Monday Morning Memo

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tampa Downtown Partnership's Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting set to go virtual

Please join us for our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held virtually through Zoom and hosted by ABC Action News’ Chief Meteorologist, Denis Phillips. Our speakers will discuss what to expect from the upcoming hurricane season, how to prepare, and lessons from past hurricane seasons.

To register today, click here.


Tampa Downtown Partnership announces keynote speaker for Annual Meeting

Join us in celebrating the 34th year of the Tampa Downtown Partnership at our Annual Meeting, held virtually this year on June 16, 2020. Attendees will hear from the Partnership’s leaders and a keynote presentation from David Downey, President and CEO of the International Downtown Association (IDA) on how cities across the world are adapting to new challenges with creative solutions.

Register today!

Lift Up Local program receives national attention for cafe spaces

NBC Nightly News recently covered the City of Tampa’s Lift Up Local recovery zone locations in Tampa’s Downtown and Ybor City. This program encourages patrons to support local businesses while practicing safe social distancing. The Partnership provided picnic tables, planters, and lighting to the Downtown locations.

To learn more, click here.

City of Tampa reopens key parks

TAMPA — Come Saturday, Tampa, your neighborhood park and some big riverfront draws like Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon and Waterworks will all be open for your enjoyment.

So will Ballast Point Park on the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard.

Mayor Jane Castor’s administration announced the full reopening Thursday afternoon. It comes more than a week after the city reopened 13 of its park trails, dog parks and beaches (with some confusion about the timing of the beach reopenings.)

Residents will be able to use tennis, pickleball and racquetball courts if they limit it to two people per court. Sorry, hoopsters, the basketball courts weren’t on the list of amenities listed for reopening in a city news release.

Picnic shelters, playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, volleyball courts and splash pads will also remain closed. And rowers who use the boathouse at Julian B. Lane will have to wait to skim over the Hillsborough River. That facility remains closed for now, said Ashley Bauman, city spokeswoman.

Kayak and canoe launches will be open, as will athletic fields, disc golf courses and skate parks.

Restrooms will be open, too.

The city urges all park-goers to practice social distancing and keep groups to fewer than 10.

Here’s what the release says about city pools:

The following year-round pools will also be open beginning May 16, but limited to lap swimming by appointment only, while participants adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • Bobby Hicks, 4120 W Mango Ave., 33616
  • Cuscaden, 2900 N 15th St., 33605
  • Cyrus Greene, 2101 E Dr. MLK Blvd., 33603
  • Del Rio, 10105 N Boulevard, 33603
  • Interbay, 4321 W Estrella St., 33629
  • Loretta Ingraham, 1611 N Hubert Ave., 33607
  • Roy Jenkins, 154 Columbia Dr., 33606
  • Sulphur Springs, 701 E Bird St., 33604

To reserve your lap swim time, please call the pool you would like to utilize. Appointments can be made for the current day only and will be limited to a maximum one hour session. For pool hours and contact information visit

“Tampa to open all parks” – Tampa Bay Times

The Portico Cafe reopens to the public this week

The Portico Cafe will be re-opening their takeout window and patio today under social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Customers help support the Portico’s mission to employ people transitioning from homelessness, addiction or incarceration, as well as provide workforce housing and services to people in need.

To see their menu, click here.

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