Monday, January 23, 2017
Downtown Debriefing: The Arts are Alive
Join us on Tuesday, January 31 for a discussion with downtown arts leaders from the Straz Center, Tampa Theatre, and Tampa Bay History Center as they share their exciting plans for expansion and renovation. Maestro’s at the Straz will be our host with gracious support from the University of Tampa. Networking and registration begins at 7:30am. Register online.
Pirates Take Over Downtown!
Buckle down the hatches! It is officially Gasparilla Season in Tampa! Stay up to date with road closures and parade routes by subscribing to our Transportation Notices email list. Also, beware of Pirates near Lykes Gaslight Park on Tuesday around noon as they are looking to kidnap Mayor Buckhorn and steal the keys to our city! Cannons and gunfire may be heard by those near the site. More about the Gasparilla Season on visittampabay.com. View the official Gasparilla PirateFest website.
Special Promotion For Our Readers
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece CABARET returns to Tampa January 24-29. Our readers are able to save $20 on select performances using promo code: THANKYOU. Visit strazcenter.org or call the Straz Center Ticket Office at 813.229.7827. View the promotional flyer for more information.
|New Mural in the Channel District
Motivated by our Public Space Activation Grant Program, the Channel District’s neighborhood has acquired another mural, compliments of the talented artist Meaghan Farrell Scalise of Traditional and Digital Arts. The mural, located on the side of the artists’ building at 108 N. 11th St., depicts a small dog backed into a corner radiating enough energy to cast a large shadow of a howling wolf. The purpose of the piece, Scalise said, is to get people to look inwards and consider their own courage and determination. See the mural and learn more about our grant programs!
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.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME!
Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29
The whole family will be amazed by America’s favorite live entertainment experience. Be astonished by unexpected circus spectacles at The Greatest Show On Earth®. Awaken your childhood spirit and stir the imagination of your family! For more information, go to Circus XTREME!.
Fourth Friday in Downtown
Friday, January 27, begins 4pm
A monthly celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene! Join us for an evening of special offerings and programs by cultural venues, restaurants, and more. For more information, visit FourthFridayTampa.com.
Through Friday, January 27
Glazer Children’s Museum
Aye, aye mate! Get ready for Gasparilla and let the kids explore their inner pirates by making a treasure map, drinking pirate punch, enjoying featured pirate stories, and more surprises inside the Museum. Families can also enjoy a discount on pirate gear. For more information, go to Pirate Days.
Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, Pirate Fest, and Invasion
Saturday, January 28, begins 10am
Tampa Convention Center
The annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest has been invading Tampa Bay for over 100 years now. From the water invasion to the street parade, over half a million people will be showered with beads and entertainment of all kinds! Enjoy a pirate party and dazzling parade featuring bands, beads, floats, and more. There will be live entertainment, food, drinks, and much more! For more information, go to Gasparilla Events.
On Stage at the Straz Center
Forbidden Broadway – Through Sunday, March 12
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Through Sunday, February 5
Peter Bradley Adams – Monday, January 23, begins 7:30pm
Cabaret – Tuesday, January 24 to Sunday, January 29
Open Rehearsal – Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – Tuesday, January 24 to Thursday, February 2
Joshua Bell – Sunday, January 29, begins 7pm
On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
20th Century Women – Through Thursday, February 2
Matewan – Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Starship Troopers (1997) – Friday, January 27, 10:30pm to 12:45am
Moby Dick – Sunday, January 29, 3pm to 5pm
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop
We’re heading towards the countdown for baseball season and featuring the Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop celebrating its 10th anniversary in Downtown Tampa this year. Rays fans shop here for team merchandise, season tickets, single-game tickets, flex packs, and spring training tickets. Right now, all their NIKE apparel is BOGO (excluding Nike golf shirts and 2017 spring arrivals)! Spring Training starts in three weeks, and mark your calendar for April 2 – the Rays vs Yankees Home Opener! Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Waterworks Bar & Grill is having a Gasparilla Welcome Party on Friday night from 4pm until midnight with free hors d’oeurves. They’ll also be featuring St. Pete Distillery spirits and San Sebastian Winery wines. On Saturday they are having a build-your-own Bloody Mary Breakfast Bar from 6am to noon.
Tire Choice has acquired McGee Auto Service & Tires. Our local McGee team is now part of the largest independently-owned and operated automotive service chain in the U.S. and the third largest independent tire dealer with 86 locations in Florida, alone.
Sacred Heart Gift Shop is holding its Winter Sale. The store is open throughout the week, on Saturdays, before and after the 5:30pm Mass, and Sundays from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
OPĒS Health is hosting Bubbles and Botox, an exclusive Botox Party with Dr. Sumeet Thareja of Indigo Dermatology. Dr. Thareja is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and specializes in skin cancer, facial rejuvenation and noninvasive fat destruction.
Beauty Brought Out is a January 2016 recipient of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® for Hairstyling and Airbrush Makeup! Beauty Brought Out specializes in weddings and special events, but is also a full service salon and spa.
East Madison Salon is now carrying the award winning hair product Living Proof® and is offering 30% off to all new clients.
New Restaurant Opens Downtown
The Nook Eatery recently opened at 410 E. Madison offering breakfast, lunch or coffee. Offerings include a coffee bar, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and meals. They’re open from 7am to 3pm every week day. Order your next meal online!
FirstWaVE Accelerator Program
The FirstWaVE Accelerator Program is now accepting applications. The deadline to submit is February 24, 2017. This program offers dedicated mentors, weekly check-ins and progress check points, investor network pitch opportunities, an entrepreneur peer network, and monthly roundtables with successful entrepreneurs. Apply online.
Development and Transportation
State of the Port
During the Port’s signature annual event, Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, underscored the port’s $17.2 billion economic contribution annually as well as its support of more than 85,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs for the region. The port’s diversity, handling 37.5 million tons of cargo and welcoming 814,000 cruise passengers for its fiscal year 2016, its financially strong position, and plans for business development and facilities expansion were also discussed. For more information about Port Tampa Bay, visit www.portTB.com.
ULI Trends Conference Offers Outlook
Local and national leaders in real estate and development will offer their insights and predictions for the Tampa Bay area at the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Trends Conference on January 26. The half-day program, at the new Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in Tampa, will also feature elected officials as well as experts in transportation, planning, finance, hospitality and law, discussing everything from how new technology is affecting the real estate market to how new dining concepts are driving commercial real estate development. For more information on the conference, panelists, or to register, visit tampabay.uli.org.
Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot, New Website
The Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Program is helping with pedestrian safety. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is testing Connected Vehicle technology that will warn pedestrians and drivers of each other long before they meet by accident! By mid-2018, THEA will equip approximately 10 buses, 10 streetcars and 1,500 participants’ automobiles with wireless communication devices that can exchange traffic and safety information with other vehicles and with roadway infrastructure. Connected vehicle technology will make downtown Tampa a safer, smarter place to walk, ride and drive. Check out the redesigned website TampaCVpilot.com.
Summit Promotes Gulf Coast Trail
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), in partnership with Lee Health and the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation, hold the Gulf Coast Regional Trail Summit bringing together eleven transportation organizations across seven counties to discuss and build consensus on the name and branding for the planned 300-mile corridor, as well as provide guidance on securing federal funding, obtaining political and community support, and formalize an alliance to continue coordination and communication among all involved parties. Once complete, the Gulf Coast Trail will be a paved, multi-use trail connecting the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples. More information available at tbarta.com.
Transportation During Gasparilla
For a safe and easy way to get around during Gasparilla, extra streetcar, bus, and In-Towner service will be offered by HART. View the flyer with all the information you need, including routes and times of operation.
Fresh Food On-the-Go Expands
The HART Sponsorsed Farmers Market will now be available at the HART University Area Transit Center (UATC) every third Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables to customers who may reside in an area considered a “food desert,” which means the person has to travel more than a mile from home for groceries. For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, just visit goHART.org.
Elevate, Inc. Wins New Client
Elevate, Inc. is now working with the TECO Line Streetcar System to promote the timeless mode of transportation. Using multiple platforms, Elevate encourages ridership and endoreses the TECO Line Streetcar System’s efforts in keeping their streetcars convenient, affordable, and entertaining. For more information, visit elevate-inc.com.
Peluso Joins Hill Ward Henderson
Andrew E. “Andy” Peluso joins Hill Ward Henderson as an Associate in the firm’s Construction & Design Group. He rejoins the firm after serving as a Federal Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Steven D. Merryday on the United States District Court for the Middle District. His practice focuses on mediation, arbitration and litigation of claims, insurance and surety areas and construction and design litigation. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at hwhlaw.com.
Antiques Evaluations Saturday
Antiques Evaluations Saturday returns to the Henry B. Plant Museum on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 10am. Similar to “Antiques Road Show,” certified appraisers are available during Antiques Evaluations Saturdays to evaluate the community’s possessions. View a short video describing what takes place at the Antiques Evaluations Saturdays.
CushWake Welcomes New Managing Principal
Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield named Scott Garlick to lead its Tampa office as managing principal. Garlick replaces Larry Richey, who has led the firm’s Tampa operations for the past quarter century. Since September 2015, Richey has led the company’s nine Florida offices, from Jacksonville to Miami, as Florida market leader. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Garlick spent 12 years as a professional soccer player in the U.S. and elsewhere.
“Former Pro Soccer Star Scores Plum Real Estate Post” – Business Observer
Broadstone Hyde Park Sells for $64.5M
Raia Properties, based in New Jersey, paid $249,150 per unit for Broadstone Hyde Park, which was developed in 2015 by Phoenix-based Alliance Residential. The deal closed January 18, according to a Hillsborough County deed filed January 20. Located at 1702 W Cleveland St., is in the center of one of Tampa’s few truly walkable neighborhoods. It is within walking distance of both the South Howard strip and Hyde Park Village as well as Publix Super Markets Inc.’s GreenWise Market.
“South Tampa Apartments Sold For $64.5 Million” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Vote for Recycling Truck Art
The City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management invites you to cast your vote for the 2016 3R’s Art Contest Winner. Residents can visit the Department website at tampagov.net/solidwaste to view selected artwork and vote for their favorite submissions. Voters can cast their votes for the first, second and third place winner for each grade level; elementary, middle and high. Contest voting will be open until January 31, 2017.
PSTA Expands Taxi, Uber Partnership
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will expand to the entire county its Direct Connect service that gives riders a discounted taxi or Uber ride to or from the bus stop. The Direct Connect program saves PSTA more than $100,000 a year, based on estimates last year. When the Direct Connect program launched last February, the service was only available in Pinellas Park and East Lake. PSTA expanded access to 20 additional bus stops across the county in July. Now the service will be available at any of the agency’s stops.
“PSTA Widens Its Reach With Taxi, Uber Partnership” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Foreclosure Fillings Hit New Low
As Tampa Bay home prices soared in 2016, foreclosure filings plunged to their lowest point in 10 years. In Pinellas, just 2,985 homes went into foreclosure last year compared to more than 15,000 at the peak of the crisis in 2008-09. In Hillsborough, lenders started foreclosing on 2,786 homes, almost 12,400 fewer than at the peak. Nationwide, less than 1 percent of homes had a foreclosure filing last year, the lowest since 2006. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay home prices rose about 10 percent in 2016, though they have yet to return to pre-crash levels in some areas.
“Tampa Bay Foreclosure Filings In 2016 Fell To Lowest In A Decade” – Tampa Bay Times
Selmon Extension Updates
THEA is committed to keeping you informed about the Selmon Extension Project. Earlier this month they gave presentations about the Selmon Extension to the Bayside West and Culbreath Key homeowners associations, followed by question and answer sessions. On January 26th, they will present to the homeowners’ at Regency Cove. Please, click here to sign up for the Selmon Extension’ newsletter.