The large elephant in Metro Council Chambers before the August election that no one will probably talk about is Gaylord Entertainment towing their request that Metro pick up their $80 million in debt for hotel expansion. In the role of ringmaster: J.B. Loring, who has never met a corporate expansion he does not like.
I predict that Council Members will pass this quickly and quietly for the sake of the conservatives like Buck Dozier and Charlie Tygard who are running for office. Let me suggest that every vote of support for this corporate welfare bill needs to be heaped like hot coals on the heads of the council conservatives and most especially on those members running for office who do not debate it.
UPDATE: Gaylord is apparently about to start flexing its muscle around the nation's capital, too. With a million room-nights already booked and all of that money they are pulling away from the staid DC hotels to the Potomac waterfront, why can't they pay for their own expansion in Nashville? (HT: NashPo).
I don't live in Nashville, so I don't really have a dog in this fight. But you know, you got a point.ReplyDelete