Right-wing shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge says his plan to save a historic site from demolition has fallen apart – and he says you can blame Mayor Bob Buckhorn for it.
In pure Bubba fashion, he held a live news conference on his radio show to announce he's giving up the fight to save a Tampa treasure.
And he blames it on Mayor Buckhorn.
"That's what's so sad, that bulldozer Bob and the city's knee-jerk mentality, and this eyesore they didn't want around screwed up a really good thing," Bubba said.
In December, Bubba says he and his charity decided to save the historic Jackson House from the jaws of demolition and restore it.
He was set to buy it, but says in the 11th hour, the mayor set unreasonable deadlines and expectations.
"They wanted me to have it by code compliance by an unreasonable time, by March 1st, " Bubba said.
But Tampa City Attorney Julia Mandell says Bubba is twisting the truth.
She says it's not about Bubba, it's about the keeping the house from falling apart.
"This isn't making the structure to what it was, this is simply making it so it doesn't fall down. Sixty days was deemed appropriate," Mandell said.
She says the Jackson House is on the verge of collapsing and needs immediate repairs. Built in 1901, the boarding house became the only place blacks could stay during segregation.
Famous faces stayed here, including James brown, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.
Bubba says he hoped to keep those memories alive and use some of the room to provide free legal advice to minorities.
But Mandell questions his true intentions.
"I never imagined that they ever intended to do this project," Mandell said.
Bubba says his investment in time and money speaks for itself.
"This was gonna cost them nothing except a little patience and to work with me a little bit, and not treat me like some schlep that they are. In my opinion, it's a personal vendetta," Bubba said.
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