City Council votes ‘no’ on sale of Rocky Point lagoon

Hillsborough County
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UPDATE: The Tampa City Council denied a land-use amendment on Thursday, which effectively kills the Rocky Point Project.

The vote was unanimous.


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The room is packed and stacks of blue fliers have been handed to those in the Tampa City Council chambers, where there’s standing room only.

In fact, it’s so crowded at this Tampa City Council meeting, people are also gathered in the hallway, as well as downstairs in the lobby of City Hall. People are anxious and waiting to talk about one big topic on the table. 

Is Rocky Point lagoon for sale?

Many residents became concerned when they heard about a developer’s plans to take over a piece of land near their homes on Rocky Point.  

Stacey Pryor shared her thoughts with WFLA on Tuesday. She’s part of a group called “Say No to Rocky Point Rezoning.”

“So what do I think about it? I think it’s absurd,” said Pryor. “I was absolutely shocked. I didn’t think you could do that. I really didn’t think the waterway was for sale.”  

Turns out, it is. 

An out-of-state developer purchased the tax deed to the land under three acres of lagoon that borders North Rocky Point Drive West in Tampa. He’s currently proposing to dredge the site to build it up so he can develop the land and put up town homes.

Rocky Point Harbor Basin LLC is the developer and David Dickey is listed as the property owner.  

However, when WFLA reached out to Dickey, the number listed goes straight to a voicemail that is not accepting messages. 

On Tuesday, State Senator Dana Young attended a meeting where residents were vocal about their concerns.

People are asking questions and demanding answers.

“If this is done, what happens when someone wants to do this off Bayshore? Where does it end?” asked one woman Thursday at the Tampa City Council meeting.

“The idea that you could have a developer from New York come in and want to fill in a water body that is home to manatees and dolphins. That would get anybody upset, and the precedent is very concerning,” said Young. 

She says the same developer acquired similar properties in Hillsborough County in a similar fashion. 

Young added, “They own tax deeds in several other areas in Hillsborough County, including right off of Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa.”

The Tampa City Council will vote on the matter Thursday night.

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