Monday Morning Memo

Monday, July 3, 2017

Partnership Presents

Laugh with a Guide

Tampa Downtown Partnership Guides enjoy bringing fun to the streets of our Downtown every day. One of our very own Tampa Downtown Guide, Ramon Pedrozo, is so good at making people laugh that he will be preforming at Side Splitters on July 9! During the day he’s assisting people with directions, restaurant suggestions, stranded motorists assists, and more, then at night he brings his talents to another stage. Join him as he hits the stage at 9pm for Comic’s Night Out.

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 Treasurer, R. Marshall Rainey. Mr. Rainey, a Partner at Burr & Forman LLP, has been an Executive Committee member since 2011. Through his financial guidance, the Partnership has been able to support projects like the Downtowner free ride service and Winter Village at Curtis Hixon. Mr. Rainey is a married father of four with children ranging in age from middle school to college. He and his family are actively involved in youth and high school sports, and they are also active and supporting members of St. Stephen Catholic Church. The family’s first passion is just about anything that can be done outdoors, and he is an avid road cyclist and mountain bike enthusiast. Mr. Rainey moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1971, and was raised in Brandon, Florida. As a native to the Sunshine State, he currently resides in Lithia, Florida.

Share Your News

Tampa Downtown Partnership is dedicated to sharing news that impacts our Downtown stakeholders with each Monday Morning Memo. If you have news that you would like to share with the Downtown community, please email

Visit our Report Library

Did you know that Tampa Downtown Partnership commissions and participates in a variety of surveys and reports on Tampa’s Downtown? Since 2008 we’ve partnered with HCP to develop a baseline study of resident stakeholders as well as the 60,000 workers within Downtown Tampa. This study has been repeated in two year intervals, since the baseline. Tampa Downtown Partnership has also participated in various transportation studies as well as needs assessments for our Downtown. Check out our Report library under the News tab on our website to browse our collection.

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

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, July 5, 11am to 1pm
Lykes Gaslight Square
Looking for a larger selection of lunch options? Step outside for a meal in the park! Choose from a wide variety of local food trucks serving up all sorts of delicious culinary creations. You’ll have your pick of dishes from over ten delectable kitchens on wheels! Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Rock the Park – 7 Year Anniversary

Thursday, July 6, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate 7 years of this free concert by the river showcasing musical talents of all genres. This month, Gwen Massive, The Jackettes, and Geri X will be performing. Enjoy a fun concert with stadium-style seating, food and drinks, and an exciting vibe. For more information, go to Rock the Park.

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper

Saturday, July 8, begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Two of music’s most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers will be taking the stage in Downtown Tampa. Head to Amalie Arena for a legendary show from two artists with a combination of over 90 years of music experience. Get ready to rock! For more information, go to Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper

Cory Van Valin: Magic Redefined

Saturday, July 8, 9pm to 10:30pm
Stageworks Theatre
Join Cory Van Valin for his incredible and hilarious magic show. This show is perfect for a late night out, grabbing drinks and a show with friends, or even enjoying a show together with family (if you don’t mind some R-rated entertainment!). Due to adult humor and effects, this performance is restricted to 18 years and older. Cory Van Valin: Magic Redefined

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Hero (2017) – Through Wednesday, July 5
Sharknado (2013) – Friday, July 7, 10pm to Midnight
Welcome to Night Vale – Saturday, July 8, 8pm to 11pm
The Sting (1973) – Sunday, July 9, 3pm to 5:30pm

This Week at the Straz Center

Shakepeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Thursday, July 6, begins 7:30pm
Choral and Chamber Music Intensive Concert – Friday, July 7, begins 7:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: City Bike

City Bike is Downtown Tampa’s full service bicycle shop, offering new sales, rentals, full repairs, accessories, clothing, and more. They are authorized dealers for several of the hottest lines of high quality bicycles from Jamis, Bianchi, Orbea, Civia, and many more! For a better ride, bring your bike for a tune up or repair, or just drop in with questions about your bike or items of general interest. Their accessories line is awesome, including their wide selection of Pocampo bags. City Bike is open 7 days a week!  Be sure to say hello to Macey, downtown’s friendliest shop dog. 

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.

Doxa Design Group was named one of best 25 interior designers in Florida by LuxPad. “The firm specializes in creating art-focused spaces that are fresh, clean and long-lasting.” Doxa Home is located at SkyPoint, on the corner of Zack Street and Ashley Drive. 

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

Water Street Tampa to Impact Construction Labor

The first phase of Water Street Tampa, Strategic Property Partners’ mixed-use district in the city’s urban core, will begin construction on 18 buildings — 4 million square feet spanning 10 blocks — at the same time in early 2018. At completion, Water Street represents more than 9 million square feet and $3 billion in new development. A project of that magnitude, at a time when the local market is already squeezed, could be a double-edged sword for commercial real estate in Tampa Bay. Experts say the increased demand for labor will likely push up wages, lure workers to the city from around the U.S. and eventually, developers hope, raise rental rates. If SPP delivers on its vision, the city could see a mass homecoming — all of the talent that’s flocked to cities like Charlotte, North Carolina, or Austin, Texas, in search of a more urban environment with better employment opportunities. “I’ve been here over 20 years now, and I’ve been waiting for this to happen,” Page McKee with KAST Construction said. “Tampa has always been close to being a top tier city, but this is real, and it’s going to happen.”
Massive Vinik-Cascade Project Will Challenge Tampa’s Construction Labor Market – And That’s A Good Thing”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa’s Growing Innovation Culture

The Tampa Bay Area’s growing innovation culture may not be as well known as those in some other cities, but it has the talent, ideas and raw materials to succeed like none other, says Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik. He spoke at a community gathering organized by the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), which drew some 300 to Tampa’s Bryan Glazer Family JCC June 22. A part owner of Strategic Property Partners, Vinik has been doing his part to get the word out about Tampa Bay’s attractive lifestyle, warm winters, affordable pricing and business development opportunities. Additionally, the New York City-based business development program, Dreamit, is partnering with Vinik in its first-ever UrbanTech accelerator program, which is being held in Tampa Bay. The program, which starts in September, will work with some eight to 10 companies offering technological solutions for real estate, city infrastructure and urban living.
“Innovation Fusion Showcases Local Talent, Global Diversity In Tampa”83 Degrees Media

What H.B. 377 Means for Your Firm

Gov. Rick Scott signed an important bill this year that closes a loop hole that has allowed developers, contractors and construction companies to litigate the definition of what a completed contract means. HB 377 impacted the statute of repose. The statute now provides an actual definition of completion of contract that says completion of contract either means the date of final performance of all contract services or the date final payment should have been made regardless whether owner pays it or not. HB 377 also protects contractors from unknowingly offering an unending warranty and closing a loophole. The statute of repose and statute of limitations now begins to run when they are done with their work or when the final payment was due.
You Can Now Complete A Construction Contract In Florida. This Is What H.B. 377 Means To Your Firm”Tampa Bay Business Journal


Development and Transportation

Multi-Billion Dollar Development Name and Timeline

Strategic Property Partners, the real estate firm backed by Vinik and Cascade Investment, unveiled an official name for the highly anticipated $3 billion revitalization project. It’s Water Street Tampa. Water Street will become the “main spine” of the new neighborhood, Nozar said, and will be the center of retail and cultural activity. SPP is planning to build a linear park along Water Street that will be flanked with a double layer of trees to create a canopy-like setting for pedestrians. The first phase of construction, which begins this year, will include four million square feet of office, residential, hospitality and retail space across ten blocks of downtown. It’s scheduled to be completed in 2020 before Tampa hosts the Super Bowl the next year. Additional phases will wrap up by 2027. Visit their website for more information,
“Finally, Jeff Vinik’s Vision Has a Name: Water Street Tampa”Tampa Bay Times

Quiet Zone Project Update

A portion of Polk Street between Jefferson Street and Ashley Drive  closed at 9 am last Monday for road work, as part of the Downtown Railroad Quiet Zone Improvements project.  The City’s contractor, Ajax Paving Industries, installed Qwick Kurb on the north and south sides of the CSX railroad tracks on Polk Street between Jefferson Street and Ashley Drive. The construction included seven (7) blocks on Polk Street, one block at a time. All lanes on Polk Street opened to on Friday. In January 2015 the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded the City of Tampa $1.35 million from the Quiet Zone Grant Program for implementation of a Downtown Train Horn Quiet Zone along the CSX tracks. Read more about the project at

Locals Rejoice Over Dog Park

A new dog park in Channelside memorializes the life of a deputy who was killed in the line of duty in March of last year. Deputy John Kotfila, Jr. was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver on the Selmon Expressway. Kotfila intentionally swerved into the path of the wrong-way vehicle to protect another car from being struck. The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 24, to honor Kotfila’s close relationship with his German Shepherd, Dexter.  Around 300 residents attended the opening with their furry friends.
“Locals Rejoice Over Channel District Dog Park That Honors Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy” 83 Degrees Media

ICYMI: Chevy Bolts to Join Downtowner Fleet

Buoyed by hitting the 100,000-rider benchmark in just seven months of operation, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is planning to expand the popular app-based service with the addition of four electric Chevrolet Bolts. Bolts can run longer on a single charge, about 230 miles, compared to the six-seater GEM, which averages about 60 miles before its needs more juice. “The difference would be the Chevy Bolts would be able to go all day long without being charged,” said Karen Kress, the partnership’s director of transportation and planning. The Bolts could be in service later this summer, Kress said. Whether a Bolt or GEM turns up when a customer hails a ride on the Downtowner mobile app would come down to chance, she said. Including insurance, maintenance and driver, each Bolt will cost about $110,000 per year to put on the road. The partnership is seeking sponsorship including advertisers who want their logos on the cars. Contact Kress for sponsorship inquiries.
“Downtowner Shuttle Looks To Meet Growing Demand With Chevy Bolts”Tampa Bay Times

Member Corner

Arts Annual Economic Impact

A new economic impact study released today by the Americans for the Arts shows that Hillsborough County’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generate $433 million  in annual economic activity. In Hillsborough County, the new Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study also shows our nonprofit arts and culture industry supports 15,000 full time equivalent jobs and generates $52 million in revenue to state and local government. Read the full article and access the summaries of local data for the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

ChappellRoberts Expands Agency

ChappellRoberts has welcomed new team members while expanding its staff in 2016-17. The Ybor City-based agency celebrates new additions to creative, account service, media and operations teams. Brining a diverse range of brand, agency and education experience, new agency hires include Art Directors, Omar Richardson and Emily Wendt; Junior Art Director, Dana Householder; Junior Production Artist, Tommy Eliason; Assistant Account Executives, Megan Dempsey, Casper Yen and Lauren Broadwell; Media Strategist, Michelle Bothwell; Junior Media Buyer, Cailey Aubrey; Accounting Assistant, Amber VanHaerents; Operations Coordinator, Allie Goodrich; and Office Relations Specialist, Jessica Alexander. For more information, go to

UT Professor Releases Book on Tampa

A new book has hit the marketplace. Tampa Bay’s Waterfront, Its History and Development is written by Arthur R. Savage and Rodney Kite Powell. Arthur’s family played an important role in establishing regular shipping operations in Tampa Bay and has been deeply involved in the development of the ports and the community. Rodney is the Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, and a history instructor at the University of Tampa.  Learn more about the book here.

Call for Entries: FMoPA Members Show

Members of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts can now submit two entries for the 2017 Members Show. Museum members can submit their work to the show now through Aug. 18. There will be eight categories featured in this year’s exhibition: Travel, Forms and Figures, Fashion, Food, Design, Tampa Heritage, Science/Technology and Animals. To participate in the show, each artist must already be a member of the museum or sign up for a membership at the time of submission. Starting July 1, members can submit a second submission to the show. Cost of entry is $35 for the first submission and $25 for the second submission. However, members can waive the second entry fee by becoming monthly donors, which requires a monthly donation of at least $5 per month.

Lightning Invest $6M in Ice Sports Forum

Tampa Bay Lightning owner and chairman Jeff Vinik will invest $6 million in the team’s exclusive practice facility, the Ice Sports Forum (ISF), to create brand new locker room and training facilities for the team.  The Ice Sports Forum will also be investing $500,000 in the project, which will break ground in September. In addition, the Lightning and the Ice Sports Forum have agreed to a 10-year lease extension, ensuring the Lightning will practice will call the ISF home through at least 2026-27. The new addition will feature all team spaces including locker room, weight room, training room, dedicated press room, an expanded player lounge and more.  It will feature amenities that are not currently available at AMALIE Arena, including hydrotherapy facilities and a video room/theater.  It will also include a new rink dasher system for the North Rink.

Around Town

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.

Bill Signed to Fund Visit Florida

A bill affecting Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida now has become law. The Economic Development bill, signed by Gov. Rick Scott on June 26, will add a new $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund focused on public infrastructure and individual job training and make Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida’s funding more transparent. Enterprise Florida has been a longtime tool for the state to attract outside corporations and has been credited with helping create 1.26 million jobs since 2010 throughout the state while Visit Florida has helped support the 1.4 million jobs the tourism industry. The state’s tourism bureau also will be fully funded with $76 million.
Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill To Add New $85M Job Growth Program, Fully Fund Visit Florida”Orlando Business Journal

West River Redevelopment Update

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn hopped into a giant excavator last Wednesday morning to take the first bite out of the Water and Wastewater Maintenance Yard on Rome Avenue in West Tampa, then on Thursday he did the same at North Boulevard Homes. The city is demolishing the structures to make room portions of the $350 million West River redevelopment plan, which includes a massive rehab to parts of West Tampa along the Hillsborough River north of downtown. The plan calls for a more walkable community and a reimagined Main Street with robust shopping and dining options. New housing will accommodate residents of all incomes with a mix of single family homes, apartments and subsidized housing. View more information here.
“Buckhorn Knocks Down A Building To Make Room For $350M Redevelopment In West Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

City of Tampa Cleans Storm Water Pipes

Scuba drivers are cleaning out more than a decade’s worth of barnacles in underwater storm runoff pipes along Bayshore Boulevard. The storm water maintenance is part of a new effort by the City of Tampa to reduce storm water flooding from Davis Islands, to Bayshore Boulevard and Westshore. The city is devoting $1.1 million dollars to the maintenance work which is long overdue and adds to a major public safety concern for South Tampa when heavy rains sweep through the area.
“City of Tampa Cleans Out Storm Water Pipes, Removes Tons of Trash in Effort to Reduce Flooding”ABC Action News

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