Buyers reserved 36 of the 37 residences recently offered at the Bellamy on Bayshore condominium development on Bayshore Boulevard between Knights and Wallcraft avenues.
The remaining 27 units will be available for reservation in the next few weeks, said Steve McAuliffe, vice president of sales and marketing for JMC Communities, which is building the tower.
The 21-story building will offer private elevator entries into each residence and views of the Hillsborough Bay. The 2,400- to 3,200-square-foot units range from the mid $600,000s to more than $1-million.
Groundbreaking is expected in the next few months and completion is scheduled for late 2005.
Mobile home park renters say owner backed off deal
PORT TAMPA _ A new dispute between tenant and landlord is brewing at the Westshore Mobile Home Park, which is slated for demolition.
A handful of renters who remain in the park say the owner, the Weis Group of Tampa, has reneged on a deal to give them two months' free rent _ and is forcing them out by Jan. 31, a month earlier than expected.
The rent deal was worked out between the Weis Group and the city last year, when the city agreed to give up nearby right of way so a North Carolina developer could buy the park and build 200 upscale apartments.
"We're scrambling right now to try to find a place with hardly any money," said Cathy Kelley, who was given a notice of termination on Jan. 12.
Kelley said she was told by park management months ago that her family must be out by Feb. 28 so she assumed January and February would be rent-free. Now, park officials are demanding rent and say they will reimburse tenants after they move out, she said.
Park officials could not be reached for comment.
City Council member John Dingfelder, who was trying to resolve the issue on behalf of the tenants, said "a deal's a deal." He was scheduled to meet with park officials Wednesday.
Pastor writes book
about personal crisis
HYDE PARK NORTH _ The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish, senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W Platt St., has written a book titled You Only Have To Die.
It is available at the Aldersgate Corner Bookstore and Coffee Shop at the church and online at www.Amazon.com.
The book tells the story of how a cardiac crisis affected his life. Neil M. Alexander, president and publisher of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, will introduce the book to the Hyde Park congregation during worship services on Sunday.
For information, call Rusty Carpenter at 253-5388 or e-mail him at rcarpenterhydeparkumc.org.
Krewe members plan
charity rummage sale
YBOR CITY _ Krewes that take part in Gasparilla will hold a charity rummage sale at the Ybor City Fresh Market on Saturday.
Krewe members will sell clothing, household items and jewelry. Proceeds will go to charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Breast Cancer Foundation.
The sale will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 19th Street in Ybor City. For information, call Lynn Schultz at 241-2442.
_ OLIVIA GIFFORD, RON MATUS, DENISE WATSON BATTS, GRACE AGOSTIN