Monday Morning Memo

Monday, July 31, 2017

Partnership Presents

Executive Committee Profile

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Executive Committee includes developers, architects, and heads of companies who are changing the Downtown skyline. This week, we highlight Immediate Past Chairman, Gregory J. Minder. Minder founded intowngroup in 2004 and has completed iconic multi-family urban buildings framing the Tampa cityscape including Meridian, Skypoint, Element, and 500 HI on Harbour Island and Shore Club in St. Petersburg Beach (Downtown Pass A Grille). His personal mission of generating sustainable urban growth by meeting the housing needs of a diverse downtown population, all while preserving the unique heritage and culture of downtown neighborhoods fits well with his role on the Partnership’s Executive Committee. Thank you for your continued service and support!

Be a Vendor at the Winter Village Shops

Tomorrow is the vendor application deadline for Winter Village Shops! If you’re a business selling gifts, holiday décor, and children’s toys, and want to come out to the busy Winter Village scene with your wares, this might be a great opportunity for you. View the requirements and the full application here.

Calling All Creatives and Downtown Enthusiasts

Do you have a great idea that you think will enhance Tampa’s Downtown? We want to hear from you! Tampa Downtown Partnership is calling all creatives and Downtown enthusiasts to apply to our Activation Grant Program! The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Public Space Activation Grant Program is to create unique, publicly accessible activations in the public realm. The proposed projects must enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or social good. View  the 2017 Public Space Activation Grant here.

Food Truck Fiesta

Do you have plans for lunch on Wednesday? You do now! Join Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa from 11am to 2pm in Lykes Gaslight Square for the monthly celebration of tasty treats prepared by local food truck vendors. Follow the Facebook page for updates and to see the food truck lineup! 

Rock The Park This Thursday

Since 2010, Tampa Downtown Partnership has brought Rock the Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This free monthly music series showcases Central Florida’s musical talents of all genres the first Thursday of every month. Join us this Thursday at 6:30pm as we welcome BUNCH, Flow Sisters, and Mountain Holler to the stage. Pack a picnic basket and bring Fido – dogs on leashes are welcome! Be sure to follow Rock the Park on Facebook to receive all event announcements and updates.

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

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9

Through Sunday, August 6
Jobsite Theater, Shimberg Playhouse
Witnessing this brilliant comedy is a sure-fire mental workout. Think of it as a zany Brit-com meets a Womens Studies doctoral dissertation with more than a healthy dose of Brecht’s Epic Theater thrown in for good measure. Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9

Skyway Panel Discussion

Tuesday, August 1, begins 6:30pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Join curators and artists from Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration as they discuss the art and themes of the exhibit, which is currently on view at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. For more information, go to Skyway Panel Discussion.

Bolts Brew Fest

Saturday, August 5, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
More than 50 local and national craft breweries will descend upon downtown’s hockey haven with their finest craft brews. Beer enthusiasts can choose from over 100 different craft beers for sampling, and pick up a voucher for a Lightning preseason hockey game as well. For more information, go to Bolts Brew Fest.

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Maudie (2017) – Through Thursday, August 3
Restoration Tour – Thursday, August 3, Noon to 2pm
A Ghost Story (2017) – Friday, August 4 to Thursday, August 10
Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Sunday, August 6, 3pm to 5:30pm

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

End-of-Summer Music Blowout – Wednesday, August 2, 7:30pm to 9pm
Patel Conservatory Popular Dance (PCPD) Summer Intensive – Friday, August 4, begins 4:30pm
Patel Conservatory presents Showstoppers: Once Upon a Dream – Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Designing Eyes

Too busy to buy new eyeglasses? How about if the retail store came to your office? Designing Eyes is now making office calls throughout downtown with trays of eyeglasses that you want to see. They’ll also deliver contact lenses within 1-2 days of order. Designing Eyes accepts Eyemed Insurance, and has an optometrist on site for eye exams. For the full experience, check out their great retail space and find your perfect design.  A great time to stop in is on August 8 from 2:30pm through early evening when the store is hosting a Chrome Hearts Trunk Show. View their Facebook page.

Marketplace News

The Attic Cafe was recently given a stellar review by Justin Grant at the Tampa Bay Times.  Grant writes: “It’s no surprise that word has spread well outside the building, bringing in folks from downtown and beyond for some food, brews and views.”

Dough Nation is opening at Inside the Box’s Franklin Street location this September, offering edible cookie dough. Inside the Box creates jobs, trains workers, and generates funds for Metropolitan Ministries. That’s dough for everyone, Downtown Tampa!

Fitlife Foods recently launched Snack Local, a new project that spotlights healthy snacks prepared locally!  Look for local snacks from Tampa’s Liz Anthony Protein Bites and Kiwicha Bars. Uriah’s Urban Farms, a vertical indoor Tampa farm, is the source for their fresh greens in the new Strawberry Crunch Salad. Stop by Fitlife’s Bank of America location downtown!

Suites @Madison, will be holding a Q+A panel discussing the landlord/tenant relationship and how to deal with problem tenants for both commercial and residential property owners and managers.

Crunch Fitness in Grand Central at Kennedy is having an online only cyber sale! The first 500 members can join for only $9.95/mo or join their peak plus membership at a discounted rate of only $19.95/mo.

The Hall on Franklin is readying for an August opening as a trendy mash-up of food and beverage vendors sharing a century-old former automobile showroom.

Cott Corp Sells for $125B

Cott Beverages is a 60-year-old business that grew to become one of the world’s largest producers of beverages like sodas, for major retailers, brand owners and distributors. Cott Beverages generates an estimated $1.7 billion in revenues through customers in North America and the United Kingdom. Cott Beverages is a 60-year-old business that grew to become one of the world’s largest producers of beverages like sodas, for major retailers, brand owners and distributors. Cott Beverages generates an estimated $1.7 billion in revenues through customers in North America and the United Kingdom.
“Cott Corp Sells Beverage Manufacturing Business for 125 Billion”Tampa Bay Times

Tampa’s Condo Market is Hot

Condo prices in the urban core have surpassed a key benchmark that determines whether new construction will be profitable: $500 per square foot. That bodes well for two new condo developments that have already been proposed — the ” ultra-luxury” Riverwalk Tower and Del Villar, a 36-story boutique project on Channelside Drive.  More condo development in downtown Tampa would mark a new chapter in the city’s revitalization efforts. It would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in construction activity and that living in the urban core is such an enticing prospect that individuals are willing to personally invest and commit to downtown.
These Numbers Don’t Lie: Downtown Tampa’s Condo Market Is Hot”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Downtown’s First Virtual Restaurant

The creators of Wicked ‘Wiches have launched an online Salad Shop and have created a very special drop off program for Downtown customers. Downtown customers can order a specialty salad or design their own online up until 11:30am for salads delivered at noon and available for pick up at the Jackson Street- City Hall Parking Lot from noon until 12:30pm. No more waiting for the delivery guys to show up- and no more delivery fees or tips! Plus they are offering every customer who walks over to the drop off spot a little fresh air and an ice cold bottle of water!

Development and Transportation

Tampa, On The Path To Becoming A Smarter City

“The Water Street Tampa project will transform downtown Tampa, creating a ‘heart’ of the city’s urban core, and we believe it will also elevate the city for the future,” SPP CEO James Nozar told the Huffington Post. “It is incredibly rare to have a project of such scale and positive regional impact, especially in a downtown environment. I am excited about the opportunity to complement the city’s ongoing renaissance and existing charm and quality of life with a fresh new perspective in an urban, pedestrian-friendly, walkable environment that will amenitize the entire downtown area and provide new space to accommodate Tampa’s phenomenal growth.” A development project of this scope does not happen overnight. To implement the vision SPP is currently working with over a dozen award-winning architectural firms on the design of 18 distinct buildings and 12.9 acres of new and enhanced public space. Read the full article on

Cycle Track Construction Contract in Place

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is building the first-ever cycle track on a state roadway this year in Downtown Tampa. The project was awarded to a contractor in May, and a construction contract is now in place. The cycle track, which will run along the north side of Jackson Street (State Road 60) from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue, is considered to be a type of “urban shared-use path,” and provides designated space on the roadway for bicycles traveling in both directions. Read the full post at

Water Street Tampa to Hold  Subcontractor Open House

Strategic Property Partners, LLC is holding an informational open house specifically tailored for small, local, and/or minority-owned businesses who are interested in meeting with the construction firms working on Water Street Tampa projects. So far, the Water Street Tampa project team has engaged the following firms for pre-construction:

  • Moss & Associates
  • Coastal Construction Group
  • Holder Construction Co.
  • Suffolk
  • Skanska
  • Kast Construction
  • Gilbane Building Co.

The open house will be held at the Marriott Waterside on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 8:30am to noon. Complimentary parking is  available for attendees in the Silver Lot, located at 750 S. Florida Avenue.

New Renderings of Morsani College

The University of South Florida has released updated renderings of the new Morsani College of Medicine in downtown Tampa. The downtown medical school, to be built at the corner of Channelside Drive and Beneficial Drive on an acre of land donated by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, is the first vertical construction in Water Street Tampa. The downtown medical campus will include an adjacent Heart Health Instituteand medical office space. With thousands of students, faculty and patients who will visit the campus, it is one of the anchors of Water Street. While the medical school will break ground in August, the remainder of the first phase of Water Street is slated to break ground in the spring.
“See The Newest Renderings of USF’s Downtown Tampa Med School — And Learn How To Get A Piece Of SPP’s $3B Development”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Addressing Everyday Traffic Issues

The Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot will employ innovative vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology to improve safety and traffic conditions in downtown Tampa.  Learn more about how this technology will address morning backups, wrong-way drivers, pedestrian safety, transit signal priority, Streetcar conflicts, and traffic congestion. Also, check out the interactive map providing a bird’s eye view of the focus areas. Get all the latest information at

Member Corner

Tampa Theatre To Screen Fallen Officers Documentary

On Wednesday, August 16, Tampa Theatre will host a special screening of the new documentary Fallen at 7:00pm, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the West Central Florida chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). For the past 5 years, a production crew comprised of both film industry and public safety professionals has been traveling to police agencies across the country, large and small, urban and rural, candidly interviewing family members, command staff, line officers, city officials and the public in areas that have lost officers. Along the way, they have captured intimate accounts of heroism and loss. Through the words of those who have lived alongside these tragedies, these stories will be told. For tickets and more information, visit

eBoats Partners with iTREKKERS

Getting outside in downtown Tampa is easier and even more exciting, thanks to the new and unique partnership between eBoats Tampa and iTREKKERS. Residents of downtown Tampa, visitors to the city, and even day-trippers can choose how they want to spend time on the water, from a professionally guided fishing charter or stand up paddle lesson to a spin around the river with up to 12 friends in an eco-friendly, electric boat.The idea with both companies is pretty simple; take the hassle out of boating. With eBoats, you have easy-to-operate, slow cruising speeds while iTREKKERS can book a guided fishing charter with their captains within minutes. No license required for either fishing or boating! eBoats Tampa and iTREKKERS alike have got you covered, from equipment to expertise.
“eBoats Tampa and iTREKKERS Partner to Make Downtown Outdoor Activities More Accessible”

Bots Brew Fest Beer List Announced

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be hosting Bolts Brew Fest presented by Creative Loafing on the event floor at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, August 5th, beginning at 7 p.m. The three-hour event will include more than 100 craft beer varieties from more than 50 local and national breweries. Cost for a general admission ticket is $50 in advance or $60 on the day of the event. General Admission ticket will include unlimited beer sampling and a free ticket voucher for a 2017 Lightning preseason game. A portion of proceeds to benefit Humane Society of Tampa Bay!
“Tampa Bay Lightning, Creative Loafing Announce Beer List for Bolts Brew Fest at AMALIE Arena”Tampa Bay Newswire

Dikman Company Completes a Lease

Erika Zipfel Matscherz of The Dikman Company represented HEPACO, LLC as they signed a 5-year lease at 5321 Hartford Street in Tampa, Florida. This 18,859 square foot space will be HEPACO’s first Tampa location, and second Florida location. The lease will begin December 1, 2017. Erika Matscherz of The Dikman Company states, “It was very important for HEPACO to be near the port to best service their customers. In this tight market, there simply isn’t much available in the Tampa Bay area—let alone within close proximity to the port.”
The Dikman Company Represents HEPACO, LLC in 18,859 SF Lease”Tampa Bay Newswire

TGH Children’s Medical Center Selected as Beneficiary

Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Children’s Medical Center has been selected as the $250,000 beneficiary of the 13th Annual Tampa Credit Union Kids Classic Golf Tournament to be held on October 9th at Lake Jovita & Country Club in Dade City. The funds will be used for construction of a pediatric palliative care suite and a long-term monitoring room at TGH’s Children’s Medical Center. The goal of building the pediatric palliative care suite and long-term monitoring room is to improve the quality of life and outcomes for both the children and their families.
TGH Children’s Medical Center To Benefit From Tampa Bay Credit Unions For Kids Golf Tournament”Tampa Bay Newswire

Around Town

USAmeriBank Sold in $816M Deal

In the biggest sale of a local bank this year, USAmeriBancorp Inc. has agreed to sell itself to Valley National Bancorp in a stock deal valued at $816 million. USAmeriBancorp is the parent of USAmeriBank, based in Clearwater and with $4.4 billion in assets and a branch network of 30 offices. It’s the most recent in a string of community bank acquisitions for banks headquartered in the Tampa Bay area. Ten community banks have sold or agreed to be sold in the past year. The deal is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2018. USAmeriBank’sname will change to Valley National Bank after the close.
“USAmeriBank Sold in $816M Deal”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Volunteer Opportunities
Looking to volunteer? Aging Services Nutrition sites throughout Hillsborough County are seeking Food Service assistant volunteers to assist in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to residents 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. For more information, contact Kimberley Trusty-Doughty at (813) 744-5867 or apply online.

St. Pete Looper Expands Service

The Downtown Looper will expand its route and its hours starting in October 2018 thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The grant, distributed over three years, will allow for a longer route, more service hours and the addition of two electric vehicles to the trolley fleet. The Looper, which is run by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and the city, currently loops through several attractions downtown, including museums and restaurants. It runs Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturdays. The fare is 50 cents, and it served about 110,000 passengers last year.
“St. Pete’s Downtown Looper Expands Service With $900,000 Grant”Tampa Bay Times

Find Your Favorite Food Truck

Local food businesses are embracing new technologies and partnerships to bring us closer to delicious food. Michael Blasco of Tampa Bay Food Trucks says that everyone always asks if there is an app to help find their favorite food trucks. And now there is, available for iPhones and Androids. Download the app, then “like” the food trucks you like and the app will alert you if one of your favorites is nearby. You can see the truck’s menu and get directions from the app. Tampa Bay Food Trucks works with 120 food trucks in the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida. And now you can know at a glance how many are near you.
“What’s New: Food Tech”Tampa Bay Times

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