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.