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Tampa gets no takers to redevelop Bayshore Boulevard marina

TAMPA — The city's latest attempt to redevelop its municipal marina at the top of Bayshore Boulevard has failed to even get away from the dock.

In September, City Hall asked if developers were interested in demolishing the marina, rebuilding it and running it.

They weren't.

"We didn't get any responses," director of purchasing Gregory Spearman said Monday.

So the city will try again, Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.

Like mayors before him, Buckhorn says the nearly empty, 36-slip marina is a dangerous eyesore. Its timber pilings are split and weathered, the sidewalks have sunk and its security fences hang crooked and rusted.

Still, Buckhorn says the marina could enhance the waterfront. Given the tough economy, the first request for proposals was "far too ambitious," he said. Among other things, it asked bidders to commit to building new restrooms and finding more parking, which Buckhorn said is unrealistic and unnecessary.

The next time, whenever that is, officials will pare down the expectations to be less elaborate.

"One way or another," Buckhorn said, "we're going to get it done."

Tampa gets no takers to redevelop Bayshore Boulevard marina 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 11:08pm]
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