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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When it comes to bringing a ballpark to Wilmington, everyone has an opinion, but there are two particular groups that are not shy about voicing theirs.

WWAY had two guests confirmed to join Ashley Jacobs on “Good Morning Carolina” today for a live debate on the issue, but a representative from a pro-ballpark group backed out.

Chuck Kuebler from Port City Baseball agreed to talk about why he thinks a publicly-funded stadium is a good idea for Wilmington. However, he later contacted WWAY to say he would not be willing to come on our show. Kuebler said the group could not talk, but would not explain why.

Instead of the debate that was planned, Josh Fulton, a Wilmingtonian against a publicly-funded stadium, had the floor to himself.

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2016 years 2 months ago

how about the rest of the story?

The area redeveloped was run down and filled with closed buildings in need of significant repair and rehabilitation.

The stadium did provide a base upon which PRIVATE investors and real estate owners could work around.

If you were so familiar with Durham, how could this be a surprise. That redevelopment took place over a nearly 10 year time frame.

The area was so run down; buildings were in such need of repair, that property values and tax revenues could do nothing but go up.

I notice too, you failed to address available tax incentives which helped fuel… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Had a wonderful opportunity this past Sunday to witness first hand how the redevelopment project in Durham really works. Attended the Broadway play Wicked at the Durham Center for the Performing Arts. Had lunch at Tobacco Road. The sports Bar that towers over the left field wall of the Durham Bulls Stadium. Having known Durham in my childhood, I was totally amazed. I challenge all those so opposed to Wilmington having this development come here. Take the time to go see for yourself. The Theater seats 2000 every performance during the month of May was sold out. The tickets averaged… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Ben and Josh, in their ongoing effort to stay in the political spotlight without offering any ideas nor leadership of their own are in fact obstructing an initiative in an area heavily dependent on tourism to power its economy when:

1) the local Tourism Development Authority tells us it is good for area tourism,

2)96% of the hospitality association members say it benefits their businesses and,
3)71% of area residents say it is beneficial to the city…..

Seems clearly a case of putting their own personal political agenda first rather than an opportunity to provide meaningful economic benefits… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

from all of those street entertainers who can panhandle?

That was certainly an unsound decision by the Council.

But then, perhaps a portion of the funds required to pay the city’s 90% portion of the debt will come from licensing fees for the street entertainers.

No doubt the city will have to hire someone to walk the streets and collect the license fees from the entertainers.

All cash; make it a 3 day, renewable license, yeah, another source of revenue for the city to use in paying its portion of the stadium debt service.

2016 years 2 months ago

I think it speaks volumes that one side backed out of the debate. What does he have to hide?

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