Tampa Bay Lightning owner could be planning downtown hotel

A few new details have emerged about Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik's plans for a hotel development in downtown Tampa, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. The Tampa Tribune reports that Vinik's group is proposing a 400-room hotel and 50 high-rise condominium units.

There's no mention of a brand for the hotel.

As the Journal reports, an overall strategy is still slim on details as Vinik "has been stealthy in talking about any longer range vision for the 21 acres of property he has quietly been assembling downtown since 2012."

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The Tribune reports that the key size would make it larger than the nearby Embassy Suites and Westin Tampa Harbour Island hotels, each of which have about 300 rooms. It would be smaller, though, than the Marriott Waterside at 719 rooms.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Tuesday told the Tribune that he doesn’t know if Vinik will move forward with a hotel, and a Vinik spokesman again declined comment.

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