Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is looking forward to his new commute to work.
As the recently hired executive vice president for Lindell Properties Inc., a real estate development company, he’ll be able to travel from his home on Harbour Island to various Lindell venues in the Tampa Bay area – especially Hillsborough and Pasco counties. In fact, Lindell Properties plans to break ground next month on a condo project on Harbour Island. Greco could Segway there.
In his previous position as vice president for development at the DeBartolo Property Group, the 71-year-old Greco had been traveling extensively.
“I was going constantly,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many times I was in El Paso. Maybe, 8, 10, 12 times. It was time to get off the road.
“At this stage, I’m more interested in what’s near here,” explains Greco, who was elected mayor of Tampa four times. “I mean I feel proud when I drive around and I see a park or Stetson (College of Law) that I had something to do with. My interest is the Tampa Bay area and Florida. Frankly, a nice shopping center in Michigan didn’t do anything for me.”
While Greco leaves a long-time relationship with DeBartolo that dates to 1974, he’s hardly a stranger to the man who heads Lindell Properties, local businessman Carl Lindell. The two have been good friends for decades.
While Greco’s traveling travails have ended, he’s not totally precluding working with DeBartolo again. “We (Lindell) might do some development together,” speculates Greco.