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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual Festival Latino should kick off in a couple of weeks, but not unless its organizer pays the bills. Money from last year’s event is still overdue, and the group needs to pay for this year’s festival before it can go on.

“(Festival organizer Lucy) Vasquez has had a long-standing event. This is unusual that she goes this long without a payment,” New Hanover County Parks Director Jim McDaniel said.

Festival Latino has been around for more than a decade. The annual event in Wilmington is a fundraiser for the non-profit group Amigos Internacional. But there may not be a festival this year if Vasquez does not pay her bill to New Hanover County.

“There is a little over $1,000 for 2010, and there is $1,255, I believe, for 2011,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel says payments to use a county facility are typically required before an event, but for 2010’s festival he made an exception and allowed Vasquez to pay for Hugh MacRae park after the event. It’s been almost a year, though, and she still has not paid.

“We sent her an invoice in March and July and September for 2010,” McDaniel said.

Vasquez says she got the invoices, but she was too preoccupied with this year’s festival to pay last year’s bill.

“I think I mentioned it in passing when I’ve spoken to them, like, ‘I’ve gotten your bill. There’s something there I need to talk about. We’ll work on it,'” Vasquez said.

This year’s Festival Latino is scheduled to be at Ogden Park November 12, but if Vasquez doesn’t pay up by Friday, it’s not going to happen.

“I have another group interested in Ogden for the weekend she plans to hold her festival, and I gave her until Friday to get this all cleared up,” McDaniel said.

Vasquez seemed confident that her event will go as planned.

“We had a meeting yesterday, and we discussed everything that had to be done, and we left with an understanding, and I’m confident that everything is going to be wonderful,” she said.

Festival Latino typically brings in about 20,000 people from all backgrounds in southeastern North Carolina.

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40 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Festival Latino owes county money, may lose site"

2015 years 9 months ago

Do you know the man? What sin did he commit for you to use such a strong word. If simply performing your job makes you a racist, than most people are too (including you and others close to you). Be careful with that word, you may find yourself on the receiving end one day. Jesus said be your brothers keeper, think about that before you speak.

2015 years 9 months ago

In America, we may not have a lot of folks that want to pick beans, pull potatoes and chuck apples in a crate, but I GUARENTEE you there are thousands upon thousands of American workers in this COUNTY ALONE that want to do framing, boxing, siding, masonry and concrete work that are forced out due to substandard wages and the profit mongering builders and developers. I’ve watched 5 houses being built and two water sewer projects implemented without a single American pounding a nail or laying a single section of pipe!

It’s much easier for illegal Jose to work for 12 dollars/hour, pay no taxes, get free food stamps, free healthcare, free birthing, free social security, drive around without insurance, live 15 deep in a one bedroom and on and on than it is for Legal Tom to work for 16 dollars/hour, pay health insurance for his entire family, pay income taxes, pay property taxes, pay car insurance, AND pay to feed and cloth his family, like a RESPONSIBLE American! Mexico’s LARGEST revenue (aside from the drug trade) is the illegals in THIS country sending money back there!

This isn’t at all about race, it’s about illegal aliens swarming our country scooping up every free benefit and dollar they can get their nubbs on. It is ruining our country, ruining our economy, ruining our health care system while the only people that benefit are the fat, greedy ones hiring and promoting them all the while our government turns its head. If you’ve ever had cockroaches to overcome your food storage, you have a basic idea of the concept.

One important thing to remember here! You have ONE generation and one only of “productive” illegals. Once Americanized, they will turn into the fattest, laziest entitlement recipients this country has EVER seen!

Now…it would behoove you to do whatever you can to assist returning this country and it’s economy back into the hands of Americans instead of spouting off about “news” that you evidently know nothing about!

2015 years 9 months ago

It comes down to hate from a parks and rec director. I think to cover news over a small $2000 bill is so stupid. No reason to have this on the news. There are real problems out there. DONT LIKE HISPANICS IN WILMINGTON GET OVER IT. WERE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

2015 years 9 months ago

As we send 4 busloads back to Mexico, each day, from Southeastern NC, 6 busloads arrive.

2015 years 9 months ago

It comes down to the parks department got fooled once by allowing the festival to proceed last year without first paying. They are not wanting to be fooled twice. Pay the bill, no news story. Don’t like being held responsible, get over it. We are not backing down.


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