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Jacksonville mayor: Let venue bidding process work

4:39 PM, Jul 3, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown, who had the city bid out the contract to manage EverBank Field and the city's entertainment venues, says to let the process work after a company that holds the contract filed a protest.

Two members of Brown's staff who reviewed the bids of SMG and Global Spectrum scored Global as a better fit for the city. Their recommendation would unseat SMG, a company that has held the contract for two decades.

"It's going through the process, let the process work," said Brown who ultimately makes the decision. The final decision on EverBank Field also requires the Jaguars to agree to any changes, otherwise nothing changes.

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SMG on Monday filed a protest with the city's Professional Services Evaluation Committee, saying that Global Spectrum in several respects did not comply with the bid proposal.

"It is hard to comprehend ... a conclusion that Global Spectrum/Comcast's proposal was better overall for the taxpayers of Jacksonville," said Misty Skipper, speaking for SMG.

Todd Glickman, who handled Global Spectrum's bid, says the Philadelphia-based company is "real excited" about getting the recommendation to run Jacksonville's multiple entertainment venues.

When asked about SMG filing a protest, Glickman was not surprised.

"It is a bullying tactic," he said.

Brown says he will talk with the Jaguars before making any decision.

Recently, the city and the team were at odds after the city planned to terminate team's stadium lease. Mayor Brown called the action a communication breakdown and followed up with an apology.

The Jaguars through a team spokesperson on Tuesday declined comment on stadium management until it gets more information from the city.

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