Tampa property owners hope to cash in on RNC
Even Democrats could cash in during the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Certainly developer and hedge fund manager Joel Cantor hopes to. On his walls, he has pictures of his family with First Lady Michelle Obama at a fundraiser he hosted in October at his 12,000 square foot mansion on Davis Islands. But he's willing to hide the photos if he lands a Republican to rent his place for the convention.
The price: $40,000 for the week.
"The dollar is bipartisan," he said, laughing. "Money has no boundaries."
A renter could make dinner in the outdoor pizza oven and sip martinis near the pool or host a gala for a few hundred people. Cantor has already fielded calls from a national media outlet and from the campaign staff of one of the Republican candidates. He declined to reveal which one.
Property owners across Tampa Bay are trying to turn their apartments, condos and homes into rentals for the convention. Nightly and weekly rentals are popping up online, targeting 50,000 delegates, dignitaries and journalists who will invade downtown Tampa as the event begins on Aug. 27.