According to today's paper, Szollosi says the ordinance is no longer needed.
"Mr. Szollosi said he is removing the proposed ordinance because of commitments Mr. Dillin made to local union labor. Mr. Dillin last night declined to detail those discussions."
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and Marine District developer Larry Dillin both said the requirement would kill the project.
So now the only question remains is this: Was Szollosi just using the power of his office to force concessions with the developer by introducing this piece of legislation?
The circumstances are highly suspect. Local councilman with strong support from local unions introduces a deal-breaker ordinance setting out a deed restriction that would require only union labor for any and all work - forever; local developer, who's already invested heavily in the project, meets with entities and makes 'commitments' to local unions; councilman withdraws ordinance.
I think there's a name for this type of 'coercion.' No wonder businesses are leaving the area.