Comb-over and corny catchphrases aside, Donald Trump has become a figure of public envy. The real estate tycoon has reaped fame and fortune as the poster child of American capitalism: his name appears in large lettering on the façade of massive skyscrapers and his face graces network television screens and tabloids around the clock.
The condo-hotel development once known as Trump Tower Tampa serves as a cautionary tale of a Trump-branded investment gone horribly wrong. The inability to secure financial backing and problems with overall project execution has hindered developers’ progress ever since plans for the skyscraper were announced three years ago. The opening date, originally set for December 2008, has been pushed back to December 2010.