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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s no doubt the idea of bringing a ballpark to the Port City is a hotly contested issue. There are passionate folks on both sides of the plate.

The group against a tax-funded stadium is preparing to turn their petitions in to Wilmington city leaders. They held one last rally at Empie Park Saturday to get more folks to sign. Co-organizer Josh Fulton said the process of collecting signatures has been grueling, rewarding and exhausting. He’s glad it’s coming to an end.

“I think we are going to win,” Fulton said. “I think that the baseball stadium won’t be funded with taxpayer dollars. I see some of the council wavering, which is a good thing. Based on the deal that they have, so that bodes well for us. I don’t think we’ll see a publicly-funded baseball stadium.”

Fulton said they’ve got more than 3,000 signatures so far. The group plans to present them to city council either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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  • GuestBee

    For folks who can read, the petition was very easy to understand and straightforward. I can understand, though, how some folks who struggle with their verbage might not understand it.

  • Gooddays

    If this ordinance goes through, McCoy and Fulton will be facing a backlash from Sharks, Hammerheads, Legion 10 baseball, Tigers and NHH baseball/football.

    There’s no backsies on the petition wording once submitted and I think most have no clue what it’s affect will be. Sit back and watch the fireworks.

  • 1981duke

    Professional Sports,any Sports funded by city or taxpayers is “doomed” as well as entertainment.
    I firmly believe most people that signed this DID NOT understand the actual verbage and impact.
    If so,who would sign…….no one.

  • Mike T

    But I wanna play some ball. Don’t make me mad because I’ll stomp my feet.

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