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Now that baseball is dead, O'Grady is ready to move on with other City business

Wilmington voters spoke definitively last night on the issue of whether the City should fund a 37-million dollar bond to pay for a minor league baseball stadium.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that because the measure was roundly defeated, the City’s lead negotiator on the deal says Council now has a clearly defined agenda. 

70% of Wilmington voters said “no” in a referendum on a City-funded ballpark that would host an Atlanta Braves minor league team. 

City Councilman Kevin O’Grady, the primary dealmaker on behalf of the City, says although he saw a swell of late support for the project, it’s time to move on.

“We’ll go on to the other priorities of the city – finishing infrastructure improvement…finishing 3rd Street, trying to get a riverfront park built.  There’s a lot of other priorities and we’ll just work on those.”

O’Grady echoes Mayor Bill Saffo’s earlier public assertion that baseball is now a dead issue for the City – with no plans for reincarnation. 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.