Monday Morning Memo

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Partnership Presents

Tips for College Playoffs

The 2017 College Football Playoff Championship is coming to Tampa! Beginning Friday, January 6, crowds in Downtown Tampa are expected to reach 40,000 in and around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Events in Downtown will last through Tuesday, January 10, ending with press conferences at the Convention Center. Here are a few tips for our readers:

  • Get notifications regarding road closures and emergency notifications by texting CFBPlayoff to 888-777
    There will be Clean Zones in and around all event locations to help prevent fraudulent activity and victimization – no backpacks, or large bags.
  • Drivers may experience heavy traffic and delays starting Friday afternoon with road closures in some areas, especially on Ashley Drive, in and around event venues and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
    Park on the perimeters including Channelside, Ybor and the Heights and use alternative transportation including the trolley, streetcar, Downtowner, CoastBikes, water taxi, Uber and Lyft. The Cross-Bay Ferry is also an option from St. Petersburg.
  • If you see something, say something to the Police. Be mindful of the who, what, when and where. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
  • Watch out for suspicious persons and packages.
  • Downtown Guides and Clean Team will be on duty and with extended hours.
  • Use social media hashtags – #CFBPlayoff #Tampabay2017

Please visit for more information and volunteer opportunities.

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.

Guide Holiday and CFP Hours
In observance of the upcoming holidays and the College Football Playoffs, Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team will have the following special hours:

December 31
Downtown Guides – 11am – 8pm
Downtown Clean Team – 7am – 4pm

January 1
Closed – No Service

Friday, January 6
Downtown Guides – 7am – 8pm
Clean Team – 7am – 6pm

Saturday, January 7
Downtown Guides – 8am – 8pm
Clean Team – 7am – 6pm

Sunday, January 8
Downtown Guides – 7am – 8pm
Clean Team – 7am – 6pm

If you have any questions, please call the Tampa Downtown Partnership at 813.221.3686.

Holiday Storefront Contest Winner

Congratulations to SkyPoint, the winner of our storefront window painting contest! Fourteen vibrant scenes line the busy streets of Downtown Tampa through the end of this year. SkyPoint was voted as the People’s Choice Winner for this inaugural year. Stop by their location at 777 N. Ashley Drive to check it out! More information on SkyPoint condominiums is available on their website,

Winter Village – That’s a Wrap!

Thank you all for the support and for sharing memories at the inaugural Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, presented by USAmeriBank. We’re happy to announce that this season we enjoyed a 30 percent rise in visitors! Thank you to all of our sponsors; City of Tampa, TECO Energy, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa Bay Lightning, Strategic Property Partners, Tampa Bay Rays, PODS® Moving & Storage, Sykes, Atlantic American Advisors, Moss Construction, Power Design Inc., Courtyard Marriott, De-Simone, and Tampa Bay Times. Special thanks to the Bucs Care Foundation for their continued support as the tent structure donor. Share your photos on the Winter Village Facebook page and see you next season!

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.

Snow Days at the Aquarium
Monday, December 26 to Saturday, December 31
The Florida Aquarium
Bring the kids out to the Aquarium for a special treat! They’ll have a flurry of fun in the outdoor kids’ play area with real snow. Sea creatures and snow make the perfect combination! For more information, go to Snow Days at the Aquarium.

Critical Mass Tampa Ride
Friday, December 30, begins 7:45pm
Downtown Tampa
Saddle up on anything human-powered (skates, boards, even bikes!) to move at a casual pace of about 10mph. Lights are highly recommended. This large group ride is a chance to have fun, meet new people, and promote bicycle safety, skills, and confidence. For more information, go to Critical Mass Tampa Ride.

Downtown Countdown
Saturday, December 31, begins at Noon
Glazer Children’s Museum
Not everyone can stay up until midnight, so this is a New Year’s Eve party that the entire family can enjoy. Celebrate the end of 2016 by tasting kiddie party punch, designing your own party hats, or taking part in the Resolution Wall. Plus, don’t miss out on bubble wrap fireworks and dance parties, and ring in 2017 at the top of every hour! For more information, go to Downtown Countdown.

On Screen at Tampa Theatre
Lion – Through Thursday, January 5
NYE Wrap Party 2016 – Saturday, December 31, begins 9pm

This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – Wednesday, December 28, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Thursday, December 29, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes – Saturday, December 31, begins 7pm

Do the Local Motion
Friday, January 6, begins at noon
Poe Plaza
Join us for DANCEWALK 2017! Tours are free but a $5 donation is encouraged to support Where Love Grows, a local charity that feeds hungry children in our community. For more information, go to Do the Local Motion.

Doing Business Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Winter Village Shops
The Winter Village shops have closed for the season, and each retailer thanks you for your patronage and looks forward to seeing you again. Below is a list of some of the Winter Village retailers’ websites or contact information. If you wish to contact a retailer not listed below, please let us know!A Gift To Africa:
B.Dainty Boutique:  
Dark Cycle Clothing:
Disco Dolls:
Erika Williner Designs:
Funky as a Monkey:
Jamie Clifton of Lularoe:
Silly Dilly – The Enchanted Spot:
Swanson Soapworks:
Trexco Turnings:
Wired by Lauren:


Rays Holiday Sale
The Tampa Bay Rays Shop’s Holiday Hits Sale runs through December 31st with BOGO on all youth apparel, holiday ornaments and Rays caps. Think Spring, and purchase lower level tickets for $75 per pack!

For Pet Owners
Harbourside Animal Hospital is offering free delivery on flea/tick and heartworm preventatives as well as medications. But hurry! It’s for a limited time.

Luxury Apartment Sale
Aurora Apartments are offering a holiday gift! Receive free January rent on new leases signed by December 31, 2016. For more details, contact the leasing office at 866.601.0105. Located at 124 S. Morgan Street, Aurora Apartments are leased by Richman Signature Properties.

Development & Transportation

Enjoy Free Rides NYE
The Streetcar will have free fares beginning 7pm until 1am on the Streetcar for New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31. The Streetcar will also have extended hours until 1 am. For routes and more information, visit

Plans Released for Channel District Lot
Liberty, which acquired a vacant .95-acre parcel at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and North Meridian in May for $3.25 million, is seeking a non-substantial change approval from the city of Tampa, as its proposed development is smaller than a site plan approved for that property in 2007. The new site plan shows a 213-room Hampton Inn & Home 2 Suites by Hilton with 198 parking spaces. The ground floor of the hotel, at 14,899 square feet, will include a Starbucks coffee shop and lounge seating. A swimming pool and terrace are planned for the seventh level.
“Developer Reveals Plans For Prime Channel District Corner (Renderings)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Bus Service to TIA from Downtown
“The AirPorter,” a dedicated bus service line that would connect downtown Tampa, downtown St. Petersburg, and the Carillon area of St. Petersburg to Tampa International Airport, is the top priority for federal and state funding in 2017 for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. As outlined by HART officials, the service would use a “premium vehicle” that would run every 15 minutes during rush hour, and every half hour at other times, up until 9pm on weeknights and 9:30pm on weekend nights.
“Dedicated Bus Service Between Tampa, St. Pete And Tampa International On Top Of HART $ Wish List In 2017”

Cass Named Among Best New Bike Streets
In a list of the nation’s top bike streets, Cass Street has been named one of America’s Best New Bike Lanes of 2016. Listed at number ten, Cass Street is recognized for its connection between the Ybor City district and the north side of Tampa’s downtown. The project was also hailed for its importance to the future network and for the fact that it’s already helped prompt a likely follow-up project on the parallel Jackson Street — a state highway. Visit for the full list.

Developer Closes on Land Near UT
South Florida developer, Atlman Cos., has closed on land where it plans to build a luxury apartment community. Located near Oxford Exchange, the company paid more than $8 million for the 2.5-acre site. Dubbed Altis Grand Central, the property will include 314 residential units and 10,000 square feet of retail space. It incorporates the Bryn-Alan portrait studio into the new streetscape — the portrait studio will be renovated into retail space and include an outdoor cafe.
“Developer Closes On Land For Apartments Near Oxford Exchange” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

Trenam Attorney Joins Conn Memorial
Robert (Bob) Buesing of Trenam Law has been appointed to the board of directors for the Conn Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit that partners with organizations that provide social service and education programs for economically and environmentally challenged children and their families. The board of directors is comprised of private individuals who represent the community and are experienced in the focus areas of the Foundation with a commitment to diversity and skills that will best serve its mission. Visit Trenam Law online at or get more information on the foundation at

Plant Museum Presents Gasparilla Exhibit
Running January 13 to February 26, Henry B. Plant Museum explores Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival with an exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition. Learn more about the early Gasparilla parades and enjoy vintage photographs from 1904 to the present.  To kick-off the new exhibit, the public is invited to an evening of Gasparilla: Tall Tales & Scandalous Stories on Friday, January 13 from 6:45pm to 7:45pm in the Music Room at The University of Tampa. For information call 813-258-7302.

Our Members are People to Watch

Congratulations! Ten of Tampa Downtown Partnership Members have been named among the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 25 People to Watch in 2017. These are people with critical roles in the business and philanthropy communities. They all have one thing in common: high expectations.

  • Judy Lisi, President and CEO of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
  • Stu Sternberg, Principal Owner for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • James Nozar, CEO for Strategic Property Partners
  • Richard M. Blau, Chair, Regulated Products Group for GrayRobinson PA
  • Chas Bruck and Adam Harden, Partners at SoHo Capital
  • Linda Olson, President for the Tampa Bay WaVE
  • Craig Richard, President and CEO for Tampa Hillsborough EDC
  • Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Commissioner
  • Ed Turanchik, Attorney at Akerman
  • Bob Buckhorn, Mayor for the City of Tampa

Port Tampa Bay Okays Lease Agreements
Port Tampa Bay board members approved for Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment, Inc. (GCBE) to reassign their lease to the firm’s new partner Logistec Gulf Coast, LLC. As part of the consent to assign the leasehold from GCBE to Logistec Gulf Coast, both firms will consolidate three parcels of land into a combined footprint of nearly 12 acres. The board also agreed to award a construction contract to GLF Construction Company to build out a second new cargo berth at Port Redwing (Berth 302). This new berth—a $14.5 million investment—will enhance the current capacity for bulk and break bulk operations at Port Redwing and is in line with the port’s master plan.

Around Town

More Apartments Planned for St. Pete
Two major construction projects could start next year in Downtown St. Petersburg and in the Gandy Boulevard area. Miami-based Related Group, one of Florida’s leading residential developers, announced that it expects to close on the site of a 15-story, 354-unit apartment building at 801 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg’s burgeoning Edge District. On the Tampa side of the bay, Related is planning a four-story, 396-unit project just south of Gandy Boulevard and west of Westshore Boulevard.
“Two Apartments Projects Planned For Gandy Area, Downtown St. Pete”Tampa Bay Times

Retail Space in ONE Has Sold Out
ONE St. Petersburg, the 41-story mixed-use development in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, has sold its ground-floor retail condominiums to Sabal Trust Co., an investment advisory firm, and Philippe Berriot and Lisa Wannemacher, the husband-and-wife team behind Cassis American Brasserie. Totaling 17,000-square-feet, the purchase price of the eleven units was not disclosed. The developer expects the retail space to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“The 41-Story ONE St. Petersburg Has Sold Out Its Ground-Floor Retail Space”  – Tampa Bay Business Journal

New Apartments in Progress Village
ZOM Florida, in partnership with affiliates of The Mattoni Group and New York-based Clarion Partners, LLC on behalf of a commingled fund managed by the firm, recently broke ground on AZOLA AT MAGNOLIA PARK, a 366-unit multifamily apartment community located on Progress Boulevard near the Interstate 75/Highway 301 interchange and South Falkenburg Road.
“ZOM Florida Break Grounds on Luxury Garden Apartments in Tampa”

Tampa Businesses Make Top Stock Picks
Personal finance website looked at Buffett’s 15 best stocks of 2016, as of November 18, and two of them are companies that have a significant presence in the Bay area; Johnson & Johnson and Charter Communications. Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) has seen their stock prices continue to go up over 45 percent between January and December of 2016. Johnson & Johnson started the year at $101.71 and closed December 23 at $115.89, up 13.9 percent.
“Warren Buffett Stock Picks Include Companies with A Big Tampa Bay Presence”Tampa Bay Business Journal