Join us as we create a TradeWinds for the next generation! TradeWinds Island Resorts, an iconic part of St. Pete Beach for over 60 years, is planning an expansion to better serve our guests while honoring the needs of the community. We’ve created a website as a platform to share this vision and engage the city’s residents.

For a summary of the project details, click here.

About Us

TradeWinds Island Resorts

With roots dating back to the 1960s, TradeWinds Island Resorts began as a small collection of bungalows and smaller buildings and grew over the decades to improve the experience. What you see today has not always been there. One thing has always stayed the same and will always stay the same – the essence of TradeWinds. It always has been and always will be the family resort that you love, run by families like yours. With that in mind, it’s now time to breathe life into TradeWinds’ for the next 60 years.

TradeWinds has always held a high standard in not only being a first-class destination for our guests, but also being the best possible steward for our community. We have proudly supported programs such as:

  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Tampa Bay Watch
  • Salvation Army
  • Feeding Tampa Bay
  • Academy Prep
  • and many more

The Development Team

OWNERSHIP
1754 PROPERTIES

OPERATIONS
TRADEWINDS ISLAND RESORTS

ARCHITECT
NUNZIO MARC DESANTIS ARCHITECTS

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
PERRY-BECKER

CIVIL ENGINEER
HARRIS CIVIL ENGINEERING

LAND COUNSEL
STEARNS WEAVER

PLANNING
STEARNS WEAVER

We’ve assembled a world-class team. We’re serious about creating a gorgeous project that exceeds the community’s expectations as it is being built to higher standards than the code requires.

The Development Team

OWNERSHIP
1754 PROPERTIES

OPERATIONS
TRADEWINDS ISLAND RESORTS

ARCHITECT
NUNZIO MARC DESANTIS ARCHITECTS

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
PERRY-BECKER

CIVIL ENGINEER
HARRIS CIVIL ENGINEERING

LAND COUNSEL
STEARNS WEAVER

PLANNING
STEARNS WEAVER

We’ve assembled a world-class team. We’re serious about creating a gorgeous project that exceeds the community’s expectations as it is being built to higher standards than the code requires.

Goals & Objectives

Benefits to the Community

  • (3) New Direct Beach Access Points

  • Wider sidewalks along Gulf Blvd. that are safer for pedestrians.

  • Added parking garages to ensure no crowding on Gulf Blvd.

  • Interior roadway keeps TradeWinds’ guests off Gulf Blvd.

  • New multi-million dollar storm water system will address flooding on Gulf Blvd. in front of TradeWinds.

  • We support the city’s beach walk project in front of TradeWinds for the guests and community to use.

  • New buildings and amenities will improve the current parking lot views of local residents
  • Reduce the number of entrances/exits from TradeWinds to Gulf Blvd. from 9 to 4 to reduce congestion on Gulf Blvd.

  • Added approximately 18,000 sq ft of street retail space.

  • Generating an estimated $19 million additional annual tax revenue for the City of St. Pete Beach and other government agencies.

  • Creating approximately 300 new permanent jobs and 500 construction and other jobs.

The Project

All New World Class Resort

• Add 650 new upscale guest rooms and demolish 21 old rooms
• Construct 33,000 sq ft of conference space including a state-of-the-art 20,000 sq ft ballroom
• Build nearly 18,000 sq ft of new retail space, including neighborhood retail space along Gulf Blvd
• Add three new swimming pools with slides and other amenities for families
• Create three new parking garages to adequately park guests’ cars
• Upgrade the overall aesthetic appearance
• Add other family resort amenities
• Implement vital infrastructure projects on the property, which will help the resort and the community alike

  • The buildings are 180 ft on average set back from Gulf Blvd, much further back than other approved projects. (No canyon effect of tall buildings along Gulf Blvd.)

  • Overall density is slightly more than half of what is permitted.

  • The project was designed with the community in mind every step of the way.

  • The number of new hotel rooms being built is 37% below the allowable permitted additional guest room capacity of the site.

  • Independent expert opinion verifies adequacy of traffic flow capacity into and out of the project along the internal road.
  • Independent expert opinion verifies adequacy for parking and transportation plan.

expansion
The Local Community Benefits of a New and Updated Resort

Including:

  • New Modern Conference Space
  • New Guest Rooms
  • New Amenities
  • All Below Allowable Density

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

The expansion includes guestroom buildings that average 180 feet away from Gulf Blvd. and will not crowd the experience along Gulf Blvd.

TradeWinds has hired landscape architects to add substantial amounts of landscaping on Gulf Blvd. and also around the parking garages to provide an attractive appearance from the street. New structures will largely sit on unsightly existing surface parking lots.

Only one small two-story building will be demolished. New buildings will be built on top of the existing unsightly and underutilized surface parking lots.

The buildings are being designed by a renowned architect who has designed many luxury hotels for Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton. The property will be upscale and a stylistic fit with the TradeWinds known and loved in the community.

Yes. For the first time ever, TradeWinds will have (3) direct beach access points. One on southern end which be a 30 foot wide landscaped, paved and well-lit path. Another located at the north end of the Tradewinds property while the 3rd would run through the middle of the property across from 59th Avenue. All of these access points will be built, paid for and maintained by TradeWinds.
Buildings have been designed away from neighbors to the extent possible to address air, light and views.

The plan complies with the City of St. Pete Beach development code and the comprehensive plan. No variances are being sought.

Over 4,500 letters were sent, a newspaper ad was published in Tampa Bay Times on 6/29/22, seven signs were posted along Gulf Blvd., local business in surrounding area were visited and several meetings with surrounding condo and home owner associations were had. We continue to reach out to the community.

No, the proposed plan is 1 Million square feet less than the maximum development potential allowed.
Based on feedback from meetings with our neighbors we have redesigned the garage to include screens and greenery to beautify and stop headlights from shining out. We have also lowered landscaping to address sensitivities to views. We also added baffles to storm water drainage to ensure environmentally treated water.

In addition to the information contained on the website www.nextgenerationtradewinds.com, the owners have had an active outreach to the surrounding neighbors to discuss the plans and solicit opinions.

The development plan includes an interior circulation road designed to take cars off Gulf Blvd. as they enter and move around TradeWinds, a reduction of entrances and exits from TradeWinds from nine to four, and a widening of the sidewalk to 10 feet to lessen traffic on Gulf Blvd and promote pedestrian accessibility. An independent traffic consultant studied the development plan and is satisfied the plan is appropriate.

No. TradeWinds is building a large 10-foot sidewalk and a landscape barrier on TradeWinds property for the benefit of the community and will not use Gulf Blvd right-of- way.

The plan includes a sophisticated stormwater drainage system on TradeWinds’ land that will address existing flooding concerns along TradeWinds’ side of Gulf Blvd., will capture stormwater runoff from the site that otherwise might go to Gulf Blvd., will treat the runoff in an environmentally responsible manner and be in compliance with codes at a minimum.

The expansion is privately funded and is expected to bring more than $19-million in new annual tax revenue to the community.

Yes. In 2017 the city approved a conditional use permit for a new building just south of the Alden Suites. This building included 217 rooms and a parking garage with several hundred spaces. Due to a variety of reasons, this new building was not built, but the demand for hotel rooms remains strong. The current proposal will construct new upscale hotel rooms in a smaller building on that location which sits further away from neighboring properties.

TradeWinds will be improving the environmental impact in many respects, such as treating the runoff water from the site. The project will also be built with turtle migrations in mind.

No. We will eliminate the guard gate and allow traffic to pull into the center of the site and off of Gulf Blvd to address any potential congestion of cars turning into TradeWinds.

There will not be any gambling at TradeWinds in any form.