Sometimes voters defy logic, but not this time.
There are many groups besides baseball lovers and haters involved.
I can see down town as a location if Wilmington had 200,000 residents and the other side of the river was developing with residential neighborhoods as well. Sadly we are at 100,000 (rounded off Duke) and the area across the river is heavily industrialized.
What is apparent is that we are "on the cusp".
MLB and MiLB see us as viable, but ONLY if public dollars offset start up costs - hence the Mandalay problem.
Taxpayers see it as private business - and government should stay out.
I say this. If the economy revs back up, growth in NH and Brunswick counties will fire back up, making this more and more attractive as population growth increases.
We have absolutely no need to rush into any deal and we had no right to make Mandalay somehow the ONLY plan out there. The excuse that Ripken was s competitor is weak and smacks of corruption. I didn't say it was corrupt - but it was certainly the wrong way to approach this.
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