You read that the convention center had no, I repeat 0 - public events from now till September. It's on their website.
It's no wonder they can't attract a hotel there's not enough business at this place to warrant the level of investment needed to build the 130 room facility! We are on our 4th go round and I believe this one will fail too.
Now we're on our second go round with baseball. As I posted earlier first season ave attendance was 1534 and second year THAT dropped to under thousand per game. As Duke says "Demographics don't lie" - hows that for a demographic?
And to make that worse every mayor since then has attempted to attract baseball to Wilmington to include Peterson and Broadhurst. I think Peterson even talked to Ripken Baseball.
We CAN afford it as our debt level is good the question is do we want to pay for MOST of it? From what I've seen since the petition of Fulton/McCoy public opinion is squarely FOR Baseball and squarely AGAINST using public funds to pay for it.
I really don't care what the latest incarnation of deal may be - I am against using tax dollars for an entertainment venue. I'd rather offer what we gave PPD - property tax breaks for 5 years.
The council may surprise everyone July 10 - and vote against pursuing this any further.
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