Tampa Bay Business Journal: October 19, 2012

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses Skyway Bridge area homes, a new Marriott in Madeira Beach and USF Polytechnic University.

A shelved home development plan at the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is back on the table.

Homebuilder Taylor Morrison of Florida is looking to build 158 luxury town houses on the east side of Loggerhead Marina.

Decreasing foreclosure, short sale and new home inventories are the main reasons, along with record-low interest rates.

It looks like a new Marriott Courtyard will soon become a reality in Madeira Beach.

City Commissioners gave the thumbs-up in early October, which should give a boost to local tourism.

A diverse group of individuals makes up the new trustees of Florida's newest public university: Florida Polytechnic.

They first met in August at the Orlando International Airport and it was a real eye-opener.

"It's just trying to get our heads around what we're being asked to do," said Robert Gidel, chair of the board of trustees and a managing partner of Liberty Capital Advisors near Orlando. "We've got some skilled people on the board, thinking through issues we've never faced before."

Polytech was separated from USF after a lengthy political battle spearheaded by Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales.

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

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