The talk in Columbia over the next few months is going to be all about whether city taxpayers should fund a minor-league baseball stadium. Mayor Steve Benjamin is gunning hard for the project, and has scheduled a series of community meetings about it.
Need a crash course? Here's Free Times' overview of the recently released feasibility study on a baseball stadium at Bull Street. And here's a December piece in which we examined some upsides and downsides to the idea.
And here's the schedule of community meetings released Jan. 8 by the mayor's office. It is subject to change:
Thursday, 09 January 2014
8:00 AM: Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
#AskMayorB Town Hall (tentative)
Monday, 13 January 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: District I Community Forum | Earlewood Park Community Center
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Baseball in Columbia | Live presentation from City Hall
Thursday, 16 January 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: District II Community Forum | Cecil A. Tillis Center
Friday, 17 January 2014
1:00 PM: Rotary Club of Five Points
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
12:00 PM: City Council’s Public Hearing and First Reading
6:00 PM: 2014 State of the City Address
Thursday, 23 January 2014
5:30 PM: Columbia Council of Neighborhoods
Sunday, 26 January 2014
11:00 AM: Viewing of Awareness
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Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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