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FIRST ON 3: Latino Festival owes county money, may lose site

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A long-standing Wilmington cultural event could be in jeopardy because of unpaid bills. The 13th Annual Festival Latino is scheduled for Nov. 12 at Ogden Park, but the non-profit group that hosts the event owes the county money.

New Hanover County Parks Director Jim McDaniel says Amigos Internacional still has not paid its bill for using Hugh MacRae Park for last year’s festival, even though the money was supposed to be paid before the event. McDaniel says because of a billing issue, he agreed to let Amigos International pay after the event, but that bill still has not been paid.

With this year’s festival about two weeks away, the Parks Department says if the group does not pay the approximately $2,500 to cover last year’s event and this year’s by Friday, it will cancel Amigos International’s reservation and let another group use Ogden Park.

Coming up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 we’ll hear from McDaniel and Amigos Internacional Director Lucy Vasquez about the problem that could threaten the festival.

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