Published on : Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Lumberton Tourism Development Authority will give $500,000 to the city of Lumberton to be used by the Recreation Department to arrange for the Dixie Youth World Series to be held in Lumberton in July and August of 2018.
The check will be presented during Monday’s regular meeting of the City Council. The money comes from the city’s 6 percent hotel-motel tax. State law says the money must be used to promote tourism.
Bruce Mullis, chairman of the city’s Recreation Commission, said that Hurricane Matthew filled local hotels with displaced residents whose bills were paid by Federal Emergency Management Agency, generating what amounted to a windfall in tax revenue.
Mullis said that the money will be used to build an adult softball field that will begin the development of the Andrews tract of the park. That will include another entrance to the park, this one from Meadow Road. He said the World Series will bring in 24 teams of 7- and 8-year-olds, and they will be followed by 36 teams of youths ages 9 to 12, He pointed out the economic benefits for such an event for the local economy.
There will also be a presentation by Lincoln Walther Consulting LLC on the city’s Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative plan. The project is a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina, the College of Design at N.C. State University and federal, state and philanthropic organizations working to help the six communities in the state hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.