'Marriott' Franchised EB5 Visa Project in Florida

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  • Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club Now Open on Anna Maria Island
    (21st Feb 2018)

    (November 30, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today the opening of the all-new Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, ...

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  • October 2017, Construction Update: Waterline Hotel Marina Resort & Beach Club
    (6th Oct 2017)

    The project received I-924 exemplar approval on August 31, 2017. The participants in the project must still meet admissibility requirements and demons...

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Mainsail Development Group, Inc. was formed in 1998 and in 1999 it opened its first lodging complex. The Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center is situated in a prime location within 5 minutes of The Tampa International Airport. It was developed as a private training center for PricewaterhouseCoopers under a master lease.

Trainees traveled from around the world to attend multi-week high-tech training courses at the facility. Joe Collier, the founder of Mainsail and a Marriott Hotels veteran, proposed the partnership between Mainsail and PwC and the 50 million dollar complex was created. This deluxe property now operates as a full-service extended stay hotel that features 360 villa-style suites and a state-of-the-art conference center with a host of business and recreational facilities.

In 2002 Mainsail began to acquire Marriott ExecuStay franchises in the Southeast.  The most recent acquisition of the East Coast territory of Florida now gives Mainsail the entire Florida market, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and areas in Alabama. Now operating under the Oakwood ExecuStay brand, Mainsail procures, furnishes and manages luxury apartments under leases to corporate, government and leisure clients that require temporary housing.

Mainsail most recently purchased and completely renovated a 328-unit apartment complex in the highly desirable South Tampa area. This property is branded as Mainsail South Residences and services the ExecuStay brand. In addition to corporate and contract housing, Mainsail is focusing on high end luxury opportunities.

Recent Acquisitions and Development

In June of 2009, Mainsail purchased a luxury beachfront condominium, a 50-slip marina and the surrounding acreage on Anna Maria Island just south of St Petersburg, FL. Presently, we operate the luxury condominium as the Mainsail Beach Inn, which is consistently recognized by TripAdvisor® with its Certificate of Excellence year after year.

In February 2010, Mainsail opened a $110 million boutique resort in the British Virgin Islands. The Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina on a serene, private island, offers 52 guest rooms and suites, along with six extraordinary 2, 3 and 4-bedroom villas with West Indian décor, a world-class yachting marina, restaurants, secluded beaches and spectacular reefs within swimming distance.

In 2011, Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina joined the exclusive Marriott Autograph Collection®. The resort became the first Autograph Collection® hotel in the Caribbean and Marriott International’s first property in the British Virgin Islands.

The Autograph Collection® is a group of exceptional independent hotels, each hand-selected for their originality, character and uncommon details. To date, the Autograph Collection portfolio includes more than 20 properties in the United States and Europe, and this number is expected to double by the end of 2012.

In 2014, Mainsail opened the Epicurean Hotel, a luxury hotel in historic South Tampa, Florida.  Partly funded using the EB5 Visa Program, the hotel offers a unique experience as a culinary center and includes 137 guest rooms, function space, a demonstration kitchen, bakery, wine shop, restaurant, rooftop lounge and spa.

As a growth strategy Mainsail co-invests with partners to acquire, develop and manage first-class lodging facilities, commercial and residential complexes in the Southeast and Caribbean.  Joe Collier has collected a team of professionals who specialize in each of these key areas.