“Surfing is truly just the start of what we’re hoping to build here.”
The promise of two wave tanks in every town and a chicken in every pot has not materialized the way rabid surfers might have hoped. Surf Ranches, Surf Lakes and Wavegardens are still relatively far and few between but that reality has not dampened the lofty expectations of developers who continue to feel extremely bullish about manmade juice.
Take, for example, the proposed Tampa Bay wonderland set to open near Tampa Bay in 2025 that will utilize the aforementioned Surf Lakes’ patented rusty plunger technology. Per a just-released report:
The 30-acre amenity, an adventure park that can simulate ocean waves, is being developed by Tony Miller, with assistance from Hotel & Leisure Advisors — a hospitality consultancy whose clients include Crystal Lagoons Corp. and Great Wolf Resorts Inc. According to a news release, the project could generate $50 million in revenue in its first year of operation, in addition to creating 700 jobs.
The facility’s features, according to the release, could also include pristine beaches, concert and event venues, bars and restaurants, retailers, education and business facilities, fitness and wellness amenities, and more.
“Beyond tapping into the widespread surf culture and introducing a destination to the Tampa Bay area that will draw interest from all over the world, we’re creating a shared experience that every single member of this community will benefit from in some way,” Miller states in the release. “Surfing is truly just the start of what we’re hoping to build here.”
$50 million bucks a year is nothing to sneeze at but do you think our lifestyle and its adjacents is filled with that much lucre?
A blue rush just over the horizon?
Cheeseburger in paradise.