This ballpark being shoved down the throats of the citizens of Wilmington is reminiscent of Obama's heavy handed governance. Both will suffer humilating defeats at the ballot box because the public is voting for their pocketbooks and responsible government across the board. The timing of this referendum does not bode well for the city council , who does not have an ACCURATE pulse of the community. There are sports fanatics in every community , who let their emotions cloud sound judgment. The convention center was suppose to stimulate economic development , despite definitive evidence that showed otherwise. These two competing entities will be fighting one another throughout their duration. There is a reason our region is referred to as the " Port City"...shipping goods to market. Real economic development could be established by improving infrastructure. Encouraging industry to setup shop in the Cape Fear region by selling them the fact there is still a Class I railroad ( CSX ) that provides accessibly throughout the nation. Take note citizens of Wilmington , you will be seeing more train traffic through the city of Wilmington. Smithfield Foods has signed a Brazilian corn contract , which will increase traffic through the State Port and the railroad. When you hear a train horn , this is commerce at work and real economic development! Reestablishing the rail line between Castle Hayne and Wallace , which the state controls would enable Brazilian corn and other commodities to be delivered to the largest feed mills in the country in Duplin and Sampson County. Finally , address the atrocious state of our highways and roads to move commerce efficiently. Building a ballpark should not even register on our list of concerns for stimulating REAL economic development !!!!
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