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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After reviewing all 3,903 signatures on a petition trying to stop tax payer money going toward a new ballpark in town, The New Hanover County Board of Elections says the group came up short… 14 signatures short, to be exact.

2,828 signatures were verified by the Board of Elections, just missing the mark at 2,842 needed to move the ordinance forward. New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFadyen says the next move is up to the city.

City Attorney Bill Wolak says Wilmington will allow additional petitions to be entered for consideration. Wolak says there is no time limit for the petitions and once they are returned to the city clerk, the signatures will be turned into the Board of Elections for further analysis.

Ben McCoy and Josh Fulton, two men involved with circulating the petition, say as of Friday at 4 p.m., 73 additional signatures were turned into the city clerk. They were told the additions should be in the possession of the Board of Elections by Monday.

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36 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Baseball petition comes up 14 signatures short; City will allow additional petitions to be entered"

2015 years 9 months ago

Actually, it’s kinda funny reading the comments here.
It’s VERY obvious that baseball is a popular sport. It’s good clean fun to play and family entertainment for those who want to watch.
But it’s also equally obvious that this particular proposal is making people think twice about the proposed cost. The fact that Fulton/McCoy got the signatures so quickly indicates that the COST may trump the DESIRE to have a Mil-A team here.
By the way – they did get an ADDITIONAL 70+ votes within a day of finding out the Board of Elections said they were 4 short. Again, this shows the vehemence the voters have against using tax dollars for this.
I was at a church gathering yesterday and the adults were talking about a variety of subjects when this ball park proposal came up. Interesting that NONE of adults at this gathering had even heard of the petition but that many of them had a desire to sign the petition. This was an estimated 20 out of 25 people – all registered Wilmington voters. Myself, my wife and 2 adult kids (all registered voters) would have signed it as well.
Yet, we attend our grand kids little league games and find baseball entertaining. They play heir games at city funded parks and church built facilities.
But the conundrum is that this is little league. “Non-profit” fun. At fields that are part of much bigger “parks” offering other things for all city residents to enjoy.
This proposal is geared towards a specific entity (the Atlanta Braves) that runs a for profit business. Property tax break? I’ve got no problem with an incentive like that. But I do have a problem with $24M in incentives for 70 days of home games with limited attendance that will dwindle over time.
This is like window shopping. We all say that would be REAL NICE TO HAVE but after we look at the price tag we say OH BUT I’LL PASS ON THIS………

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2015 years 9 months ago

Ben and Josh had stated, I believe it was reported elsewhere, that these signatures turned in once they found out the petition came up short were collected since the petition was submitted for validation. They didn’t “mysteriously” come up with them out of thin air as you assumed, the signature collection continued after the validation process began for this very reason.

2015 years 9 months ago

This ridiculously irresponsible stadium nonsense once and for all. The city is already struggling to meet it’s financial obligations, the notion of this stadium was ludicrous. It’s the equivalent of an individual who’s struggling to come up with his mortgage payment out shopping for a new yacht.

2015 years 9 months ago

Ok, they start with 4,000 signatures and over 1,100 of them don’t count because they either don’t live in Wilmington or they’re not registered voters. Now they mysteriously come up with 73 more signatures in a day. First off, if you had all of these signatures why not submit ALL of the signatures? Secondly, if so many people (as they claim) don’t want this stadium and team then they shouldn’t have had a problem collecting signatures. Political FAILURES

2015 years 9 months ago

Well the next time there is an election, the canidates that lose need to ask for more time to get more voters so they can win. Only fair. We need something to for people to come see, and bring MONEY into the city and county and businesses


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