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I just don't have the time

to do the indepth research. I pick up on the "Sound Bites"

They reported 113 events @ the Convention Center. But, they fail to report revenues collected as a direct result of the events.

And of course a meeting of 2 individuals, to discuss building a ball park on that over priced piece of river front real estate, qualifies as an event.

Of course, they noted 3,700 hotel rooms rented as a direct result of these 113 events. That's an average of 33 rooms per event. Not certain where they come up with that number.

If the convention center, which is available 365 days per year, and could in fact be available for multiple events on the same day, does this poorly; how do they honestly think a ball park, available 70 days per year for baseball, will have any effect other than to be a drain on the local economy?

Here's a thought if they undermine the Ripkin initiative. Propose a special 3 cent tax rate for hotels and restaurants as well as for the activities of all the retail members of the Chamber and Wilmington Downtown. After all, according to Duke and MikeT, those folks support the ball park overwhelmingly.

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