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Shreveport City Council voted 4-3 in favor of a resolution that gives the mayor a vote of confidence as talks of Bayou Cross development heat up.  

Except the mayor didn't exactly know what the resolution was all about.

"I'm not going to speak to the amendment even, until I can see what it says, but I do want to make it clear, very clear, this is not my legislation, I am not leading this effort, I am supporting developers that want to develop Cross Bayou, but I will not be leading that effort," Mayor Ollie  Tyler said.

Tyler told council members during the meeting that she did not support the current MOU, or memorandum of understanding, that essentially endorses the city to support a private business group to develop the land at Cross Bayou.

"There seems to be some misinformation about my support of the MOU," she said to council members.

Councilmen Oliver Jenkins and Jerry Bowman seemed to be visibly shocked when the mayor told them she did not know much about the resolution they approved today and that she did not support the MOU as it stood.

The private developers, Gateway Development Consortium, have proposed a $1 billion development on the city's extremely valuable waterfront land.

The MOU is non-binding, but the mayor explicitly stated she does not feel comfortable with it as it stands, but does support the development of the land as a whole.

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