Monday Morning Memo

Monday, April 10, 2017

Partnership Presents

Do the Local Motion Charity Update

We are very excited to announce Buddy Brew Coffee’s fundraising effort to help support Where Love Grows, a local charity that provides meals to hungry children in our community. For a limited time only, Buddy Brew Coffee is offering limited edition, black and rose gold bags of coffee at all their locations to help support Where Love Grows. The Buddy Brew Blackout campaign and their limited edition bags are available while supplies last. Remember, all donations for Do the Local Motion tours go directly to Where Love Grows.

Hotshots for Charity

Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Security Network is proud to sponsor TPD’s District Three in the Tampa Police Hotshots for Charity event on April 22. This premier event will feature a fun competition between Team Buckhorn vs. Team Ward. Teams will be provided with a golf cart and each participant will receive 12 or 20 gauge ammunition, breakfast, lunch, an event shirt, and a goody bag. Sponsorship opportunities and team spots are still available! Donations are being accepted for inclusion in the goody bags and for raffle. All donations and funds benefit the Chief’s Scholarship Fund, RISE Tampa, and the Tampa Police Pistol Team. Visit for more information.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know

Tampa Mama blogger and founder of @KidsonVacation provides the Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa. Marisa’s list includes getting to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to Downtown by boat, parking for free tips, getting around town for free with Downtowner, bike rentals, car rentals, Fourth Friday, and more. Check out the list on the

Welcoming our New Intern

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce our newest addition to the team, Lissette Cohen, Marketing and Communications Intern. Lissette is currently a student at the University of South Florida, majoring in mass communications with a concentration in public relations. After graduation in December, Lissette intends to get a puppy and seek employment in her field of study within the Tampa area, preferably in Downtown. We are excited to have her on board. Welcome, Lissette!

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. Going to one of the events? Snap a photo and tag #UrbanInsiderTPA

Brews and Bites at The Sail

Friday, April 14, 6pm to 10pm
Tampa Convention Center
A rolling celebration of food and fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. For more information, go to Brews and Bites at The Sail.

Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15, 8:30am to 10am
Glazer Children’s Museum
Calling all little bunnies! Hunt for thousands of eggs in the exhibits, meet the Easter Bunny, and cuddle adorable animals at this annual event! Don’t forget to bring your own basket, then turn in your eggs for prizes. For more information, go to Egg Hunt.

Casual Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, April 16, 6:30am to 7:30am
Water Works Park
This outdoor sunrise Easter service will feature acoustic music from the worship band Higher Purpose. Hyde Park United Methodist will host the service. All are welcome, including children and four-legged friends. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for this casual worship gathering. For more information, go to Casual Easter Service.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

One Woman Sex and the City A Parody of Love, Friendship and Shoes – Tuesday, April 11 to Thursday, April 13
Chris Rock – Total Blackout Tour 2017 – Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15
Patel Conservatory presents On The Edge – Saturday, April 15, begins 7pm
Easter Brunch at Maestro’s – Sunday, April 16, begins 11:30am

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Toni Erdmann – Through Tuesday, April 11
Frantz (2016) – Wednesday, April 12, begins 7:30pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) – Sunday, April 16, 3pm to 5:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

The Chainsmokers – Friday, April 14, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Soul – Saturday, April 15, begins 7pm
Chris Brown: The Party Tour – Sunday, April 16, begins 7:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Duckweed Urban Grocery

Duckweed Urban Grocery, with locations at Element on Polk and Tampa Street, and on 12th Street in the Channel District, is not only convenient, but shopping there is a great experience too. Meet neighbors and coworkers while checking out the latest in local foods such as Gulf Coast Sour Dough Bread, Amish Popcorn, Mother Kumbacha, Whatever Pops, or William Dean Candies. Stop in for your basics such as milk, butter, produce, cheese, meat, soups, tofu, pasta, wine, beer, and even cleaning products.  Duckweed is also a great place to pick up a fresh lunch or dinner – dine in or take-out. There’s always something fresh and new, and a staff that loves Downtown shoppers too!

Marketplace News

Easter Brunch is happening in Tampa’s Downtown! Brunches featuring the Easter bunny and lavish buffets. Be sure to make your reservations early.

Suites@Madison is hosting an Invest Florida meetup and networking event, featuring Scott Maurer, of Advanta IRA, who will be discussing how real estate investors can use their IRAs to invest in private real mortgages.

Old Tampa Book Company is having their big 50% Off Sale from April 8 through the 15! Almost the entire store is half priced, plus hundreds upon hundreds of books for $1.00 or .50 cents. They’re open 7 days a week, with extended hours for the sale!

Erika Williner Designs will pop-up inside Pearl Salon on Thursday, April 13 from 11:30am to 7:30pm. The pop-up shop inside the salon is located at the corner of Ashley Drive and Madison Street.

The Signature Boutique Salon and Spa on Harbour Island is growing! In addition to hair, skin, and nails, visitors to the salon can shop for Bumble & Bumble hair products and all of the natural products used in the salon’s spa services, including Eminence and Unite products.

The Modern Paws pet shop, inside Duckweed Urban Grocery, recently celebrated their first year anniversary of making downtown’s dogs and cats very happy and healthy, and now with free local delivery for orders $35 and over.

Vinik Backs Local Startup

Tampa Bay Lightning owner and civic activist Jeff Vinik recently invested an undisclosed amount in Threshold 360, a newly-debuted Tampa technology company. The company, which was founded in 2014 by Ben Robbins and Stewart Bertron, was previously “incognito,” operating in development without a public-facing product. Threshold 360 offers an iOS and desktop app that shows 360-degree view of shops, hotels and restaurants to help people get a feel for the space. Both are currently in beta, or the software phase of development. Recently launched in March at South by Southwest Interactive, several investors are already on board, including Vinik, Tom Wallace and local investment firm Murray-Bertron.
“Tampa Startup Attracts Heavy-Hitter Local Investors Jeff Vinik, Tom Wallace” – Tampa Bay Times

Buckhorn Delivers State of the City

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered his annual State of the City address last Tuesday at Kiley Gardens in Downtown. Much of Buckhorn’s speech centered on economic development initiatives he has championed throughout his tenure, including one of his first major wins in office reshaping the city’s permitting process. By streamlining the regulatory process for business and construction permitting, Buckhorn said the city has permitted more than $11 billion in projects since 2011 including $2.1 billion last year. Buckhorn listed companies that have either relocated to or expanded in Tampa, including Johnson & Johnson, Ashley Furniture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and AMGEN, among others. Overall employment in Tampa is up 24 percent since Buckhorn took office, he said.
“Buckhorn’s State Of The City Was A Sermon For Economic Revitalization”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week

The Cross-Bay Ferry ends service on April 30. If you’ve been putting it off or want to relive your previous trips, don’t miss out! The Cross Bay Ferry app allows customers to see schedules and purchase ticket all with the click of a few buttons.

Cross-Bay Ferry Surpasses Record Ridership

During March, the Cross-Bay Ferry operators report selling a record 7,990 tickets, which was a 31-percent increase over February, which was also a record month. The 6-month pilot project has now carried 31,362 people as of March 31. Weekend ridership in March increased 17 percent over February, and weekday ridership increased 57 percent. The final run of the ferry pilot project will be on Sunday, April 30. The project began last November as a real-life test of the feasibility and desire of the community for regular water transit. Recently, several area governments have expressed a desire to build new ferry routes in the region. For April, the ferry has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays to arrange a special, later ferry schedule for Tampa fans to take the ferry to nearly every Rays game this month, with free transit between the dock in St. Petersburg and the stadium provided by PSTA.

Walkability a Top Priority for SPP

The city of Tampa along with the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority began resurfacing Meridian Avenue last Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to make the area a more walkable community and safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Construction will run from 8pm until 5am and is expected to be completed by April 16. Building a pedestrian friendly connection between the Channel district and the rest of downtown Tampa is a top priority for Strategic Property Partners, the real estate development company controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC.
“Channel District’s Walkability Is Key Focus For Meridian Roadwork This Week” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Plan for Hillsborough Marina, Ferry

For several years, Hillsborough County has had a standing agreement with two companies, HMS Ferries and South Swell, to bring commuter ferries from south county to MacDill Air Force Base. But a mix of federal red tape, environmental concerns and lack of funding has stalled the project. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan wants the county to rework the agreement with the hopes of getting boats in the water sooner than later. On top of that, Hagan is proposing the county build a marina or two using the $22 million it received two years ago in the BP oil spill settlement. The marina, or marinas, would service the ferries and also create a public space, boat slips and maybe waterfront space for businesses that can generate money for the county.
“Hillsborough Sets Aside $22 Million BP Settlement For Permanent Ferry Service”Tampa Bay Times

Member Corner

Stantec and Lightning Award Scholarships

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Stantec have partnered again to help continue the education of three deserving students from the Bay area through the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program. During a Tampa Bay Lightning game, Stantec awarded three students with a scholarship of $9,810 which includes a generous match from the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Gabriel Brown, a 9th grader at Steinbrenner High School, Zachary Frankowiak a 9th grader at Plant City High School and Leslie Facio, a 9th grader at Jefferson High School were awarded their scholarships after an extensive essay and interview process.

Shareholder Appointed to Board of Trustees

Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the appointment of Shareholder Katherine E. “Katie” Cole to the St. Petersburg College District Board of Trustees. Governor Rick Scott appointed Cole to fill a vacant seat, beginning her term March 24. St. Petersburg College Board of Trustee members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

Hilton Tampa Downtown Recognized

Congratulations to the Hilton Tampa Downtown for the outstanding accomplishment of being recognized for the Hospitality Award of Excellence and the H360 Community Website awards. The Full Service Hilton Brand awards are given based on overall service, helpfulness, outstanding website utilization, active Team Members, and highest engagement throughout their website.

FMoPA Announces New Exhibit

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition: The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The exhibition is currently on display in the second floor gallery, and an official opening reception will be held on Fourth Friday, April 28 from 5-7 pm. This exhibition features nineteen Baby Boomers, one selected for each year from 1946–1964. View their website for more information on exhibits and hours.

Foley Partner Receives Pro Bono Award

Mark J. Wolfson, a partner with the Tampa office of Foley & Lardner LLP, has been named recipient of the 2017 “Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Lawyer Award,” an award given by the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Bay Area Legal Services Inc. He will be recognized at the program’s awards ceremony in Tampa on April 20, 2017. As Foley’s pro bono chairman in Tampa, Wolfson has increased the amount of Foley attorneys who participate in pro bono work, including business lawyers who work on non-profit matters as well as individual cases.

Around Town

Tree-mendous Tampa

National Arbor Day is April 28 and the City of Tampa has an easy way to help you contribute! Did you know the City of Tampa has a free tree program? Tree-mendous Tampa is a free service to request trees be planted along the street right-of-way to enhance the neighborhood and help sustain Tampa’s community forest and shade canopy. Use this service to request trees be planted along the street right-of-way to enhance the neighborhood and help sustain Tampa’s community forest and shade canopy.

Datz Opening in St. Pete

Roger and Suzanne Perry – owners of Datz, Roux, and Dough – paid $3.85 million to assemble 1.54 acres at the corner of First Avenue South and 11th Street South, directly across the street from Tropicana Field. The building at 1101 First Ave. S will be home to a new “urban barbecue” concept, said Jon Wittner, managing director and founder of KW Commercial Tampa Bay LLC. And with a redevelopment of the 80-plus-acre Tropicana Field site in the works— whether the Tampa Bay Rays build a new stadium or move elsewhere in the region — the Perrys’ new property will be in the epicenter of new development in St. Petersburg.
“Datz Owners Buy Property In St. Petersburg’s Edge District”Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Greening of Fowler Avenue

In the concept design by Sam Schwartz Engineering, Fowler Avenue would be reduced from eight to six lanes between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and 56th Street, with space between the bike paths and travel lanes and wide shoulders to cut the distance pedestrians have to travel to cross Fowler. Mid-block crossings would accommodate pedestrians in the busier sections and green space would be expanded and travel lanes narrowed to slow traffic. The sidewalks would be widened from 5 feet to 8 feet on the south side and 12 feet on the north side. The effort is to encourage more walkers, joggers, bike riders and public transportation users.
“Green Makeover Of Fowler Avenue In Tampa Reaches Drawing Board”Tampa Bay Times

Innovation Gateway Concept Studies

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Innovation Place (formerly Tampa Innovation Alliance) are refining your vision to implement for the makeover of I-275 interchanges at Fowler Avenue and Busch Boulevard into Innovation Gateways. The concept plans will address both aesthetic and safety enhancements including decorative fencing, street furniture, public art, lighting, street trees, shrubs, and groundcover. For more information and to get involved, visit

Kriseman Pitches to Keep Rays

Shortly before throwing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening, Mayor Rick Kriseman made a much more important pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays: Stay put. The city highlighted the advantages of staying put: traffic is worse in Tampa, and the team could potentially share in a cash bonanza by choosing to stay at the Trop and split the site’s lucrative development rights. It also included letters of support from 15 local companies, including Duke Energy, Bayfront Health, and HSN. Last month Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said he was optimistic the team will find a new home in the bay area but that search is taking longer than anticipated. He hopes to identify that site by the end of the year.
“Mayor Rick Kriseman Makes His Pitch For Tampa Bay Rays To Stay Put In St. Petersburg (W/Video)”Tampa Bay Times

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