Baseball stadium opponents begin door-to-door campaign

Published: Mar. 31, 2012 at 9:29 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM EDT
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A Wilmington resident signs a petition opposed to a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium Saturday.
A Wilmington resident signs a petition opposed to a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium Saturday.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Folks opposed to building a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in the Port City spent part Saturday going door-to-door collecting signatures to try to stop it.

They say they're not against baseball -- they just don't want taxpayers to foot the bill that comes along with it.

Joshua Fulton helped organize the petition drive, saying he and petition supporters plan to canvass every Saturday in the future until they get enough signatures.

Currently, Fulton says the group has about 1,400 signatures, and their goal is to reach 2,900.

"We're going to hit the streets," said Fulton, "You know, up until this point, there's kind of been a lot of strategizing, a lot of talk. People have kind of veered away from going door-to-door. But that's obviously what we need to do to get this accomplished."

Fulton says the group is targeting more densely-populated neighborhoods in hopes of getting as many signatures as possible.

In the meantime, supporters of a stadium have been going door-to-door as well, dropping off information about the benefits of the proposed stadium and how they say it could boost business and tourism in the area.

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