Dick Sears: Baseball will be good for Holly Springs

July 20, 2013 

Baseball will be good for Holly Springs

In response to the “No thanks, baseball” letter to the editor on July 7, let me clear up some apparent misunderstandings.

First, my being quoted that “small is good” must be referring to my/our strong desire that Holly Springs remains a big, small town and not a small, big town.

Second, plans for a new athletic complex aren’t only for a baseball stadium but an all-sports stadium that would be used for soccer, football, events, concerts and other recreational uses, including baseball. The stadium will be shared with the very successful Coastal Plain League, headquartered in Holly Springs, in which the group will significantly invest in.

Third, this project is not part of any planned tax increase and the additional $4 million investment’s worse case will be .398 to .597 percent (less than 1 percent) of our general fund per-year repayment. When we find a company or companies for naming rights and receive our fair share of the county travel and tourism dollars, this number will be significantly less or even be in the black.

Fourth, there will be access from both the N.C. 55 Bypass and Main Street 55.

Don’t forget, if it’s good for the kids, it’s good for Holly Springs.

Dick Sears

Holly Springs

Sears is the mayor of Holly Springs.

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