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Wilmington City Council

FIRST ON 3: Wilmington City Manager hugely exaggerating baseball stadium petition ballot cost

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Tuesday night, members of the Wilmington City Council will talk baseball once again. One item on the agenda is how much it will cost to put Ben McCoy and Josh Fulton's anti-tax based baseball stadium petition on the general election ballot. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington City Manager reports $1 million in extra city sales tax revenue; Wants to spend half on baseball & hotel

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In a proposal to the Wilmington City Council for their consideration Tuesday evening, City Manager Sterling Cheatham reports that the city will have an unexpected $1 million extra in sales tax revenue for this fiscal year. One line later, though, he's ready to spend half of it on further studies and legal fees for the new Wilmington Convention Center hotel and the baseball stadium. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Mandalay/Braves requesting 6 more months to negotiate

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According to the Wilmington City Council's agenda for Tuesday night, Mandalay and the Braves are requesting another six months to negotiate on building a stadium in the city. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Ballpark petition has enough signatures, could go on November Ballot

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video The New Hanover County Board of Elections says it has verified enough signatures on a petition against a tax-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington. Full story...
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Ballpark petition farther from goal than thought

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The group behind a petition to block taxpayer money for a ballpark in Wilmington is farther from its goal than originally thought. After double-checking, the Board of Elections now says the petition is 45 signatures short. Full story...
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Downtown marketing task force unveils "Bring it! Downtown" campaign

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video Wilmington city leaders have agreed the investment of $60,000 is worth the cost. That's how much money from the city's parking fund they are giving a marketing task force to encourage folks to shop and dine downtown. Full story...
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Wilmington council continues budget talks, hires City Attorney

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video Wilmington City Council continues to work on its budget for the next fiscal year. Council held a budget workshop today the morning after a public hearing on the spending plan. Also today, Council named a City Attorney. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council votes to spend $60,000 from downtown parking fund for marketing

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video The city will spend $60,000, $30,000 of which will come out of this fiscal year's budget. The other $30,000 will come out of next fiscal year's budget in two phases. Full story...
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City approves first of two votes for recommended budget

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video The city also held a public hearing on the recommended budget, where only four people attended, three of which were from city-partner agencies. Full story...
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Anti-ballpark petition has other teams worried

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video At closer look, the petition against a taxpayer-funded ballpark is raising some eyebrows. City leaders say the petition, could affect established area teams, and those teams are worried, too. Full story...
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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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