Monday, February 3, 2020
Six big Tampa Bay projects racing to be ready for Super Bowl 55
Pirate Water Taxi in Downtown Tampa expands to meet ridership demands
On Friday, January 31st, the City of Tampa along with Visit Florida will celebrate the expansion of the Pirate Water Taxi.
To meet the demand of riders the company is expanding its fleet by adding a 100 passenger ship.
“We’ve seen year over year, just ridership increase. We needed to create a bigger boat. We had the demand so we needed to be able to service that,” said Director of Marketing Jennifer Richardson.
The Pirate Water Taxi is a daily hop on, hop off service in downtown Tampa.
There are 15 stops along the Hillsborough River from Sparkman Wharf to Rick’s on the River.
This year the water taxi will add another stop to its list at The Florida Aquarium.
They’re seeing more and more people choose the water taxi to get around Tampa to avoid congestion.
“The pirate water taxi is a great option if you’re trying to get from one area in downtown to another and you want to avoid the parking and the traffic challenges and it’s just a great alternative,” said Richardson.
Adding even more stops and ships could be possible in the future if ridership continues to increase.
Right now there are more than 2,000 annual pass holders.
With increased traffic downtown, the company is investing in water taxis as commuters look for other ways to get around.
“We’re kind of looking forward to taking time to go up and down the river and see what we can see,” said rider Dean Messner.
Pirate Water Taxi is also adding The Lost Pearl ship which will be used for interactive pirate cruises.
The fleet expansion celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Convention Center dock.
Downtown Debriefing Series with Carole Post, City of Tampa
DeVito’s, Coming to Downtown Tampa, Will Embrace Italian Classics
Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge owner James DeVito is going back to basics with his next downtown Tampa restaurant: DeVito’s Italian Specialties.
Debuting in February, the sophisticated full-service newcomer at 200 N Tampa St. will serve a menu of classic Italian cuisine, with a focus on guest interaction.
“What I enjoy most about owning restaurants is the intimacy and the relationships with the clientele. I want to get back to those roots and one-on-one personal connections with our patrons,” DeVito said in a news release.
DeVito opened the first Taps location at Ashley Drive and Polk Street in 2008, growing the brand through the launch of five other outposts. All but the original were eventually sold.
The native New Yorker and chef Alessandro Magnani, who was born in Bari in the southern Italian region of Puglia, have developed the food for DeVito’s. Guests will chow down on traditional dishes made with premium ingredients imported from Italy, including Roman pizzas known for their light, airy crust, specialty sandwiches and fried turnovers called panzerotti during lunch.
Dinner plans to bring more upscale items like octopus carpaccio, bone-in veal chop, pappardelle al cinghiale (flat pasta with boar ragu), whole branzino and zabaione (egg-based Marsala custard).
For drinks, the bar will marry Italian wines and beers with their American and local counterparts, respectively. Cocktail favorites like Americanos and Aperol Spritzes are in store as well.
In the release, DeVito said the restaurant is meant to celebrate old-school Italian cooking, simple dishes that let the ingredients speak for themselves.
“We want to go back to our Italian heritage, bring back traditional recipes, and resurrect recipes that have vanished and/or that are difficult to find in today’s everyday offerings of modern Italian cuisine, where dishes have been over modified,” he said.
2020 Downtown Development Forum
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.
Tampa, FL 33602
8:30am – 11:30
Stay tuned for the announcement of our expert speakers and keynote address!
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- Six big Tampa Bay projects racing to be ready for Super Bowl 55
- Pirate Water Taxi in Downtown Tampa expands to meet ridership demands
- Downtown Debriefing Series with Carole Post, City of Tampa
- DeVito’s, Coming to Downtown Tampa, Will Embrace Italian Classics
- 2020 Downtown Development Forum
- Connect With Us!