Monday Morning Memo

Monday, September 11, 2017

Partnership Presents

Member Profile

Our Chairman from 2012-2013, Larry Richey was recently featured in an Executive Profile from the Business Observer. Here is a snippet from that profile. Read the full article here. “For nearly a quarter century, Larry Richey has been steeped in Tampa business and its commercial real estate market as the head of brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield’s office. As Cushman & Wakefield has grown — the firm is now among the world’s three largest commercial real estate services providers — so have Richey’s responsibilities and standing. Since August 2014, he has been the company’s top executive in Florida, overseeing six offices from Jacksonville to Miami. The job marked a promotion from Central Florida market leader, which included Tampa and Orlando, a job he’d held since 1991.”

Re-entry Emergency Access Cards

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, many businesses placed requests for Re-entry Emergency Access Cards. Due to the influx of requests, we were unable to process all cards 48 hours prior to landfall, or in this case by Thursday, September 7. Between Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, we were able to process over 500 requests. We encourage all Downtown property owners, companies, and property managers to update or register for the access cards on a regular basis throughout the year. Please note, only businesses located within the Downtown boundaries will be given the cards, for security purposes. Click here for the request form. Thank you for everyone’s patience.

Power Outages

The fastest, easiest way to report an outage is to visit Also, enroll in Power Updates from to text outage reports or get service updates via text, phone or email. Update the phone number and email associated with your account at This helps when you report an outage. Residential and commercial customers may call Tampa Electric’s dedicated toll-free automated power outage phone system at 1-877-588-1010 to report a power outage or electric emergency. Customers can monitor and track outages in their neighborhoods through the outage map at The map displays the cause, status and estimated restoration time. Tampa Electric also will use Twitter @tampaelectric to keep customers informed about outage restoration. Click on the links to view the full release and additional storm safety information.

Our Business Hours This Week

Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team have suspended operations through Monday, September 11. Normal services will resume on Tuesday, September 12. Tampa Downtown Partnership’s offices will also be closed today, Monday, September 11, and will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, September 12. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

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

Brewers, Beats and Bites Food Truck Rally

Wednesday, September 13, begins 5pm
Perry Harvey Sr. Park
The perfect event for food truck fans! This family and pet-friendly event will feature a wet zone serving beer, live music from Tribal Style, and ten different food trucks serving up delicious dishes to fuel a fun evening! Brewers, Beats and Bites Food Truck Rally

Shattering Barriers

Thursday, September 14, begins 6pm
Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel
An elegant evening benefiting MacDonald Training Center with a cocktail hour and silent auction before a multi-course dinner. MacDonald Training Center provides employment training and placement services, in-home support, and activities for over 500 individuals with disabilities in our community. For more information, go to Shattering Barriers.

100th Anniversary – Founding of the Burgert Brothers Studio

Saturday, September 16, begins 2pm
John F. Germany Public Library
The culmination of a month-long series of events celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the opening of Alfred and Jean Burgert’s photographic studio. Five speakers will address different aspects of the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection and its uses, and the afternoon will conclude with a cake cutting. 100th Anniversary – Founding of the Burgert Brothers Studio


Sunday, September 17, begins 2pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Step back in time and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Each character is based wholly or in part on actual hotel staff and guests. For more information, go to Upstairs/Downstairs.

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – Tuesday, September 12, 7:30pm to 10pm
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk (2017) – Wednesday, September 13, 7:30pm to 10pm
Deconstructing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul – Thursday, September 14, begins 7:30pm
Beach Rats – Friday, September 15 to Thursday, September 21

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

The Flick – Through Sunday, September 24
Latin Nights – Thursday, September 14, begins 9pm
War on the Catwalk – The Queens from Season 9 – Sunday, September 17, begins 8pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Oceanic Supermarket

The Oceanic Supermarket is located just outside Downtown Tampa at 1609 N. Tampa Street. Oceanic offers specialty foods from every corner of Asia, a wide fresh produce (including exotic), fresh meats, local fish, spices, sauces, and a huge variety of Asian snacks and sweets. There’s an entire aisle of imported teas, both bagged and loose, and an herbal remedy counter. Shoppers enjoy picking up inexpensive tableware, cookware, and soaps for the home too. Oceanic’s gift shop in the rear of the store sells beautiful Asian furniture and décor items. Treat yourself to a visit – customers rave about the great service and assistance!

Marketplace News

The Portico Café is starting Sunday hour on September 10, from 11am to 5:30. The Café has also announced a new menu that keeps many Portico favorites, adds a children’s menu, and offers breakfast all day long.   

Harbourside Animal Hospital is offering your pet clean teeth and breath, at a great discount. Throughout the month of September, bring your pet to Harbourside for a $50 discount on professional dental cleaning and treatment. 

The Vault will host a free screening of “Lands to Die For: The Garifuna Struggle In Honduras” on September 14, at 6:30pm. Learn about this environmental justice and human rights movement led by a unique community made up of descendants of runaway African slaves and local indigenous groups. A panel discussion will follow, and donations for the movement will be accepted.

Warby Parker, located at Oxford Exchange, has launched a new Facebook Show called Oddcupations, a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at the sometimes real work that has to be done to create the company’s eyewear products. 

New Restaurant Coming to Harbour Island

Andrew Bonnemort , the owner of Café Dufrain and Cry Baby Café on Harbour Island, announced the opening of his new Harbour Island restaurant, Watervue Grille in a press release on August 30. The restaurant, located at 700 Harbour Post Drive, will open November of 2017. Watervue Grille will have a heavy focus on fresh Florida seafood while also bringing diverse flavors to the menu in a waterfront setting with views of Downtown Tampa. The restaurant will offer creative cocktails, waterfront patio seating and a private dining and event space. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Office Rents Rise in Tampa

Tampa Bay was among the four major Florida markets in which Class A office rents rose more than 4 percent over the past year. According to Cushman & Wakefield, bay area rents climbed 4.7 percent to $26.85 per square foot. Also recording significant gains were Broward County, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, which had the highest average Class A rent at $46.21 per square foot. Jacksonville and Orlando had more modest gains.
“Office Rents Rising In Tampa Bay”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Transit Options Go Mobile

Tampa is now the first city to offer real-time information on bike share locations within the OneBusAway mobile app. The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida designed the feature that uses GPS to locate bike racks, their availability and even allows users to make a bike reservation. It also provides estimated arrival times for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) buses. OneBusAway already alerts HART riders of delays and serves as a trip planner. CUTR collaborated with Coast Bike Share and USF Share-A-Bull, which has more than 700 bikes and 250 stations in downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg, and USF Tampa campus.
“Tampa’s Growth Prompts Changes To Bike Share Program”EurekAlert

Making Water Street WELL Certified

A set of building standards for communities that cater to health and wellness — shaped by Strategic Property Partners’ $3 billion mixed-use district in downtown Tampa — launched its pilot phase of the WELL Community Standard last week. The institute has a set of standards that promote health and wellness in commercial buildings and, with the influence of SPP, has devised a set of standards for entire developments. Buildings are certified based on the following criteria: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Water Street Tampa, SPP’s district, is aiming to be the first WELL certified community in the world. SPP is also pursuing LEED certification for Water Street, which at completion will be more than 9 million square feet of commercial, residential, office, hospitality, education, retail and cultural space.
Health And Wellness Community Standards For Real Estate Developers, Shaped By Water Street Tampa, Launches Next Week”Tampa Bay Business Journal

FDOT’s Citizens Transportation Academy

In response to the questions and comments heard at the Florida Department of Transportation’s  Community Working Groups and public outreach events, they are hosting a webinar series  designed to teach you more about how transportation is planned, developed, funded, and implemented.  The online series called the Citizens Transportation Academy, consists of six webinars beginning on September 15. The online series is free and open to the public. Those without computer access can join in person at the FDOT District Seven Headquarters. Learn more.

Selmon Greenway Gets Facelift

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is moving forward with plans to improve a greenway under the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway through downtown. The 1.7-mile stretch is undergoing a $2.5 million facelift aimed at increasing safety and adding “pocket parks” including outdoor art and shade structures. The renderings show colorful landscaping that would transform the space into a scenic path connecting Tampa’s Riverwalk east to dining and events near the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena. The appropriated expense is from revenue derived from expressway tolls.
$2.5 Million Greenway Project Under The Selmon Advances (Renderings)” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

Recovering From the Storm

The Hillsborough County Economic Development Department would like to remind small business owners to gather vital financial records for safekeeping before a hurricane strikes. There are sources of emergency loans that may be authorized post-hurricane. While the funds are short-term and may be interest-free, all loans may be subject to an underwriting process. In order to successfully access emergency loans, have bank and financial records ready. For assistance with loan  programs and other disaster recovery resources or consulting, please visit Entrepreneur and Small Business Support.

Tampa Bay Times Renews Lease

Denholtz Associates has announced that The Times Publishing Company has signed an 18,250-square-foot lease renewal at The Times Building located at 1000 N. Ashley Avenue in Tampa, Fla. Denholtz Associates recently completed a year-long $1.5 million renovation project at the building that included a complete lobby renovation, new restrooms, the addition of a new fitness center and a café to be operated by Inside the Box Catering.
“Renovations to Downtown Tampa, Fla. Office Building Enable Denholtz Associates to Ink Lease Renewal with Landmark Publishing Company”CityBizList

New TECO Art Installation

TECO Public Art Gallery in downtown Tampa is proud to present Alternative Spaces: Illusions and the Essence of Places, which opens September 5 – October 31, 2017. Photographers Christine Ghezzo and Ron Weiss are husband a wife team with very different voices and styles- both dealing with spaces and places.  Ron Weiss and Christine Ghezzo will be present for downtown’s Fourth Friday Event on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at TECO Public Art Gallery. They will host a Talk & Tour with visitors and talk about their work, their inspirations and take questions. Representatives from UPA Gallery will also be on hand to talk with visitors. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Rave Reviews for Jobsite Theater

The Jobsite Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick received wonderful reviews from both the Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing. Director Summer Bohnenkamp (Time Stands Still) was described as “efficient” and “just right.”  View their full schedule.

Around Town

Amazon Looks for Second HQ

Already domiciled at an 8.1-million-square-foot campus in its hometown of Seattle, Amazon is looking for a second headquarters city. The world’s largest online retailer on Thursday said it expects to spend $5 billion building Amazon HQ2 somewhere in North America, and ultimately employ up to 50,000 people there. To that end, Amazon has issued a Request for Proposals to local and state governments interested in learning more about how they might vie for the headquarters location. The company made it clear that HQ2 would be a full-fledged headquarters, rather than a satellite office.
“Amazon Posts RFP For Second HQ City”

Parks Become Autism Friendly

Thanks in part to a national grant, city leaders will soon install sensory sensitive playground equipment at New Tampa Community, Al Lopez, and Takomah Trail parks that will benefit children with Autism or related disorders. The plans are still in the works but Parks and Recreation leaders are looking at equipment that could offer a quiet zone to avoid over stimulation and that will be easier for children to grab on to. The city collaborated with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities on the project and CARD’s Executive Director said thousands will benefit from it. The three parks were chosen based on the demographics of families living in those areas that are affected by Autism or related disorders.
“Sensory Playgrounds Benefiting The Autistic New To Tampa Parks”Bay News 9

CUTR Transportation Achievement Award

Each year, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) presents the CUTR Transportation Achievement Award to an individual whose support of the transportation enterprise has been outstanding. This year they will honor Maurice Ferré, Florida Transportation Commissioner and former Mayor of Miami.  He will also be inducted into the newly created Florida Transportation Hall of Fame™. The 2017 CUTR Transportation Achievement Awards Event will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the USF Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus.  The keynote speaker will be David Gwynn, P.E., District Seven Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation.  President Judy Genshaft and Dean Bishop of the College of Engineering are our special guest speakers. Online registration and further information is available here.

CRG Opens Two Restaurants

The shuttering of two South Tampa restaurants in recent weeks has created an opportunity for Ciccio Restaurant Group. CRG has taken over the former Pei Wei space at 217 S. Dale Mabry Highway, in the same strip center as Cycle Bar and two blocks from the intersection with Kennedy Boulevard. CRG has also leased the former Gogo’s Greek Grill space at 4616 W. Kennedy Blvd. That storefront will become a Fresh Kitchen, CRG’s health-focused concept that serves protein-and-veggie bowls.
South Tampa Getting A New Fresh Kitchen And Ciccio Cali”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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