The design evokes a communications tower that Howey remembers once dominated Tampa's skyline and would link the city's past and future.
His tower would have shops, restaurants, offices, a hotel, apartments and below-ground parking.
``It's a symbol for Tampa in the 21st century,'' he said. ``We felt we ought to make a statement for Tampa.''
For now, though, Howey's vision is just an architect's model. And it will take two years to build, once a developer is onboard.