Monday Morning Memo

Monday, March 27, 2017

Partnership Presents

Development Forum Recap

On Friday we hosted the 21st Annual Downtown Development Forum and titled it Downtown in Motion. The title is reflective of the powerful conversations and discussions being held on and off-stage about our future of transportation, development, and the ever-changing make-up of our Downtown workers and residents. View each presentation:

Thank you to our sponsors: Tampa Bay Times, Lafayette Place and the Hillsborough River Realty Corp./The Jefferies Companies, TECO – an Emera Company, DPR Construction, Strategic Property Partners, ENCORE!, The University of Tampa, The Wilson Company/The Vault, Burr + Forman, Carlton Fields, Cushman & Wakefield, Smith & Associates, Stantec, Tampa Prepartory School, Buchanan Ingersoll & Roomey PC, The Florida Aquarium, Foto Bohemia.

Join Our Transportation Committee

The Partnership’s Transportation Committee meets monthly and closely tracks all the projects and opportunities for mobility improvements. There are lots of ways to offer your input. Be part of the solution! To get more involved, contact Karen Kress, AICP. Current projects include the Tampa Streetcar Survey, HART Transit Development Plan , and the HART Regional Transit Feasibility Plan Survey.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Meeting

We’ve set the date for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Thursday, June 15 from 11:30am until 1:30pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The Partnership’s signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Keynote speakers deliver thoughtful discussion, exciting downtown updates, and the Partnership’s vision for the upcoming year. More information and registration will be available closer to the event.

Recurring Events and Public Space

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to bring you weekly fitness classes in Curtis Hixon Park, the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta the first Wednesday of every month, Rock the Park the first Thursday of every month, Do the Local Motion walking tours on the first and third Friday, and annual events like Winter Village, the Mayor’s Mac N Cheese Fest, and the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest. At Tampa Downtown Partnership, we are dedicated to bringing people together to enjoy our beautiful public spaces with activities to engage and inspire. If you would like to learn more about our events or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Downtown Security Series Breakfast

The next Downtown Security Series breakfast is scheduled for March 30 at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) featuring Operations Chief Oliver Greene and Emergency Management Coordinator Chauncia Willis. Learn about the purpose and need of the EOC in this interactive and informative breakfast. Networking and a breakfast buffet begin at 7:30am followed by a presentation and tour from 8am to 9am. Click here for more information and to register. Hurry! Today is the last day to register.

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

Squeeze My Cans

Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2
Stageworks Theatre
Actress Cathy Schenkelberg was a member of The Church of Scientology for 14 years of her young adult life. It took another 5 years for her to escape harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door, an expensive custody battle, and social rejection. In this original solo show, Cathy shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain in this strangely hilarious and horrifying story of loss, isolation, and the relentless power of survival through persistence and humor. For more information, go to Squeeze My Cans.

Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival 2017

Friday, March 31, 6pm to 10pm
Tampa Museum of Art
This festival focuses on the performing arts, showcasing multiple genres that collide and surprise. At any given moment during the evening, you could see a balloon-art recreation of a Magritte painting, try your luck with a human skill-crane machine, thrill to a steampunk pole dance, watch actors interpreting artworks, maybe even a flash mob or two, and much more! For more information, go to Gasparilla Fringe Festival.

Space Jam

Sunday, April 2, 3pm to 4:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Michael Jordan joins the Looney Tunes to challenge a group of supercharged aliens to a game of basketball to decide the fate of the cartoon characters. The Looney Tunes lovability, Michael Jordan’s star power, and an increasing public love of nostalgia have combined to make Space Jam a family favorite for over 20 years. For more information, go to Space Jam.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara – Through Sunday, April 9
Open Rehearsal: Tosca – Through Thursday, March 30
Seth Glier – Monday, March 27, begins 7:30pm
National Geographic Live presents Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions: My Search for Truth – Tuesday, March 28, begins 7pm
Home Free – Wednesday, March 29, begins 7:30pm
IL VOLO: Notte Magica – A Tribute To The Three Tenors – Thursday, March 30, begins 8pm
Beethoven & Rachmaninoff – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, March 31, begins 8pm
MattyB featuring The Haschak Sisters – Saturday, April 1, begins 7pm
The House at Pooh Corner – Sunday, April 2, begins 2pm

This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks – Monday, March 27, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings – Thursday, March 30, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens – Saturday, April 1, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars – Sunday, April 2, begins 6pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Sacred Heart

Stop by the Sacred Heart Gift Shop and be amazed at the great browsing and shopping this little store offers. This season, there’s an assortment of fair-trade Easter gifts, including crocheted bunnies from Vietnam, felted bunnies from Nepal, and wooden puppet bunnies from Indonesia.  This volunteer-driven shop is always stocked with jewelry and stationery from Italy, brass hand-crafted items from Germany, a wide array of baptism and other religious items, jams and honeys from convents and abbeys, and a selection of fair-trade home décor and fashion accessories. The shop is located just south of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, on Florida Avenue.

Marketplace News

Easter Brunch is happening in Tampa’s Downtown! Brunches featuring the Easter bunny and lavish buffets. Be sure to make your reservations early.

Working Women of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay WaVE are co-hosting “Women Making Waves in Tech” Luncheon at Maestro’s at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts on March 31.  Keynote Speaker, Jena Abernathy, is a nationally recognized author and  leader in human capital management.

Key Person of Influence CEO Social on Tuesday, March 28, from 6pm to 8pm.  Contact Jodi McLean for details at 813.258.4372, X1.

Tampa Book Company customers are snapping up new journals, and joining the shop in writing its own journey with the 90 Day Journaling Challenge. Follow them @90dayjournalingchallenge on Instagram and Facebook and for more information on downtown’s journaling challenge. 

The Portico is hosting gentle yoga classes in its brand new Community Hall at 6pm every Tuesday. There is no charge for the class, however, there are a limited number of mats, blocks and straps for borrowing. The Portico is located at 1001 N. Florida Avenue.

Waterworks Bar & Grill at the Barrymore Hotel welcomes their new Executive Chef, Josh Bauer. Try some of the latest additions to their lunch menu with local foods, new bowl options, and great dinners before the theatre. You’ll also find what’s local to the area at the bar with St. Petersburg Distillery spirits, wine from St. Augustine-based San Sebastian Winery and Tampa Bay area and Florida craft beers on tap.

Collaborative Artist Warehouse Sold

Jason and John Accardi, owners of 717 Parking Enterprises, purchased the warehouse at 223 N. 12th St., known as the Artists Unlimited Inc. building, for $1.65 million. The warehouse is 26,000 square feet and the purchase includes an adjacent surface parking lot. Jane Levin and Barry Hanerfeld from Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. have been retained to market the space for lease to a unique retail, office and or urban work space environment.
Accardi Brothers Buy Historic Building In Downtown Tampa’s Channel District”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Powerhouse Gym Auction

On Saturday, April 1 at 10am, Powerhouse Gym’s collateral – including fitness equipment, cardio machines and free weights – will all be available for auction. Powerhouse closed its downtown location in late February after its landlord, Tampa-based Mercury Advisors, filed an eviction lawsuit. The gym has opened another location on Hillsborough Avenue. Mercury Advisors was the developer of Grand Central at Kennedy, the condominium-and-retail building at Kennedy Boulevard and Meridian Avenue, and still owns the retail space in the building.
“South Tampa Businesswoman Enters Legal Fray Over Evicted Channel District Gym’s Collateral”Tampa Bay Business Journal

SPP Purchases District 3 Space

Strategic Property Partners has acquired more property in Tampa’s urban core, including an events venue where the developer will move its offices and launch a marketing center for its project. SPP, the real estate company controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinikand Cascade Investment LLC, said that it has closed on the 20,000-square-foot District 3 building at 802 E. Whiting St. as well as an adjacent 12,000-square-foot office building at 817 E. Washington St. SPP will vacate its offices in Channelside Bay Plaza to move into the District 3 building in early 2018.
Vinik-Cascade Real Estate Team Buys More Property In Downtown Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal


Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week

This week’s transportation app is the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. Created by National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Download the app in iTunes.

Bike Month Continues

In 2015, Tampa Downtown Partnership created a Bicycle Friendly Business campaign to recognize leading downtown merchants embracing cycling for their employees and customers. This effort resulted in the City of Tampa ranking number one in the State of Florida and top ten in the country with over 30 certified Downtown businesses offering special incentives for customers arriving on bike. In fact, Tampa Downtown Partnership is the only Gold certified non-bike shop business in the state and in 2016 we won a state-wide award from the Florida Bicycle Association as the best “bike-friendly business”. Phase II includes applications for all downtown businesses so please contact us to learn more. Fun Events: Tampa Critical Mass on March 31; City Bike Tampa’s Adventure Cycling class on April 4 

Cross Bay Ferry Partners with Rays

Rays fans who take the Cross Bay Ferry from Tampa to St. Petersburgh can now receive $10 off tickets to that day’s Tampa Bay Rays game. This offer is available for 2017 Tampa Bay Rays regular season home games in April, excluding Opening Day. Present your Cross Bay Ferry ticket stub or confirmation email at the Tropicana Field Box Office to receive your discount. See for ferry schedule.

Regional Transportation Moves Forward

A legislative measure aimed at restructuring the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) to foster greater regional connectivity passed its first committee stop in the Florida House of Representatives last week. The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee voted 14-0 on the bill. The measure would change the “transportation” in TBARTA to “transit” and eliminate some local representation in favor of state appointees who represent the local business community.
“Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Effort Takes First Step In The Florida Legislature”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Alternatives to Streetcar Morning Service

Streetcar morning service ceased March 25th, following the end of a six-month pilot exploring potential demand for “commuter” streetcar service. HART funded the six-month pilot that was scheduled for September 27-March 24. For those now hooked on the car-free commute, the route 8 roughly parallels the TECO Line Streetcar System and may make a great option! Service to Downtown Tampa begins at 5:10 a.m. and operates every 30 minutes. A one-day pass is only $4.00. Visit for more information.
“Streetcar Morning Service to End March 24” –  gohart.blogspot


Member Corner

HART Needs Your Input

HART is conducting a major update of our Transit Development Plan that focuses on modernizing the bus network and identifying innovative, cost-effective solutions that are Beyond the Bus.  As part of this effort, HART wants to hear from you about your commuting habits, and what changes and improvements you would like to see in HART services. Workshops are March 28, 29, and 30 throughout Tampa. For more information on the Transit Development Plan and the workshops, visit

Smith & Associates Earns Distinguished Award

Jane Gowarty, Vice President of Business Development and Relocation of Smith & Associates Real Estate, is the recipient of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate firms, President’s Award – a top individual award. The President’s Award is part of the service recognition program, which formally acknowledges contributions such as committee involvement, presentations at network conferences, and service on various advisory councils and boards.
“Smith & Associates Real Estate Receives Top Individual Honor at Global Real Estate Conference”Tampa Bay Newswire

Florida Aquarium Rehabs Sea Turtles

After intensive medical care and rehabilitation efforts, The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation team has just returned those two loggerhead turtles to Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna, Florida. The Florida Aquarium is extensively involved in sea turtle conservation including rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Click here for high res photos and video.

UT Author Wins Novel Prize

Donald Morrill, associate dean of graduate and continuing studies and Dana professor of English, received Carolina Wren Press’ 2017 Lee Smith Novel Prize for his novel, Beaut. The Lee Smith Novel Prize recognizes authors living in, writing about or originally from the U.S. South. Morrill, who has taught at UT for 30 years, is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Awaiting Your Impossibilities (winner of the 2016 Florida Book Award), and four books of nonfiction.

Greenberg Traurig Elevates Attorneys

As international law firm  Greenberg Traurig, P.A. began its 50th year, it elevated to Shareholder eight Florida attorneys in the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach offices: Shannon Bothwell; Evan A. Kanter; Noam Lipshitz; Katie Molloy; Elizabeth E. Moum;  Ethan B. Wasserman; Lauren R. Whetstone; and Reggie Zachariah. John R. Dodd was elevated to Of Counsel in its Miami office.


Around Town

Biotech Giant Comes to Tampa

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation announced that biotechnology giant Amgen is opening a facility in Tampa this October with promises to create as many as 450 jobs here by 2018.The facility will be primarily back-office operations spanning four floors of Corporate Center One in Tampa, which neighbors Tampa International Airport to the east. Amgen, which is investing $25 million in the Tampa project, specializes in developing medicine for diseases with few treatment options. Their focus areas include: oncology and hematology, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, bone health, nephrology and neuroscience. Based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the company operates in nearly 100 countries with nearly 20,000 employees worldwide.
“Biotech Giant Amgen to Open Tampa Center, Creating Up To 450 Jobs” Tampa Bay Times

Boutique Hotel Coming to Rocky Point

A boutique hotel with a rooftop bar will celebrate its groundbreaking on March 30 on the Rocky Point waterfront. Current, which will be the Tampa Bay region’s third Autograph Collection by Marriott property, is a 180-room, nine-story hotel on the former Crawdaddy’s Restaurant property, which is currently used as the Rusty Pelican’s overflow parking. The new hotel is one of several projects bringing new cachet to Rocky Point. Autograph Collection hotels are known for their combination of an eclectic, local experience with Marriott’s popular rewards program. Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa is an Autograph Collection property, as is Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, which will open later this year.
“Boutique Hotel Current To Break Ground On Tampa Waterfront Next Week (Video)” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

Job Creation Slows in Florida

The Florida Chamber of Commerce predicts that the rising streak of job creation in the state is behind us. Jerry Parrish, the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s chief economist, forecasts that Florida will create 190,000 new jobs in 2017, down from the 244,400 jobs created last year. Parrish told a group during the chamber’s Capitol Days event in Tallahassee Tuesday that job creation in Florida peaked in April 2016. But uncertainty in the Florida Legislature — including the shaky fate of the state’s economic development organization Enterprise Florida — is tipping the scales. In Hillsborough County, the unemployment rate is rising to 4.9 percent, while in Pinnellas the unemployment is 4.8 percent. Pasco County has the highest unemployment rate in Tampa Bay at 5.7 percent.
“Forecast: Florida Job Creation Slowing Down This Year” – Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Pride Brings Crowd to Ybor City

Thousands of people converged on Ybor City on Saturday to celebrate Tampa Pride, one of the first Pride celebrations in the country. This year marks the event’s third anniversary. An estimated 30,000 people turned out in support of the LGBTQ community and enjoyed food,  entertainment and other fun activities. The event took a somber tone as attendees paid a special tribute to the victims of the Orlando Pulse tragedy. Some of the survivors were in attendance.
Tampa Pride Returns In 2017 With Special Tribute To Pulse Victims” –

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