Monday Morning Memo

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Partnership Presents

Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

Hurricane season is upon us and we all have to be prepared. Join us in TECO Hall on Thursday, June 1, for our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting, sponsored by TECO, an Emera Company. Registration and buffet breakfast will start at 7:30am with the program beginning at 8am. Register today.


  • Holley Wade, Special Operations Manager, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
  • Bill Wade, President, Tampa Firefighters Museum


  • Ed Mora, P.E. Manager, Distribution Restoration, Tampa Electric Company
  • Chief Thomas Forward, Fire Rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue
  • Richard G. Henning, Senior Flight Director, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
  • Brian LaMarre, Meteorologist-In-Charge, National Weather Center, Tampa Bay Area


Celebrating Rock the Park’s 7th Anniversary

Rock the Park has been bringing free concerts to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the first Thursday of each month since June 1, 2010. To celebrate Rock the Park’s 7th Anniversary, we are giving away five sets of tickets to take an eBoat from Sail Pavilion to Curtis Hixon for an unforgettable experience! The two final sets of tickets will be given out by Wednesday – watch our Facebook  page for updates and clues on how to win! *weather permitting

Premier Florida Screening of Citizen Jane

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to partner with Tampa Theatre for the first Florida screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Wednesday, June 7. Hailed as a “timely, inspiring documentary you can’t miss” by Parade MagazineCitizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs vs. Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The evening will kick off with an hour long Jane Jacobs Walk enabling members of the Downtown Tampa community to discover their city and environment through shared observation. The Walk will depart at Tampa Theatre at 5:30pm and will return as the doors and bar open right at 6:30pm. The audience is encouraged to wear costumes for the Jane Jacobs Look-A-Like contest to win a four-pack of tickets to the Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics movie series. The contest will take place at 7:15pm with the film beginning at 7:30pm. Following the screening, at 9pm the audience is invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A with local industry professionals. Tickets are available on Tampa Theatre’s website. View the Facebook event.

Annual Meeting: Leadership, Advocacy, Communication

Join us for our 31st Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 15 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. The Partnership’s signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Select speakers deliver thoughtful discussion, exciting downtown updates, and the Partnership’s vision for the upcoming year. Networking and registration begin at 11:30am with lunch and the program beginning at noon. Register here.

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

Craft Beer Clash

Saturday, June 3, begins 1pm
Rialto Theatre
Brewers from all over the Bay Area will be showcasing their fan favorite brews to attendees who will then vote on their favorite with tokens. While tasting the area’s most unique and show-stopping brews, attendees will enjoy food, live entertainment from Actual Bank Robbers, and silent auction opportunities. For more information, go to Craft Beer Clash.

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Baltimore Brigade

Saturday, June 3, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Storm host the visiting Baltimore Brigade for the first time this season. Head to Downtown Tampa’s sports mecca for an indoor football showdown on turf. Don your blue and gold and cheer on the Storm! For more information, go to Tampa Bay Storm vs. Baltimore Brigade.

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Kindergarten Cop (1990) – Friday, June 2, 10:30pm to 12:30am
Summer Classics Movie Series: Beauty and the Beast – Saturday, June 3, 3pm to 5pm

This Week at the Straz Center

Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue – Through Sunday, June 11
Finding Neverland – Tuesday, May 30 to Sunday, June 4
The Naked Magicians – Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3
Broadway Star of the Future Awards Showcase – Sunday, June 4, begins 2pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Portico Cafe 

The recently opened Portico Cafe also has a retail component for its patrons. One of the most popular items is their Tampa skyline t-shirt with “Love This City” printed on the front.  Other popular items include French coffee presses and other coffee-making equipment;  locally roasted coffee beans, including Blind Tiger coffee; packaged The Republic of Tea, in a variety of flavors; and even a “Time For Coffee” clock for your home!  The Portico Café itself has a delicious menu including  freshly baked pastries, yogurt parfaits, hot sandwiches, salads,  soups, and great coffee any way you like it.  Hours are: Monday through Thursday, 7am to 7pm; Friday, 7am to 9pm; Saturday, 8am to 9pm. Closed on Sundays.

Marketplace News

The Earl of Sandwich® will hold its Grand Opening at Element, 811 N. Tampa Street, on Wednesday, May 31st at 11am, with Mayor Buckhorn present to lead the celebration. Earl of Sandwich is known for its ”World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich®”, as well as fresh salads, wraps, pizza breads, and baked desserts.  They’ll be open every day of the week:  Mon/Thus, 8am-8pm, Friday,  8am to 9pm, Saturday 9am – 9pm and on Sundays 11am- 7pm.

Denholtz Associates has announced that Empire Office Inc. has signed a 6,054-square-foot lease at The Times Building located at 1000 N. Ashley Drive.  Empire is the largest commercial furniture dealer in the world, has locations all over the country, and will utilize the Tampa office to support its growing Florida sales and installation business. This new  office will be its second location in Tampa. The building, owned and leased by Denholtz Associates, features a renovated lobby, new fitness center, and a shared conference facility.

Superbowl to be an Urban-Centric Event

The College Football Playoff National Championship was a coming out party for Tampa and its revitalized downtown waterfront, but city leaders expect the 2021 Super Bowl to showcase an urban core that’s even more vibrant. The College Football Playoff National Championship was a coming out party for Tampa and its revitalized downtown waterfront, but city leaders expect the 2021 Super Bowl to showcase an urban core that’s even more vibrant.
“Buckhorn: Downtown Tampa Will Be The Centerpiece Of The City’s Fifth Super Bowl”Tampa Bay Business Journal

ULI Florida Summit Spotlights Downtown

Tampa’s Downtown waterfront hosted hundreds of real estate professionals from around the state late last week for the Urban Land Institute’s annual Florida summit. On Thursday afternoon, it was Downtown Tampa and Strategic Property Partners’ plans to develop a $3 billion, mixed-use district between the waterfront and central business district that took center stage. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered an impassioned speech on downtown development and the city’s future to the group in a ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. See SPP’s site plan here.
“Downtown Tampa, Vinik-Cascade Development Shine At Urban Land Institute’s Florida Summit”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Lightning to Host 2018 NHL All-Star

Yesterday the National Hockey League announced the selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the city of Tampa as hosts of the 2018 NHL® All-Star. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game. The 2018 NHL® All-Star Game will mark the second time Tampa will host the event. The Lightning and Tampa previously hosted the NHL All-Star Game in 1999, successfully welcoming thousands of NHL fans, executives and personalities to the city. Further details on 2018 NHL All-Star festivities, including ticket information, special events and television broadcasting information will be released at a later date.

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week: Waze

Get the best route, every day, with real–time help from other drivers. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. Get alerted before you approach closures, accidents, road hazards or traffic jams, all shared by other drivers in real-time.

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.

TBX Becomes Tampa Bay Next

Tampa Bay Express has been replaced with Tampa Bay Next, however, it still includes several of the same projects once proposed for TBX, such as the express toll lanes on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge. DOT officials said the most controversial aspect of the old TBX plan is still under consideration: spending $6 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to interstates 4, 75 and 275, which are all currently free of tolls. Any projects that were part of TBX will be considered under Tampa Bay Next, DOT officials said, along with alternatives.
“Goodbye Tampa Bay Express, Hello Tampa Bay Next; But Toll Lanes Aren’t Going Anywhere”Tampa Bay Times

Safety Solutions for Cyclists and Pedestrians

‘Paint Saves Lives’ is one of four focus points in the Vision Zero campaign to: influence context-sensitive design for multimodal communities, spread impactful messaging for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about traffic safety, encourage equitable and consistent law enforcement, and to develop low-cost ‘pop-up’ design interventions that make more visible and protect the most vulnerable users of Tampa area roadways — cyclists and pedestrians. Community-driven ‘pop-up’ solutions — applying a spray-painted bright green bike lane to attract cyclist awareness on the Bullard Parkway Bridge, for instance — are an answer to the obstacle of time and funding that Vision Zero encourages Hillsborough to explore.
Hillsborough Vision Zero Explores Pop-Up Solutions To Protect Local Pedestrians, Cyclists”83 Degrees Media

PTC Prepares for Transfer

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission has until the end of the year to transfer its regulatory duties to other entities within the county. County commissioners will hear preliminary plans to shift power during a meeting June 7, and the PTC is expected to officially dissolve as early as August.
With The Public Transportation Commission Now Dead, The County Sets Up To Play Taxi Boss”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

FMoPA  Adds New Exhibit

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition: She Loves Me, She Loves Not. The exhibition will open June 10, and we will have an opening reception with a curator talk at 6pm on June 23 for Fourth Friday. The exhibition, which runs through mid-September, will feature fine-art photographs from 12 prominent female photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Mary Ellen Mark, Judy Dater and Imogen Cunningham. To learn more about this exhibition and other programming at the museum, visit

Hill Ward Henderson Receives Recognition

For the 16th year in a row, Hill Ward Henderson has received recognition for their attorneys and practice groups in Chambers and Partners. This year, six practice areas were ranked for excellence in service, 13 attorneys were cited as “Leaders” and one as “Up & Coming.” Congratulations! For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

Feldman Equities Reports New Deals

Park Tower, owned by Feldman Equities, reports the 4,061 square foot expansion of their tenant ThyssenKrupp AG. Park Tower also reports the 2,239 square foot renewal for tenant Pipeline Consulting. Bill Reeves of Colliers International brokered the expansion while Matt Sulternfuss of Avocat Group  brokered the renwal. Co-Brokers David Green of JLL brokered the 30,311 SF renewal for Phelps Dunbar, Kenneth Tenukas of Cushman & Wakefield brokered the 4,398 SF new lease for Scarborough Attorneys at Law and John Fish of Cushman & Wakefield brokered the 3,380 new lease for Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.

Smart Card Readers for Flamingo Fares

HART is currently installing smart card readers and expects the process to be complete in June. A yearlong testing and implementation period on the system will ensure secure and safe experiences. Installation will then bounce back-and-forth between HART and PSTA, culminating in August, with the entire TECO Line Streetcar System being outfitted with the Flamingo Fares smart card readers. The next step for the Flamingo Fares Tampa Bay pilot project is the latest iteration of the Flamingo Fares app which will be available in September.

Straz Center Announces Full Season

For the 2017-2018 season, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts has scheduled another astonishing line-up of touring Broadway blockbusters, a powerhouse opera series, a dramatic and thought-provoking play series and a remarkable collection of dance, theater, music and educational events. Tickets for most 2017-2018 events in the 30th anniversary season will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 28, and will be available online at beginning at 10am.

Around Town

Westshore Marina District Takes Shape

A subsidiary of homebuilding giant Lennar has snapped up acreage in a new development on the Westshore waterfront with plans to acquire more land in the development by 2018. Bonita Springs-based WCI said it paid $2.5 million for 2.35 acres in Westshore Marina District, a mixed-use area on the waterfront near the intersection of Westshore and Gandy boulevards. WCI is planning 35 luxury townhouses on that site, the first for-sale product planned in the district.
“Mixed-Use Westshore Marina District Takes Shape As Big Builders Take Land Positions”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Volunteer Opportunities with Aging Services
Looking to volunteer? Aging Services nutrition sites throughout Hillsborough County are seeking food service assistant volunteers to assist in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to citizens 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. For more information, contact Kimberley Trusty-Doughty at 813.744.5867 or apply online.

TIA Becoming a Mini-City?

By the end of the 2026, Joe Lopano wants Tampa International Airport to function as its own little city. By then, airport officials would have spent more than $2 billion on improvements and new amenities in the terminals and around the airport property as part of a master plan overhaul. Through the next phase of its master plan, the Tampa airport is getting deeper into the real estate development business. It’s a trend that airports and ports, like Port Tampa Bay, have been exploring for years. By developing and leasing out desirable lots of land for commercial uses, these transportation agencies are creating new and longterm revenue streams.
“Tampa International Airport Morphing Into a Mini-City Unto Itself”Tampa Bay Times

Beat the Heat Event

Beath the Heat is a free event taking place on on June 3rd at Florida Hospital Center Ice located in Wesley Chapel. The event is from 1pm until 4:30pm and is open to everyone in the community. The ‘Beat the Heat’ event will include a free public ice skate from 2:15 P.M. until 4:15 P.M. More experienced hockey players will be able to participate in on-ice skills challenges including slap shot radar which measures puck speed and an obstacle course.  There will also be off-ice fitness classes including Zumba and body combat classes. Other off-ice activities will include a high-performance skills training demo and stickhandling drills. Fans wishing to secure ice time can do so by signing up at

Ferg’s Owner Expands to Orlando

Owner of Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg and namesake of Ferg’s Live in Downtown Tampa, has opened Ferg’s Depot in Downtown Orlando. The venue is in the newly renovated, historic Church Street Train Station (originally built in 1889), situated on nearly 2 city blocks.  With 9 unique areas that can host events of all sizes, this all-in-one venue is ideal for small groups under 50 guests, all the way up to a full buyout of the entire property for up to 2,000 guests. Read more here.

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