Published: Dec 13, 2011 8:39 PM EST
Updated: Dec 14, 2011 12:35 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee county is rejecting further talks with a group that wanted to convert a baseball stadium into a world-class aquatics center. Commissioners said they did not trust the financing of the swim center group from Austin, Texas.

"The money has been a question from the start. I see all sorts of loose strings in the contract. I cannot support it," said Commissioner Frank Mann.

He and his colleagues voted unanimously to end talks with the National Swim Center Corp.

"Well we are surprised and disappointed. The contract went back and forth only 3 times. We were working through things.  Maybe we will come back, I don't know at this point.  But I do know the county is left with a facility that costs it about $1 million a year in maintenance, and we were going to take that off their hands," said John Albion, representative for the swim group.