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ONLY ON 3: Wing Fling ABC permit denied, event left homeless

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Problems for a long-standing Wilmington event. WWAY has learned the 15th Annual Wing Fling scheduled for March 26 may not have a home.

It was supposed to be on the property just north of the PPD building in downtown Wilmington, but Wilmington Police decided not to recommend the location for an alcohol permit. That led the ABC to deny the permit request.

The dean of UNCW's Cameron School of Business has contacted New Hanover County on behalf of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a student marketing fraternity sponsoring the event, about other possible locations. The event had been held at the county's Hugh MacRae Park for years. The Parks Board rejected a request to have the event at the park again in 2010 because neighbors complained of parking problems and law enforcement responded to several fights.

The fraternity's faculty sponsor Lynnea Mallalieu says the group is still hoping to get things worked out with the city.

The event was held in Battleship Park last year. Mallalieu says it cannot be held at UNCW because events involving beer and students are not allowed on campus.

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