Monday Morning Memo

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Partnership Presents

Thank you to Donors

Every year we take a moment to thank our Clean Team and Downtown Guides during an annual luncheon. Thank you to those downtown businesses who were able to donate for their holiday enjoyment – we truly appreciate your support

Anise Global Gastrobar Franklin Manor Samaria Café
Bamboozle Café GTE Federal Credit Union Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk Hayman Jewelry Co. Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria Hilton Tampa Downtown Tampa Bay History Center
CVS Moxie’s Café Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop
Duckweed Urban Grocery NorthStar Bank Tampa Bay Visitor Center & Gift Shop
Eddie & Sam’s N.Y. Pizza and Gelato Bar  Oxford Exchange Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Falafel Inn Mediterranean Grill Pokey’s Rock & Roll Tampa Theatre
First Presbyterian Church Portico Victory Coffee Shop
Fitlife Foods Reina Shoe Repair Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises

Recap of Debriefing
Last week, the Partnership held its monthly Downtown Debriefing Series information session on Intelligent Transportation: What’s next in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. The event was sponsored by the University of Tampa and ZipCar.

Click here to view the presentations, which included:

  • Automated Vehicle industry overview and why Florida is a leader in this rapidly evolving sector from FL Department of Transportation District Secretary Paul Steinman, P.E.;
  • Update from Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Planning Director Bob Frey, AICP on their Connected Vehicle contract with USDOT with research, development and implementation in downtown;
  • Justin Begley, Senior Planner at HART shared early planning for their self-driving transit shuttle that will traverse Marion Transit Parkway starting in a year;
  • And Brian Gentry, Traffic Management Center Operations Manager at the City of Tampa outlined the City’s Smart City planning efforts and some of the ways the city hopes to embrace technology advances to enhance safety, efficiency, mobility, and economic competiveness.

Share Your Vision for Downtown Tampa

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s biennial student, resident, and workforce studies are live. Your participation is paramount as Downtown rapidly evolves! Past studies have given rise to many downtown initiatives including enhanced accessibility to the river, events in the parks, new museums and attractions, extended operating hours for transportation and merchants, full-service grocers, and many more. In exchange to 10-15 minutes of your time, all participants receive a coupon for special Downtown discounts and offers. Gift card drawings will follow the close of the surveys. Share your vision for Downtown Tampa by December 30:
If you attend university in Downtown Tampa:
If you live in Downtown Tampa:
If you work in Downtown Tampa:
Note: If you live and work in Downtown, please take the resident survey.

Holiday Shopping at Winter Village

Holiday Shops at Winter Village will be open from 12pm to 7pm throughout this week for lunchtime and after-work shopping. Shops include LuLaRoe, Carnage Leather, Dark Cycle Clothing, with pop up shops including Disco Dolls, Trexco Wood Crafts, Rooted & Ground Local Cinnamon Honey, Night Shift Candles, Silly Dilly – The Enchanted Spot, PNP Laos Imports, and Body Silk by Robin. Live carolers will also be present at select times to get you in the holiday spirit! For hours and more information, visit

Downtown Storefronts – Holiday Competition

As the Tampa Downtown Partnership works to expand the holiday experience this year, you may have noticed one of its newest programs, the storefront window paintings. Fourteen vibrant scenes line the busy streets of Downtown Tampa now through the end of this year. Have a favorite? Vote to select the People’s Choice Winner for this inaugural year. Click here for a map of all participating merchant locations and click here to vote for your favorite.

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.

Victorian Christmas Stroll
Through Friday, December 23, 10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel and get a glimpse of Christmas past! For more information, go to Victorian Christmas Stroll.

Fabulous Fashions at the Tampa Bay Hotel
Tuesday, December 20, begins 5:30pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
From ballgowns to corsets, hats to bathing suits, and more, ladies fashions in the 1890s were full of social significance and hidden meaning. Hear Harper Franklin, student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discuss trends and meaning in ladies sportswear fashions of the late 1800s. Franklin will showcase different pieces of fashion, explain their meanings, and discuss how social status and more could be determined by female fashion choices. For more info, go to Fabulous Fashions at the Tampa Bay Hotel.

Fourth Friday
Friday, December 23, 4pm to 9pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene. Nine museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments), two complimentary Pirate Water Taxi trips between venues, and new users can access a free hour on a Coast Bike using promo code ‘FourthFriday1216’. For more info, go to Fourth Friday

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Griffin House – Monday, December 19, begins 7:30pm
An American in Paris – Tuesday, December 20 to Sunday, December 25

On Screen at Tampa Theatre
Love Actually– Friday, December 23, 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Lion – Sunday, December 25 to Thursday, January 5

This week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings – Tuesday, December 20, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis – Thursday, December 22, begins 7:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Surf Down Under

After 10 wonderful years, Downtown’s Australian inspired boutique, Surf Down Under at Channelside Bay Plaza, is closing its doors on January 15. The owners wish to thank the community for its great support, and invites all to come in for some fantastic closeout sales on men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Marketplace News

Aloft’s W XYZ Bar – New Year’s Eve Premier. Reserve by calling 813.225.4272 or online.
Anise Global Gastrobar – A ticketed event includes  welcome cocktail, buffet, champagne toast. Portion of proceeds will be donated to BeatNB to help cure children’s cancer.
Bizou Brasserie and Le Méridien Tampa – Midnight Masquerade at Bizou. Ring in the New Year with a night of disguise, live music, drinks and dancing at Bizou Brasserie.
Café Dufrain – Black Tie BBQ Dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm. To reserve, call 813.275.9701.
District 3 – Diamonds Are Forever. Dress to kill for this 007/James Bond themed party.
Florida Aquarium – Aqua Eve, presented by Aramark and Pepin. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash.
Glazer Children’s Museum – Downtown Countdown.  Family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration from noon to 5pm.
Malio’s Prime Steakhouse – New Year’s Eve dinner. Call 813.223.7746 for reservations.
Maloney’s Local Irish Pub – Ohio State Watch Party. Ring in the New Year with live DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast, from 7pm to 3am.
Pokey’s Rock & Roll – All-day and all night party.  Live music and DJ from 11pm until 2am.
Spain Restaurant and Tapas Bar – New Year’s Eve four-course pre-fixe menu served from 4pm to 10pm with a Flamenco Show at 8pm.
Tampa Marriott Waterside Grill – A chef tasting is being served from 5pm to Midnight in the Waterside Grill. Early reservations are suggested at 813.204.6388.
Tampa Theater – NYE Wrap Party.  Togas or movie inspired costumes are encouraged for this Animal House themed New Year’s Eve party.
The Vault – An Evening of Opulence.  Dress in elegant 1960’s Havana style attire for the New Year’s Eve party.
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion – New Year’s Eve Brunch and celebration from 11am to 2pm.  Live music at 8pm on New Year’s Eve.

Innovative New Path in Customer Service

TorchFi, part of the Tampa Bay WaVE accelerator program, and Moxies, one of the most famous cafes in Downtown Tampa, have come together to offer a completely new experience for customers. TorchFi WiFi Waiter enables customers at fast casual restaurants to place an order from their phone, without downloading any APP on their phone by converting the restaurant’s WiFi access point into an interactive application. Moxies launched the WiFi Waiter service, so that customer could skip the line and place an order from the table, leading to better customer experience and also efficient operations. Learn more at

Book a Holiday Party at Winter Village

From simple soirees and happy hours to elaborate gatherings for friends and colleagues, contact Sono Café at Winter Village by Mise En Place! Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Winter Village, Presented by USAmeriBank, and the Hillsborough River along the University of Tampa’s campus while celebrating the holidays with friends and colleagues. Contact for booking information.

Development & Transportation

History Center Announces Major Expansion

The Tampa Bay History Center announced an $11 million expansion to their downtown Tampa building, which will begin next month. The new “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks” gallery at the history center will feature a 60-foot replica sailing vessel and focus on explorers who landed in “La Florida” more than 500 years ago. The gallery is also part of an 8,500-square-foot expansion that will also include the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education, a partnership with the University of South Florida.
“Tampa Bay History Center Announces Multimillion Dollar Expansion”WUSF News

Update on Apartments By Oxford Exchange

The developer of a luxury apartment property near Tampa’s Oxford Exchange must gain one last approval from the city before the project can move forward. A change in the design — using actual bricks instead of brick veneer — has increased the size of the building. Altman has increased the commercial space in the building to 10,180 square feet from 9,748 square feet — an increase of 4.4 percent or 432 square feet. The building’s footprint will also increase by 9,999 square feet, to 371,676 square feet.
“Apartments Near Oxford Exchange Face One Last Hurdle Before Construction Can Begin”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Cruise to Cuba from Tampa

Port Tampa Bay is pleased that Royal Caribbean International will offer cruises to Cuba from Tampa beginning April 30, 2017. The Empress of the Seas will homeport in Tampa for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first ever summer program from Tampa – offering a series of four- and five-night sailings including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries will be released at a later date. Visit for more details.

Status of Tampa’s Infrastructure

Nearly 100 workers are installing more than 6,000 feet of insulated steel pipes under the roads on Channelside Drive, Morgan and Jefferson streets. The new pipes will run water to downtown buildings as a form of air conditioning from a central chilled water distribution plant. The construction began in August and will run likely through the summer next year. But roadwork in downtown Tampa will continue over the next two years, as SPP’s plans for downtown begin to take shape around Amalie Arena.
“Here’s How Construction Work Is Progressing Around Amalie Arena As Downtown Tampa’s Reshaping Begins”Tampa Bay Times

City Agrees to Sale of Vacant Block

The City Council voted Thursday to sell a vacant block next to City Hall to HRI Properties, a New Orleans developer, for $7.5 million — the most paid for a downtown block in recent memory. The developer plans to build a 21-story apartment tower with a 223-room Hyatt Centric Hotel, 225 apartments and a 408-car garage on the block, which is at the southeast corner of E Kennedy Boulevard and N Florida Avenue. Seven thousand square feet of retail space at street level will include a restaurant and a Starbucks.
“Tampa City Council Okays $7.5 Million Sale Of City Block To Hotel, Apartment Developer”Tampa Bay Times

Traffic Advisory: Tree Installation

The City of Tampa will be planting trees throughout Tampa’s Downtown. Beginning at 9am on December 21, there will be several temporary closures along Florida Avenue. Pedestrian access will be available at all times during the tree installation. The contractor will also be installing trees along Morgan Street, Pierce Street, Polk Street, Twiggs Street, Jackson Street, and Kennedy Boulevard. The process should be completed by 4pm on Thursday, December 22, weather permitting. The City of Tampa recommends that motorist use alternate routes to avoid possible traffic congestion on Florida Avenue. Visit for more information.

Member Corner

HART Adds Two New Board Members

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Board of Directors is excited to welcome Hillsborough County Commissioner Patricia “Pat” Kemp (District 6, Countywide) and City of Temple Terrace Councilperson Cheri Donohue as its newest Board Members. Commissioner Kemp replaces Board Member Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Councilperson Cheri Donohue will replace Board Member Councilman Eddie Vance who represented the city of Temple Terrace. For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, visit

Tampa Theatre Restoration Campaign

Tampa Theatre President & CEO John Bell announced plans to reseat the historic auditorium as part of a $6 million capital campaign to renovate and restore the not-for-profit movie palace, which celebrated its 90th birthday in October. The auditorium will be reseated with new, more comfortable chairs spaced farther apart for increased leg room. The modernized seating plan will include cup holders throughout and small bistro tables between seats in the mezzanine. At the same time, new drapes and carpet will be installed, designed to match the building’s original carpet pattern.
“Tampa Theatre Launches ‘Cush Your Tush’ Fundraising Campaign To Revamp Seating” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Aerials Show Progress at ENCORE!

ENCORE! developers share aerial photos of Downtown’s Temp District progress as they eagerly await the grand opening of The Tempo in 2017, a 387,328-square-foot building including residential, a clubhouse, retail space, and a leasing office. The ENCORE! is a public-private partnership between Banc of America Community Development Corp. and the Tampa Housing Authority. View the photos at

UT Names Director of Art Gallery

Jocelyn Boigenzahn, an art historian and professor, has been named by The University of Tampa as the director of the University’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery of Art. As director, Boigenzahn will be responsible for daily gallery operations, grant writing and fundraising, and exhibition and budget planning. She will begin Tuesday, January 3. For more information, contact Boigenzahn at

Around Town

Prime Bayshore Blvd. Site Sells

Dinerstein Cos., a Houston-based developer, abandoned its plan to redevelop 319 Bayshore Blvd. and sold the property to Tampa-based Liberty Group. Dinerstein had proposed a 12-story residential building for the site, but Liberty isn’t disclosing what it will do with the 0.86-acre parcel. The sale price was not disclosed. The group also bought a vacant corner in the Channel district as well as 800 South Harbour Island, where it plans to relocate its corporate headquarters.
“Tampa Developer Snaps Up Vacant Bayshore Site”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Bay Leapfrogs to Top Metro Spot

The Milken Institute’s 2016 annual survey of the best performers among the country’s 200 largest metro areas has Tampa Bay at No. 33, up 25 spots from No. 58 in 2015. That’s up a whopping 136 metro spots from seven years ago when we hit the bottom at No. 169.
“Competing Metros: Tampa Bay Rebounds To Best Performance In Decade In Milken Institute Rankings”Tampa Bay Times

Health Care Tech Firm Adding Jobs

CareSync, a health care technology firm, has moved into 51,000 square feet at 14055 Riveredge Drive in the Hidden River Corporate Park, and brought with it 150 jobs. The company plans to hire have a total head count of 500 by the end of 2017. CareSync, previously headquartered in Wesley Chapel, has received several rounds of venture capital funding, including $18 million in the last three months of 2015.
“CareSync Expands to New Headquarters in Hillsborough County, Plans to Employ up to 500″Tampa Bay Business Journal

Redeveloped Historic Landmark Opens

On December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory was inaugurated at 522 N. Howard Ave. in Tampa. Exactly 75 years later, the building was re-opened as the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center with more than 100,000 square feet of community space. The building is divided into a member section on the west side and a non-member section on the east side.
“Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center Now Open in Tampa”83 Degrees Media

The Economic Impact of Lyft

A survey conducted by the Land Econ Group estimates 2016 will close with 143,000 travel hours logged by Lyft drivers, saving $6.8 million in quantifiable travel time for drivers who use the service. In Tampa, Lyft ‘s service estimates the year could end with a nearly $12 million economic impact in Tampa alone. The overall impact to local economies throughout Lyft’s service areas is expected to reach $750 million in 2016 as well as $500 million in transportation-related savings for users. The Lyft stud also found that 92 percent of passengers are more likely to stay out of a car after drinking because of ride hailing.
“Lyft Reports Multimillion-Dollar Economic Impact In Tampa This Year”Tampa Bay Business Journal