Monday Morning Memo

Monday, October 30, 2017

Partnership Presents

Winter Village is Coming

On Friday, November 17, Tampa Downtown Partnership will be cutting the ribbon to welcome a new season of Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, presented by USAmeriBank. Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa along the Tampa Riverwalk as Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Come to skate on Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink (yes, it’s real ice!), taste the spirit of the holiday season with specialty drinks and treats, or peruse the Winter Village Shops featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list.  New this year, the Winter Village Express offers a holiday experience aboard a themed Streetcar. Hop on at Centro Ybor or Whiting Station and enjoy treats, music and fun as you travel. A quick walk along the Tampa Riverwalk brings you to Winter Village. Also new this year, Winter Village has partnered with Tampa Theater to present their Winter Classic Series in the Great Lawn on Fridays and Saturdays from November 17 through December 16. Check out for hours and more information!

The Power of Public Art

Join us for a Downtown Debriefing program about the power of public art on Tuesday, October 31. The panelists include Tes One, who is an artist and director at SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, Robin Nigh from the City of Tampa Art Programs Division, and Martine Collier from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Moderated by Mickey Jacob, who is the Board Chair for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, this program will focus on how public art is able to shape the unique character of Tampa, and how it can build the community in our city. Networking and registration start at 7:30am and the program and continental breakfast start at 8am in Maestro’s at the Straz Center. Come join in on the conversation and register before noon today!

Deadline is This Week: Holiday Storefront Painting

Working with a local artists, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is continuing a yearly tradition of the Holiday Storefront Window Painting Contest. Merchants can elect to be part of the competition by selecting one of three levels of involvement which are based on price and desired level of window decor. Painting will be completed by November 21, at which time a People’s Choice voting competition will take place on-line. Help us spread the holiday spirit throughout downtown by joining in on the fun in a friendly holiday-themed competition. Please complete this form and submit by November 1.

Host Your Company at Winter Village

Hosting your annual holiday party at Winter Village is an exciting and fun-filled alternative to traditional corporate gatherings. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays in beautiful Downtown Tampa along the waterfront with your colleagues. Choose from two event options to fit your organization’s needs and pick a date from November 17 to January 5, 2018. Hold your event during the day, or evening – it’s up to you! Download the application.

Exclusive Offer to Members

CAMLS would like to extend to all Tampa Downtown Partnership members complimentary space for holiday parties booked between now and November 15th to be held on or before December 21st based on availability. CAMLS is unmatched both in scale and customer service. With concierge-level attention in 25,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, CAMLS is the ideal location for your next program. View the flyer or visit the website for more information.

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

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, November 1, 11am to 1pm
Lykes Gaslight Square
Looking for a larger selection of lunch options? Step outside for a meal in the park! Choose from a wide variety of local food trucks serving up all sorts of delicious culinary creations. You’ll have your pick of dishes from plenty of delectable kitchens on wheels! For more information, go to Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Rock the Park

Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Radarmen, FRE$H P, and Tuff Son. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. For more information, go to Rock the Park.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 19
Stageworks Theatre
In this beautiful adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful, and ultimately hopeful. one-woman play. For more info, go to The Year of Magical Thinking.

Pavilion XXXII

Saturday, November 4, begins 6:30pm
Tampa Museum of Art
The Museum’s premier event and a grand Tampa tradition. In its 32nd year, Pavilion raises over $500,000 annually, funding exhibitions and educational programs presented by the Museum. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dancing at this black tie fundraiser. For more information, go to Pavilion XXXII.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

John Cleese with a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Thursday, November 2, begins 7:30pm
The Florida Orchestra – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – Friday, November 3, begins 8pm
Junie B. Jones – Saturday, November 4, begins 2pm
2017 Straz Live in the Park – Sunday, November 5, begins 3pm
Demetri Martin – Sunday, November 5, begins 8pm

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre

Cat People – Monday, October 30, 7pm to 8:15pm
From Dusk Till Dawn – Monday, October 30, 9:45pm 11:30pm
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – Tuesday, October 31, Noon to 1:30pm
Halloween Happy Hour – Tuesday, October 31, begins 5pm
Halloween – Tuesday, October 31, 7:30pm to 9pm
Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! – Tuesday, October 31, 9:30pm to 11pm
The Vietnam War (2017) – Wednesday, November 1, 7:30pm to 9pm
Scott Kelly: A Year in Space, A Night in Tampa – Thursday, November 2, begins 7:30pm
My Favorite Murder Live – Friday, November 3, begins 8pm
Magic Men Live – Saturday, November 4, begins 8pm
Human Flow – Sunday, November 5, 3pm to 5:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

André Rieu – Wednesday, November 1, begins 8pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers – Thursday, November 2, begins 7:30pm
WiLD 94.1’s Last Damn Show – Friday, November 3, begins 7pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Saturday, November 4, begins 7pm
Fall Out Boy: Mania Tour – Sunday, November 5, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: R. Wolf Fine Jewelry & Watches

Located inside the lobby of the Wells Fargo building in Downtown, you will find beautiful extraordinary pieces of jewelry – some, hand-made by the store’s owner, Rodrigo Wolf. Wolf’s family has been in the jewelry industry since the 1950’s when his Uncle owned and managed a workshop in San Paulo, Brazil’s jewelry district. Stop by to see his hand-made watches, necklaces or collection of engagement rings and many other sparkling pieces.  Visit for more information and to browse the store’s collections.

Marketplace News

Small Business Saturday is November 25! American Express makes it easy for owners to create customizable marketing pieces for your physical location, online shop, and social media site using their Shop Small Studio.

American Social Bar & Kitchen opens on Harbour Island today, October 30. Join for $5 signature burgers all day as they open their doors to the Tampa community.

Watervue Grille is set to open November 2017, bringing Tampa a Fresh Gulf Coast Seafood Waterfront restaurant.

The Barrymore Hotel is hosting a special Art Meets Jazz Night on Wednesday, November 1. From 6pm to 9pm, the event will feature a live art demo as well as art exhibition/sale by local artist Francine Bauer. 100% of net proceeds will benefit the families and neighbors of the families of their sister hotels in Ponce and Mayaguez Puerto Rico and 50% of any profits obtained by Francine Bauer will also be donated.

Tourism Marketing District Challenged

Calling the city of Tampa’s new tourism marketing district in  Downtown Tampa and Ybor City and the accompanying $1.50 per room, per night assessment “illegal,” House Speaker Richard Corcoran has filed a lawsuit asking a court to put a stop to the activity. In the lawsuit, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court against the city, Corcoran is seeking to stop what he called the city’s “illegal tax on certain hotel customers” in the tourism marketing district, which is administered by the Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association, a private, membership-based organization. The lawsuit also alleges that the district is illegal and said it lacked accountability and transparency.
House Speaker Sues Over Tampa’s Special Tourism District, Calling It Illegal”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Make it Tampa Bay Initiative Launches

On October 16th, leaders of Visit Tampa Bay, the Tourist Development Council of Hillsborough County (TDC), the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the Tampa Hillsborough EDC unveiled its joint effort to attract more talent and business relocations to Hillsborough County: Make It Tampa Bay. The Make It Tampa Bay initiative draws on Visit Tampa Bay’s award-winning brand and established out-of-state marketing channels to showcase our community as the ideal place to do business and to live for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and millennial talent. For more information on the Make It Tampa Bay initiative,  visit

Law Firm Unveils New Office Space

Brinks Gilson & Lione showed off its new office for its four-member legal team to its clients on Thursday evening. Now located on on the 35th floor of the SunTrust building after being in temporary space during renovation, the lawyers were hired last year to extend Brinks Gilson’s geographic reach into Florida for the first time in its 100-year history. The Chicago-based firm’s expansion in Tampa mirrors the findings of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2016 patent litigation study, which ranked Tampa as the fifth most favorable legal court venue for patent holders. The study concluded that the Middle District of Florida, the federal court which includes Tampa, has a shorter time-to-trial, higher success rates and greater median damages awards.
“Growing Intellectual Property Law Firm Unveils Its New Digs In Suntrust Financial Centre (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

Residences and Retail at 815 Water Street Announced

The first residential building at Water Street Tampa will have one tower with rental apartments and a second with condominiums, both rising from a base featuring a full-service grocery store, developers said last Thursday. The building at 815 Water Street is planned for the intersection of Water Street and Channelside Drive, next to Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay History Center. It is expected to break ground in 2018 with an opening in late 2020. Plans call for the 21-story rental tower to be perpendicular to Channelside Drive. The 26-story condominium tower — one of Tampa’s first new for-purchase residential towers in nearly a decade — would be angled towards the water, affording residents views of the waterfront and downtown Tampa.
“Water Street Tampa To Include Residential Building With Grocery Store, Apartments And Condos”Tampa Bay Times

Connected Vehicle Lane Closures Extended

The project to install smart technology at intersections in downtown Tampa will take longer than originally planned. Drivers need to plan for nightly lane closures at 33 intersections until at least mid-November. Work began in late September on the installation of underground conduit and equipment on existing traffic signal poles and mast arms for the THEA Connected Vehicle Pilot Project. The lane closures are temporary and begin nightly at 7pm, re-opening by 5am the following morning. Work is 7 nights a week. The project is expected to be completed by 5am, November 15, weather permitting.
“Construction Project Extended In Downtown Tampa, Nightly Lane Closures Expected Until Mid-November”ABC Action News

TECO Streetcar Expansion Update

The plan to extend the TECO Line Streetcar system north through downtown got its first positive reviews from the public last week. The aim of a $1.7 million study to look at expanding service is to choose the path to reach more of downtown and extend the system north to Tampa Heights. The Invision: Tampa Streetcar study selected two preferred routes for the extension of the existing 2.7-mile streetcar line. Both routes travel an additional 1.3 miles from E Whiting Street north to E Palm Avenue. The main difference between the two options is that one runs there and back on N Franklin Street while the other is a loop along Tampa Street and Florida Avenue. The second phase of the study, expected to wrap up next fall, will evaluate ridership projections, specific stops and costs.
Expanded Tampa Streetcar System Gets First Public Approval”Tampa Bay Times

What WELL Means for Water Street Tampa

A question came up in a panel discussion last week about downtown Tampa development: What does WELL mean for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa development? The WELL Building Standard measures and monitors real estate features that impact health and well-being, and provides a third party to certify achievement. The WELL Community Standard will guide how a community’s resources — natural, human and technological — are used to encourage health and wellness in the entire district. WELL Certified communities implement design and technology strategies to improve concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, sound, mind, temperature, materials and community.
Learn What WELL Building Really Means For Water Street Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Rays Stadium Proposal: Channel District

Hillsborough County will offer the Rays a location in the Channel District-Ybor City area bordered by 15th Street and Channelside Drive to the east and west and Fourth Avenue and Adamo Drive to the north and south. The Tampa Bay Times reported in August that county officials were narrowing in on this site. More importantly, County Commissioner Ken Hagan said Tuesday that the community has reached an agreement with land owners to gain site control of about 14 acres there.
“Hillsborough: New Rays Ballpark Should Go In Ybor City”Tampa Bay Times

Member Corner

Congratulations, David Mechanik

Executive Committee member, David Mechanik, was recently appointed to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to serve on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Board. Mechanik will serve a three year term beginning November 1, 2017. HART is dedicated to providing excellent customer service while building solutions to support Hillsborough County’s needs now, and into the future. Whether created by the County Commission or by Florida statutes, each advisory group promotes good government and the effective and efficient delivery of services.  View the full list of members.

Walking Tours for November

Join Do the Local Motion the first and third Friday during November for the last “before” tour of the historic Tampa Theatre and a special preview of the Plant Museum’s Victorian Stroll. Do the Local Motion is a healthy and social way to enjoy your lunch hour and learn interesting tidbits about Tampa’s Downtown! Your support also helps to fight childhood hunger in our community. Walks depart at noon from the Poe Plaza Esplanade at the intersection of N. Franklin and Jackson Street.

THEA Announces Selmon Extension Design

On Monday, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the “ESTUARY” pier design option received the most votes in the “Vote for Your Favorite Pier Design” public opinion poll. In a press release sent by THEA, they reported that of the 1,805 votes, the “ESTUARY” design option, representing nature envisioned in the form of a river delta or canopy of cypress trees, received 74 percent of votes from the public opinion poll.  The VIVID design option, The VIVID design option, representing movement and fluidity and is kinematic in form, received 26 percent of the vote. Construction of the Selmon Extension has begun, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.

Mise En Place Owner Addresses Tourism

Maryann Ferenc went to Paris not to sightsee but instead to shine a spotlight on Tampa Bay’s progress as a destination for international travelers. Ferenc, who serves as chair of the Board of Directors for Visit Florida, was in Paris to represent the United States and be one of three keynote speakers at the Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development Forum. The fact that she was invited to speak at the forum was a major step in getting greater exposure of Tampa Bay’s brand to the international travel industry. Ferenc focused on the many aspects of sustainable tourism in her speech to forum attendees. Her topics ranged from visa entry to transportation to public-private partnerships in the industry.
In Paris, Mise En Place Owner Addresses Tourism, Economic Development As Keynote Speaker”Tampa Bay Business Journal

AIA Tampa Bay Design Honor and Awards

Join for the architecture communities premier annual event! The program will take place Thursday, November 2 at the Italian Club in Ybor City starting at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening where AIA honors and recognizes exceptional people, firms and design. Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel will emcee the event. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Greenberg Traurig Hires New Associate

Justin J. Mayor has been named an Associate in the Tax Practice of law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.  He will be resident in the firm’s Tampa office. Mayor represents lenders, investors, syndicators, and developers in structuring and closing new construction and rehabilitation deals involving new markets tax credits, renewable energy credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and multiple layers of financing, including federal, state, and local loan and grant programs. Learn more about the firm here.

Around Town

$1.5B Investment in North Tampa

The Moffitt Cancer Center expects to invest somewhere in the neighborhood of $800 million over the next 10 years in a variety of projects to improve its research and clinical facilities. That’s part of a combined investment of more than $1.5 billion from Moffitt, the University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens and University Mall. Those are the five anchor members of what began six years ago as the Tampa Innovation Alliance and now is known as !p Potential Unleashed, or “IP” for short. Tampa’s !p will focus on expanding transportation connections, fostering community engagement, job training, business development and creating a sense of place, partly through establishing gateways that give visitors an immediate sense of what’s happening at the anchor institutions.
“$1.5 Billion-Plus In Investment Headed For USF Area In Tampa”

Free Dog Vaccinations

In an effort to protect pets and keep the community safe from disease, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will offer free vaccinations for dogs on Saturday, November 4, from 9am to noon at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E Harrison St., in downtown Tampa. The event is one of the Society’s largest community outreach efforts and free vaccinations (Distemper/Parvovirus (DA2PP), Rabies) will be given to the first 1,000 dogs. The clinic will be the second of two offered in 2017, thanks to generous funding from philanthropist Jim Parker. More information can be found at or by calling 813.336.3550.

Dave & Busters Opens this Week

The opening of Dave & Busters on Oct. 31 is a long anticipated day for many. The business is already booked up with private parties through the end of the year. The arrival of the restaurant and arcade also signals that the development known as The Estuary — anchored by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World — is a step closer to branding itself as the region’s biggest family-friendly entertainment hub. Dave & Busters offers food, drink, 38 wall-to-wall big-screen televisions and 172 video games, encompassing 40,000 square feet of space in The Estuary — the 148-acre mixed used development at the intersection of the Selmon Expressway and Interstate 75. Dave & Busters has an overall capacity of 2,000 people and is creating 250 jobs.
“Dave & Busters To Debut In Tampa Bay Area At Brandon Entertainment Hub”Tampa Bay Times

Old Hyde Park Home Tour

Tour six beautiful historic homes, some over 100 years old, as you walk along Fielding Avenue between Swann Avenue and Inman Avenue, and a stop on Bayshore Boulevard. A special part of this year’s tour will include a visit to the Old Hyde Park Art Center, built in 1899. It is one of the oldest buildings still in use in Tampa and has served many purposes, including a grammar school, a lunchroom, and a library. The tour begins at the intersection of Fielding Avenue and Swann Avenue. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets and additional details, visit:

Deep Water Marina Coming to Westshore

BTI Partners has revealed plans for a 150-slip deep water marina facility at Westshore Marina District, a 52-acre mixed use waterfront development on the Tampa side of the Gandy Bridge. This will be the largest new marina to be built in the Bay area in many years, with slips ranging from 35 feet to 100 feet to accommodate yachts up to 100 feet. The $10 million full-service, state-of-the-art marina will provide boaters unobstructed deep water access to the Bay and Gulf.
“Westshore Marina District Developer Reveals Plans For Tampa Bay’s Largest New Deep Water Marina with Unobstructed Access to Bay and Gulf”Tampa Bay Newswire

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