Monday Morning Memo

Monday, June 19, 2017

Partnership Presents

New Leadership, Welcome!

Tampa Downtown Partnership welcomes the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Officers, and our new Chairman, Mickey Jacob, FAIA, NCARB.  Our leadership is comprised of Downtown’s top stakeholders and businesses contributing to our growing success. We rely on the guidance and foresight of our leadership to make certain Tampa Downtown Partnership continues to be the leader in fostering vibrant and diverse Downtown neighborhoods in which to live, work, and play. View the full list of our leadership here.

Our Strategic Initiatives

Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO, Christine Burdick, believes the next two years are going to be significant in setting the stage for Tampa. In order to ensure Tampa’s Downtown continues to flourish, the staff, Board, and Executive Committee has identified four strategic initiatives and goals for the future. These outline Tampa Downtown Partnership’s focus for the coming years by responding to city center growth and expansion, circulation in Downtown, maximizing the public space experience, and addressing the Partnership’s brand relevance. View a video of new Chairman, Mickey Jacob, FAIA, NCARB, as he walks the viewer through these four strategic initiatives.

Snapshot of our Development Panel

“I don’t want to hear any more, ‘Why can’t downtown Tampa be like downtown St. Pete?’ ” Feldman said Thursday in reference to the bounty of restaurants and cafes along St. Petersburg’s Beach Drive. “I hope (Riverwalk Place) will set an example for everybody else in town.” Feldman made his remarks at the annual meeting and luncheon of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, a business and civic organization that has seen the city’s once stodgy downtown become much more of a work-play area due in large part to the Riverwalk. Riverwalk truly has been the tipping point for the refocus and redirection of downtown,” John LaRocca of Hillsborough River Realty Corp. told the group. His company won City Council approval in March for three high-rises on the west side of the Hillsborough, including the 40-story riverfront Lafayette Tower with condos, offices and hotel rooms. The third speaker, Arturo Pena of the Related Group, said the river was a major factor in his company’s decision to buy the riverfront site of the former Tampa Tribune and build a 400-unit apartment complex there. Related is also the lead developer on Tampa’s massive revitalization of its West River area.
“Developer: Tampa Tower Could ‘One-Up’ Beach Drive In St. Petersburg As Waterfront Destination”Tampa Bay Times

Fourth Friday

When the sun goes down, the streets of Tampa and Ybor light up with music, laughter, art, friends and FREE fun the Fourth Friday of every month. Now in its second year, Fourth Friday, presented by TECO Energy, announces its lineup for this month’s event on Friday, June 23 including Florida Museum of Photographic Art, John F. Germany Library, The Portico, The Hip Room Dance Studio, TECO Public Library, AIA Tampa Bay, Dysfunctional Grace Art Co., Henry B. Plant Museum, Italian Club, Le Meridien Tampa Hotel, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Wandering Eye Art Gallery, and the Ybor City Visitor Center. Special programming includes a Scavenger Crawl through Downtown and Ybor, a free movie under the stars, and the Buccaneers Women of RED. Transportation partners include Coast Bike Share, TECO Line Streetcar System, and Downtowner. Get more information and updates by following @FourthFridayTPA on Facebook and twitter!

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

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Two of music’s most captivating live performers will share the stage for an exciting show. The multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning global superstars reunite for a co-headlining tour with CNCO as support. Get your tickets and get ready to sing along to some of your favorite hits! For more info, go to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

Carol Henry Lecture on “She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not”

Friday, June 23, begins 6pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Carol Henry will be giving a lecture on her upcoming exhibition, which features 12 prominent female photographers. The featured photographers represent different eras, styles, and techniques, but they all share the same subject: men. By switching the traditional roles of the male artist and the female subject, the collection flips the male-dominated narrative of the art world and establishes an individual space for female artists. Carol Henry Lecture

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

Sunday, June 25, begins 11am
Tampa Garden Club
Enjoy unlimited samples of the tastiest bloody mary concoctions from Tampa Bay’s best restaurants and vote for the best one to win the Golden Celery Award! Mimosas and brunch food will also be available for purchase! Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

My Cousin Rachel (2017) -Through Thursday, June 22
Barley’s Angels – Saturday, June 24, begins 7pm
The Graduate (1967) – Sunday, June 25, 2pm to 5pm

This Week at the Straz Center

mad Theatre presents Company – Through Sunday, July 2
Latin Nights – Thursday, June 22, begins 9pm
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Thursday, June 22 to Sunday, July 2
An Evening of Song with Leslie Odom Jr. – Friday, June 23, begins 7pm
Be Our Guest Etiquette Tea – Saturday, June 24, begins Noon

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Modern Paws

What happens when your parents won’t allow you to have a puppy?  You wait until you’re grown up, and adopt the dogs of your dreams and make sure you feed them the healthiest ingredients possible.  This is how Lisa and Ben were inspired to create The Modern Paws business that operates inside Duckweed Urban Grocery stores at Element and Channel District, and on-line.  Their store sells a variety of unique pet products, natural & holistic foods, and healthy treats.  They even have DNA kits for your found dog’s identity questions!  If you cannot find what you’re looking for, you are encouraged to call the business at 813.602.1750 or go to their website

Marketplace News


Jimmy Johns has generously contributed to the world AIDS fight with a $100,000 donation to support the work of The Global Fund, through the RED Campaign. 

The Tampa Bay Rays Proshop invites you to come in to check out their 75% off rack that receives daily additions for men, women, and children. Also, their 50% off all Nike wear continues through July 14. 

Shop Kendra Scott Jewelry from 11am to 3pm at 100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2140 on Thursday, June 22.

Florida Wellness Medical Group is offering current and new patients the following deals for the month of June: Introductory acupuncture evaluation & one treatment for $25; introductory chiropractic evaluation, 2-view x-ray, and one adjustment for $25; male physical including labwork and testosterone evaluation for just $225. Mention their new hashtag #GetHealthyGiveWellness when making your appointment to receive the discount. 

10th annual Tampa Bay Restaurant Week from June 15th through 25. For a limited time, participating Tampa Bay area restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for only $30 or $45 per couple or person. Participating restaurants Downtown include: Bizou Brasserie, Cena, Franklin Manor, Holy Hog, Mise en Place, Noble Rice, Sono Café, Waterside Grill, Taps Wine and Grill Restaurant, Urban Cantina, and more.

The State of Office Space

Despite population and business growth that typically spurs new office building development, the Gulf Coast has had relatively little new office supply added to overall inventories in recent years, the result of advancing technology, changing work habits and architectural trends. Investors, meanwhile, have snapped up well-located and well-maintained assets like the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Tampa amid rising rents and tightening vacancies. In downtown Tampa , Class A rental rates have climbed above $30 per square foot in the submarket’s premier buildings. But new construction would require rents of $35 per square foot to $38 per square foot. Still, there are signs that new development could be on the horizon.
“ Office Conundrum”Business Observer

Tampa Bay WaVE Success Story

In 2014, Peerfit was one of seven startups to participate in the Healthbox startup accelerator, held at the Tampa Bay WaVE facility and today they’re aiming for the national market.  Peerfit’s digital platform offers boutique fitness classes to clients and employees of insurance carriers, brokers, and employers.  Jeff Vinik and Chris Sullivan are among local investors who have made a total of $2.3 million of donations to assist Peerfit in further growth and development throughout the United States.
“Lightning’s Jeff Vinik, Outback’s Chris Sullivan Among Area Investors Funding Peerfit Startup”Tampa Bay Times

Restaurant Proposals for Curtis Hixon

City of Tampa has revealed proposal submissions for the 2,600 square-foot retail space at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The prospects include the following businesses and entrepreneurs:

  • Columbia Food Services
  • Four Green Fields
  • John Oraha
  • Richard Calderoni
  • Bill Rain and Mark Newkirk
  • Burton Holdings
  • Polycreative

The City also received one proposal in response to a separate request: to put a restaurant on a busy corner next to the Tampa Convention Center. The proposal came from Ronald Evans of Smuggler’s Enterprises for a Harpoon Harry’s Crab House.
“Tampa Gets Seven Restaurant Proposals For Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park”Tampa Bay Times



Development and Transportation

Tampa Bay Next Gets Funding

The replacement plan for a controversial Tampa interstate project received approval  last Tuesday for five years of funding, following a contentious Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting. The Florida Department of Transportation project, called “Tampa Bay Next,” replaced the Tampa Bay Express project, or TBX, after it didn’t receive MPO approval during a marathon eight-hour meeting last year. The most controversial part of TBX was the plan to construct 90 miles of express toll lanes on Tampa Bay interstates, which would include the widening of I-275. Neighbors in Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights feared TBX disproportionately impacted their communities. The remainder of Tampa Bay Next, however, is up in the air, including whether express toll lanes will be revisited.
‘Tampa Bay Next’ Transportation Plan Gets Initial Funding”FOX 13

Deputy John Kotfila, Jr. Memorial Dog Park

When Hillsborough County Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. lost his life to a wrong-way driver on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in March of last year, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) wanted to do something to honor his legacy. After learning about the strong bond between Deputy Kotfila’s and his German Shepard, Dexter, THEA decided to investigate the possibility of building a dog park in his honor. After months of planning, THEA is excited to announce that dog park construction has begun under the Selmon Expressway behind the Bell Channelside Apartments. The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park will have plenty of room for dogs of all sizes to socialize, with separate play areas for small and large dogs. We are installing top of the line canine turf, which is safer for puppy paws, offers more durability and requires less maintenance – all under the shade of the Selmon Expressway. Join for the Grand Opening on June 24.

Demolishing Channelside Bay Plaza

Strategic Property Partners is asking the Port Tampa Bay board of directors to amend its ground lease on Channelside Bay Plaza, allowing for the demolition of one portion of the beleaguered waterfront mall. The port board will vote on an amendment to its ground lease with SPP at its Tuesday meeting. A corporate entity tied to SPP acquired the ground lease to Channelside, an open-air retail center on the downtown waterfront, in 2014. Port Tampa Bay owns the land beneath the plaza. The developer wants to demolish the southwestern portion of the property to “create better vistas of the waterfront and enhance the visibility of the retail center and make improvements to the southwest building site,” according to the agenda item. That work will be paid for solely by SPP.
With a Long-Term Plan Still in the Works, Vinik-Cascade Group Wants to Demolish a Portion of Channelside Bay Plaza”Tampa Bay Business Journal

HART Begins Outreach on Service Network Redesign
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is redesigning its transit system and would like to hear from you. HART is hosting a series of public meetings beginning this week for the community to give feedback on the proposed routes. A public hearing will be held on July 26, and HART staff plan to present the service network redesign plan to the HART Board of Directors at their August meeting. View the public meeting opportunities here, and learn more about the plan here.

Member Corner

Support Tampa Theatre on June 21

Tampa Theatre has been chosen as the beneficiary for this month’s PPN (Professional Philanthropy Network) happy hour on Wednesday, June 21 at 6pm. Please help support the Theatre and make this a fun evening by attending this happy hour and movie event. It’s a $10 donation at the door, which gets you a free drink and apps, plus your admission to the movie that evening, My Cousin Rachel. Purchase tickets here.

Hill Ward Henderson Announcement

Shareholder Gordon Hill, was sworn in as President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) on June 8 at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center. The HCBA is a nonprofit professional member association that caters to the legal community throughout the Tampa Bay area. The HCBA is one of the most active voluntary bar associations in the nation with its 4,000 members known for their dedication and service to the community. Its mission is to inspire and promote respect for the law and the justice system through service to the profession and to the community. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at 

TECO Offers Free Fares for Light Up Tampa Bay

The TECO Line Streetcar System will be offering free fares from 7pm until midnight for the Light Up Tampa Bay Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4. This free public event features fireworks, live music by Southern Train, entertainment by DJ Xplicid and DJ Chris Beastly, food trucks, face painting and more! With special appearances by the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls, Thunderbug, the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team, 102.5-The Bone and 97x (standing room only-parking rates apply).

ChappellRoberts Team Announcements

ChappellRoberts has named Katy Berry, SHRM-CP, to controller and principal. As part of the agency leadership team, Berry will lead finance, human resources and administrative operations while maintaining a focus on overall agency management and growth. Additionally, the Ybor City-based agency announced the promotion of Megan Federico and Kelley Volenec to account executives. For more information, go to

Around Town

Florida Wind Band

Over the past eight seasons, the Florida Wind Band has been consistent in presenting a concert that honors our servicemen, servicewomen and our country. This year’s presentation is entitled Honor, Integrity and Service.  To fulfill the meaning behind those words, the program will contain several songs that will be well-known to the audience, along with other music written with clear patriotic intention. They would especially like to see veterans in the audience because they are going to play a special tribute for you.

Crack up Cancer

Crack up Cancer annually features some of the areas best comics, and 2017 is no exception.  The lineup this year includes Danny Bevins, Al Romas, John Consoli, Mike McCarthy, Helen Keaney and Kevin Rogers.  The show has two price tiers making it accessible to one and all.  Regular priced tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets are $75 and come with a pre-show reception with served appetizers, “meet the comics” area, and preferential seating in the auditorium for the show.  Crack up Cancer benefits local and all volunteer 501(c)3 Cure on Wheels who grants monies donated to targeted programs in local cancer organizations, supporting patients and families. Cure on Wheels, Inc. is a St. Petersburg-based not for profit and is an all volunteer organization with little to no overhead, therefore nearly 100% of all monies raised go directly to local cancer patients and families annually.

FDOT Westshore Community Group

FDOT is seeking participation in the first Community Working Group for the Westshore, West Tampa and South Tampa areas. This will be an ongoing conversation to address Tampa Bay’s critical transportation needs. Mark your calendars and RSVP for 5:30pm on Wednesday, June 21 at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, Student Services Building located at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. View invitation.

Meals on Wheels Wants Your Input

Meals On Wheels of Tampa is currently completing a brand awareness survey to find out what our community members know, think, and perceive about Meals On Wheels of Tampa. We invite you to provide your honest feedback to help a local Tampa non-profit learn from its community members: . The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Your responses are voluntary, anonymous and will be confidential. This information is being collected by a local agency, in partnership with the University of Tampa. Obtaining feedback from our community members is vital in order to improve our programs and impact on this community.

TBARTA Becomes Transit Authority

On Wednesday, June 14, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1672, changing the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority into the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) serving five counties, which includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, and Manatee. The changes take effect on July 1, 2017. Read more.

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