Monday Morning Memo

Monday, July 10, 2017

Partnership Presents

Executive Committee Profile

Each year Tampa Downtown Partnership inducts new leadership for the coming year at our Annual Meeting. This week, we are pleased to spotlight Melanie Lenz, who serves as Secretary for our Board of Directors. Mrs. Lenz is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to the management of capital projects for the Rays, she oversees the organization’s key strategic initiatives including the Rays brand extension within the television market, management of key business relationships, business analytics activities and long-term facilities planning. In 2016 she was named one of the most influential women in Tampa Bay sports by the Tampa Bay Times. We are honored to have Melanie Lenz on the Executive Committee for our Board of Directors. Read her full bio.

Thank You, Police Chief Ward

The Tampa Downtown Partnership staff, Board, and Executive Committee would like to thank Police Chief Ward for his 29 years of service. We wish you the best of luck in your position as director of security with Tampa-based Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. During this phase of transition, we have the utmost faith in Assistant Chief Brian Dugan as interim chief. Thank you to all the men and women who have pledged an oath to keep us all protected – we could never repay you for the sacrifices you make each day. Read the full Tampa Bay Times article on Tampa Police Chief Ward’s resigning and the national search for his replacement.

Downtown Tampa is Happening: Get Involved

Since 1986, the Partnership has been an advocate for the business community, bringing together leaders from a broad range of industries and market segments to ensure Downtown Tampa remains an active central business district, arts and cultural center and residential neighborhood. Membership with the Tampa Downtown Partnership is a direct investment into the health and economic vitality of downtown; and as downtown prospers, so does your business. Becoming a member ensures your company’s involvement in our organization’s downtown revitalization efforts and means your company will be kept abreast of new developments; and ongoing activities and events. Get more information and join us today!

Happy Birthday, City of Tampa!

The City of Tampa will celebrate Archives Awareness Week with exhibits and programs taking place at local archives throughout the week of July 9, 2017 – 15, 2017. These programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Archives Awareness Week is held during the second week of July to coincide with the City of Tampa’s July 15th birthday. This year the City of Tampa is celebrating its 130th birthday. During this week, local archivists and history enthusiasts come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records. For more information on the City of Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week or about various exhibits or programs, please visit

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

Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally

Friday, July 14, 6pm to 11pm
Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center
A rolling celebration of food and fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally

Fresh Artisan Market

Sunday, July 16, begins 11am
Channelside Bay Plaza
Offering live entertainment, restaurants, fresh produce and locally handcrafted treasures, this monthly market offers residents and visitors alike a waterfront shopping experience right at the Port of Tampa! For more information, go to Channelside Bay Plaza Fresh Artisan Market.

Tampa Indie Flea

Sunday, July 16, Noon to 4pm
Rialto Theatre
This monthly market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie, and handmade. You will find products like handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen printed t-shirts, vintage treasures, up-cycled home goods, artisanal jams, and lots of other funky finds. There will also be local food and drink, non-profit organizations, music, and good vibes at this family and pet friendly event. For more information, go to Tampa Indie Flea.

This Week at Amalie Arena

Paul McCartney – Monday, July 10, begins 8pm
Roger Waters – Tuesday, July 11, begins 8pm
New Kids on the Block – Saturday, July 15, begins 7:30pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Hero (2017) – Through Thursday, July 13
Zardoz (1974) – Friday, July 14, 10:30pm to Midnight
Saboteur (1942) – Sunday, July 16, 3pm to 5:30pm

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Tuesday, July 11 to Sunday, July 16
Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 – Wednesday, July 12 to Sunday, August 6
Patel Conservatory presents Jazz Intensive Concert – Friday, July 14, begins 7:30pm
Angie Rey – Live & Local – Saturday, July 15, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
The Veil of Illusion: A Decadent Evening with the Aerial Dragons – Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: JMB Cosmetics

Downtown Tampa now has its own cosmetics brand! JMB Downtown Cosmetics is now being sold at Beauty Brought Out, the downtown salon with a professional reputation within the film, photo, and cosmetic communities. Owner Julissa Badgett tells us that her makeup line’s rich colors will not fade during your downtown day, and they’re available in store and on the store’s website.  Contact Julissa to sign up for make-up application classes with her Beauty & Bottles workshop (evening make-up lessons with wine!). The salon has been open since April 2014 and continues to bring new excitement to downtown – stop by and check it out.

Marketplace News

Bamboozle Tea Lounge, located at 109 N. 12th Street in the Channelside District, is presenting the art of Lynn Rattray in her solo show, “FARM STYLE: TAMPA BAY”, July 6-August 10. Lynn is an award winning artist with an impressionistic style of colorful oil paintings that translates the spirit of cows, pigs, roosters, goats and an assortment of songbirds.

Oxford Exchange Bridal Show is July 16 from noon to 3pm. This free event will be held  on Oxford Exchange’s second floor, and showcases Tampa’s premier wedding vendor.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has announced their new Art Loan program, whereby businesses and individuals may rent works from the private collection of over 400 photographs.  The museum will curate, install and maintain each piece for a low annual rate. For more information, email

The Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop is having their 75% clearance sale, with new items added daily for adults, children and infants.  There’s also 50% off all Nike clothing for men, women and children! Sale ends July 14.

Aloft Tampa is offering a Shop & Stay Hotel special with International Plaza.

Curtis Hixon Restaurant Selected

On Wednesday, July 5, the City of Tampa announced that Four Green Fields was selected for the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park retail space. The Four Green Fields proposal offers a clear path to a sustained, integrated business that will bring needed afternoon and evening activity to the site in an attractive open arena. The pub will offer a unique raw bar with service available with both inside and outside seating. This will also serve as an easily accessible walk up area for those using the Riverwalk. Four Green Fields plans for a $680,000.00 build out beginning mid-August and with an expected completion in 16 weeks. View the renderings. See the renderings of the rejected concepts here, via Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Convention Center Gets New Restaurant

The City of Tampa announced on Thursday, July 6 that Smuggler’s Enterprises Inc., with their Harpoon Harry’s Crab House concept, was awarded the contract from the Request for Proposal for the convention center retail space that was released in May. The restaurant concept is a “premiere, world class facility” based on the Harpoon Harry’s Crab House Concept which is a successful high energy, food, beverage, retail and entertainment operation. It will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines and open air concept through the incorporation of roll up doors along Franklin Street. It will include a sushi bar, stylized bar area themed around a 1926 truck, as well as a main bar. They are investing $3.6 million to convert a 10,000 square foot storage space into a family friendly themed restaurant. They intend open in 6 to 8 months.

Crunch Fitness Coming to Channelside

Crunch Fitness has signed a lease in Grand Central at Kennedy, a mixed-use building that includes street-level retail and restaurants and condominiums. Crunch will occupy 21,415 square feet there, said Ken Stoltenberg, principal of Mercury Advisors. The gym will open a 13,000-square-foot “express” fitness facility in September and take occupancy of the entire space by the end of the year. Construction is slated to begin in August. Powerhouse shuttered that location in late February after Mercury Advisors filed an eviction lawsuit against the gym.
“New Tenant to Take over Former Powerhouse Gym Space in Downtown Tampa” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

Riverwalk Tower Development Sales Center

The developer of Riverwalk Tower has filed plans with the city to place a modular sales center on the lot, which is at the intersection of Brorein Street and Ashley Drive. The height of Riverwalk Tower — previously reported at 52 stories or 628 feet — hasn’t changed, said Mack Feldman, a spokesman for Feldman Equities. But with penthouses that are technically two stories in height, the developer is pegging Riverwalk Tower at 53 stories. Feldman said the sales center should open by October or November. He declined comment on the condo pricing.
“53-Story Mixed-Use Tower in Downtown Tampa Takes Key Step Forward”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Pressure for Upgrades to Herman Massey Park

Changes are almost certainly coming to downtown Tampa’s all-but-forgotten Herman Massey Park. The question is when. City officials say they expect to upgrade the park after they know more about what’s coming to two neighboring properties and how those plans will affect the half-acre park. Officials are talking to prospective developers who would likely want a better and maybe bigger park to complement their plans. Representatives from the Tampa Downtown Partnership, City of Tampa, The Residences of Franklin Street, Downtown business owners,and others were in attendance at a Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association meeting held last week.
“Downtown Residents Press For Upgrades To Tampa’s Herman Massey Park”Tampa Bay Times

Alternatives for Toll Lanes

State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community over the next 18 months. DOT officials presented seven alternatives to the downtown Tampa interchange and I-275 north to Bearss Ave. during a community meeting. None of them included toll lanes on that span of I-275 and they all had some sort of transit, such as light rail or express bus. Some of the options, which were displayed on long vertical blueprints in a DOT boardroom, had the same footprint as the former TBX plan. Building those alternatives would take just as much property in Tampa Heights, Ybor City and other urban neighborhoods, a key criticism of the old plan.
“DOT Shows Alternatives To Former Tampa Bay Express Toll Lanes”Tampa Bay Times

Developing for WELL Certification

In October 2015, the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) announced that Water Street, the $3B Vinik-Cascade development, would aim for WELL-certified district certification. IWBI co-founder Paul Scialla said in a press release at the time that developers now have the ability to design cities that promote health instead of harming it. The Tampa project seeks to do minimize or eliminate pollution, noise and other negative environmental factors often found in an urban environment. The WELL standard focuses on building features that impact the health and wellbeing of its occupants.
Developers Reveal Details Of $3B Tampa, FL Waterfront Development”Construction DIVE

State of Office Construction Downtown

The Tampa Bay area has a strong and growing economy, healthy job growth, and an office market with declining vacancy rates and rising rents. Considering these factors, new office development might sound like a worthwhile and welcome addition to the area. Why, then, has the market seen little to no new office development in recent years? spoke to Ryan Kratz, president of Colliers of International Florida, for his take on Tampa’s lack of new office construction and the general state of the area’s office market in part one of this this exclusive interview.
4 Good Reasons We’re Not Seeing More Office Construction”

Member Corner

TGH, USF Health Making Transplant Advances

Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine are creating a new model for advanced organ transplantation. Noted transplant physician Dr. David Weill has been named director of the new Institute for Advanced Organ Disease and Transplantation, which will bring together the four organ transplant programs under singular leadership.The institute will serve patients in need of organ transplants or who suffer complex medical conditions as a result of advanced organ disease of the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and kidneys at Tampa General, already one of the nation’s busiest transplant centers, and at USF Health’s South Tampa Center for Advanced Medical Care.
“TGH, USF Health to Create New Model for Advanced Organ Disease”Tampa Bay Newswire

 Join the Arts Council

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is accepting applications for five open positions on its Board of Directors. The 15-member board meets monthly in support of arts and culture in Hillsborough County. Board members serve four-year terms. Applicants must be Hillsborough County residents and registered to vote. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2017. Download the application.

Summer Classics Return to Tampa Theatre

For the 26th year in a row, Tampa Theatre will give movie-goers an opportunity to see some of their favorite films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. The Summer Classics Movie Series features a different film every Sunday at 3 p.m. through September 3.
“Summer Classics Return to Tampa Theatre”Tampa Bay 100

Dikman Company Sales Alert

Erika Zipfel Matscherz of The Dikman Company represented Graham & Company as they sold 420 Ware Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33619 as an investment sale. The industrial building is approximately 25,000 SF and located in East Tampa. The property closed on Friday, June 16, 2017 for 1.7 million.
“The Dikman Company Represents Graham & Company in 25,000 SF Investment Sale”Tampa Bay Newswire

Small Business of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Topher Morrison from Key Person of Influence on being named a finalist for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year’s Outstanding Leader award. The 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 8 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay. View the full list.

Hillsborough County Seeks Applicants

Hillsborough County is seeking interested residents to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council. The Council was created to facilitate communication between Hillsborough County government and diverse populations, and to address matters related to diversity that affect County government and its citizens. The Council is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is comprised of two individuals from each of the following categories: African American; Caribbean; Far East Asian; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender; Hispanic/Latino; Indian Asian; Middle Eastern; Native American; Northern and Southern European; People with Disabilities; and At-Large (Identification with a specific category is not required). Applications are due July 28, 2017.

Around Town

NASA Legend Presents at MOSI

Clearwater native and NASA Legend Nicole Stott will share stories of her inspiring path to space, her life as an astronaut and artist, and the pioneering role of female explorers during Women in Space, a special appearance July 22 from 2pm to 4pm at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Guests with a ticket to the 2pm Women in Space presentation can also add-on an optional meet-and-greet opportunity from noon to 1:30pm to get an autograph, take a photo, and spend time one-on-one with Stott, who earned the nickname “The Artistic Astronaut” after becoming the first person to paint a work of art in space. Tickets are available at or by calling MOSI at 813.987.6000.

QVC Gobbles Up HSN for $2B

Liberty Interactive Group, which owns QVC, said Thursday that it is under agreement to buy the 62 percent of HSN it doesn’t already own in all-stock transaction. Liberty was already HSN’s largest shareholder, controlling 38 percent of the company. HSN’s enterprise value as of May 1 was $2.6 billion; the equity value was $2.1 billion, according to the announcement from Liberty Interactive. HSN, founded as the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, is one of the region’s largest employers, with a sprawling campus in the Gateway area near Interstate 275. About 3,000 employees of its 6,900 employees are based in St. Petersburg.
“HSN Bought by Biggest Competitor in $2 Billion Deal”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Planning Commission Calls for Entries

Know a great project improving the quality of life in our community? Submit an entry to win the Planning Commission’s 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas. Entries are due by August 18, 2017. With an emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, the awards program is held in October to align with Tampa Bay Design Week and the many national festivities during the American Planning Association’s National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America. Learn more.

Serve Day Tampa Bay

Downtown Tampa’s First Presbyterian Church is coordinating “SERVE DAY” throughout Tampa Bay on September 24, 2017.  Projects will range from painting, light construction/repair, landscaping/gardening, clean-up, etc.  If you have a project that could use some helping hands, please send ideas to Kathy Conner at  Project listings and sign-up will begin in July.

Julian B. Lane Park to Open in Spring 2018

Dirt, wood and concrete filling the 24-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will become lawns, athletic facilities and dog parks by March, city officials say. The $35.5 million redevelopment project broke ground in July of 2016. When it’s open, visitors will be able to walk up a ramp toward an all-glass River Center building looking out across the Hillsborough River and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Among other things, the Park will include two lawns for events, artificial turf field, dog parks, playground and splash pad, as well as six tennis courts, two basketball courts, and two pickleball courts.
“March Opening Planned For Renovated Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park”Tampa Bay Times

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