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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell told us late this afternoon that during a meeting between his staff, City of Wilmington staff and Mandalay Entertainment, he made it clear that the county is not interested in working together to bring a ballpark or team to Wilmington. Mandalay is the company proposing bring the team and a new park to the city with the help of economic incentives.

We’re told Shell called county commissioners and got their input before making the announcement at the meeting, therefore there was no vote on the matter.

The move comes after the county encouraged the City of Wilmington not to move forward on a voluntary annexation deal involving an apartment compex developer. The city took the county’s concern under advisement, but approved the deal anyway. That angered county commissioners and the county manager.

County Commissioner Jason Thompson says he was in favor of continuing the talks but understands Shell’s frustration and supports his decision.

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  • taxpayeriam

    How they have cost the county residents to pay 5-10 times more for the same water with the county and city forming CFPUA,only to pay for the cities failing water and sewer system because they had rather have a park or a c-center and think downtown is the only place in wilmington.The county and city have to approve the increase and bonds for CFPUA so don’t think you are out of the BALLPARK.
    Okay lets look at the money wasted on trying to form a waste dispoal
    joint venture that was going to cost the taxpayers 500 grand a month,instead of fix what the tax payers have already paid for.Now they want to tell the county taxpayer who can pick up the trash we pay to have removed.
    City claims they could not pay to mow the fields at the ball park so they want to install a-turf but they purchase hundreds of acres of land for parks they have to be mow and maintain.The bike trail is costing millions.
    But fixing roads lowering taxes is not on the agenda.

  • GuestGimmeABreak

    Does anyone else remember just how greedy and cash-hungry and utterly stupid government officials for the City of Wilmington really are?

    Wilmington is looking at restricting hotel growth within city limits because it would create traffic problems. Whew, thanks guys, ’cause lord knows we don’t have any traffic problems already. So they don’t want more hotels or further expansion of current hotels, but they have no problem demanding – DEMANDING – to be given more land in the COUNTY so that they can have another source of money.

    And let’s not forget just how responsible city leaders are with money. Remember the German cruise ship that docked for one day in Wilmington? That one day resulted in $400,000.00 being pumped into the local economy, and all the city had to do to get that money was allow the ship to dock at the river. But hey, why take FREE MONEY when they can spend BILLIONS on truly crucial stuff like convention centers and baseball parks?

    I too agree with the Commissioner. Wilmington just wants to take, Take, TAKE REGARDLESS of what the county leaders and citizens think. Oh wait, let me clarify that…they only want to take if it means they can spend tons of taxpayer money while doing so.


    I also congratulate the impartiality behind “Taking ball home as far as ballpark is concerned”. Way to go, supposedly impartial-we-just-wanna-report-truthful-news media outlet. I wonder if you have the courage to allow this comment to be posted. I suspect, due to what you’ve shown time after time, that freedom of speech ends when someone disagrees with your own views.

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