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Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Port Authority has outlined 18 different safety issues at Channelside that it says need to be addressed before the complex's annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration.  

Among the problems the Port Authority says it found include loose guardrails, exposed wiring and a broken fire alarm.

On Tuesday, the Port Authority sent a letter to the current owner of Channelside, the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, saying the issues need to be addressed. Port Authority officials added if the bank doesn't fix the problems, the Port Authority will have them fixed and send the bank the bill.

Irish Bank Resolution Corp. foreclosed on Channelside in 2010 after the former owner defaulted on a $27 million loan.

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The annual Channelside Fourth of July celebration usually draws thousands of people to the downtown entertainment and retail complex.

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