Monday Morning Memo

Monday, July 17, 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 our Vice Chairman, Kevin Plummer. Mr. Plummer became the seventh Head of Tampa Preparatory School in July 2007. In addition to serving on our Executive Committee, Mr. Plummer also serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Friends of the Riverwalk, Moffitt Hospital Board of Directors, the Creative Tampa Bay Board and has been a trustee for the George Steinbrenner Boys and Girls Club. Kevin also proudly serves as Vice President of the Florida Council of Independent Schools and is the Chair for The Enrollment Management Association. Kevin is also a member of Bay Area Association of Independent Schools and served as President of B.A.A.I.S. (2009-2010). He is the proud Dad of daughter Galen and was even named a Super Dad by Tampa Bay Parenting.

A Call for Winter Village Shop Vendors

Tampa Downtown Partnership invites local vendors to submit applications for the Winter Village Shops at Curtis Hixon Park for the 2017/2018 season. Vendors can submit their applications now through August 1st, 2017. Shops are leased by the season (seven week duration). Vendors accepted to participate will be notified during the last week of August 2017.  The Winter Village Shops offer holiday shoppers an affordable and unique retail experience with local sellers of garments, personal products, artisan goods, and gourmet packaged foods. For more information and to download the application, click here.

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Touring Tampa

Tampa’s urban core is full of rich history and breathtaking views of both man made and natural design. Through Touring Tampa, a program that markets all of Tampa’s urban tours under one roof, you are able to a browse through our multitude of different tours – from culinary to architecture, to biking on the water, you’re sure to find one that fits your mood and budget! Browse through the Touring Tampa list.

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

Flicks and Food Trucks

Thursday, July 20, 6pm to 10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Gourmet food truck fun paired with independent short flicks and live music! This urban, hip event features microbrews and tasty cocktails from the Pour House and City Dog Cantina. Gourmet food trucks line up to offer everything from burgers to vegetarian bites. There will be something for everyone! For more information, go to Flicks and Food Trucks

Kids’ Gasparilla International Film Festival

Friday, July 21, 10am to 6pm
Glazer Children’s Museum
Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Glazer Children’s Museum have teamed up for this inaugural family movie event. Bring your little film buffs downtown and get inspired by short films and animations from the NY Children’s International Film Fest. Kids’ Gasparilla International Film Festival


Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 30
Stageworks Theatre
Can genius exist without madness? David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning script delves into this question while its characters try to uncover the truth behind the authorship of a revolutionary mathematical proof. Proof

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Cleveland Gladiators

Saturday, July 22, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Storm conclude the home portion of their regular season schedule with a game against the visiting Cleveland Gladiators. This is your last chance during the regular season to see some indoor football action. Grab a seat and cheer on the Storm! For more information, go to Tampa Bay Storm vs. Cleveland Gladiators

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Little Hours (2017) – Through Thursday, July 20
Maudie (2017) – Friday, July 21 to Thursday, August 3
The Circus Saved My Life (2017) – Saturday, July 22, Noon to 3pm
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Sunday, July 23, 3pm to 5pm

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 – Through Sunday, August 6
Latin Nights – Thursday, July 20, 9pm to 11pm
Disney’s The Lion King, Jr – Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23
Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Intensive Showcase – Friday, July 21, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Caffé  Fresco Marketplacec

Caffé  Fresco Marketplace at the Bank of America Building is a new convenience store with much more. While you’ll still find snacks, candy, gum, soda, juice, and grab & go foods, this shop also offers a place to buy a fresh Fro-Yo treat, Eat Fresco for dinner, Lilly Dilly’s jewelry, Key West Aloe Skincare, Toffee ToGo, TeBella Tea, packaged Buddy Brew Coffee, and more (including greeting cards, and interesting gifts).  Browsers welcome, as they often become shoppers. Follow them on Instagram.

Marketplace News

Thai Thani and Oishi, located upstairs at Channelside Bay Plaza, plan to close on July 31, 2017 due to Channelside’s impending development changes. 

Tampa’s Woolworth Project seeks to fund a historical marker on Franklin Street memorializing where Civil Rights leaders and the NAACP Youth Council changed history on February 29, 1960.

The Tampa Bay Rays Downtown store closed on Friday, July 14, to make way for renovations to Park Tower.

Crunch Fitness, housed on the ground floor of the west building at Grand Central at Kennedy, enters pre-sale on August 1 in anticipation of an opening in December of this year.

Crack up Cancer at the Straz is happening on September 30 and you can get tickets for 20% off with coupon code CRACKUP1.

Burgerim will open in the fall at the Element, serving mini burgers in Downtown Tampa.

WaVE Brings Another Startup Downtown

A Oviedo startup company, TSOLife, has relocated to downtown Tampa for support from Tampa Bay Wave and the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Started in 2014, TSOLife won the University Stage business competition in June at eMerge America’s Startup Competition in Miami, which drew some 13,000 people from across the world to network, compete and learn about the latest technology. TOSLife, which serves North America, already has done a documentary on former U.S. Senator and Stetson University alumnus Max Cleland, which is in the Library of Congress. The company is in the midst of its second round of $200,000 funding. It’s already raised $95,000 of that, which will be used for future development.
“Online Storytelling Platform Moves Home Base to Tampa”83 Degrees Media

Old Tampa Book Co. Selling Overstock

Owners of Old Tampa Book Company, Carrie Carnes and her husband Matt Saxon, need to sell 60,000 used books from their backlog inventory.  They keep their overstock inside a few thousand square feet of space on the third floor of a 12-story building at 220 Madison St. Omar Garcia, manager of micro-apartment developer Urban Core, said he is under contract to purchase the building but the sale is not official yet. He estimates construction will begin by September. Still, current building owner Westwind Development IV wants the books gone by the end of July, Carnes said.
“Tampa Store Must Sell 60,000 Book Overstock”Tampa Bay Times

Steel Business Grows at Port Tampa Bay

Last month, Port Tampa Bay’s board of directors approved a 25-year lease with a South Florida company called Steelco Florida for a 35-acre site located at Port Redwing, a port property in southern Hillsborough County near Gibsonton. For the next two years or so, Steelco will be building a brand new facility on the parcel, where the company will import, export and manufacture steel products. Steelco will employ 400 or so during the construction of its facility in Tampa and will have up to 1,000 employees working at the facility once it opens around 2020. So far, just in the first six months of the fiscal year, steel tonnage has increased by 73 percent at the port. Shipments of scrap metal are also spiking at 107 percent.
“With Steelco Arrival, Port Tampa Bay Sees New Growth in  Steel Business”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Vacant Lot Developer Needs More Time

The New Orleans developer selected by the city to develop a publicly owned vacant lot in downtown Tampa needs more time before it can close on the site. Tampa City Council on Thursday will consider an amendment to the sales agreement between the city and HRI Investments, which was entered into in December 2016, extending the close date until Dec. 29, 2017. The environmental inspection period is taking longer than expected, according to the proposed amendment. The sales agreement has already been extended once, from May 17 to July 20. Bob McDonaugh, the city’s chief economic development official, said that HRI isn’t able to complete the inspection because a portion of the lot is being used as a staging area for materials in the renovation of old city hall.
New Orleans Developer Wants More Time Before Closing On Vacant Lot In Downtown Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

TBX to Tampa Bay Next: A Year of Changes

In 2014, the state announced an ambitious road project called Tampa Bay Express. Known as TBX, the Florida Department of Transportation planned to add toll lanes to 90 miles of interstates. That all changed in 2016 when public outcry forced the state to scrap its plans for the Howard Frankland Bridge, put the rest of the $6 billion plan in reset mode and come back with a new project name: Tampa Bay Next. In January, officials opened a federal study that will re-evaluate parts of the project, including a controversial segment around downtown Tampa and its urban neighborhoods. The supplemental environmental impact study, or SEIS, is expected to be completed in 2019. Until then, see where each part of the project stands. Interested in the Howard Frankland Bridge? See the plans for this span in this article from the Tampa Bay Times.
“TBX Next: How The $6 Billion Plan Has Changed In The Last Year”Tampa Bay Times

USF Hires Skanska for Morsani Tower

The University of South Florida hired Skanska to build the $41 million Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute tower in Tampa, Fla. The project is part of Strategic Property Partners LLC’s $3 billion, 9 million-square-foot Water Street Tampa project. USF’s 14-story education and research tower will be approximately 409,000 square feet. It will be situated in an urban setting within downtown Tampa. Construction is expected to begin next month with an anticipated completion date of December 2019.
“USF Taps Skanska for $41M Tower”Commercial Property Executive

The Opportunity to Build Momentum Downtown

The 53-acre site on the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough Bay, now called Water Street, has traditionally been plagued by many of the same planning issues that have hindered other urban neighborhoods in the U.S.. A highway divided the area from the rest of the city, much of the warehouses and working waterfront was transformed into surface parking, and a smattering of big-ticket projects meant to revitalize the area, such as a convention center and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s arena, didn’t create critical mass. James Nozar, CEO of Strategic Property Partners, believes a development of this scale is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both build momentum downtown and knit together disparate neighborhoods.
Tampa Bay’s $3 Billion Waterfront Plan Aims To Reshape Downtown”Curbed

Member Corner

Registration Begins for Senior Games

Registration has begun for this the 37th Annual Senior Games, organized by Hillsborough County, and partnering with Friends of the County Parks, City of Tampa, and City of Temple Terrace. The games take place Oct. 2-20 throughout the Tampa Bay area. Contestants must be 50 or over, and the games typically attract athletes competing well into their 90s. The competitions serve as a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games. Registration is required. A Parks & Recreation account is required to register.

HART FY2018 System Redesign

Last week, HART moved northward to the Carrollwood and University Area  as they continue to breakdown the HART system redesign. If you are not aware, HART is undergoing a major system redesign, in which every route will be affected in some way. View the summary of changes. Please note, these are proposed changes, that must be approved by the HART Board. A Public Hearing will be held at the HART Administrative Office (1201. E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL, 33605) on July 26th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Public comment will be available at that time.  In the meantime, visit to see upcoming meetings, take a survey, share comments and learn more about the HART system redesign process.

Arts Council Accepting Applications

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. The Arts Council seeks to have members who reflect the diversity found within our county; represent a broad range of geographic areas; and demonstrate a passion for arts and culture. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2017. Download the application.

Tampa Bay Times Completes Refinancing

Times Publishing Co.’s new debt deal better meets its needs and saves the media company money, top executives said. The refinancing includes a $12 million loan from a group of local investors and a $20 million secured credit facility, including a revolving line of credit and two terms loans, from asset-based lender Encina Business Credit LLC. Top executives say the loans secure a stronger future for the company’s Tampa Bay Times, which is the only daily print publication in the Tampa Bay area after buying out a competitor a year ago. Read the editorial from Paul Tash, Times Chairman and CEO published on June 30.
Tampa Bay Times’ New Debt Deal Secures Stronger Future, But Raises Questions About News Coverage”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Hillsborough County Has You Covered

Getting soaked leaving the Sheraton Riverwalk? Blinded by the sun heading to Bamboozle Café? Hillsborough County has you covered. County representatives dropped off blue and clear umbrellas embossed with the Hillsborough County logo for residents and visitors to use while in downtown Tampa. The county is lending the umbrellas to pedestrians in hopes for people to discover more destinations to visit. All Hillsborough County asks in return for borrowing the umbrella is to post a picture of it out on the town on social media using the hashtag #HCGotYouCovered. Although posting a picture isn’t a requirement, bringing the umbrella back to a participating location is. View a full list of where to find the umbrellas in Tampa’s Downtown.

Around Town

Visit Tampa Bay Sets Records

Nonprofit tourism organization Visit Tampa Bay collected $23.75 million in tourist development tax revenues since Oct. 1, a release said. The sum exceeds the entirety of such taxes collected during all of the 2014 fiscal year, the Tampa-Hillsborough agency said. Seven out of nine months for this fiscal reporting period set records for the organization’s bed-tax revenues, Visit Tampa Bay reported.
“Visit Tampa Bay Collected Nearly $24 Million In Tourism Taxes Since October”Tampa Bay Times

Progress on ‘Autism Friendly Tampa’ Initiative

In the past three months, the City has worked closely with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) to train employees, review parks and other city facilities for sensory-friendly improvements, distribute “distract packs” to 15 parks and recreation locations, and much more. The City of Tampa is partnering with CARD housed at the University of South Florida to develop new resources, programming, and employee training. The City hopes to be designated as “Autism Friendly” by CARD after it completes additional training and work. Read the full press release including the highlights.

TIA Ranks in Top Airports List

Tampa International Airport has been named one of the best airports in the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine. Ranked third, TIA was beaten by Portland International Airport, which took the top spot for the fifth consecutive year and Indianapolis International Airport, which came in second. TIA snagged this latest accolade even though it is in the midst of a massive construction project that is the nearly $1 billion first phase of its master plan expansion. Under Phase 1, the main terminal is being expanded, a 1.4-mile automated people mover with 12 SkyConnect trains will be added and a new consolidated rental car center will be completed.
“See Where Tampa International Airport Ranks In A Top Airports List”Tampa Bay Business Journal

ClubCorp Sells to Private Equity Firm

One of the largest operators of golf and country clubs, ClubCorp has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo Global Management for about $1.1 billion. Dallas-based ClubCorp owns and operates 200 golf, country, business, sports and alumni clubs in 28 states, including the Centre Club, a business club on West Shore Boulevard, atop the Urban Centre towers in Tampa.
“Clubcorp, Operator Of Bay Area Golf Clubs, Sells To Private Equity Firm”Tampa Bay Times

MOSI Names a New CEO

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has named Julian MacKenzie as its new president and chief executive officer as the institution gets set to reconfigure its space and take its next steps into the future. MacKenzie was named president and CEO of MOSI after leading the organization on an interim basis following the departure of Molly Demeulenaere in March, who served as CEO for the last two years and was with the museum for five years.
“MOSI Names a NEW CEO as it Takes Steps to Secure Future Financial Health”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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