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Convention Center Cons

JULY 6, 2006 -- A prominent Government Scholar says the plans for the downtown Wilmington Convention Center should be scrapped.

Michael Sanera of the John Locke Foundation came to Wilmington Thursday to discuss the drawbacks of the Convention Center plans.

Sanera warns that consultants are dramatically overstating the earnings potential of the center.

He says Wilmington would be better off using the money to promote tourism to the area.

Sanera studied Boston's Convention Center project before coming to Wilmington. Consultants there predicted 60 major shows a year. Last year there were only 11.

The City of Wilmington planned to spend $50 million on its new Riverfront Convention Center, but it's been held up because of legislative problems.

Reported by: Dan Cassuto

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