Monday Morning Memo

Monday, June 5, 2017

Partnership Presents

Downtown is Ready for Gasparilla and NHL

Two events that will draw big crowds to Tampa are planned for the same weekend this January — the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and the recently announced NHL All-Star celebration. To city boosters, the convergence provides a golden opportunity to show off the downtown area to a national, even international audience. With large crowds expected Downtown, its best to skip bringing a car into the Downtown core altogether. Tampa Downtown Partnership suggests parking in Ybor City and take the TECO Streetcar Line, take the In-Towner trolley, Downtowner electric shuttle, water taxis, Coast Bike Share, traditional taxis or ride-share companies.
“Tampa Leaders Say Downtown Is Ready For Gasparilla, NHL On Same Day”Tampa Bay Times

Don’t Miss Our Annual Meeting

Once a year the Tampa Downtown Partnership has the opportunity to share with our members and the downtown community a celebration of our organization’s accomplishments and induct the Partnership’s new leadership at our Annual Meeting and Luncheon. This year’s event promises to deliver thoughtful discussion and exciting downtown updates. Please join us on June 15 from 11:30pm to 1:30pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Register here.

Food Truck Fiesta

Join us for this month’s Food Truck Fiesta on Wednesday, June 7 in Lykes Gaslight Park! Ten food trucks will line the park from 11am until 2pm serving up delicious dishes at affordable prices. This month enjoy food from; Heavy’s Food Truck, Jimmy’s Sliders, Empamamas, Cajun in a Truck, Hott Mess, Michelle Faedo on the Go, Herring’s Catch, Aloha To Go, Taco Traveler, and new this month we welcome The Cake Girl. Hope to see you out there! Be sure to follow the Facebook page @MayorsFoodTruckFiesta for updates and announcements.

Fitness Classes We Bring to You Weekly

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can enjoy free fitness classes in Curtis Hixon Park, brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. On Sunday, prepare for the week with Yoga in the Park, get moving on Mondays with U-JAM, dance off the week with Zumba on Tuesdays, and end your Wednesday with Bamboozle Fit Club. All classes begin promptly at 6pm and end by 7pm. Get more information here.

Hurricane Preparedness

June 1 marked the beginning of the 2017 Hurricane Season. If you missed our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting, you may not know that the Evacuation Zones have changed dramatically this year. Be sure to know your zone and be prepared. Visit the City of Tampa’s Emergency Management page to find your Evacuation Zone and follow @AlertTampa on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Thirty on Thursday

Thursday, June 8, 12:30pm to 1pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Spend thirty minutes in the galleries with an expert! Meet an environmentalist in the galleries for a quick look at “Florida Images: Landscape Photography from the Permanent Collection.” Free with regular Museum admission. For more information, go to Thirty on Thursday.

Brews & Bites at the SAIL

Friday, June 9, 6pm to 11pm
SAIL Pavilion
A rolling celebration of food and fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks, and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. For more information, go to Brews & Bites at the SAIL.

Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Washington Valor – Saturday, June 10, begins 7:30pm
Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls – Sunday, June 11, begins 7:30pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) – Monday, June 5, 7:30pm to 9pm
Deconstructing the Beatles’ White Album (2016) – Tuesday, June 6, 7:30pm to 9pm
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City – Wednesday, June 7, begins 5:30pm
2017 Annual Members Reception – Thursday, June 8, begins 6pm
La La Land – Thursday, June 8, 7:30pm to 9pm
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Sunday, June 11, 3pm to 4:45pm

This Week at the Straz Center

Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue – Through Sunday, June 11
In The Spotlight: The City of Tampa and Cando Inc. Dance & Gym Recital – Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11
Victoria’s School of Dance 20th Annual Recital – Sunday, June 11, begins 3pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: OE Private Label

The Oxford Exchange (OE) Private Label is available at The Shop at Oxford Exchange.  A  wide variety of OE merchandise, unique in its design and aesthetic is available in store, and online. Some of the delightful finds include the artistry of John Derian in a decoupage of a postcard of the Tampa Bay Hotel with an Alligator Vignette, first postmarked June 16, 1908, the Oxford Exchange No. 1 Candle: Cedarwood (also available in Neroli and Jasmine), the Jute Burlap Apolis + Oxford Exchange Market Tote, made by a socially motivated company, and the Oxford Exchange Dark Chocolate Bar made from Venezuelan beans! Shop for these and other unique global items, as well as skin care by Aesop, eye glasses by Warby Parker, and an exciting read at their very literary Book Store.

Marketplace News

Magnolia and Vine, the jewelry and accessories that use “snaps” (unique centerpieces) that are interchangeable, so you customize the pieces to go with your personality, style, fashion sense. Stop by their pop-up shop on June 6 at 100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 2140, from 10am to 2pm.

Old Tampa Book Company is hosting a novel writer’s workshop on June 8, 6pm to 7:30pm, hosted by author and professor Mohanalaksmi Rajakumar. Reserve your space at this free event by email: or call 813.209.2151.   

Waterworks Grill at The Barrymore Hotel has announced  new summer hours: open daily from 7am to 11am for breakfast, 4pm to 10pm for dinner, closed for lunch. Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4pm to 6pm.

The John Germany Library is one of the Hillsborough County Libraries lending Playaway Launchpad tablets for children ages 5-10, on a first-come, first served basis. The tablets contain pre-loaded educational games in the areas of STEAM, Early Literacy, Science, Critical Thinking, and more.

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.


  • 3rd Anniversary, June 9 – Maloney’s Local Irish Pub. Join the celebration on June 9,  with an open bar from 6pm to 7pm (domestic drafts, well cocktails, and house wine), live music, (MacGilliosa), raffles, prizes, and giveaways all night long.
  • 1st Anniversary, June 17 – Viking Fitness. They’re celebrating with the way they know best:  Boot Camp from 8:30am to 9:30am. There’s also a party later that evening at District Tavern from 7pm to 9pm.

Vegan Kitchen in Downtown

Charles Rumph and Tim Fedorko’s first attempt at launching a vegan restaurant concept in Tampa “was a disaster.” “We said let’s just give it one more try,” said Rumph. “We found this partnership with Duckweed Urban Market. They had a vacancy in their café space so we met with Michelle Deatherage, the owner. We had such similar values, she cared about the environment, about people and was so forthcoming and clear about everything.” So, the long-time friends who met in high school brought on plant-based baker, Michelle Stapleton and on May 8, the three partners officially opened Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery at 803 N Tampa St.
“Vegan Kitchen Comes To Downtown Tampa”Tampa Bay Times

Record Applicants to USF Med School

A record number of students applied to the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine this year, an increase school officials attribute in large part to its expected move downtown. Nearly 6,400 applicants are competing for just 170 seats, according to a presentation Thursday by USF Health officials. The number of applicants has risen 50 percent in three years, surpassing 2016’s record of more than 6,100. Potential students are likely looking forward to the new downtown location, said Edmund Funai, USF Health’s chief operating officer, as the university moves forward with plans for a $165 million facility at the intersection of S Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive. The school plans to move from its on-campus location in north Tampa within two years.
“Record Applicants To USF Medical School Ahead Of New Facility”Tampa Bay Times

Diversity Attracted Suffolk to Downtown

Suffolk Construction, one of the largest builders in country, with a fast-growing presence in the Southeast, recently opened its fourth office in Florida — and this one comes with a technological twist. The 4,500-square-foot office, at Channelside Bay Plaza near downtown Tampa, includes a 2,200-square-foot tech lab, which features live streaming of job sites, touch screens for project updates and virtual reality stations. Josh Christensen, Suffolk vice president of West Coast Florida operations, believes the timing is right for Suffolk to make an aggressive push for new business in the Tampa region. He cites a variety of work to get, from multifamily projects to expansions at Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay. Says Christensen: “That diversity is the attractiveness of Tampa.”
“Real Expansion, With Virtual Reality”Business Observer

Development and Transportation

FDOT Community Working Group

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is seeking your participation in the Downtown Community Working Group, where they plan to roll up their sleeves and turn ideas in to action to address Tampa Bay’s critical transportation needs. Your voice, ideas and concerns will help inform regional transportation planning. Mark your calendar and RSVP for Thursday, June 8 at 5:30pm. The meeting will take place at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County located at 1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33605.

New Rays Stadium to Mimic Braves’

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan wants to model a new baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays after SunTrust Park outside of Atlanta, the new home of the Braves. Hagan maintained the county has its eye on an ideal location for a Rays development in Tampa’s urban core somewhere around the downtown, Channelside or Ybor area. The Rays are contractually obligated to play at Tropicana Field through 2027, but were given permission to start looking for a new stadium location in Hillsborough or Pinellas counties in late 2016.
“Commissioner Wants To Mimic The Atlanta Braves In A New Rays Stadium”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Encore! Fires Firm

The Housing Authority and its development partner announced they were terminating their contract with Berkley Surety Group and its contractor Tron Construction, bringing to a halt work on the Tempo at Encore, a seven-story building on the edge of downtown Tampa. As underwriter of the unfinished $25.6 million project, Berkley took over construction after the Housing Authority fired the original contractor, the Siltek Group, one year ago. Against the wishes of the Housing Authority, however, Berkley hired Tron Construction, a new firm run by Siltek’s owners. Construction workers were told at 10 a.m. Wednesday to leave the site, which was then secured by security staff.
“Tampa Housing Authority Fires Firm Whose Job Was To Rescue Tempo At Encore Project”Tampa Bay Times

TBARTA Project Updates    

TBARTA currently has eight projects they are working on to improve transportation in our area. Get the latest project updates, see what’s completed and what is still ongoing in Tampa Bay. Check out Plan Hillsborough’s website for details on the Imagine Hillsborough 2040 long range transportation plan.

Local Projects Vetoed

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $34 million in state funds headed to Tampa Bay late Friday, freeing up money to fund his priorities in a budget deal he and legislative leaders sealed in private. Among the local casualties: $1.2 million for the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the University of South Florida, a $1 million water transportation project for Forward Pinellas and a $1 million expansion of Ruth Eckerd Hall. In Hillsborough County, most of local lawmakers’ highest priorities survived the ax. Most importantly: $12 million for the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Health Institute at USF. The state has already given about $79 million to the new downtown Tampa medical education center over the years, and this year’s money is supposed to get the site ready for construction this year.
Local Projects Take Hit As Rick Scott Vetoes More Than $400 Million From Budget”Tampa Bay Times

Member Corner

Bucs to Honor Glazer and Gruden

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that late owner Malcolm Glazer and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden will be inducted into the club’s Ring of Honor this upcoming season. Glazer will be honored during the team’s nationally-televised Thursday Night Football home game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 5. Gruden will be inducted on December 18 during halftime of the team’s Monday Night Football contest against the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons. A formal press conference will be conducted at the team’s headquarters at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, August 2, at 1pm.
“Malcolm Glazer and Jon Gruden to be Inducted into Buccaneers Ring of Honor”

FMoPA Holds Call for Entries

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is now accepting submissions for its 17th annual Members Show. Museum members can submit photographic art to the show through August 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. All submissions will be installed in the museum’s Community Gallery. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at the museum from 5-7 p.m. on August 25. More information about submission guidelines or how to become a member of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts can be found at

Hill Ward Henderson Commends Attorney

Tori C. Simmons, attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, was recently commended for her pro bono efforts with Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), a nonprofit program that offers free weekly legal clinics at Metropolitan Ministries. At the program’s second annual reception, she was applauded for her dedicated service, tireless volunteer work, and leadership. Through her efforts, Hill Ward Henderson staffs the H.E.L.P. Clinic two months out of every year. Magistrate Judges Sneed and Sansone gave messages of judicial support at the reception, alongside several other judges, local lawyers, and representatives from Metropolitan Ministries. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

Hillsborough County Celebrates Silver Anniversary

On Wednesday, June 7, Hillsborough County will commemorate the Health Care Plan’s quarter century of successes at a special ceremony. The celebration will include Hillsborough County commissioners and local civic, health care, and social services leaders, including current plan administrators and some of the plan’s original architects. The plan, which in 1995 was named the Most Innovative Government Program by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, continues to add services that help patients and reduce long-term costs. The plan last year began to offer mental health and substance abuse treatment. This year, it will offer preventive health, nutrition, and exercise programs through its Healthy Living Program at several County community resource centers.

Around Town

Chlorine Disinfection in Hillsborough

A temporary Tampa Water Department conversion is expected to affect some Hillsborough County Water customers . According to a City of Tampa notice, the Tampa Water Department is modifying its disinfection method for City of Tampa customers from June 2-22. Customers in the affected areas may notice a slight difference in the taste and odor of their drinking water while chlorine is in use. The level of chlorine will be 2.5 to 3.5 milligrams per liter for most customers.

The Hall on Franklin is Hiring

There are 25-40 positions available  for both part and full time as well as front of the house for The Hall on Franklin. Interested applicants send resume to

Faedos to Open a Storefront

In June, space will no longer be a problem for Michelle Faedo’s  on the Go as they will celebrate the grand opening of their new 1,450 square-foot restaurant, Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine, located in Encore Tampa!, a downtown mix-used development, being installed in the bottom floor of Ella, a senior living facility. The theme of the new restaurant will reflect their Tampa roots and the new menu will focus even more on one of their specialties: devil crabs. A grand opening will take place the second or third week of June at 1210 E Ray Charles Blvd.
“Faedos Bring Tastes Of Tampa Back To A Storefront”Tampa Bay Times

Per-Trip Fees Coming to TIA

Tampa International Airport will impose a per-trip fee on commercial ground transportation vehicles to be phased in over a three-year period. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, at its regular board meeting Thursday, voted to implement the new fee structure starting in August for transportation network companies (TNCs) — such as Uber and Lyft — when the authority is expected to approve their use and permit agreements. All other ground transportation vehicles such as taxis, limousines and hotel courtesy buses would begin the new fee structure in February 2018, when a new tracking technology is available.
“Per-Trip Fees On Taxis, Limos And TNCs Coming To Tampa International”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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