Tampa Bay Business Journal: March 22, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why businesses may soon be signing leases for ground-floor retail space in Tampa's Channelside district, how SideBern's is using Kindle tablets, and the property listing for $25.5 million in Little Bokeelia.

Three new residential towers are in the works for the Channelside area of downtown Tampa. With the planned influx of new residents, it may soon make sense for businesses to open up shop more than 72,000 square feet that is available.

"In the right markets, ground-floor retail can take hold," said Lyle Fogarty, senior vice president of acquisitions and development at Redstone Investments in Tampa. "Not a lot of places in Tampa have reached that critical mass. Channelside is getting there."

SideBern's is the newest Tampa Bay restaurant that is using a tablet device for dining purposes. The little brother to Bern's Steakhouse, SideBern's bought 25 Kindles to run the wine list app in the restaurant.

Servers still will offer paper wine lists for customers who are not comfortable using a tablet device. So far SideBern's has found fewer than 5 percent of customers have been unwilling to try the new digital list.

Just south of Port Charlotte in Lee County is Little Bokeelia Island. On the island you can find a 104-acre property that is for sale for $29.5 million.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal posted a slideshow of photos of the property which shows the beauty of old Florida.

The broker of the property has spent thousands of dollars to market it in China and Russia hoping to find a buyer. Because of the property's high price, there is just a select few people who can afford buying such a luxury.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to youtu.be/sPu5XSvYglI or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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