I was struck by the contrast of my newspapers this morning. The Baytown Sun reported an action item for Thursday’s City Council meeting. You and I are going to write another check of $150,000 to lawyers for the Bayland Boondoggle Hotel for more legal fees. This brings our total for legal fees alone to over $500,000. In contrast, the headline on the business page of the Houston paper was, “Hotels Face Dire Future: properties shut down, thousands of workers furloughed as the virus wipes out demand.”
The foundation of the Bayland Boondoggle Hotel is built on Hotel Occupancy Tax money. Ironically, that tax money has been collected by hotels already in Baytown built without our tax dollars. Well, the virus has killed that golden goose, and the city council needs to read the newspapers and not ignore reality before they put us in debt for tens of millions of dollars for the Boondoggle Hotel that was never needed but is now totally foolish to build.