Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Hotel Vote

Macon City Council just voted on the convention hotel deal, and they have elected to go with the "hotel in the parking lot" plan. Here's the breakdown:

Yes: Youmas, Lucas, Timley, Ross, Ponder, Chambliss, Jones, Mullis, Thomason

That's all I have for now. This would mean that Hutto, Cranford, White, Paris, Ficklin, and DeFore all either voted no or abstained. I will try to get the full result.

This issue has been the subject of bitter public debate in Macon, and in some instances has unfortunately become very personal. Public will is not on the side of building a hotel on the parking lot of the Coliseum, so this vote will be fodder for debate in the upcoming election. You will note that one candidate for Mayor, Anita Ponder, voted "yes", while another candidate for Mayor, Ficklin, voted, "no." Lance Randall was part of the development team for the across the street project, so it's safe to say that he's not in favor of the parking lot deal. In council races, you have Brenda Youmas, who voted yes, facing Rick Hutto, who voted no, and Keith Moffett who has voiced his opposition to the parking lot deal at a press conference. Chambliss and Paris are opposinng one another and are on opposite sides of this issue, as well. Should be interesting.

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