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Sitting on 52 acres of formerly industrial land, the $600 million Westshore Marina District project is a master-planned community overlooking one of the largest yacht basins of Tampa Bay, off Westshore and Gandy boulevards and across from St. Petersburg, Fla. The large-scale project consists of several commercial and residential developments, including Marina Pointe, which is now underway. Scott Andersen, vice president of the West Coast for BTI Partners, explains what makes this development unique and how it will act as a catalyst for additional investments in the area…

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Keir Magoulas & Visit Tampa Bay

With its mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, a culture infused with Cuban and Spanish flavors, vibrant business districts, and beautiful waterways, Tampa is a wonderful place to work, play and unwind. Regularly ranking among the best cities in Florida, an array of unique eateries, popular shops and special events make Tampa an ideal setting for residents and tourists alike.

Hyde Park Village – Things to Do in Tampa

Tampa is constantly transforming and introducing charming new boutiques and delicious dining concepts. Hyde Park Village, situated in the heart of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, is one of its most beloved destinations.

Restaurants in Tampa such as bartaco, On Swann, and Forbici Modern Italian offer distinctive cuisine in stylish indoor-outdoor atmospheres. Desserts are equally represented here with Sprinkles’ Gourmet cupcakes, Hyppo’s artisan popsicles, and Sorrento Sweets’ classic Italian pastries all steps away from Hyde Park Village’s iconic central square.

Soak in the sunshine and fresh air as you explore new boutiques in Tampa. Hyde Park Village’s retailers include Anthropologie, Lululemon, Madewell, Brooks Brothers, and Vineyard Vines. Stop and refuel with a fresh cup of coffee at Buddy Brew and sip and stroll at your leisure.

Hyde Park Village has continued to elevate the South Tampa shopping and dining experience, and recently opening the doors of a Clean Juice bar and a SoulCycle studio – this is the very first SoulCycle on Florida’s West Coast!

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Keir Magoulas & Visit Tampa Bay

Sparkman Wharf – New in Tampa

Located right off of Channelside Drive within the groundbreaking Water Street development lies the dynamic Sparkman Wharf. Its curated collection of acclaimed food vendors introduce unexpected tastes and experiences minutes away from your luxury condominium at Marina Pointe.

Ten restauranteurs serve up mouthwatering cuisine and sweet treats from Sparkman Wharf’s shipping containers, experimenting with new flavors and bringing their own spin on popular dishes in a relaxed outdoor waterfront setting. New restaurants in Tampa’s hip downtown dining destination include:

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – New creamery scooping more than a dozen of its all-time, best-selling flavors , including Brambleberry Crisp, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and “seasonal surprises”
  • Free the Cork – Wine bar featuring more than 150 international wines by the bottle and 50 by the glass, complemented by internationally-inspired small plates (opening 2020)
  • JoToro – Full-service, Mexican-inspired restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Joe Isidori (coming soon)

The Wharf’s “Fermented Reality” biergarten also pours 30 different brews with a special emphasis on Florida craft beers, all overlooking a spacious open lawn with seating and plenty of room for games with friends and family!

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St. Pete Pier

The hotly anticipated $92 million St. Pete Pier is just a short drive or boat ride across Tampa Bay from Marina Pointe. Sprawling across 26 acres of land jutting out into the bay, the new pier has plenty of new culinary offerings to suit every taste – you can also do a bit of outdoor shopping and support local artisans at the Marketplace located near the entrance to the Pier.

Pack your own picnic and relax on one of the open green areas along the bayfront, where you can see the city unfold before you as you listen to live performances. If a picnic isn’t your style, enjoy a meal from one of the Pier’s four new restaurants in St. Pete, which range from the casual Driftwood Café to the elegant Teak restaurant.

Pier Teaki, a Polynesian-themed rooftop bar perfectly positioned at the tip of the Pier, is an absolute must see. The refreshing pina coladas, fresh-caught grouper sandwiches and 360° views of Tampa Bay and the downtown skyline make this bar the shining jewel of the new Pier District.

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Marina Landings

Marina Pointe’s ideal location in the heart of the Westshore Marina District puts all the luxuries and conveniences of modern living right on the doorstep. The Marina Landings town center will introduce new restaurants in Tampa and new boutiques in Tampa, all within a beautiful, coastal-inspired setting:

  • Duckweed Urban Grocery – pick up produce and fresh ingredients at this charming neighborhood grocery
  • Cru Cellars – voted Tampa’s best wine bar and shop, visit Cru Cellars for a glass or bottle of your favorite vintage or delicious charcuterie and small plates
  • Crave Spa – treat yourself to upscale nail care or a refreshing facial
  • Salon Colorbar – stop in for a haircut, blowout or other salon service
  • Sand Surf Co – shop for your next beach outing at this boutique Tampa surf shop
  • DRNK coffee + tea and QWENCH juice bar – get your caffeine fix at DRNK or dig into an açai bowl from QWENCH

Marina Pointe’s luxury Tampa condominiums introduce an unprecedented waterfront lifestyle to South Tampa, with open air shopping and dining, a private 150-slip marina, and future waterfront restaurant all a short stroll from home.

TAMPA’S ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE

Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums are now available in the heart of South Tampa’s walkable Westshore Marina District, where residents can visit shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your private or virtual presentation.

There’s a reason Tampa is one of the best places to watch 4th of July fireworks by boat. From downtown Tampa to downtown St. Petersburg, a host of waterfront destinations welcome boaters to dock and join in the star-spangled celebrations!

Situated in the heart of the new Westhore Marina District, Marina Pointe Tampa provides residents with easy access to the waterways via a state-of-the-art deepwater marina with 150 slips. These luxury condo Tampa owners will be spoiled for choice of places to watch the best Bay Area fireworks and enjoy 4th of July in Tampa.

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Tampa’s Boom By the Bay

This city-orchestrated event is by far the most fantastic way to experience fireworks in Tampa. Sail into Hillsborough Bay and the Hillsborough River to watch unforgettable firework displays light up the night along 2.5 miles of downtown waterfront.

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4th of July Fireworks, Downtown St. Pete

This city-orchestrated event is by far the most fantastic way to experience fireworks in Tampa. Sail into Hillsborough Bay and the Hillsborough River to watch unforgettable firework displays light up the night along 2.5 miles of downtown waterfront.

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Sandbar Firework Spectacular

Planning to spend Independence Day on the water? Launch an Independence Day excursion to nearby Anna Maria Island and enjoy this long-standing annual fireworks show. After a day of celebrating and swimming in turquoise blue waters, relax on your boat with a refreshing drink and watch the night sky come to life.

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Clearwater Celebrates America

A short boat ride will lead you to one of the largest Tampa Bay fireworks displays. Enjoy a day on the beach, then relax and enjoy the view from your boat as the sky lights up.

At Home on the Water

Marina Pointe is perfectly positioned for 4th of July Tampa festivities. The tower or townhome residence will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning District and bay views as well as vibrant fireworks displays visible to anyone near the water. Whether you choose to celebrate from the comfort of your home, the resort-style pool overlooking Tampa Bay, or on the full-service marina dock, you won’t even have to leave home to experience a spectacular show.

TAMPA’S ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE

Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now available in the heart of the Westshore Marina District, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your virtual presentation or private appointment.

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Marina Pointe Tampa and the Westshore Marina District are back and better than ever, with construction activity underway and the freshly redesigned sales gallery now welcoming future residents!

The recent sales gallery design update included the creation of a new “design center” that allows buyers to preview an array of high-end finishes and designer selections firsthand, providing a glimpse into the luxury interiors of Marina Pointe’s elegant waterfront residences.

CONTEMPORARY NEW SELECTIONS

Designer Flooring
Browse a generous selection of flooring swatches – designer porcelain tiles are available throughout the kitchen, living area and baths, with plush carpeting in the bedrooms.

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European-Style Kitchen Cabinetry
Step into the replica kitchen and view the sleek European-style cabinetry with full extension, soft close slides and soft close hinges. The kitchen island and countertops also reflect the waterfall edge quartz.

Premium Kitchen Appliances
Picture yourself preparing mouthwatering meals for friends and family with world-class kitchen appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf, including a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, top-of-the-line Wolf induction cooktop and stainless steel hood, and a stainless steel Wolf microwave and wall-mounted oven. The large capacity Asko dishwasher will help cut-down the clean up time!

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Owner’s Bath With Modern Décor
Retreat to the private owner’s bath, featuring a backlit mirror, porcelain flooring, European-style cabinetry and gleaming fixtures from Kohler and Grohe. Visitors can also slide into the large free-standing soaking tub and appreciate the spacious enclosed shower.

TAMPA’S ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE

Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now available in the heart of Tampa’s Westshore Marina District, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your virtual presentation or private appointment.

Overhead View

Nestled between Tampa and St. Petersburg, the 52-acre master-planned project will reshape the Tampa Bay area. Plans for the $600 million development call for a 1,750-unit residential component, shops, offices, restaurants, nearly 2 miles of waterfront parks and walking trails, as well as a 150-slip, deep water marina for vessels up to 100 feet.

Fort Lauderdale-based developer BTI Partners and its associates are behind this new western gateway to Tampa. At the end of February, BTI broke ground on Marina Pointe, a component of the Westshore Marina District that includes three residential towers, the marina and a retail center. The first of the 16-story condominium buildings is expected to open in 2022, with 40 percent of the units already presold. Other elements of the luxury mixed-use community are also moving forward. BTI Partners intends to deliver the retail component of the district, Marina Landings, later this year.

Back in the 1970s, between years of grad school, I rode the rails around the country on an Amtrak railpass. When the pass and my cash expired, I found myself in Tampa. I got a room at the fleabag Hotel Floridan and landed a server job at a 24-hour restaurant near the University of Tampa.

For fun on days off, I’d hoof all the way from downtown out to WestShore Plaza to hang at the mall for a couple hours. Except for an occasional drunk lurching from a tavern around Kennedy Blvd. and, say, Himes Ave., I was the only one along the entire route even thinking about walking.

What a difference 42 years makes.

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Tampa is an ideal locale for domestic travelers and residents seeking beautiful beaches, great weather and a tropical city vibe. It is home to one of the busiest cruise ports in the Sunshine State and a nationally ranked airport, and enjoys drivable proximity to Orlando, Sarasota and an array of popular Florida destinations.

Now is a perfect time to start planning your next adventure, and discover all the fun things to do in Tampa and in the nearby Florida vacation spots.

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TAMPA FLORIDA CRUISE PORTS

Port Tampa Bay, also known as the Port of Tampa, is the largest port in the state of Florida. Located in the bustling downtown Channel District, Port Tampa Bay is one of the premier Florida cruise ports and ranks among the nation’s most popular departure ports for western Caribbean cruises.

Tampa currently homeports vessels from three cruise lines, offering a variety of 4, 5, 6 and 14-day itineraries. In 2020, Port Tampa Bay will homeport vessels for up to six cruise lines, including:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • MSC Cruises

When you’re ready to embark on your next sea voyage, you’ll find Port Tampa Bay less than ten miles from your future home at Marina Pointe.

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TAKE FLIGHT AT NEARBY TAMPA AIRPORTS

Located just up the road from Marina Pointe and the Westshore Marina District, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is ranked among the nation’s best medium-sized airports and hosted a record 22.2 million guests in 2019. This airport is often praised by local and national press for its innovative design, efficient service, positive on-site experiences and even its signature “Spirit of Flight” cocktail.   

The popular Tampa airport is served by more than 20 major air carrier airlines and four regional airlines, which allow visitors to fly into and out of Tampa to 93 nonstop destinations.

Tampa airport’s premier airlines include:

  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Silver Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United

If you’re landing in TPA, you can easily rent a car and venture out to the Gulf beaches of St. Pete and Clearwater, the white-sand isles and cultural hub of Sarasota, and even the theme parks and attractions of Orlando. If you’re flying out of TPA, carriers such as Silver Airways, Southwest and American Airlines will swiftly transport you to coastal Florida destinations such as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Pensacola.

TAMPA’S ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE

Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now available in the heart of the Westshore Marina District, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your private presentation.

 

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Take your boat or kayak out to Caladesi Island State Park, one of the last untouched islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. As one of the more secluded beaches in Florida, Caladesi Island is accessible primarily by water and is a wonderful, lesser-known destination for those seeking unique things to do in Tampa.

Marina Pointe’s luxury towers and townhomes place residents a convenient boating excursion from this pristine park, which was once known simply as “Paradise.”

EXPLORE CALADESI ISLAND FLORIDA

Caladesi Island State Park can be reached by private boat at any time or a public ferry, which departs from nearby Honeymoon Island every half hour. Determined visitors can hike 2.5 miles to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach too.

Discover a wide array of aquatic activities and outdoor recreation at this breathtaking beach near Tampa.

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Boating

Dock your boat or yacht at Caladesi Island’s 108-slip bayside marina. When the weather is calm, boaters can even anchor offshore and soak in the sunshine and sea breezes.

Fishing

Designated areas surrounding Caladesi Island State Park are perfect for fishing, although a license may be required. These areas include the north end pass and the Dunedin pass – you can also cast a line from your boat.

Hiking

There are three miles of nature trails for visitors to explore. Stroll along the pristine white sand beaches and watch birds chase fish through the surf, or hike to the 19th century Scharrer Homestead ruins through the island’s interior.

This tranquil Caladesi Island homestead was established by Henry Scharrer in 1892, when the island was still called “Hog Island,” and he and his family lived there until 1934. The stone ruins of the foundations and chimney are all that remain of his historic home.

Paddling

Rent a canoe or kayak near Caladesi Island State Park’s marina and café and explore the island’s paddling trail. Wind through the shaded mangrove forests, glide over shallow sea grass flats, or paddle all the way to the Scharrer homestead.

On the trail, you’ll spot local birds such as blue herons, great egrets and osprey, along with Gulf fish such as mullet, snook and red drum. Lucky paddlers may even spy dolphins, manatees, bald eagles or soft pink roseate spoonbills.

Swimming

Beach lovers will enjoy sunbathing, shelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters surrounding Caladesi Island Florida.

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CALADESI ISLAND CAMPING

Visitors looking to spend a night under the stars at Caladesi Island State Park can enjoy the overnight “camping boat” experience. This unique Florida State Parks camping experience centers around the island’s marina, which has floating decks outfitted with 30-amp electric service and water hookups. A covered pavilion and grill provide the perfect setting for al fresco breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

A snack bar and gift shop is also located in the marina, and three sites are ADA accessible.

Reservations can be made in advance at ReserveAmerica or on a first-come, first serve in the Caladesi Island marina. In-person reservations must be made before sundown.

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TAMPA ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE

Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now available in the heart of the Westshore Marina District, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your private presentation.

 

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Tampa is home to a never-ending number of vibrant local businesses that are committed to serving the community in new and convenient ways. Duckweed Urban Grocery, a popular boutique market with locations in downtown and the Channel District, is coming soon to the Westshore Marina Disrtict’s walkable waterfront neighborhood. Residents of Marina Pointe can easily stroll to the new shop, ideally situated among the 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space construction at this bayfront location.

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FAVORITE URBAN GROCERY, CRAFT BEER STORE & DELI

With multiple locations already serving the Tampa Bay area, Duckweed is one of a new breed of urban grocery stores that offers a distinctive shopping experience. Rather than imitating the experience of a large chain grocery store, this local retailer will offer a welcoming environment where shoppers can choose from a curated collection of groceries, necessities and more.

Duckweed Grocery’s shelves will be fully stocked with fresh and organic produce, locally sourced favorites and specialty items like honey, cheese, gluten-free items, olive oils and gourmet sea salts.

Marina Pointe residents will also be able to browse a selection of fine wines and hand-selected craft brews at Duckweed’s full liquor store. In addition to take-home items, the unique urban grocery invites residents to linger in its comfortable setting and enjoy offerings from a small onsite deli.

Duckweed Urban Market will be a key part of the Westshore Marina District’s comprehensive Marina Landings shopping and dining experience, which anticipates delivery in the first quarter of 2021. Just steps from Marina Pointe’s luxurious new residences, this town center will also showcase Cru Cellars wine bar and shop, DRNK coffee shop + QWENCH juice bar, 10,000 sq. ft. waterfront restaurant, Crave Spa, Salon Color Bar, Sand Surf Co and more.

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TAMPA WATERFRONT LIVING

Minutes from the vibrant downtowns of Tampa and St. Pete, Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now under construction in the heart of the Westshore Marina District. This 52-acre development places residents in the center of one of the area’s most exciting coastal communities, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact 813-344-4753 or schedule a private appointment at the sales gallery at 4900 Bridge St., Tampa, FL 33611 for more information.

Construction began at the Westshore Marina District’s Marina Pointe luxury condominiums at the end of February. The project’s first tower will include 113 condos and seven townhomes, with the first move-ins expected in early 2021. Retail offerings in the district, including Duckweed Urban Grocery, DRNK coffee bar and QWENCH Juice Bar, are expected to begin opening in the first quarter of next year.