Monday, June 26, 2017
Join the Team
Tampa Downtown Partnership is always looking for champions of Tampa’s Downtown. Interested in joining our team? We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the following position(s):
- Clean Team – Landscaper/Maintenance Crew. Click here to learn more about the position.
- Downtown Guide. Click here to learn more about the position.
Year in Review: A Look at our Accomplishments
To ensure that Downtown continues to grow, Tampa Downtown Partnership’s staff, Board, and Executive Committee have been preparing new strategic initiatives with an eye toward future growth. The next two years will be significant for us in setting the stage for Tampa, but before we look at where we are heading, we invite you to celebrate a few of our accomplishments from this past year. View our 2017 Year in Review.
Annual Meeting Photo Gallery
Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, panelists, and attendees for enticing meaningful dialogue and timely discussions at this year’s Annual Meeting. Be sure to check out our online photo album on our Facebook page to spot yourself in the crowd!
Call a Downtown Guide
Tampa’s Downtown Guides help provide a safe and inviting Downtown environment through their role as on-street ambassadors, offering a friendly concierge-type service. Our Guides are available to help anyone in Downtown with directions, restaurant suggestions, stranded motorist and bicyclist assistance with flat tires, dead car batteries, and much more. Give them a call at 813.267.2220 or catch them on the street Monday through Friday from 7am to 8m, Saturday 11am to 8pm, or Sunday from 7am to 4pm.
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
Experience the Art of the Brick
June 23 through September 4
District 3 Arts and Events Venue
The Art of the Brick is a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions.” These are the first art exhibitions to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights. The Art of the Brick
Pets & Vets Week
Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30
Glazer Children’s Museum
Calling all animal lovers and budding veterinarians! This 5 day event showcases the love we all have for our little animal companions. Parade the second level of the museum with Rick Martin and his traveling band of performing pets! Pets & Vets Week
Art Meets Jazz at the Barrymore Hotel
Thursday, June 29, 6pm to 9pm
Waterworks Bar and Grill Restaurant at the Barrymore
Join us for Art Meets Jazz Night at The Barrymore Hotel, featuring live jazz music from Johnny Magnussun, art exhibition by local Tampa artist(s), a full buffet and full bar. The event will be hosted in the Riverwalk Room adjacent to Waterworks Bar and Grill Restaurant. Art Meets Jazz Night
Tampa Bay Storm vs. Washington Valor
Saturday, July 1, begins 7pm
The Tampa Bay Storm open July with a clash against the visiting Washington Valor. Downtown Tampa’s team needs your support, so grab a seat, get ready to cheer, and enjoy some indoor football action! Tampa Bay Storm vs. Washington Valor
On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
Wakefield (2017) – Through Tuesday, June 27
I, Daniel Blake (2017) -Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29
El Topo (1970) – Friday, June 30, 10:30pm to Midnight
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) – Sunday, July 2, 3pm to 5:30pm
This Week at the Straz Center
mad Theatre presents Company – Through Sunday, July 2
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Through Sunday, July 2
Voice of the Nightingale – Saturday, July 1, begins 7pm
Bring It! Live – Sunday, July 2, begins 7pm
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: Greiner’s
Since 1981 Greiner’s Fine Men’s Clothing strives to offer the marketplace the finest quality “updated classic” clothing along with unequalled service that only a specialty store can offer, including expert alterations. Among the many collections the store features are Alberto Jeans, Bills Khakis, Jack Victor, Nikky Capri, Robert Talbott, and Southern Tide. Gift Cards and Complimentary Gift Wrapping Services are also available. Visit their website for more information.
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Winter Village is seeking applications for its season-long Winter Village Shops opening at Curtis Hixon during the holiday season. Winter Village is seeking shops selling holiday décor, toys, apparel, and a variety of gifts throughout the holiday season. The deadline for applicants is August 1.
Aurora Apartments are having a July Lease Special! Lease and move in during the month of July and receive 4 weeks of free rent. Minimum lease term requirements apply. Choose from stylish urban lofts, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments.
Florida Museum of Photographic Art has established an Art Loan project whereby the museum will rent items from its private collection of 400 photographs. The museum will curate, install and maintain each piece in business offices (and homes) for a low annual rate. For more information contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is now Downtown! Now located at 509 E. Jackson Street, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is dedicated to providing safe, affordable homes in partnership with the community and qualified families in Hillsborough County.
The Old Tampa Book Company is holding their biggest “Sidewalk” Sale ever! THOUSANDS of books for $1.00 and 50 cents now through July 1.
Moxies is now serving Brooklyn Gourmet Italian Ices directly from Brooklyn, NY! There are 17 delicious flavors available.
We Have a Workaholic Problem
Despite living in a top tourist destination, workers in Tampa are among the most likely to leave vacation hours unused, according to a new study by Project: Time Off. Tampa ranked third among the 30 largest metropolitan areas on the percentage of people who leave vacation days unused. Only Washington, D.C. and San Francisco-Oakland ranked higher. The percentage of Tampa workers leaving vacation days unused was 62 percent, for a total of 5.1 million unused vacation days. Nationally, the top reason given for not taking time off was the amount of work that piles up during a vacation.
“Tampa Has A ‘Workaholic’ Problem, Is Among Tops In The Nation For Not Taking Time Off” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Port Secures Funding for Dredging Project
Port Tampa Bay is moving forward with plans to widen and deepen the Big Bend Channel after securing a $5.7 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The Big Bend Channel connects to the Tampa Harbor main channel and will be deepened from 34 feet to 43 feet and widened from 200 to 250 feet to accommodate larger ships. Anderson also noted that the port “has already invested $30 million in infrastructure for the growing Port Redwing maritime complex that will be served by the Big Bend Channel.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated that the widening and deepening of the Big Bend Channel will cost $55.2 million.
“Port Tampa Bay Secures More Funding For Big Bend Channel Project” – Tampa Bay Times
Confederate Monument Stays
Hillsborough County commissioners voted 4-3 last Wednesday to keep a Confederate monument outside the old county courthouse in downtown Tampa. The statue, titled “Memoria In Aeterna,” is dedicated to the honor of confederate soldiers and sailors. It was originally installed on the southwest corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets in 1911 by the Tampa chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederate States of America and was moved to its current location in 1952 following completion of the courthouse. Instead of moving the monument, the prevailing commissioners want to paint a 10-foot high mural behind it that will pay homage to the county’s diversity. They may also start an education program to address what Commissioner Sandy Murman described as a racism problem in the community.
“Hillsborough Commissioners Vote to Keep Confederate Monument in Downtown Tampa” – Tampa Bay Times
Development and Transportation
Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Progress Report
Bike/Walk Tampa Bay — a regional coalition of citizens, professionals, and allied organizations that advocates for bicycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation in the Tampa Bay Area — brought together some of the region’s most remarkable and dedicated cyclists to share their expertise and stories about traveling on two wheels. Dialogue featured a Keynote speaker and panelist of local leaders in the bike-ped scene. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay closed out the ‘People, Places, Perspectives’ evening with its annual awards ceremony recognizing standouts cyclists and bike-ped organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
“People, Places, Perspectives: Sharing Experiences At Bike/Walk Tampa Bay” – 83 Degrees Media
Channelside Waterfront Plan Approved
Port Tampa Bay’s board of directors unanimously approved a plan to demolish part of Channelside Bay Plaza to make room for new restaurants, retailers and waterfront views. Port officials voted in favor of amending Strategic Property Partners’ ground lease on the 230,532-square-foot retail plaza adjacent to the port at a meeting last Tuesday morning. This amendment allows SPP, the real estate firm owned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment, to demolish the southwest portion of the retail center to create better views of the waterfront and enhance the visibility of Bay Plaza. The long-term future of Hablo Taco and Thai Thani restaurants is still to be decided and demolition will begin this summer.
“Port Tampa Bay Approves Demolition Of Part Of Channelside Bay Plaza” – Tampa Bay Times
Poll Supports Public Transit at TIA
Whether it’s light rail or direct bus routes, a vast majority of respondents to a poll conducted by the Tampa Bay Business Journal would like to see public transit options to and from Tampa International Airport. The frontrunner was light rail with 49.1 percent of respondents making that their preferred choice. That was followed by direct bus lines at 37.4 percent and only 1.4 percent calling for a combination of ferry and bus service. The TBBJ poll had 214 respondents. Read the full article at bizjournals.com/tampabay.
Upcoming Workshops for 10-Year Plan
HART is doing a redesign of the current network along with updating the 10-year Transit Development Plan, and your opinion is critical in designing transit service. Please join an upcoming community workshop and other public meeting opportunities to provide your input on the proposed service changes and the various options that are being considered. For more information, please visit HART’s website at goHART.org/TDP.
New USF Downtown Library Named
The University of South Florida will name the library at the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute being built in downtown Tampa after one of its major sponsors, Florida Blue, after the insurance company donated $1 million to the school. The 5,000-square-foot facility, named the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange, will house a large-scale video wall for presentations, a reading room, reference desk and technology demonstrations, as well as space for recording lectures for web-based learning. The facility will be open to the public and can serve as a resource to patients or family members researching illnesses.
“Library at USF’s New Downtown Tampa Medical School Named for Florida Health Company” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
ChappellRoberts, an Ybor City-based advertising agency, has won more than 35 awards in 2017 alone for its work on integrated advertising campaigns and digital assets. Demonstrating the agency’s success and expertise in strategic marketing design, TV, digital and campaign development, top honors include award wins in international, domestic and industry-specific competitions. To view a full list of 2017 awards as well as samples of the work, click here.
Hill Ward Henderson Announcement
Matthew F. Hall, attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, has been elected to the 2017-2018 Hillsborough County Bar Association’s (HCBA) Board of Directors. The HCBA is a membership of Hillsborough County attorneys, judges, and legal professionals. Their mission is to inspire and promote respect for the law and the justice system through service to the legal profession and to the community. Mr. Hall is an Associate in Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hwhlaw.com.
Swim with the Sharks
Watch as Estee Martin from icFlorida experiences the Shark Swim Experience at the Florida Aquarium. At most trips to the aquarium, guests can only walk around, peering into tanks full of fish and other aquatic life. But at the Florida Aquarium, you can go inside the tanks and swim alongside actual sharks! The whole experience takes place in the Coral Reef Exhibit and other aquarium guests will even be able to see you while you swim around. View the video and full article here.
Business of Pride Honorees
Congratulations to all the Business of Pride Honorees! Many of our members were among those recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal including; Kelly Flannery at the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Guido Maniscalo with the City of Tampa, PNC, and Smith & Associates Real Estate. View all the honorees here. These companies, organizations and individuals are working to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace.
Know Your Evacuation Zone
The official evacuation zone maps were updated for 2017 and some of the zones have changed. The City of Tampa Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to look at the map for all of Hillsborough County located at www.tampagov.net/AlertTampa under the “Find your evacuation zone” tab. The map shows the updated evacuation zones with emergency contact information and is available in both English and Spanish. Evacuation zones are divided into five color-coded levels and the map shows evacuation routes as well as the nearest public shelters.
Related Group Chosen for West River Project
The Tampa Housing Authority’s governing board voted unanimously last Wednesday to partner with the Miami-based firm, Related Group, on the renovation of Mary Bethune High Rise Apartments, an eight-story senior residential tower just west of downtown Tampa. Related also is the authority’s choice as lead developer for the majority of West River, its signature 120-acre mixed housing and retail development planned on the west side of the Hillsborough River. Related already has several local residential developments planned in St. Petersburg’s Edge District, at the site of the former Tampa Tribune building on the Hillsborough River, and in the Gandy Boulevard area.
“Tampa Housing Authority To Stick With Under-Investigation Related Group For Now” – Tampa Bay Times
Big Box Redevelopment on N. Dale Mabry
A vacant big-box store on North Dale Mabry will be redeveloped into spaces for multiple retailers and a restaurant. The California-based owner of Tiger Direct Plaza at 701 N. Dale Mabry Highway — just south of J. Alexander’s Redland Grill — has filed plans with the city to redevelop the 23,500-square-foot box into four separate spaces. Tiger Plaza Center LLC, the owner of the property, also wants to build a 4,950-square-foot restaurant on the northern side of the big-box store. No tenants are disclosed in the plans.
“Dark Tiger Direct Box On North Dale Mabry To Be Redeveloped Into Multiple Retail Spaces” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Adults with Disabilities to Perform Showcase
Taking place on Sunday, July 16, the students at Pyramid, a day center for developmentally disabled adults, present their upcoming showcase titled “SUMMER FUN” featuring song and dance routines as well as a showcase of student’s artwork. The event will be held at the University Area Community Center, 14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2pm. Works of art will be available for purchase and proceeds will support the artists as well as the programs at Pyramid. Through a partnership with Patel Conservatory, Pyramid received 16 weeks of theater classes.
Fly Direct to Four New Cities
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is getting new routes to four cities; Norfolk, Milwaukee, Pheonix/Mesa, and Ogdensburg in New York. Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is beginning seasonal service to PIE from Pheonix/Mesa and year-round nonstop service to the other three. This bring the number of nonstop destinations that Allegiant provides out of PIE to 59, said airport spokeswoman Michele Routh.
“Tampa Bay Area Travelers Get Routes To Four New Cities” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
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