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Shockoe Bottom Sign Wars Heat Up

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - You could almost call it the Shockoe Bottom Sign Wars.

It seems every week there's a new story of a ballpark sign either being stolen or vandalized or replaced with a sign from the other side.

The latest signs to go up say Richmond mayor "Dwight Jones is trying to sell the city."

Some of them were even put up covering other folks' signs saying they support to ballpark.

Bob Buffington, owner of Captain Buzzy's Beanery in Church Hill, came to work to see a sign against the ballpark superglued over his sign supporting it.

"It's vandalism. It's wrong," he says. "You want to exercise your first amendment right, that's fine, but you don't have to do it that way."

The debate has spread to even bigger signage. Local activists put together money to put up an anti-ballpark sign. 

"That same $80 million the city wants to use for baseball could be used for schools," says Marty Jewell. "I never dreamed folks would push this council to choose between schools and baseball."

But opponents say it's not a choice and that more money could be raised for the city. That's why the Greater Richmond Chamber put up their own sign.

"That money can be used to build schools and create jobs along the way," says Chrystal Neal.

Police have been made aware of vandalism. They say are looking into it.

 

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