TAMPA, Fla. — When Paul Guzzo first set eyes on Tampa in 1999, he was not impressed.
“I thought, this isn’t a city — it’s a ghost town,” said Mr. Guzzo, a native of Trenton who, like so many other Northerners, had moved south for the balmy weather. “It was like a small town looking to become a big city.”
Interest in the first condominium tower in the Westshore Marina District has surpassed the developer’s “very optimistic” expectations for the project.
The sales campaign for Marina Pointe, a 16-story condo tower with 113 units and seven townhouses, kicked off in mid-March. Since then, the developer has taken 40 reservations
— which will convert to contracts by late April or early May — with a goal of preselling 65 units before breaking ground on the tower.