The owner of Tampa's Channelside entertainment complex appears headed for a showdown with its landlord, the Tampa Port Authority. The authority's dispute with Channelside Bay Mall LLC over more than $250,000 in overdue bills and lax oversight of nightclubs should come to a head next month, port counsel Charles Klug told board members Tuesday.
Channelside failed to pay the port authority about $200,000 in reimbursements for discounted customer parking, plus other bills, the agency says. Also, Tampa fire marshals have written up Channelside businesses for not keeping access clear for emergency crews. If Channelside LLC, owned by New York real estate dealmaker Ben Ashkenazy, fails to resolve the dispute, the port authority could terminate its lease on the land under the complex as soon as next month, Klug said.