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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some Wilmington city leaders are crying foul over a petition to stop a publicly funded baseball stadium. They believe the wording is too broad and could jeopardize other events.

Josh Fulton is one of the Wilmington residents behind the petition. He says the petition has already been reworded once to specifically reference the proposed baseball stadium and if it had to be reworded again…

“It would be a disaster I mean, it’s such a pain dealing with all these modifications,” Fulton explained.

The current petition states:
“No city monies shall be used, either directly or indirectly, to fund any multi-use sports stadium for the purpose of professional sports and other events, including but not limited to a baseball stadium.”

The interim city attorney believes the phrase “and other events” is pretty far reaching and in a court of law, could be perceived to include Legion stadium.

“The Sharks baseball game. We could not allow them to do any kind of concessions. Same thing with the Hammerheads, 100% would have to come to the city. A lot of the time they use those concession to subsidize what the team is doing out there,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

Fulton says it was never their intent for the petition to include Legion stadium or other forms of entertainment like the Azalea festival or Riverfest.

“I don’t think other people would think that,” said Fulton. “But if they project that image then it would make people probably less likely to support us.”

They currently have 150 signatures on the petition. If they reword it, they have to start all over.

If 2,882 Wilmington residents sign the petition, city council either has to approve the ordinance as it’s written, or must call for a special election and put the proposed ordinance on the ballot.

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Joe Knight
2016 years 2 months ago

I heard all the same negative naysayers comments when Winston Salem built their baseball ballpark. The first game there wer more than 7000 people and it has more than paid for itself. It sells out every weekend and has good crowds most weeknights A ballpark is more than a facility, It is a place where fathers and grandfathers bond with their kids and create lifetimes of memories. A place where families can goe out for an affordable evening Somethings are just worth it.

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2016 years 2 months ago

CONT…. from My earlier reply as I don’t think the whole comment posted..

There are more PRESSING issues facing Wilmington, than trying to bring a Ball team here… at this point, (I’d follow the money), to find out whom this is going to benifit personally, not just by Money, though “EGO’S” could have a hand in it, though I’m leaning towars “follow the money”, because it sure isn’t the City residents that own property in ILM that will be benifiting on this Issue, ones that most likely that don’t care nor can affored “another” Tax Increase on this Huge White Elephant,… Read more »

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2016 years 2 months ago

With grandoise Ideas about a New Basball Stadium, built, Based on Property Taxes et al.
We are facing a very Possible “Double-Dip” recession,, Lordy, tell the truth what this is,*MSN*, eg Mainstream news.. a DEPRESSION.
Based on the Housing Boom & Bust, Declineing proptery values, that reflects on in tax base created/collected
Wilmington, is reported to be facing a 13 MILLION short-fall in the City Budget…

So if the recent New Hanover County tax base revaluations hold true at a 8.21% DECREASE, then Wilmington, (the city) can also expect a $4.3 million loss for the city if… Read more »

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