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Wilmington City Council

ONLY ON 3: Organizers respond to criticism of ballpark petition language

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The battle over plans for a ballpark in Wilmington continue to heat up. Yesterday, a group against using tax money to build a stadium in the Port City submitted a petition with about 4,000 signatures. If the Board of Elections verifies enough of the signatures, the City Council would have to accept the language of the petition as an ordinance or put it up for a public vote. Full story...
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City leaders say petition against publicly-funded ballpark 'a big mistake'

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video The City of Wilmington received a petition today with more than 4,000 signatures. If verified, it will force the city to either adopt an initiative blocking tax money for a ballpark or let voters decide. The move has city leaders fired up. Full story...
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Former Lynchburg leader has advice as Wilmington persues his city's baseball team

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video As Wilmington moves on in discussions to build a ballpark, a former councilman in the city who's team we may get sat down with us to share his thoughts on this big decision. If city council approves the plan, the Lynchburg Hillcats will find a new home here in Wilmington. Full story...
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City's consultant releases ballpark survey results, potential sites narrowed down

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video The City of Wilmington is one step closer to building a ballpark and bringing a minor league team to the Port City. The city’s consultant, National Sports Services, presented results from a recent survey about the ballpark Tuesday night, as well as some potential building sites. Full story...
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TV ad targets tax money for ballpark as city consultant prepares for public meeting tonight

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video A new TV commercial hopes to tune in Wilmington taxpayers. The commercial aims to attract support from folks not interested in using tax dollars to pay for a new ballpark. Meanwhile, the city's consultant will hold another public meeting tonight. Full story...
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City to host third meeting on ballpark plan

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The City of Wilmington will hold another public meeting on plans for a ballpark Tuesday night. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Developers quiet a day after mayor criticizes ballpark plan

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video One day after Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said the proposal for a ballpark is not a good one for the city, many of the main players who pitched the plan are MIA. We contacted the private developers, Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves and got very little response. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Mayor Saffo won't support baseball proposal

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In an exclusive interview this morning on The Big Talker FM with Chad Adams, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says he and other city council members cannot support the baseball stadium proposal pitched to them two weeks ago. Coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30, we'll talk with the StarNews's Shannan Bowen about a recent survey the paper did on public support of a new baseball stadium. Full story...
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Annexation bills pass final Senate votes

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Two bills aimed at stopping forced annexation in North Carolina cleared another hurdle tonight in Raleigh. The Senate passed both bills on their third reading. The bills now head back to the House of Representatives for final approval. Full story...
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Saffo: Senate votes against annexation 'unfortunate, unfair'

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video After the state Senate voted to stop forced annexation, we wanted to hear from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo about the city's plan. Today we finally tracked him down. Full story...
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City council members question Mandalay Baseball's proposal

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video Members of Wilmington City Council have unanswered questions after Mandalay Baseball's proposal last night. Some want more private dollars involved. Even so, they believe a ballpark would be a big boost to Wilmington's economy. Full story...
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Hotel Indigo gets OK for encroachment

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Wilmington City Council approved the plans for Hotel Indigo which call for overhangs onto city property. Full story...
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City council votes to add Monkey Junction to Land Use Plan

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Wilmington city council also voted in favor of amending the city's Future Land Use Plan to include the now-annexed Monkey Junction. Full story...
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Development team lays out ballpark project to city council, site still a mystery

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video The private development team looking to bring a ballpark and minor league baseball team to the Port City gave a presentation to Wilmington City Council Tuesday night, laying out the details of development, ownership and costs. Full story...
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City Council to consider $86 milllion budget, includes employee pay raise

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During Tuesday night's meeting, Wilmington City Council members heard a presentation for the recommended $86.3 million general fund budget, which is $1 million more than last year's adopted budget. Full story...
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