Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says an information session being held today about a proposed cruise ship terminal development for the Broadwater is not a secret.
The State Government and Gold Coast City Council called for expressions of interest to develop parts of the Broadwater last month.
The project could include a cruise ship terminal and a casino.
Two days later, about 2,000 protesters gathered at the Spit to rally against the development.
Dr Steven Gration, from the Save Our Spit Alliance, says not many residents know about today's meeting.
"The normal processes of giving a couple of weeks notice of upcoming community consultation - the venue and time, should've been publicly advertised," he said.
But Councillor Tate says it has been advertised in a community newspaper, on commercial radio, as well as on council and Government websites, including social media, since last week.
"I want to make sure that we spend ratepayers' funds wisely," Councillor Tate said.
"It's so secretive that anyone who is concerned knows about it, so that kills that argument.
"The other thing - this is the first of - it's in stages.
"We'll be consulting with the community all the way and if they give us a fair go this is the first time we're putting it out, come and check it out."