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The Price Tag for Tampa Airport's Renovation is $30 Million Buckaroos

December 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

We love oversized checks and construction equipment, and both of those things are now slowly making their way to Tampa International Airport. In total the airport is planning to spend around $30 million to refresh and update some of its terminals, and we’re sure we’re not the only ones who enjoy an airport concourse with a fresh coat of paint.

Some of the airport signs, restrooms, and flooring are approaching 40 years old, so officials want to make sure everything is renovated before it's too late. Some of the updates have been made a priority, as they’re hoping to get at least half of the bathrooms fixed up before the end of next summer.

Local restaurants and retail will be joining the likes of more familiar names within the airport. Mise En Place, the Columbia Café, Cigar City Brewing, and the Green Iguana are a few of the new tenants who will soon call the airport home. In total, the main terminal of the airport will gain like five “enhanced” stores and restaurants, and they’ll be tossing another 20-something additions in the airside section.

Future plans include maybe adding an airport spa—or just place to score a quick mani/pedi. Airport officials also want to cash in on the airport security bin advertising craze, as all these updates and niceties don’t just pay for themselves. So if you’re flying through TPA anytime soon, just be sure to keep an eye out for some of their new stuff.

[Photo of the airport's new look: TPA]

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