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City Council says Althea Gibson Tennis Complex will not be privatized

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council Tuesday night made clear it will not privatize the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park. Instead it will seek a public-private partnership with the Althea Gibson Foundation.

The goal is to bring large-scale tennis events to Wilmington. They voted in favor of allowing the city manager to pursue public input and contract negotiations. Tennis supporters were happy to hear the clarification.

"I think the big concern was the way it was originally presented made the tennis community feel that it was going to be a private entity," Anna Martin, with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, said.

Martin said she supports hearing from the public on the resolution and hopes the city stays in good communication about the issue with the tennis association.

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