Omni beat out Marriott, which was the only other hotel to submit a proposal. How close was it? Who knows, since “Dallas City Hall is not publicly releasing specific deal points or financial numbers related to negotiations with either Omni or Marriott. The city is also not releasing either of the companies’ operation proposals.” Also, three members of the council — Carolyn Davis, Dave Neumann, and Steve Salazar — are unhappy with the choice, and said if the final full council vote were held today and not in January, they’d vote no.
Expect this all to get plenty more wheels-off in the coming months. That tends to happen when you make things harder for yourself at every turn, which seems to be the goal here for Mayor Leppert. Continuing to conduct every important part of the process behind closed doors will only guarantee that remains the case. At this point, Leppert might as well sit on Schutze’s porch and flip him the double bird. Not much of this deal makes sense, and I don’t see that changing.
UPDATE: A same-office-working FBvian reminded me of this column by Wick, which I should have remembered in the first place.