City Council to consider gang prevention grant, golf course renovation

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Submitted: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 6:38pm
Updated: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 1:37am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fighting the Port City’s gang problem is among the agenda items for tomorrow’s Wilmington City Council meeting.

Council will consider a resolution to apply for a $71,720 grant for gang prevention initiatives. The city says it would use the money from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission to hire one full-time and one part-time gang prevention specialist. Those positions would work with youth identified as high-risk to join a gang.

Council will also get its first look at plans to restore the greens at Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. Last fall the city awarded at $121,000 design contract to John Fought Design Golf Course Architecture to put together plans for the first restoration of the course since it was completed in 1929. The $700,000 project will include restoration of all greens, approaches, bunkers, irrigation improvements and improved drainage. The city says the course hosts and average of 60,000 rounds of golf each year.

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9 Comments on "City Council to consider gang prevention grant, golf course renovation"

2015 years 8 months ago

$71k for gang prevention. $700k for a golf course. I am glad they have their priorities right.

2015 years 8 months ago

That golf course hasn’t been renovated since 1929, yet it continues to bring revenue to Wilmington and will do even better now, plus it’s a pleasure to use by law-abiding citizens that like to enjoy the sport, the outdoors and get some exercise. We had rather get exercise this way rather than running from police, dodging bullets and stealing cars in between illegal drug deals.

Money for “Gang Prevention” is like spending money on a boat, you’re pouring tons of good money into an endless hole that just gets bigger, gulps more money and never gets any better. Gang prevention will never get better until the judges and DA’s start keeping criminals behind bars and the mindset of the “project dwellers” changes. When the desire for illegal drugs begins to wane, so will the gangs. There simply isn’t a valid reason to throw a pile of money into a “culture” that doesn’t give a flat damn about themselves or anyone else for that matter!

2015 years 8 months ago

“fed_up”s post gave no indication whatsoever that the poster has ever, in any way, received public funding for anything.

Gratuitously posting insults just to post them is an obvious indicator of a stunted intellect. The more you do it, the dumber you look.

2015 years 8 months ago

What b.s….$700,000 to renovate a golf course. I’m sure there are a lot better things that almost a million dollars could be used for.

2015 years 8 months ago

….on your EBT card bene’s? Perhaps a chunk outa your Section 8 housing allowance? Life’s a beeyatch when you’re spoiled isn’t it?

2015 years 8 months ago

Renovation here, buy land for a park there, sell land for less than market value. It’s no wonder I’m always bouncing down the roads when I drive in Wilmington.

2015 years 8 months ago

Would someone please tell these “Council” clowns what the “magic” number is as far as how much money or how many specialist it takes to eliminate GANGS and then let’s write the check and get this mess over with, moral to the story, if money would fix the problem we wouldn’t have crime, we already spend and incarcerate more people than any country on the face of the earth, we also spend enough on education we should have the smartest kids of the face of the earth, no people, both are problems we can not spend our way out of it.

2015 years 8 months ago

throw money at a problem. Does not work.

Set a curfew; hold the DA accountable when they walk without an active jail term.

Throw them out of public housing.

Bring in a Charles Bronson Vigilante type and give him a license to disarm and subdue. Make it a permanent solution.

2015 years 8 months ago

I hope bringing in a “Specialist” can help the police in dealing with the gang activity in our area. Because the gangs know how to play “their” people by getting them to scream racial brutality. For instance what just happened in Burgaw the other day. The people call the police because of trouble in their area THEN they turn on the police when the police were trying to get things under control. What do the people want the police to do when you call them in your areas? Maybe the lady that was subdued was mentally handicapped or had a physical disability how were the police to know this? All they see are people screaming at them even after being called in to help get things under control. And even if someone hollers to the police subduing the lady how are they to know it isn’t just another ploy? To me the only thing that is going to get things under control in communities is for the people that live in them to cooperate with the law and then and only then can things maybe start coming under control. Otherwise, get ready folks cause the way things are going now it is going to get where the police are not going to be able to come in when you call and YOU won’t be able to step outside your front door without fear of being shot, robbed or some other lawless behavior coming your way. The criminal element know how to work you and are doing so everywhere now.