Surf resort envisioned for Tampa Bay

H&LA was pleased to be part of this project in the feasibility stage and we wish our client the best of luck in developing a surf park in Tampa Bay!

Published by: Ben Montgomery/Axios
Published date: July 2022

Florida’s Gulf Coast may not be renowned for its waves, but one entrepreneur believes the Tampa Bay area could become a surfing destination.

Driving the news: A 30-acre surfing lagoon being proposed by Tampa ad executive Tony Miller would attract more than 800,000 visitors annually, according to feasibility and economic impact studies by the firm Hotel & Leisure Advisors.

The big picture: The studies, shared with Axios, found that Miller’s Peak Surf Park would be a welcome attraction, a boon to the local economy and a boost to the tax base.

  • 90% of survey respondents described their interest level in a surf park as high or very high.
  • The park would create more than $1.3 billion in annual business output and about 700 jobs per year.
  • It would generate some $30 million in construction activity.

Details: Peak Surf Park would be a large lagoon with ocean-quality manufactured waves, surrounded by theme park-style amenities like restaurants, bars and concert spaces.

  • It would be a place to learn how to surf or practice riding waves in a more controlled environment. And though it’s just a concept at the moment, Miller said he is working with Australia-based Surf Lakes to make it a reality by 2025.

Flashback: News broke in January that Miller had obtained a license to bring Surf Lakes’ technology to Tampa Bay and was lining up investors and looking for property.

What’s next: The studies were based on a Pinellas County location, but Miller and his team are still looking for the right property.