There are mixed opinions today in the North County, following a decision to spend millions of dollars in public money to build a minor league baseball stadium in Escondido.
Some taxpayers now say it's a good investment, and will be a real addition to the cultural and sports life of the North County.
Others, however, question the city council's decision to issue $50 million in redevelopment bonds to pay for ballpark construction, along with the cost of purchasing the land and making street improvements.
The city council voted 4-1 Wednesday night to approve the project, which will be built on 15 acres of mostly public land on Spruce Street. The 244,000 square foot park would include a restaurant and retail store.
Construction should start in 2012 and will be ready for opening day in 2013.