I still have some lingering questions that I can't shake. For example, the developer's Q&A page on their website had some very definitive answers about meeting with City of Rowlett "officialdom." The developer, point blank, said they had meetings with Rowlett officials. Yet, I sat in the Council Meeting room and watched the faces of the City Council as the changes in Bayside began to unfold. Their faces displayed surprise and dismay. Folks, in my business over the past 50 years, I had to be good at reading faces. I think Council was freshly pissed.
There was a huge gap in the story the developer was relaying and what the Council was expecting. How did that happen? This is one of my malingering questions. Is the developer a blatant liar, or have I lost my ability at reading faces? What is in between the developer's story and what the Council was hearing? I don't feel mistaken about what I read and what I saw. I still don't forgive the developer for such bad documentation. In addition, I find it hard to believe the developer would make such an dumbass out of himself. Something is missing.
Not only the above problem, but what's the fix? There are still huge amounts of information we don't have. No cost data. No market data. No valid "fix" info. We have a first class donnybrook headed our way because of complexity. It will be compounded by maneuvering lawyers, developer's CYA, politicians and staff. It would become a mob effort........producing a thoroughbred, resembling a camel, because it was designed by murky committees. It could be very embarrassing to both developer and the city. I have posted my comments, and to date, I have no intention of changing them. However, I would pay for the Cokes if someone would sit down and fill in some blanks. This is too important to relegate to shouting matches. We don't have the whole script. Too many stories don't fit. Could we have been that bad at selecting developers?
It bothers me.