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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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2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

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.… Read more »

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