Monday Morning Memo

Monday, October 11, 2021

Cruising returns to Port Tampa Bay this month!

Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas will depart on Oct. 16, marking the return of cruising 18 months after the pandemic halted it.


A 3,000-passenger ship generates an average of $334,000 of onshore spending, according to Business Research & Economic Advisors.


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NHL Face-Off Concert to celebrate start of season in Tampa's Downtown

The National Hockey League (NHL), in association with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, will open the 2021-22 season with the 2021 NHL Face-Off Concert featuring multi-platinum band All Time Low and a special appearance by the Stanley Cup on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in downtown Tampa before the Tampa Bay Lightning raise their third Stanley Cup championship banner inside AMALIE Arena.


The free concert will originate from a stage in the waters where the Hillsborough River meets the Garrison Channel. The band’s performance will be free and open to fans to enjoy on land from the Tampa Convention Center’s Sail Plaza or via boat in Garrison Channel starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.


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Iconic Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa's Downtown sold

The historic Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa has sold to a new owner for $22.5 million.


“We are incredibly excited about the location and management team here, as well as the opportunity to continue to grow our footprint throughout Florida,” Michael Dornbusch, Triangle Capital Group vice president, said in a statement. “The transformation of this property will fill an underserved gap in the market and benefit the entire neighborhood.”


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Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest set for this Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park

A free, family-friendly event at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, Tailgate Taste Fest’s robust schedule includes activities for the casual event-goer and the ultimate sports fan alike. Entertainment consists of a food competition with local restaurants serving up the most delicious tailgate foods Tampa has to offer, live music from local bands, a competitive corn hole tournament and, of course, live action from the day’s most exciting college football games shown on huge LED video screens!


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Retail, office space in Grand Central at Kennedy is on the market

The retail and office space in Grand Central at Kennedy — the first mixed-use project completed in downtown Tampa’s Channel District — is on the market.


“Grand Central contains a mix of necessity, service, and restaurant tenants that affords residents access to essential goods and services within walking distance. This makes Grand Central a desirable and active retail property in Tampa’s central business district.”


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Learn more about the Urban Excellence Awards categories: Christine Burdick Downtown Person of the Year Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made a positive and significant contribution to a program or project Downtown; has added to the Downtown visitor experience and/or that has demonstrated strong leadership in revitalizing the Downtown area.


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