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Archive for August, 2012

Wilmington still can’t reach deal on ballpark plan

Friday, August 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The ballpark and baseball in Wilmington. It is certainly not a short story, and now with no final agreement, City Council cannot vote at its meeting Tuesday.

“It’s a lot of details to work out,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. “We thought we would have it by the 29th. We thought we’d have it by the first meeting of September. But is looks like we will have to have this delayed. One of the commitments we made as a council is that we would investigate this thoroughly. We are going to go through the contract line by line. There are items in there that we agree with, and there are items that we do not agree with.”

This week we learned Ripken Design, which the city once considered to do a feasibility study on baseball in the Port City, talked with county leaders about the possibility of building a ballpark and retail complex along the Cape Fear River. But what about the city?

“I haven’t heard anything from the Ripken group,” Saffo said. “Right now the only group that we have out here is the Braves and Mandalay. That’s the exclusive that we are working with. Mandalay has an exclusive to this area, and to take care of this area, if they want to give up that option and bring in the Ripken group, that would be another discussion for another day. Right now our agreement is with Mandalay and the Braves, and that’s who we are working with.”

The agreement with Mandalay and the Braves, though, gives that group exclusive rights to explore bringing a minor league baseball team to the city. The Ripken discussion with the county was only about developing a ballpark.

The mayor calls the negotiations with Mandalay and the Braves a work in progress, and he believes that the city is moving forward. The vote on an agreement has been moved back to the September 18 council meeting.

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ONLY ON 3: Future funding for New Hanover Co. beach renourishment in question

Friday, August 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beaches along Pleasure Island need to be renourished and it’s going to cost New Hanover County a lot to get it done. According to an agreement still being discussed, the state and federal government will throw in a portion of the price tag, but that funding could soon come to an end.

The county is between a rock and a hard place. New Hanover County Commissioners are at a point where funding beach renourishment could soon be put on the shoulders of the county. Also, it seems the Wilmington Convention Center is making it even more difficult to protect the county’s beaches.

Commissioners, along with town leaders from both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, met Thursday to discuss a $14 million beach renourishment project agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers. However, the county may have to give more money than they thought.

“They were going ahead with the beach renourishment as planned and then the state said they would not be responsible for any overages and that threw them into a tailspin,” Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth says.

The project agreement calls for the county to contribute more than $9 million, money that would come from the county’s room occupancy tax. For the past three years, at least $3 million that would have gone towards renourishment and tourism promotion has helped pay for the Wilmington Convention Center.

“The convention center is taking in $1 million a year, so yea that would have helped,” Lambeth says.

County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield feels funding for both beaches and the convention center is important, but admits the future for beach renourishment in the county looks a little bleak.

“My concern is that long term what that would mean for that particular fund if the federal government and the state government totally shift the responsibility of beach renourishment down to the local level,” Barfield says. “We’ve got to find some alternative mechanisms to fund that as well.”

Commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to go through with the agreement and spend the more than $9 million plus any extra costs that could come up. During their Thursday meeting, Commissioners were unsure about having to pay the extra expenses if the project goes over budget. Chairman Ted Davis referred to the agreement as a possible “slippery slope.”

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Hospitalized NC children test green thumb on cart

Friday, August 31st, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — A small grant is helping hospitalized North Carolina children get in contact with nature in ways they’re otherwise not allowed to do because of their compromised immune systems.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is using the $25,000 grant to create a hands-on nature exhibit.

The idea is to lift the spirits of children at UNC Hospitals by loading a pushcart with a sealed greenhouse-type structure with built-in gloves that allow hospitalized kids to reach inside to plant seeds and eventually watch their seeds sprout.

Because many of these children are suffering from ailments that make germs more dangerous than normal, they’re not allowed contact with natural materials like soils, seeds or live plants.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Dutchman Creek pollution source puzzling

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Though swimming isn’t an issue at site, state’s sampling leads to advisories

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Local restaurant owner shares recipe

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — When you support local businesses, you also pump money right into the local economy. Restaurant owner Nick Pittari would love even more residents and tourists to come into his popular Nicola’s location on Oleander Drive, but if you can’t make it – he’s willing to share a kitchen favorite.

Watch his interview with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs to see how to put it together, then find the list of ingredients below. He’ll also explain his experience with opening a restaurant in the Cape Fear.

Lemon Salad

2oz goat cheese
3Tbs white wine vinegar
6Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all together.

2 cups of chopped artisan lettuce
Juice of half a lemon
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the above ingredients well

Lay down 3 slices of prosciutto
Top that with rice paper
Add your lettuce and roll it up and slice into 4-5 pieces

To plate
Cut 5 slices of lemon about 1/8in thick, lay them on your plate and put your salad slices on top of the plated lemons and top with your goat cheese vinaigrette

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