Monday Morning Memo

Monday, February 20, 2017

Partnership Presents

Development Forum: Downtown In Motion

Mark your calendar! Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 21st Annual Development Forum will take place on Friday, March 24 from 8am until noon at the Tampa Convention Center. The Development Forum is a half-day event that explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Participants hear from public and private leaders, and industry specialists who offer insight into local, regional and national trends in their field of expertiseView the agenda and register 

Tampa’s Arts, Culture, and Foodie Scene

Join a celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene! Pick up a wristband at any of the participating museums and performing arts venues offering extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. Select Downtown restaurants also offer unique food and drink specials to Fourth Friday participants. Be sure to check out this month’s schedule at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @FourthFridayTampa.

ICYMI: We Have a New Website

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website, The new website features a clean design that showcases Tampa’s urban core to residents, workers, business owners, and visitors alike. The new design allows for users to easily access information based on their interests – live, work, play, or stay. Visitors to the website gain access to a variety of information including comprehensive reports, weekly newsletters (including Downtown After Hours), Downtown developments,  and travel options via the Interactive Map. Visit the new website today or view a pre-recorded two minute tour.

Ping Pong Featured on Fox 13

Up for a game of ping-pong? Show us what you’ve got!  Tampa’s Downtown Guides will be available each Thursday from noon to 1pm in Lykes Gaslight Park to take on a game of ping-pong with anyone willing. It’s FREE, so come out and have some fun. Make your friends jealous by taking a selfie as a player or a spectator and be sure to tag @TampasDowntown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – our Guides are very photogenic too! Last week Fox 13 joined us for a game so be prepared to broadcast your skills!

Free Active Shooter Presentations

The Tampa Police Department is offering free Active Shooter presentations from Tuesday through Friday, 7am to 1pm. Insterested businesses must have 25 or more confirmed employees attending, and allow for a full hour. To schedule your company’s presentation, please contact Sean Mahabir, Police Officer, at

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.

The Aliens by Annie Baker

Through Sunday, February 26
Stageworks Theatre
Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. For more information, go to The Aliens by Annie Baker.

Fourth Friday

Friday, February 24, 4pm to 9pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene. 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 at any of the participating cultural locations for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments).  For more information, go to Fourth Friday.

Gasparilla Distance Classic

Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26
Brorein Street and Franklin Street
The Distance Classic will include a 5k, 8k, 15k, and half marathon races. There will also be a wheelchair division. Lace up your shoes and join in or line the streets to watch this fun community event! For more info, go to Gasparilla Distance Classic.

On Stage at the Straz Center

Wicked – Through Sunday, February 26
Forbidden Broadway – Through Sunday, March 12
National Geographic Live presents Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous – Tuesday, February 21, begins 7pm
BODYTRAFFIC – Wednesday, February 22, begins 8pm
Happy Hour Concert – American Spirit(s) – Thursday, February 23, begins 6:30pm
Mardi Gras in New Orleans – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, February 24, begins 8pm
Rebecca Zapen – Live & Local – Friday, February 24, 6pm to 9pm
Camp-A-Palooza – Saturday, February 25, 10am to 2pm
Dean Johanesen – Live & Local – Saturday, February 25, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Katie Adams: Stories from the Seas – Saturday, February 25, begins 11am
Pablo Sainz Villegas – Saturday, February 25, begins 7:30pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

OSCAR-Nominated Animated Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
OSCAR-Nominated Live Action Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
OSCAR-Nominated Documentary Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
Equal Means Equal – Monday, February 20, begins 7:30pm
10 Things I Hate About You – Friday, February 24, 10:30pm to 12:15am
Hollywood Awards Night – Sunday, February 26, begins 7pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers – Tuesday, February 21, begins 7:30pm
Harlem Globetrotters – Wednesday, February 22, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames – Thursday, February 23, begins 7:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: UPS Store

Our downtown UPS Store is a convenient retail spot for shipping and printing, but did you know that UPS expertly prints signs, banners, and posters? It’s also a great place to find the perfect greeting card for all occasions. We found things that you might just need, such as school supplies, packing supplies, Lil Larry Pocket Lights®, Quick Study® laminated reference guides for all ages, and Town Tiles® mugs!

Marketplace News

Harbourside Animal Hospital is celebrating Pet Dental Health Month with a $50 discount off any dental cleaning/treatment and a free nail trim for those pets getting the dental cleaning/treatment. Great dental health and a healthy smile will help keep your pet’s entire body healthy.

Aurora Apartments have announced their current new lease specials: Receive one month free with leases beginning  March 1; two weeks free with leases beginning April 1;and $500 off leases thereafter, for a limited time.  For details, contact Aurora at 866.601.0105.

The Fitzgerald, opening March 1, has announced its current new lease specials:  Move in by April 30, and receive $750 off your lease and; move in by May 31 and receive $500 off your lease.  For more information, contact The Fitzgerald at 813.473.6005.

The Rays NIKE BOGO sale ends February 28! The sale includes all NIKE products except for NIKE Golf Shirts and 2017 spring arrivals. Spring Training is here and tickets are available for the entire season at our Downtown Nike Store.

Maloney’s Local Irish Pub is offering a free Open Bar for their loyalty card holders. If you don’t have only already, sign up – it’s free! Enjoy free drinks this Friday from 6pm to 7pm. Starting in March, Maloney’s will offer a $10 open bar from 6pm to 8pm (except March 17), and in April the $10 open bar will be available only on Fridays from 6pm to 8pm.

The Hall on Franklin, Tampa’s new restaurant collective, takes shape in historic Heights storefront. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Kress Co-Owner Accepting Offers

A marketing flier for the Kress block says co-owner Jeannette Jason will call for offers on February 28. The flier lists a price of $9.5 million, the first time a number has ever been put on the property. The Kress block is one of the most closely watched properties in the Tampa Bay region. There have been plans for the Kress over the years, but none have come to fruition. The most recent plans to go public would have built a boutique hotel inside the Kress building, but that deal collapsed in mid-2015. The most recent marketing materials list potential redevelopment options as a food hall, boutique hotel, retail space, residential units or creative office space.
“Co-owner Will Call for Offers on Downtown Tampa’s Historic Kress Block”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Carnival Adds Havana to Tampa Service

On Valentine’s Day, Carnival Cruise Line and Port Tampa Bay announced that the Carnival Paradise will add Havana, Cuba to select itineraries from Tampa starting this summer. The four- and five-day itineraries will include multiple opportunities which will include overnight visits to Havana. The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. The Carnival Paradise is one of seven cruise ships that will home port at Port Tampa Bay during the 2017-18 cruise season. For more information about cruising from Tampa, visit

Development and Transportation

Jackson House Future Unclear

Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist warned recently that local officials need to step in — and fast — to save the historic Jackson Rooming House. Crist suggested the county should acquire the century-old Tampa landmark, which once housed black entertainers including Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald when they came to town, to salvage what it can of the aging building before it’s too late. The Jackson House has stood for decades as a powerful symbol for Tampa’s black community, a monument to some of the 20th century’s great black performers and a sobering reminder of the Jim Crow South. The Jackson House Foundation wants to raise $1.3 million to renovate and restore the building and keep it in its location, while Crist suggests the city move Jackson House due to its valuable location. Commissioner Sandy Murman addressed Crist’s idea with skepticism suggesting the city take care of the property.
“Jackson House Supporters Confused By Commissioner Crist’s Plan To Save Black Landmark”Tampa Bay Times

Socio-Economic Trends Pushing Downtown Development

A handful of major Gulf Coast commercial real estate projects are benefiting from job growth and population influx, along with demographic shifts, socio-economic trends and technological gains. From Strategic Property Partners’ $3.5 billion plan to enhance downtown Tampa to Benderson Development Co.’s more than $1 billion University Town Center project, the region will ultimately be home to millions of square feet of new commercial space. SPP is installing $35 million worth of required infrastructure for the project, which began last August. Although the overall project will be built in phases through 2026, about half of the new space is slated to come online by 2020 to create a walkable community that promotes wellness and environmental sustainability while remaining economically viable and architecturally significant.
“Taking Shape”Business Observer

Inside Look at Cross-Bay Ferry

Tampa Bay Times Staff Writers, Christopher Spata and Alexa Volland, tried the Cross-Bay Ferry and share their experiences with their readers. Decribing the ferry as both fun and convenient for workers, Spata and Volland walk readers through three trips taken between December and February. Volland even goes as far as to recommend the ferry ride as a date night option. The Cross-Bay Ferry’s six-month pilot program comes to an end in April and like the Times Staff Writers, we hope it returns.
“We Tried The Cross-Bay Ferry For Errands And Fun. Here’s What Happened”Tampa Bay Times

Transportation App: Parkmobile

Beginning last week, Monday Morning Memo will feature a transportation app to make your travel easier. This week, we are featuring Parkmobile. Parkmobile is a pay-by-phone/app service that is providing customers to the City of Tampa Parking Division an alternative payment option. The option to pay for parking with a smart phone, cell phone, or website is intended to complement the existing parking payment options. Click here for more information.

HART Leasing Teslas for HyperLINK

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority is leasing four Tesla  vehicles through a third party leasing agency to expand its HyperLINK program in the University of South Florida area. The program currently partners with the company Transdev to provide direct connections from door to bus stop through an on-demand ride-hailing service similar to Uber. The vehicles initially will not be capable of fully autonomous operations and will have “drivers” to ensure safety. However, the vehicles will receive software updates as Tesla develops its technology.
Transit Authority Leasing Four Tesla Vehicles For University Area Expansion”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

Brew Bus Raises Funds for Playground

Brew Bus will be donating $1,200 to the Wayne C. Papy Athletic Center in Seminole Heights towards the development of a children’s park which will serve families of the recreation center and all Seminole Heights neighbors and residents. Brew Bus will be presenting the “Big Check” to the organization this Monday, February 20 around 7pm. Monday’s are their Heights Night, meaning if you live or work in 33602, 33603, or 33604 your first house draft is free! In March, Brew Bus will be kicking off their Give Back Wednesdays, where every Wednesday they support a new charity by donating 20 percent of house draft and food sales from that day.

Hill Ward Henderson Announcement

J. Logan Murphy, an attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, has recently been elected Secretary of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD). His candidacy was unopposed and endorsed by attorneys across the country. After serving as Secretary in 2017 and Chair-Elect in 2018, he will assume the Chair of The Division in August 2019. Murphy will be the first Chair from Tampa in nearly 20 years.

YMCA Hosts Lightning Night

The Downtown YMCA is hosting a YMCA Night with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, March 1. Tickets are $31 for the terrace endzone or $39 for the terrace sideline. For every ticket purchased, $5 will be donated back to the YMCA. The puck drops at 7:30pm. To purchase, contact Nate Black at 813.301.6620 or

Chiselers 54th Annual One-Day Market
On Saturday, March 11, from 9 am to 3 pm, the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall will host the 54th Annual One-Day Market. Some of Tampa’s finest silver, crystal and china will be on sale at incredible prices with the proceeds going to restore and maintain Tampa’s historic 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Donated by Tampa families, the many precious items on sale range from jewelry and art to gently-used furniture and everyday household items such as kitchenware, tools, books, toys, plants and couture clothing.

Around Town

City of Tampa Community Event for Homeowners

The Housing & Community Development Division is hosting three marketing outreach events to promote the Principlal Reduction Program. This program is designed to assist eligible homeowners who are underwater by providing up to $50,000 to reduce the principal balance of the first mortgage thereby reducing the loan-to-value (LTV) of the first mortgage to no less than 100 percent. The first event will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 10am to noon at the David M. Barksdale Senior Center, 1801 N. Lincoln Avenue, Tampa, FL  33607. For more information, contact Latasha Hicks at 813.274.7989 or

Tract of Westshore Marina Sells for $11.81M

Miami-based Related Group closed on its purchase of a 8.5 acre tract in the 52-acre master planned community Westshore Marina District for $11.81 million. Related previously announced plans for a 396-unit luxury apartment complex on the site at the Tampa end of the Gandy Bridge. The master developer, BTI Partners of Fort Lauderdale, acquired the 52 acres after the grandiose New Port Tampa project collapsed during the recession, has designed the site to include a 200-room hotel, retail and office space, up to 1,750 residential units, 185 to 240 marina slips and a 1.5 mile waterfront park.
“Miami Company Closes On $11.81 Million Deal For Prime Tract On Tampa End Of Gandy Bridge”Tampa Bay Times

New Details on Colonnade Condo Tower

The planned 24-story tower located at the former Colonnade Restaurant property will include 71 units, most of which start at $1 million and range from 2,400 to 3,300 square feet. A team from Smith & Associates Real Estate is the exclusive listing agent. The top two floors will contain a single unit each, at 6,900 square feet, and be priced at just under $5 million. Below the two penthouses are four floors that will contain two 4,500-square-foot residences each. Every condo will have a private elevator entrance, 10-foot ceilings and access to amenities that include an infinity-edge pool overlooking Bayshore, state-of-the-art wellness center, pet grooming facilities and 24-hour staffed reception.
“Colonnade Condo Tower Developers Release New Details (Partial Subscriber Content)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Captain D’s Coming to Tampa Bay

Nashville, Tenn.-based fast-casual seafood chain Captain D’s is targeting the Tampa Bay region for expansion after opening three new restaurants in northern Florida and one in the Orlando area, with more to follow thanks to a multi-unit development agreement with an Orlando franchisee. In 2016, the company achieved its fourth consecutive year of record-high, system-wide average unit value (AUV), and sixth consecutive year of positive growth. It has 518 restaurants in 21 states, making it the No. 1 fast-casual seafood chain when measured by AUV. Success has emboldened the company, prompting it to embark on an aggressive campaign to grow its footprint.
“Captain D’s Charts a Course for Tampa Bay” Crain’s Tampa Bay