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Wilmington City Council

Wilmington City Council to consider budget plans tonight

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A ballpark proposal is not the only big thing on Wilmington City Council's agenda tonight. Council will also begin looking at next year's budget. Full story...
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Groups differ on ballpark funding plan

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video While there's a lot of support from the business community for a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington, it is not unanimous support. The Privately Funded Baseball Alliance, started by a local business owner, announced its arrival on the steps of City Hall today. In attendance were other established groups who are for and against a publicly-funded ballpark. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Business owner explains push for privately-funded ballpark

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video Baseball continues to be the talk of the Port City, especially how to pay for a proposed ballpark. Now some business owners have joined the push against taxpayer money for the stadium. The Privately Funded Baseball Alliance says no matter where the ballpark goes, the city does not need to pay for it. Full story...
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Organizers say ballpark meeting won't provide specifics

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Where will it go? How will we pay for it? There are many unanswered questions surrounding a proposed baseball stadium. Tonight, you won't get those answers, but you can let project managers know how you feel about baseball in the Port City. Full story...
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Schoninger turns down offer to buy land for ballpark, will reconsider

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video Chuck Schoninger, CEO of USA InvestCo, who also owns land along the Wilmington riverfront near PPD, says the offer he got nearly three months ago was just not good enough. Not only was the price not right, Schoninger also says he wasn't sure the group making the offers had the best intentions at heart. Full story...
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UPDATE: City and consultants add ballpark meeting not on Election Night

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The City of Wilmington has scheduled a second public meeting on the proposed baseball stadium after WWAY raised questions about why the first meeting was slated for Election Night. Full story...
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Wilmington hires lobbyist for short session

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Wilmington City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire McGuire Woods Consulting to lobby for the city at the General Assembly's short session. Full story...
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City Council bucks planning board, agrees to 50-percent window signage

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Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to allow 50-percent sign coverage of windows of downtown business. The planning commission originally wanted to allow only 25-percent coverage, but the city ultimately sided with business owners who wanted more. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council discusses next year's budget

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Wilmington City Council is ironing out next year's budget. Council members took a look back at the last fiscal year, while planning for the 2012-2013 budget this morning. Full story...
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Plans for downtown hotel hit speed bump with city council

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The developer for a downtown hotel was in disagreement with Wilmington City Council Tuesday night over plans for the building's development. Full story...
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City Council denies rezoning for Pine Valley public housing

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Wilmington City Council voted against the proposed rezoning to build Section 8 senior living housing in the Pine Valley neighborhood. Though they voted 4-2, city council needed a supermajority of five votes to approve the rezoning because of protest petitions. Full story...
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Downtown business owners hope for middle ground with Council on signage

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video For months now Wilmington City Council has looked at regulating signage in business storefronts. At tonight's City Council meeting, business owners hope they can find some kind of middle ground with city leaders. Full story...
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Residents petition against public housing in their backyard

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video Many Pine Valley residents are up in arms over a possible rezoning vote. The Wilmington Housing Authority wants to build public housing off John Barry Drive and 17th street. Nearby property owners are not happy and they're letting city council know it. Full story...
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THE RANT: When did Mandalay Baseball start running the City of Wilmington?

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First, let me be absolutely clear, the WWAY NewsChannel 3 Newsroom is neither pro nor anti baseball or ballpark. It's our ultimate goal to just cover the story as it progresses and keep Cape Fear residents, as well as the taxpayers of Wilmington, informed. However, it's also our job to ask tough questions of our leaders and last night's city council meeting left me with a list of them. Full story...
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City hires ballpark project manager, councilmembers say Ripken was the wrong choice

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video Wilmington City Council voted to hire National Sports Services, a company based out of Kansas, as their project manager for the proposed ballpark. Council members said Ripken Design, who the city was originally looking to hire, may have had a conflict of interest with Mandalay Baseball Properties. Full story...
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