The criticisms and complaints come from the two bidders who were rejected by Tampa's Port Authority, which controls the property. And while Vinik has long been seen as the great hope that could re-ignite the downtown district, he has been quiet on the sidelines for months ever since he "suspended" his frustrating pursuit of Channelside.
That leads the rebuffed bidders to cry foul:
Since the vote, Liberty remained silent — until Wednesday. Govindaraju and Shah told the Tampa Bay Times they don't know why talks that started so well could end so badly.Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wasn't quoted in the article, but he is one of the Port Authority's most influential members.
In hindsight, they now believe the port set them up to fail.
"Based on a mountain of evidence," Shah said, "we don't believe the Tampa Port Authority was negotiating with us in good faith."