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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Wilmington moves on in discussions to build a ballpark, a former councilman in the city who’s team we may get sat down with us to share his thoughts on this big decision.

If city council approves the plan, the Lynchburg Hillcats will find a new home here in Wilmington.

Bert Dodson served as a Lynchburg Councilman for more than a decade, including helping decide to renovate the city’s ballpark a few years ago. He says five franchises have come through lynchburg in the past 30 years, with the Braves being the most recent. Though baseball is very popular in Lynchburg, he is not sure it would be in a tourist town like Wilmington.

He did have some advice for Wilmington City Council members.

“My advice is to ask the hard questions,” Dodson said. “You’re not irritating anybody. This is not a real estate deal. This is not a building development deal. This is dealing with tax payer money and they will be known for the right decisions they make.”

Dodson says he does not think a new stadium is possible without using taxpayer dollars.

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5 Comments on "Former Lynchburg leader has advice as Wilmington persues his city’s baseball team"

2015 years 10 months ago

Amazing the 3 different twists we get from WWAY/WECT/STAR NEWS?
Thanks anytime the “PRO” side needs a push,we know not to view WWAY.

2015 years 10 months ago

The problem is that it IS a real estate deal; it IS a business development deal. The idea that taxpayer money would be used to fund this enormous financial mistake is infuriating. Did anyone happen to drive down College Road or New Centre Drive today? I’m gonna start building an ark so next spring when the rain comes I can take the 6 mile ride to work and get there within an hour. Does the city council plan on addressing that in our lifetime? Wasn’t the city forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars within the last few years for the sewage running all over the place? We gonna fix that? No….play ball! Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks….as long as the taxpayers pay for them that is. I say next budget year we just spend all the money on sea monkeys and Slim Jim’s…oh, let’s get a star named after us!

2015 years 10 months ago

Public,Private sectors at work last night in the Queen City,

Finding a way,with teamwork for a prosperous Queen City,maybe we can learn a thing or two,on jow the dynamics and synergies of public-private sector involvement is POWERFULL and PROFITABLE.

2015 years 10 months ago

and misrepresenting the facts.

The Charlotte Knight proposal does not call for ANY debt service by the city of Charlotte.

It calls for $11 million of direct support, over a set year time span, to be paid for from hotel and restaurant sales taxes.

It calls for an abeyance of property taxes for a period of time. That is the aspect the Charlotte City Council is balking over.

You’ve been called on this very topic already.

Is it so hard to tell the “rest of the story”?

2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder if this a well-planned and thoughtful business scheme, where baseball will come to the city, milk taxpayers money and after 5 to 6 years when the inevitable failure takes place, the business picks up and go to another unsuspecting city and start the process over. Leaving a trail of ball parks for the tax payers to subsidize


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