Make us your home page

Luxurious floating resort scheduled to open this month

Fisherman's Paradise, a palatial five-story floating resort, will open for the season March 30.

Anchored 15 miles due west of Clearwater since its construction in 2009, the former natural gas pipeline barge has been tricked out with every conceivable luxury: health spa, sports bar, 900-bottle wine cellar and restaurant, two-floor gym and helipad.

According to operating partner Christopher Longrie, the $25 million deep-sea anglers' dream has been deluged with media interest and gawkers since it was pulled into local waters by a tugboat.

"We are really trying to avoid any more press coverage," Longrie said. "The last round did not help as we were not ready for the onslaught of inquiries."

He went on to explain how it works: Open to members only, accommodations are ordinarily $250 per night, per person, double occupancy. For the month of April, though, rates will shift to $350 per person, for a weekend of three days and two nights.

Thurston Howell III might feel right at home, but membership is actually not an elaborate, or expensive, process.

"You have to fill out a form," says Longrie. "Last season membership was $25; this season it will be $100. And we're still working out whether meals and other amenities are all included. Last season it was all-inclusive, but we're still working out the details."

The 385-foot-long Fisherman's Paradise sleeps 36 people in double-occupancy rooms. Guests can charter one of eight powerboats or catamarans. And chef Gary McCarrick serves grouper, snapper and other Gulf of Mexico bounty in the dining room (although guests' catches cannot legally be served in the restaurant). At this time, the restaurant is not open to anyone just pulling up by boat for dinner.

Guests can dock their own boats in the barge's marina or arrive by shuttle or helicopter from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

For information about the floating resort, visit

Laura Reiley can be reached at or (727) 892-2293.

Luxurious floating resort scheduled to open this month 03/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Where to pig out for National Bacon Lovers Day

    Food & Dining

    That's right: Sunday is the national day devoted to all things bacon, National Bacon Lovers Day. Which, really, isn't too different from the other 364 days of the year. But here's a little roundup of some special places to celebrate everyone's favorite meat snack (seriously, even vegans have a grudging respect …

    A creme-filled doughnut topped with maple frosting and bacon at Dough on MacDill Avenue in Tampa.
  2. The Penny Hoarder tops 79 fastest growing Tampa Bay companies on Inc. 5000


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Penny Hoarder today further cemented its reputation as one of the country's fastest growing companies. The personal finance web site business ranks 25th nationwide and tops in the Tampa Bay market for growth on the just released 2017 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing businesses.

    One of the fastest growing startups in the country is St. Petersburg's The Penny Hoarder, a financial advice web site aimed at helping readers save money. Playing a game in the office is (right to left) founder and CEO Kyle Taylor, vice president of business operations Vishal Mahtani and executive editor Alexis Grant. [Courtesy of The Penny Hoarder]
  3. Here's what it's like inside a writhing, growling Howl-O-Scream audition


    TAMPA — At Busch Gardens, a Howl-O-Scream manager is hunting zombies.

    Auditioner Natalie Rychel, 20, of Tampa, Fla., high fives director of atmosphere Morgan Malice after being selected for a job for Bush Gardens' Howl-O-Scream during an audition at the theme park on Friday, August 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (From left) Auditioners Jared Shipley, 20, of Lakeland, Fla., and Lincoln Scott, 41, of Riverview, Fla., look over. This year, Howl-O-Scream will take place from September 22 to October 29 at Bush Gardens. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  4. Tampa Bay homeowners sue JPMorgan Chase for billing on already-paid mortgages


    ST. PETERSBURG — Two Tampa Bay homeowners are suing JPMorgan Chase Bank for attempting to continue to collect on what they say were already-paid-off mortgages.

    JPMorgan Chase is the subject of a lawsuit by two Tampa Bay homeowners who say the bank attempted to collect on mortgages they already paid off. | [Getty Images]
  5. Housing starts fall in July

    Real Estate

    WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million. Groundbreakings for multi-family buildings such as apartments slumped 17.1 percent, while single-family house construction slipped 0.5 percent.

    On Wednesday, the Commerce Department reported on U.S. home construction in July. 
[AP file photo]