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  1. Riverfront Holdings II LLC submitted plans for a mixed use development that will change the look of the Northern Wilmington Skyline. The development is asking the city for reimbursements for public infrastructure including streets, water and sewer. The city council has just received the plans, but seem receptive to the idea, which they say could save the city money in the long run. The plans call for 4 hotels, 726,000 square feet of office space, 240,000 sq ft of commercial/retail, 900 residential units and a marina with 185 spaces that can accommodate yachts up to a 110 feet long. Work on the Marina will begin in the next 60 days and if all goes well a hotel closest to the new convention center would be ready to open at the same time the new convention center and Indigo hotel open in early 2010. Starnews story with plans. Here is a a video clip from WECT channel 6 June 5th.
  2. Fort Fisher State Park south of Wilmington. Fall is a wonderful time to visit.
  3. All you need is someone with a good platform that effects everyone and has a personality that people like. We did it here in Wilmington/New Hanover county. Our state Senator is an openly gay woman. Julie Boseman was elected to replace Patrick Ballentine who ran for governor last time around. His hand picked conservative replacement ran behind her in the polls, and as a desperate last minute attempt made her sexuality an issue. The republican party released flyers and commercials about her being a lesbian and the results were he fail father behind in the polls shortly there after! If you have a candidate that people like they forget about the rest. In 2006 Julie Boseman was reelected to the state senate. This time many of the local elected democrats did not support her still afraid of the repercussions of backing a lesbian, IMO. She has made a difference here. Passed a lot of bills of local interest and state interest that have popular appeal. She has a partner in life and a child. She does not hide either of them. When she was reelected people voted for her because of what she is doing not her sexuality. FYI, New Hanover County registered voters are almost evenly split, 38% democrat, 38% republican, 22 % unaffiliated and 2% whatever is left.
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