Friday, April 12, 2024

ICYMI: Live Nation, Galleria development, Surf City shenanigans?

Catch up on the stories that got people talking this week.

The good, the bad, and the frosty: Wilmington’s new downtown venue will bring major acts to town, although concert-goers will pay those notorious service fees. Plus, will there be local brews on tap in the park’s beer garden? READ MORE

Here’s what to expect at Wilmington’s North Riverfront Live Nation venue

The City of Wilmington has gone to considerable lengths to support the Galleria development, including making economic incentive payments and supporting the $3 million ABC store relocation. But the developer still hasn’t paid a fine, or replanted trees, after illegally cutting down oak trees in 2015. READ MORE

Three years later, Wrightsville Ave Galleria developer hasn’t paid fine or replanted trees

Long in the works, construction can now get underway on the project, connecting I-140 to the area north of Hampstead. READ MORE

Hampstead Bypass now fully funded, construction to begin soon

The welcome center is rented out in the offseason, but two employees are still paid year-round. One town councilman called it “the worst, grossest example of nepotism I’ve ever seen in my life.” READ MORE

Surf City Councilman decries $140,000 spent on two welcome center employees

Leland recently applied for and received a $1.1 million loan to move a sewer pump, part of the state’s program to help address environmental infrastructure issues. Only problem? The pump is working fine — and it seems Leland’s real reason for taking the money was to make way for a park. READ MORE

Why did Leland take out a $1.1 million state loan to replace a working sewage pump?

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