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Locals said they like the options for their families in town for the holidays.
“I like that idea. It’s something different to do,” added Rodriguez. “I would totally bring them out and see if they like it.”
The Tampa New Year’s Eve celebration is free to attend and family-friendly. It starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 12:30 a.m.
“New Yarrgh’s Eve: Tampa announces pirate-themed New Year’s celebration” – Fox 13
Registration and sponsorship/marketing opportunities are now open for the 2020 Downtown Development Forum! The Downtown Development Forum is a half day conference discussing topics and efforts of the downtown community’s development efforts. Hear from expert panelists, speakers and keynote address. Early Bird Pricing OPEN until February 5th at Midnight! Early Bird Partnership Members $65 (Increase after 2/5 is $75) Early Bird SSD Stakeholders & Non Members $80 (Increase after 2/5 is $95)
FRIDAY >> APRIL 3, 2020
Westin Tampa Waterside
725 S. Harbour Island Waterside Blvd.
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8:30am – 11:30
Stay tuned for the announcement of our expert speakers and keynote address!
Editor’s note: This story is part of “A Decade Defined By,” a series that examines how Tampa Bay has changed in the past decade. We will publish one story a day until Dec. 31. Read the whole package here.
Since buying the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Vinik has put his money into a vision for Tampa on a scale that’s been realized by only a few people in the city’s history.
Henry B. Plant brought his railroad and raised the minarets of the Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa). Vicente Martinez-Ybor moved his cigar factory here, launching the city’s signature industry. Sam Gibbons envisioned a Tampa that was bigger, and through the founding of the University of South Florida, smarter.
Vinik, 60, started by spending an estimated $110 million to buy the Lightning in 2010. He came to the owner’s box with a couple of ideas based on his own wide-ranging research and his observations of pro franchises in Boston, where he was a mutual fund and hedge fund manager.
One, good ownership makes a difference in team success.
Two, owners should be part of the community fabric.
So Vinik has given to everything from education to the arts to youth sports. But his biggest imprints arguably can be found in the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project, his support for the All for Transportation sales tax in Hillsborough County and his investment in the bay area’s tech innovation and startup scene.
A Tampa Bay Times reporter once asked Vinik if he expected to be as involved as he’s become in local business, philanthropy and public policy.
“No, no, and no,” he said. “But it’s all evolved that way, and I think the common theme would be that my wife (Penny) and I and our family love it down here. We think there is tremendous potential for this region, and everything we’re trying to get involved with is what we think is really important to help achieve that.”
Five places where Jeff Vinik has left his mark, 2010-2019
Sports and entertainment
In addition to owning the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vinik’s companies manage Amalie Arena and the Yuengling Center, formerly the University of South Florida Sun Dome.
Real estate development
In partnership with Cascade Investment, the private wealth fund of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Vinik is developing Water Street Tampa on 56 acres around Amalie Arena, including the site of the ConAgra flour mill. The 9 million-square-foot project includes a new building for USF’s Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, 3,500 residences, two new office towers, three hotels and about 13 acres of parks. When complete, Water Street is meant to be the home, workplace or leisure destination for 23,000 people a day.
Vinik has himself invested $10 million to launch Embarc Collective, an innovation hub for startups north of Amalie Arena, and $12 million in DreamIt, an early stage venture capital fund. And he’s supported programs and events through Synapse Florida, Tampa Bay Wave and Florida Funders.
Vinik and his companies contributed $785,000 to support the All for Transportation sales tax that Hillsborough voters passed last November and that is now being challenged in the Florida Supreme Court by opponents.
With his wife Penny, Vinik has brought the Beach Tampa to Amalie Arena, the Art of the Brick to Tampa, and Yayoi Kusama’s Love is Calling to the Tampa Museum of Art. The Lightning’s Community Heroes program makes $50,000 grants to nonprofits at each of the team’s 41 home games. USF’s Muma College of Business named its sport and entertainment management program for the Viniks in recognition of their $5 million-plus in support. Vinik also is a member of FBN Partners, a group of local investors who have loaned $15 million to Times Publishing Co., which owns the Tampa Bay Times.
“Jeff Vinik Bought the Lightning – Then His Influence Spread Over Tampa Bay” – Tampa Bay Times (subscription required)
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