Wilmington accidentally takes down pro-ballpark signs

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Submitted: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 7:57pm
Updated: Fri, 10/12/2012 - 7:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city leaders are saying “oops.” The Chamber of Commerce says city employees accidentally removed dozens of political signs supporting the ballpark bond referendum.

Wilmington’s city manager realized the mix-up after supporters claimed more than 70 of their signs had been stolen overnight.

The city says it was miscommunication. It is returning the signs so they can be replaced.


  • Katherine says:

    This is the City Code Enforcement Division, right? The same morons that made the owner of Flips take down his 50+ year old sign, then called him to say he should have had a permit to take it down.

    Their excuse for taking these signs down (from another news site): “We didn’t realize they were election related signs.” Well, they all had the word “Vote” on them, which should have provided some sort of a clue. Seriously, if you can’t read, maybe you aren’t qualified to be in a department that deals with signs.

  • B M says:

    If you required the ability to READ, COMPREHEND, and apply COMMON SENSE to their job description I’m sure that would disqualify 98% of all county, city, state and federal employees from their job.

  • Guest111 says:

    I just wonder if they were supposed to remove the signs that say vote NO. Besides, what are they doing removing political signs in the first place? They aren’t supposed to do this. I wonder how many signs in the past met the same fate? Looks like the city is being partial.

  • Vog46 says:

    The “pro” side sign do not contain the word “vote” (This is another marketing failure). The say “Yes to the ballpark”
    These signs are then easily confused with those insidious, illegal “mattress sale” signs you see pop up on street corners.
    Do not blame Code Enforcement for a failure of the sign designers.


  • Guest327 says:

    What was the plan, to remove those that opposed the ball park? Not much of a story here………..

  • guesty says:

    ….would they also be returned or somehow forgotten about in a dumpster?

  • Rick Wilson says:

    I’ll bet Mandalay and the Braves are just tickled to see how well informed their allies are. If this was a shooting war, their friendly fire causalities would be off the chart……Maybe if your well thought signs had of said one thing about “voting,” you could have avoided this problem. Please explain one more time why the tax payers should vote to increase their taxes to pay for something someone else will build with private funding?

  • Guestinwilmington says:

    I am certain like most people I am not going to vote yes for this ballpark simply because I saw a sign on the side of the road. I think these types of signs and all political signs for that matter are a waste of money.

  • Vog46 says:

    And complained to the city about an election item?
    This makes me wonder how entangled the Chamber has become in local elections.

    If the Chamber contributed city funds to support the Pro side the Chamber should be abolished.

    Perhaps hyphen-lady just wanted her name on them?


  • SurfCityTom says:

    the sign removal and G W Bush will most likely be the reasons given by the tax and then spenders when the bond referendum goes down.

    I can hardly wait until after 11/6 when the referendum fails; the City concedes it can not legally come up with the funds; and all parties involved part company so the Ripken Group can step in and build a first class facility without property tax dollars being put on the table.

  • ringo says:

    Oops we screwed up again? Miscommunication problem? Didn’t we just hear that excuse for the bridge closure mishap? Sounds like a growing trend amongst this current administration. Only in south-eastern carolina do you constantly hear those words on a daily basis.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Must have been a Freudian Slip.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I have said all along that Dukie & MrT and their band of reprobates are their own worst enemies.

    One can almost hear Simon & Garfinkle singing “Sounds of Silence”.

    Maybe they finally got the message?

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