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Ballpark supporters host informational happy hour

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Election Day is right around the corner, and campaigns for the ballpark referendum in Wilmington are moving full steam ahead. We caught up with the "Vote Yes" group to see how they are continuing to gather supporters.

As November 6 approaches, groups both for and against a ballpark in the Port City are sliding to the end of their campaign efforts.

"Lately it's picked up," said John Rooker, who supports the $37 million referendum. "I feel like earlier a lot of people weren't into it, but I feel like it's gaining momentum."

South Street Partners and Port City Baseball held an informational happy hour Thursday to give voters and taxpayers the facts about the ballpark and bond referendum, hoping to get those on the fence to vote yes.

Terry Spencer, spokesman for the "Vote Yes" campaign, says things are headed in the right direction.

"We're noticing from our social media sites that activity both in terms of favorability and visits is really picking up in some cases doubling and tripling since two weeks ago before the debate," Spencer said.

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Booze, Baseball, and Voting

Hi! Are you for the tax payer funded baseball Stadium? You are, GREAT....Please drink a couple of beers, but not too many, you need to get up early and make sure you vote!

Hi! Are you for the tax payer funded baseball stadium? Your Not!??!! Well have some beers and let me give you some facts........You are still not for the tax payer funded stadium? Even after I've told you all of these lies....er, I mean given you the facts? Well......drink a bunch more beers and remember you do not need to vote......your vote will not make a difference....Have another drink......

JUST SAY NO to the Billionaire Beggars Club. It is time for these people to pay their own way and stop expecting/demanding others with far less to fund their pet projects……

Happy Hour! Good plan!

Get them sh**faced, then send them to the early voting location to get them to vote for this idiotic proposal before they sober up.

so, folks

We want to build a stadium and it HAS to sell beer to be viable.
So that Southstreet can build restaurants and bars that sell even more liquor

So the city can spend more money for the extra police needed to keep that area safe.

Hmmmmmmmm
Drunks at the stadium
Drunks wandering around the new development
Drunks on the River Walk
Drunks near all those big dollar boats at the Marina

Now don't get me wrong I'm NOT an anti-drinking zealot but I do know my limit.
But this whole idea of Family entertainment that puts such a big onus on drinking is just so ludicrous.
Wilmington - the Gwinnett County of North Carolina

Vog

Eat, Drink, and get Ripped Off

“South Street Partners and Port City Baseball held an informational happy hour Thursday to give voters and taxpayers the facts about the ballpark and bond referendum, hoping to get those on the fence to vote yes.”

It is a fact that PCB (port city baseball) has double standards. They have joined forces with anyone and everyone that has something to gain from this stadium project. All of their predictions (lies) have been exposed over and over again. Then they have the gall to act like AFP (Americans for Prosperity) is an invading army trying to conquer the area. AFP donated money to the side opposed to using tax payer funding for this project. THAT IS ALL…..AFP has nothing to gain monetarily by doing this. The pro side has Mandalay, the Braves, their billionaire owner (5.4 billion dollars), and all the developers donating to their side. All of these people and corporations gain millions of dollars in profits if this deal passes. This is millions in tax payer money. The Mayor, most of City Council and even the Chamber of Commerce have jumped on this bandwagon. You have to start to wonder how many hands are in the “millions of dollars pie” that will be divided up should this pass………..When you consider that privately built stadiums cost 10 to 15 million dollars less than publicly funded stadiums, it is easy to see why so many are still trying to sell a tax payer funded project that others will build with private investment.
Let the private investors build this stadium and this area will see “ANY and ALL” economic benefit immediately. Let Mandalay convince the tax payers they “owe” a billionaire a stadium, and the area sees “zero” return on a 54 million dollar investment. The only ones who will profit will be the ones pushing for this stadium project; the tax payers get the bill…………

AFP is not the demon in this con game. The Billionaire Beggars Club is the one asking tax payers to fund a 54 million dollar stadium for a man whose wealth is 5.4 billion dollars. It does not matter how you do the math, this does not make any sense…….

Poor Terry

In lieu of the piece that showed up in the Richmond paper yesterday it would appear as though we now have academic studies and a very recent example of how stadiums just don't provide the economic benefit everyone on their side CLAIMS

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/rtd-opinion/2012/oct/31/tdopin02-hink...

This is a case where while they were fiddling around their "Rome" (argument) burned down around them.

Thanks to Jim R for giving me a heads up on this article

Vog

Diamond - Braves

Great Article, thanks for sharing. I have been by the Diamond in Richmond many times, and it's a big hulk of concrete and steel, empty and void of the Braves. Years ago the Braves started making demands about the Diamond, and the City of Richmond government frankly said "no". So the Braves picked up and moved to the next gullible town, costing them $64m with nothing really in return.

These people that are having happy hour as a statement of "yes" (what, 20 of them?) will not fill this stadium. Neither will the beer. Neither, sadly, will the Braves. So instead of happy hour, these same people may belly up to the bar in regret once they see what they have been chained to and how it pulls from their pockets.

The stadium is one big fat losing proposition.

No Shame

I suppose getting liquored up is the only appropriate activity at this point.

Perhaps Vote NO could organize an informational "Put Lipstick on a Pig" Beauty Contest? No liquor, just family fun.

Happy Hour?

Really?
Lets see - They want to put BARS and restaurants in the development
Brooks field was bad because they couldn't sell beer
The NEW stadium will ONLY be successful if they sell beer
And these guys are having a Happy Hour????????

Family Fun and Entertainment coalition?

You guys really need to take FAMILY out of the equation because booze is dominating your outlook
you're no longer "kid safe"

Vog

VOG

a couple of points.

If you watched the interview, Leader Terry never looked square and straight into the camera. Typical of one who spews forth distorted data. And he is known for that.

Of course South Street Partners has a vested interest in getting the referendum passed.

Snake oil salesmen always dispense samples when they're trying to sell something of questionable worth.

History notes repeated inceidents where political groups and leaders dispense alcohol to sway voters.

They still did not disclose anything new or factual.

Just another great point Vog...

...added to the other thousand you've already accurately identified. "If you can't win with the vote...give 'em likker, then you can talk them into anything, even a 40 million dollar ballpark that the majority don't want". Anonymous.
I can't wait to see the voting results. I also can't wait to see the next strategy to dump that property.

Happy Hour?

Really?
Lets see - They want to put BARS and restaurants in
Brooks field was bad because they couldn't sell beer
The NEW stadium will ONLY be successful if the sell beer
And these guys are having a Happy Hour????????

Family Fun and Entertainment coalition?

You guys really need to take FAMILY out of the equation because booze is dominating your outlook
you're no longer "kid safe"

Vog