Though its name is still emblazoned across the top, the Tampa Bay Tabernacle has moved on from the gloomy, monolithic high-rise looming over Sulphur Springs.
Before the Tabernacle, the building at 715 E Bird St. was home to Greater Ministries, a church that found infamy in 1999 when federal investigators indicted its leaders on charges tied to a $448 million swindle of its followers. This 2001 Naples News article summarized the story and the sentencing of the church leaders.
But much of its history was also spent as a bank building, and also housing Florida Department of Corrections offices.
Today, it sits vacant and derelict in stark contrast to its neighbors, the reinvigorated and Sulphur Springs Pool, and the soon-to-open .
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