MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A vote involving entertainment in the City of Mobile has been put over for a week by the Mobile City Council.
FOX10 News spoke with those who won the contract and a city council member to get some details on what could be planned for entertainment in the city.
The bids are in and a contract drawn, but the Mobile City Council said on Tuesday, Sept. 3 it will not vote on the Saenger Theater management agreement with SMG and Huka Entertainment for another week.
"It might hurt a little, but we're going to do our best to retain them, but we're looking to come out swinging pretty strong," said Huka CEO AJ Niland.
Niland said the company already had acts lined up, but can't officially book them until the city council votes. Those with Huka, along with representatives from SMG, attended the city council meeting.
"The common thread is more events need to happen at the Saenger, and we're here to make that happen," said Sam Voisin with SMG.
Huka is in charge of entertainment for the Hangout Music Festival. SMG manages the Mobile Civic Center and the Mobile Convention Center, along with the New Orleans Superdome, to name a few.
Critics have questioned SMG's performance in Mobile, which is why the city council has decided to take a closer look. Councilmember Fred Richardson said the companies won fair and square.
"Put the lowest bid in. Let's just say we cancel that and then advertise all over again; then the competitors know what the lowest bid is. That's unfair," Richardson said.
Richardson said the city needs to move forward.
"The council has to make a decision. All these people complain of what we should've done, could've done; they've had a chance to do that," Richardson said.
Richardson said it's in the best interest of the city if a vote happens Tuesday, September 10.
The contract is expected to be discussed in detail at a cultural committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, a day before the city council is expected to vote.
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