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Their investment is only $7 million, Wilmington is looking at $30-$40 million. Here's a couple more vital statistics: Charlotte has the largest population, > 1 million in the metro area, Charlotte is using the occupancy tax to pay for it, they have the highest occupancy tax in the state, and Charlotte is the financial/business hub of the region to account for that.

We have a beach.

Raise the occupancy tax in the area to pay for a ballfield and some people might consider travel elsewhere.

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