Monday Morning Memo

Monday, February 28, 2022

The Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta is back in Lykes Gaslight Park!

Featuring tasty treats from a variety of local vendors, the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta occurs the first Wednesday of every month in The Square at Lykes Gaslight Park from 11am to 2pm. Click the link below to see this month’s participating food trucks.


To check it out, click here!

Urban Excellence Award Winners Announced!

The Tampa Downtown Partnership announced the 2022 Urban Excellence Award winners last Wednesday at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Among the businesses, initiatives, projects, and individuals celebrated this year were Joe Waggoner, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, named the Christine Burdick Downtown Person of the Year, and Kim Puleo winning the People’s Choice Award.


To read the full list of winners, click here.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts returns to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park this weekend

For half a century, artists and art lovers from all parts of the country migrated annually to the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, where the country’s most accomplished artists and rising stars vie for over $100,000 in prize money.


On March 5-6, 2022, the Festival will showcase artists and their work including ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. This event will also feature the works of local young artists and a weekend full of live entertainment.


To learn more, click here.

St. Paul A.M.E Church served as a hub in Tampa for civil rights activists to meet and organize

The St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tampa is an African American landmark. Historic figures like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and more have spoken from the pulpit.


“The St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, or A.M.E Church, was founded in 1870 in Downtown Tampa,” Fred Hearns, historian at Tampa Bay History Center, said. “That church drew many of the leading African American citizens for many, many years.”


To learn more, click here.

Naked Farmer opens at Water Street Tampa

Naked Farmer opened its third restaurant location at 1001 Water Street this past weekend. The fast-casual restaurant focuses on nutritious foods sourced as locally possible. The new Water Street location was chosen because it was designed to set a higher standard for sustainability and green-living in an urban environment and “aims to change the way we live.”


To learn more, click here.

As Tampa’s shiny Downtown rises, an old flour mill, and history, disappear

Tampa Bay Times reporter Sue Carlton takes a look at the history of the Ardent Mills flour mill and Tampa’s Downtown unique port history. Soon the mill will be torn down to reopen elsewhere, marking an end to Downtown’s smokestack era.


To learn more, click here.

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