel Bar’s beverage director where he created the bar program and signature cocktail menu. Check out their menu, which is served until 2am every night!

The YMCA’s two Downtown locations are offering membership specials – enroll in January and there’s no sign-up fee plus you’ll receive 20 percent off your first monthly membership dues. Visit their website for many more offers available to kick-off your new year!

Fresco Foods, the delicious alternative to frozen meals is now available in three venues in Downtown Tampa. Pick up a refrigerated, prepared dinner at either one of Duckweed Urban Grocery’s locations at Element or The Place, or at Marketplace near Caffe Fresco at the Bank of America Building.

Music Company Moves to Tampa
Symphonic Distribution has purchased an office condo located at the Tampa Theatre Building on Franklin Street for $565,000. Symphonic is a services provider for the Music Industry. They provide the ability for a musician to have their music sold on Amazon, Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, and many more online outlets and streaming platforms all over the world. In addition, they work to provide creative branding services to musicians but further to the business community as well with a B2B focus.
“JC Commercial Brokers Represents Symphonic Distribution in Tampa Theatre Building Office Condo Purchase”Tampa Bay Newswire

College Football Playoffs, Best Yet
The College Football Playoff National Championship has experienced the biggest crowds they have ever seen, according to Michael Kelly, chief operating officer for the College Football Playoff. Playoff Fan Central at the Tampa Convention Center experienced the longest lines while Playoff Playlist Live concerts in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park attracted fans and residents alike.
“From Yacht Parties to Media Day to Fan Central, Downtown Tampa is Buzzing About the Big Game”Tampa Bay Times

Development & Transportation

Tribune Site Development Moving Forward
Miami-based Related Group has secured a construction loan for the redevelopment of the Tampa Tribune site on the Hillsborough River.  According to a mortgage filed in Hillsborough County on January 6, the Bank of the Ozarks provided a $76 million loan for the project in a deal that closed December 28. The demolition process is scheduled to be completed in April or May of 2017.
“Miami Developer Secures Loan for Tampa Tribune Redevelopment”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Heights Apartments to Break Ground
On January 11, 2017 at 4pm, SoHo Capital will hold a ceremony to bury The Heights Time Capsule and officially mark construction of The Pearl, a four-building, 314-unit apartment community with 28,500 square feet of retail space, located along Tampa’s Riverwalk.  The time capsule is to feature a wide range of “artifacts” from select organizations around the community that represent life in The Heights today. In theory, the time capsule will be opened in 2080 at the 200th birthday of The Heights neighborhood. Learn more about The Pearl project here.

Tax Benefits for Transit Riders
According to a press release sent by HART, Tampa Bay residents who use public transportation to commute to work may be entitled to a transit tax benefit allowing them to set aside up to $255 per month. These pre-tax earnings for public transit expenses could amount to an estimated $3,000 annual savings. Until recently, the maximum benefit for commuters was nearly half that amount. HART riders are encouraged to check with their employer’s Human Resources department to see if they can take advantage of transit tax benefits that could help pay the cost of their HART commute.

What to Expect for Transit in 2017
Newly elected Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp made the issue of funding transit a top priority during her campaign. Kemp’s passion could renew conversations about a transit tax to increase multimodal transportation. The county will also have results from a premium transit study sometime this year, which could help ignite those talks. The Cross Bay Ferry will run through April, leaving questions surrounding how the future of waterborne travel will fare in Tampa Bay.
“Retail, Transit, Money and More: Tampa Bay Looks Forward Into 2017”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

Trenam Launches Cybersecurity Practice
Trenam Law announces the launch of its Cybersecurity Practice Group as a response to the increasing data breach risk and need for compliant and effective response. The team brings together attorneys from various industry groups that will assist Florida’s small and mid-size businesses in resolving technical problems, crisis management, breach notification and defending in litigation and regulatory proceedings. More information on the new group is available here.

Active City Conference
Join the University of South Florida and the American Institute of Architects for a 2-day conference on designing healthy communities-Active City 2017.  Taking place at the Tampa Convention Center January 26-27, designers, planners, business leaders and health professionals from around the country will meet to exchange their knowledge about the impact of the built environment on wellness through case study presentations, keynotes by leading experts, guest speakers, networking opportunities, and tours. Register here.

Carlton Fields Welcomes New Attorney
Carlton Fields welcomes Larry R. Kemm has joined the firm’s Tampa office as Of Counsel. Kemm will practice in the Business Transactions practice group.  Prior to joining the firm, Kemm served as a partner at Harrison Kemm P.A. in Tampa, where he advised clients in structuring international transactions and business operations in a tax-efficient manner. He has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service in international tax disputes.
“Larry R. Kemm Joins Carlton Fields”Tampa Bay Newswire

FMoPA to Open New Exhibit
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts presents By the Yard: Cirkut Camera Photography. This exhibition will feature panoramic images created by the unique Cirkut camera in the early 20th century and will run from January to December of 2017. Robert MacKay will visit the museum on February 24, 2017 at 6 pm for a presentation regarding his book America by the Yard, which features many of the works that appear in the exhibition. For more information, visit

Around Town

St. Pete Apartments Sell for $78M
Modera Prime 235 has been sold for $77.55 million to a Salt Lake City real estate firm. The sale, which closed December 28, works out to $251,000 per unit, among the higher prices paid in recent years for a Tampa Bay apartment complex. Built two years ago at 235 Third Ave. N, the eight-story Modera is within easy walking distance of Beach Drive and the Sundial entertainment plaza. The bay area has seen a rash of big-ticket apartment transactions in the past few years as the demand for rentals drives up rates and lures investors.
“Downtown St. Petersburg’s Modera Prime Apartment Complex Sells For $77.55 Million”Tampa Bay Times

One Urban Centre Takes Signage
Tribridge, which occupied 17,136 square feet at One Urban Centre, has signed a lease for an additional 27,421 square feet, bringing its presence in the building to 44,557 square feet. The deal includes large signage facing Westshore Boulevard — the first time such signage has ever been granted to a tenant within this building. Tribridge’s expansion represents the third-largest office deal in Westshore in 2016.
“Tampa Tech Firm Takes Signage On Prime Westshore Building”Tampa Bay Business Journal

University Area CDC to Paint the Town
Hundreds of volunteers from around the Tampa Bay area will help staff and friends of the University Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) improve the community during its fifth annual Paint the Town event on Saturday, January 14 from 8:30am to 2pm. Paint the Town will bring together community residents as they roll up their sleeves and invest sweat equity into cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods in the University of South Florida area, concentrating on the zip code areas of 33612 and 33613.  For questions about sponsorship or volunteering, contact Diana Diaz at 813.558.5212 x 316, or

Valpak Gets a New Owner
Platinum Equity today announced it has acquired the businesses of Cox Target Media (CTM) from Cox Media Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Following the transition to new ownership, Valpak and will continue to operate under their respective brands. A new brand identity for the corporate parent company will be developed and rolled out soon. Learn more about Platinum Equity.

Sprouts Confirms South Tampa Store
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. has finally confirmed that it will occupy the grocery store under construction on South Dale Mabry Highway. Phoenix-based Sprouts said the South Tampa store, at the intersection of South Dale Mabry Highway and West Estrella Street, will open in the second quarter of 2017. The grocer plans to open 35 stores in 2017, in California, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Georgia. So far, Sprouts’ only confirmed Florida stores are in the Tampa Bay region. It specializes in organic produce and nutritional supplements and is known for its competitive pricing.
“Sprouts Farmers Market Confirms Stores In Tampa, Sarasota (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal