Monday Morning Memo

Monday, December 4, 2017

Partnership Presents

Urban Excellence Awards: A Night of Legacy and Honor

This year’s Tampa Downtown Partnership Urban Excellence Awards was a night full of elegance, legacy, leadership, and honor. With the retirement announcement of the Partnership’s CEO and President of 15 years made just a month prior to the event, it came as no surprise that there was a focus on Christine Burdick’s lasting impact on Tampa’s Downtown. See the full list of winners, a full recap and photos from the evening.

Tampa Downtown Partnership Member Holiday Mixer

Join us on Wednesday, December 6 from 5pm to 7pm for our Holiday Mixer at Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. Tampa Downtown Partnership Members are invited for a fun Holiday event to mix and mingle with others who are interested in downtown.  We encourage our members to invite spouses and employees to join for this exciting free event. Ice skating, hors d’oeuvres and a drink are complimentary. Catering is provided by Mise En Place. RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Don’t Miss the Winter Village Express

New this year, the Winter Village Express offers a holiday experience aboard a holiday-themed Streetcar. Hop on at Centro Ybor and enjoy treats, music and fun as you travel to Whiting Station. A quick walk along the Riverwalk brings you to Winter Village. Tickets can be purchased at both stations, Whiting and Centro, by credit card or exact change. Round trips are $5 per person. All trips are first come, first serve due to limited availability, so come early! The Winter Village Express runs from 3pm to 8pm on Sunday, December 10 and 17. Learn more at

Do the Local Motion December Tours

Do the Local Motion proudly announces their December tours for Friday, December 1 and December 15. Join on December 15 for their annual Holiday Hop Tour of Trees. This is the most popular walk of the year! These fun and free guided tours provide an opportunity to get out and explore your Downtown community. Tours remain free, however a $5.00 donation is appreciated to help feed a hungry child. All donations benefit Where Love Grows, a local charity. All walks depart at approximately noon from the Poe Plaza Esplanade.

Food Trucks, Fitness and Free Music in the Park

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is dedicated to fostering a vibrant downtown neighborhood. That is why evey month we bring to you the Food Truck Fiesta and Rock the Park. The Food Truck Fiesta happens from 11am to 1pm the first Wednesday of every month, followed by Rock the Park’s free music series which happens each first Thursday of the month beginning at 6:30pm. Every week we bring to you Yoga in the Park on Sunday at 5pm, U-JAM Fitness on Monday at 6pm, Zumba on Tuesday at 6pm, and the Bamboozle Fit Club on Wednesday at 6pm. Explore our offerings.

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

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Through Friday, January 5
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. For more info, go to Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park.

Building Cities of the Future

Tuesday, December 5, begins 8am
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
Presented by BisNow and Dreamit, the UrbanTech Summit will feature an all-star line-up of CRE tech industry titans, high-ranking government of officials, innovators and entrepreneurs to demonstrate the impact of UrbanTech on all that surrounds us, to deliver actionable insights, and to offer an unparalleled networking experience. For more information, go to Building Cities of the Future.

Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, December 9, begins 9:30am
The Florida Aquarium
Meet Santa and his animal friends during a fun morning outing at the aquarium. The event begins with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Since Santa’s elves are pretty busy, Aquarium staff will be on hand, accompanied by some special animal guests for everyone to meet. Guests have the opportunity to purchase photos with Santa. For more information, go to Breakfast With Santa.

Tea With Santa & Mrs. Claus

Sunday, December 10, begins 11am
Oxford Exchange
Join the Clauses for a midday gathering and a cup of tea. Have fun decorating Christmas cookies and enjoying light fare along with your tea. Santa will be available for pictures, so bring a camera to take your own holiday snapshot. This event is a great way to celebrate the season and spend some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information, go to Tea With Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

The Book of Mormon – Tuesday, December 5 to Sunday, December 10
The Florida Orchestra – Cheers! – Thursday, December 7, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Holiday Music Concert – Friday, December 8, begins 7pm
A Drag Queen Christmas- The Naughty Tour– Saturday, December 9, begins 8pm
Francesca Ani – Live & Local – Saturday, December 9, 5:45pm to 7:45pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders – Tuesday, December 5, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche – Thursday, December 7, begins 7:30pm
Harlem Globetrotters – Friday, December 8, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Saturday, December 9, begins 7pm
FSU vs. Tulane Men’s Basketball – Sunday, December 10, begins at Noon

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: JP Pop Up Shop

With a mission to inspire women to feel beter by looking better and on a budget, Janelice decided to start JF Pop Up Shop. With all items priced $25 and under, Janelice’s products are now available in the Shops at Winter Village. Pick up a gift for yourself or for a loved one and know you are helping to support a local business woman. See all of her items for sale on the website or follow her on Facebook.

Marketplace News

Harbourside Animal Hospital is offering a $75 rebate and $25 credit for future use when you buy a year’s supply of Heartguard and Nexguard.

This short article from Securitas provides safety tips for shopping this holiday season.

Free Saturdays continue to be a hit for the TECO Line Streetcar. Are you seeing a bump in business transactions due to this convenient transit option? Share your story!

New Athletic Clothing Line Opens

Kabooty LLC, an upscale boutique selling fashion forward gym wear and sneakers for women, is opening inside of Beauty Brought Out in Downtown Tampa on December 1st. In an email announcement, Beauty Brought Out owner, Julissa Mercado-Badgett, said the addition of Kabooty to her store will make Downtown Tampa living more convenient while helping bring retail to residents and businesses. Get more information about Kabooty and Beauty Brought Out.

Pay for Parking Tickets in Food

Tampa City Council Member Guido Maniscalo is taking the sting out of your parking ticket. Now through December 15 you can knock $15 off your parking ticket fine by donating 15 cans of food, or $1 per can, to Feeding Tampa Bay. You can drop off your donation at the downtown Tampa parking citation office through December 15th or pick up a voucher to pay your fine by dropping off canned goods at ‘Feeding Tampa Bay.’
Pay Less For Your Parking Tickets And Help Needy Families With ‘Food For Fines’”ABC Action News

Digital Firm Seizes $4M Local Venture Investment

Ballast Point Ventures has invested $4 million in Symphonic Distribution Inc. This marks the first outside capital invested in Symphonic, based in Tampa and one of the largest independent music companies in the industry. Symphonic, which partners with Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and others, provides new and established record labels and individual musicians with digital music distribution tools that allow content creators to quickly and cost effectively distribute their music to major music consumption platforms. The deal shows there’s a lot of excitement, innovation and creativity in Tampa Bay’s technology sector, with more growth to come, said Jorge Brea, founder and CEO of Symphonic.
Fast-Growing Tampa Digital Firm Snares $4M Local Venture Investment”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

New Details Released for Riverwalk Tower/Place

Court documents filed this week, that lawyers in the case requested to be sealed, reveal details about the proposed tower that haven’t previously been made public — from condominium sizes and sales prices to office rental rates. A marketing package that was attached to an affidavit filed this week outlines new details of the proposed tower, which first went public in July 2015. The package was put together for HFF LP, which was marketing the project to equity investors. Feldman and Intown have been publicly referring to the building as Riverwalk Tower, though the marketing package refers to it as Riverwalk Place.  The projected sales and rental rates outlined in the marketing package would be new high benchmarks for Tampa. The overall average asking office rents in top-tier, downtown office space in the third quarter was just over $30 per square foot, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. But there hasn’t been a new, multitenant office building built downtown in a quarter century — which means that similar to the condominium component, it’s difficult to say how much the city’s corporate base is willing to pay for new space.
Court Documents Reveal Details Of Proposed 53-Story Riverwalk Place In Downtown Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Coast Bike Share Celebrates Three Years of Operation

Coast will celebrate its third birthday – and the recently crossed 500,000 mile mark – with a free-to-attend event on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 6pm. The community is invited to participate in a group ride around downtown Tampa, culminating at Hidden Springs Ale Works for an after party. The system now stands at 700 bikes with a 200-bike expansion being deployed around downtown Tampa in the coming months, bringing the system total to 900 bikes. Karen Kress, Director of Planning and Transportation at Tampa Downtown Partnership, said: “At the time of the launch, none of us really knew whether the bike share idea would work in Tampa. Very quickly, it was obvious that any doubts were squashed. The prevalence of the blue bikes coupled with the improvements in bike infrastructure have proven to be a recipe for success.” View the full release.

THEA Plans Another $200M for Projects

The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority anticipates selling more than $200 million in tax-free bonds to pay for two projects related to its properties. The bonds would fund the South Selmon Expressway Improvement and the Meridian Ultimate Improvement projects. The Meridian project would eliminate backups entering and exiting the agency’s reversible express lanes at Meridian Avenue. Those express lanes shift traffic flow between Brandon and downtown Tampa based on traffic patterns. That portion of the project also includes plans to update Meridian Avenue to work in tandem with the Strategic Property Partners’ Water Street Tampa plan. The agency expects to price the bonds as early as Dec. 7, according to a notice of sale.
Tampa Expressway Agency Plans Another $200 Million For Projects”Tampa Bay Business Journal

HART Expands Wi-Fi Connections

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has announced it is expanding the availability of free wireless Internet service to include the TECO Line Streetcar System and the agency’s top transit and transfer centers. Until recently, complimentary Wi-Fi was only available on all fixed-route buses. Now, TECO Line Streetcar passengers and HART riders can check emails, stream music or watch movies on their commute thanks to free Wi-Fi at the Marion Transit Center, Univeristy Area Transit Center, Netp@rk Transfer Center, and the Northwest Transfer Center. In addition to the Streetcar, HART buses and transit & transfer centers, free Wi-Fi will be installed on HARTFlex and HARTPlus vehicles in the near future.
“FL: HART Expands Wi-Fi Connections”Mass Transit

Development Interest Heats Up Along N. Franklin

With the sale of the Kress building to the Wilson Co., more deals and potential development are in the works for the North Franklin corridor. Jeannette Jason, a director with Cushman and Wakefield of Florida Inc. in Tampa, has two listings that are under contract: A parcel at 205 E. Fortune St., where Ariel Homes plans to build a 14-unit townhouse development, and 1104 N. Franklin St., which is under contract to a boutique hotel developer. Those deals are expected to close in the coming months.
“With Historic Kress Block Sold, More Deals Are On The Way In Downtown Tampa’s North Franklin Corridor”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

The Straz Announces Lottery for Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the national tour, which begins Dec. 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa and plays a limited, one week engagement through Dec. 10. In Tampa, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.  Entries will be accepted at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid identification to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. For more information, visit

Tampa Bay Wave Selects Companies for Accelerator

The nonprofit Tampa Bay Wave has selected 13 new startups for its accelerator program to help young tech and data companies build their businesses from a field of nearly 100 applicants, the largest field of applicants in the organization’s history. Six of the 13 were co-founded by women. Four had minorities and three had veterans among their co-founders. Eight are already generating revenue. Wave said it plans to use a $50,000 Small Business Administration grant it won last year to expand programs for startups led by women.
Tampa Bay Wave Picks 13 Data And Tech Companies For Startup Accelerator”

West Tampa Residents Contribute to CRA Project

As the City of Tampa prepares for the redevelopment of West Tampa, public community meetings are giving local residents the opportunity to contribute to the City’s strategic action plan for West Tampa. The City hosted its first of three community meetings in October at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC that allowed over 100 West Tampa residents to express their thoughts, concerns, and ideas for the West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) project. Several attendees emphasized the need for the City of Tampa, its consultants and local residents to work together on building the future of West Tampa. Kimley-Horn & Associates is the prime consultant for the West Tampa CRA.
“West Tampa Residents Key To Shaping Future Of Neighborhood”83 Degrees

FDOT Considers Options to Improve Fowler Ave.

A new study eventually could lead to better traffic flow on Fowler Avenue while offering a variety of transportation options. The $500,000 study, to take up to 18 months, focuses on the University Area and the University of South Florida. It is one part of a plan to look at “how people move” in Hillsborough County, said Ed McKinney, district planning and environmental administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation. For the north Tampa area, the center of focus now is Fowler Avenue. Currently, 53,000 cars carrying residents, tourists, employees and students travel on Fowler Avenue each day past the University of South Florida. By 2040, FDOT projects the number will rise to about 80,000 a day. Clarence Eng, a member of !P’s advisory board who is heading the organization’s involvement in the project, said transportation options are “critical to supporting the vitality of our economic centers, innovation districts and the region.”
“FDOT Considers Transit, Other Options For Improving Fowler Avenue In USF Area”

Hill Ward Henderson Shareholder Elected to Board

Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce Shareholder and Practice Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group, John C. Connery, Jr., was selected to serve on the 2017-2018 Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) Global Board of Directors. Members of ACG’s global board of directors are nominated and elected by their peers to serve a three-year term. The global organization, founded in 1954, represents 14,500 members worldwide, and serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisors to help grow middle-market companies.
“Hill Ward Henderson Shareholder Elected to ACG Global Board”Tampa Bay Newswire

Around Town

Mixed-Use to Replace Ybor Resprt & Spa

A new mixed-use building is on track to replace the Ybor Resort and Spa that burned down in early 2017. A-Investments, a partnership of Darryl Shaw and Ariel Quintela, owns the property at 1512 8th Ave. A-Investments has proposed a four-story mixed-use building on the site, which received unanimous approval from the city’s Barrio Latino Commission on Wednesday. A demolition permit for the remaining spa structure was issued last week, with costs pegged at $20,000. The building, which represents an estimated $8 million to $10 million investment, will be comprised of 16 to 24 luxury apartments and ground-floor retail, said Jonathan Moore of InVision Advisors, which is representing A-Investments in the project.
“Apartments, Retail To Replace Ybor Resort & Spa That Burned This Year (Renderings)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

St. Pete Announces Accessible Mural Tour

On November 21, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) announced the St. Petersburg Accessible Mural Tour program to make the city’s mural art accessible to all regardless of ability or disability.  The unique virtual Mural Tour may also be viewed anywhere around the world via the internet, with a computer or hand-held device. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance believes the city’s murals should be accessible to all.  The Alliance chose 40 centrally located works to focus on, spotlighting the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, several special murals, plus two murals commissioned by AARP Tampa Bay.
“The St Petersburg Arts Alliance Announces St. Petersburg Accessible Mural Tour”Tampa Bay Newswire

Outback Bowl Announces Teams for Annual Game

Get ready: The Michigan Wolverines will face the South Carolina Gamecocks at the 2018 Outback Bowl, the annual New Year’s Day contest at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Both teams are 8-4. It will be only the fourth time these teams have played in more than 125 seasons of their football history. It will also be a rematch of the 2013 Outback Bowl thriller that included four lead changes in the second half and finished with a Gamecock TD pass with 11 seconds remaining to win 33-28. The Outback Bowl has been in Tampa Bay for three decades. Over its history, the bowl has brought more than a million out-of-market visitors to the region while creating an estimated $1 billion in economic impact and distributing over $130 million to universities.
“Outback Bowl 2018 Names Its Teams For Annual Tampa Game”Tampa Bay Business Journal

New Initiatives Launched to Address Talent Shortfalls

Just weeks after a groundbreaking report identified a talent shortfall as the biggest challenge facing the Tampa Bay area, there are new initiatives to address that problem. One program would help community college students fund four-year degrees. Another would link schools, businesses and students to develop a workforce with the skills that employers want and need. Both efforts are designed to help the Tampa Bay area measure up better for companies looking to grow here or move here. USAmeriBank Foundation and Helios Education Foundation have committed up to $2.5 million to establish a scholarship fund to support students in the FUSE program, many of whom are first-generation, minority and under-represented students seeking an associate degree.
“Tampa Bay Employers Join Forces To Solve The Region’s Most Pressing Problem”Tampa Bay Business Journal

To Ring in Repeal Day, Visit Tampa

The Noble Experiment, as Prohibition was sometimes called, began on January 17, 1920, with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although it was mostly repealed by the ratification of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933, its effects have lingered to present day, especially in the South. Some states, like North Carolina and Alabama, directly govern, regulate, and heavily tax liquor through a state-level, alcoholic-beverage control board (ABC). Dozens of dry counties still dot the South. But December 5 — Repeal Day — has become a holiday within the bartending world. Bars and other drinkeries around the country throw lavish parties in celebration each year. And in the South, theTampa Bay Repeal Day Conference, which has evolved into an education conference — but one anchored by a gala Repeal Day Party for almost 1,000 people.
“To Ring in Repeal Day, Visit Tampa”The Bitter Southerner

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