Cameron family offers land for baseball stadium, but says don’t use tax money to build it

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Submitted: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 6:00pm
Updated: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:27pm

WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWSONLINE.COM) — The Cameron family, who owns large tracts of property in New Hanover County, has offered to donate land to the city of Wilmington for a proposed baseball stadium.

But the family is against taxpayer money being used for the facility.

Smith Creek Land, LLC, the real estate company for the Cameron property, sent a letter to the city offering up to 35 acres off Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway for a proposed stadium. The city is considering a proposed $35 million stadium that would bring an Atlanta Braves minor league team, operated by Mandalay Baseball, to the Port City.



  • guesty says:

    But unlike you, I can recognize a bum deal for taxpayers. But since you don’t pay taxes, you don’t care how that money is spent.

  • 1981duke says:

    No you will never recognize a good thing unless in your lap….

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the free land still leaves construction costs of approximately $35 million to be covered.

    The land doners make their sentiments clear, no use of taxpayer funds for construction.

    Now again, I ask, where is the horn of plenty, filled with money, which will cover the debt service the developers would like to lay on the tax paying public?

    And please be specific without reference to pie in the sky hopes and dreams.

    And, please don’t try to pull the Charlotte Knights into the discussion. The proposal submitted to the Charlotte Commissioners does not call upon the city or its property tax payers to gaurantee debt service or make debt payments.

    And finally, do you actually own Real Estate within the city limits of Wilmington?

    Time to pony up with some answers

  • guesty says:

    Two welfare checks? There is nothing good about tax funded baseball stadiums.
    Again, if it was such a good deal, wouldn’t private investors be jumping on board?

  • Vog46 says:

    From a well respected Wilmington Family.
    They’re opinion that no taxpayer funds be used seems to be growing in popularity.
    This is a generous offer.
    But also a warning to city officials.
    Now would be the time for Mandalay to step up and say we’ve secured a majority of the ball park costs.
    Will they?
    I doubt it

    Best Regards

  • Guest Beachsick says:

    Tax office notices were mailed that the Beach Annexation is processing sheriff’s auction papers on owners homes (some elderly)this month if they havent paid their $3750.00 water tap fee per lot, plus 6% interest

  • 1981duke says:

    We could offer by law,
    Free Tickets

    Free Food
    Free Fun
    Free Land
    Free Transportation

    And still people will complain about something,venue,weather,time games are played….etc……
    The Pro side is for,Con against even if “Free’

  • guesty says:

    So you have yet to realize that nothing in life is free? There is a cost even if you are not paying it. Where does the “free” food come from? The “free” land will cost something in the process. Do you have “free” transportation that runs on rainbows and smiles?

    Like the welfare you collect is “free” money to you but those of us that work and pay taxes pay for you to live.

    We the taxpayers are tired of supporting gimme bums. If you want it, get a job and earn it.

  • Michael T says:

    Ingredient for the Cake!!

    Batter up Boys

  • Guest461 says:

    …this will force the city leaders into a corner. The developers risk losing the opportunity to dump that riverfront property. Anybody getting a good view of the real picture here?

    I have a bet that the city turns this offer down!

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