Council had the luxury of several top notch firms each capable of doing a fine job for the city and area residents. In order to do the kind of comprehensive evaluation that we deserve on a project of this magnitude, the project manager is going to have to probe and gather information on our proposed partners and their operations that is necessarily confidential in nature.
In as much as Ripken and Mandalay/Braves are in direct competition with one another along a variety of business lines, asking them to disclose to a direct competitor confidential information that may be material in nature and provide them some competitive advantage is completely unreasonable and an unnecessary burden to force upon a potential partner when other acceptable alternatives are available.
I too am a fan of Ripkens and know that they would have done a good job, however, we are fortunate to have National Sports standing ready as they too have a fine reputation and will provide the kind of comprehensive evaluation the area residents deserve.
It's time to move on to the important phase of gathering the facts, evaluating the alternatives and recommending the best deal for Wilmington area residents and taxpayers.
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