Proposed Tampa Riverwalk Specialty Center

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The City of Tampa is always encouraging new efforts to activate the Tampa Riverwalk and by extension the downtown community, from providing free wireless internet to dyeing the river green for St. Patrick's Day. As part of that, the City of Tampa would like to designate the Tampa Riverwalk as a Specialty Center. By designating the area a Specialty Center, patrons of establishments immediately adjacent to the Riverwalk, like Ulele or the Sail Pavilion, will be able to take alcoholic beverages purchased at those businesses and walk along the Riverwalk with their beverage.

There will be operating restrictions in place to ensure that the Riverwalk continues to be a family friendly environment. The Tampa Police Department has looked at best practices in other communities, and is comfortable that the designation is appropriate and does not interfere with the enforcement of rules and laws already existing.

To review the complete Specialty Center Ordinance and a map depicting the area in the ordinance, please visit

Tampa City Council will consider whether to move forward and establish the Specialty Center on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Please consider attending the meeting, which is held at 9 a.m. at Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard, to make your voice as a downtown resident heard. If you have any questions or concerns about the initiative, please email us at or call (813) 274-7439. You may also email us your comments to be shared with Tampa City Council if you cannot attend the meeting.