MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY - The Morehead City Marlins had their fourth season opener Wednesday night. But some neighbors are not happy about living near the stadium; a couple has even filed a lawsuit.
The Martin family, who live in a home right behind the stadium, filed a $10,000 lawsuit against the city. The couple filed the complaint due to noise and increased activity at the ball park.
But The Martins declined to talk about the lawsuit on camera. NewsChannel 12 could not reach their attorney for comment.
Kaleb Warren also lives behind the stadium. He said he has to put blankets over his windows to block out the light at night.
"When you're trying to sleep and stuff, it goes on sometimes until 12 to 12:30 at night and you can hear it," said Warren. "It's really annoying."
Cindy Tucker lives one block from the stadium. She said she and her husband have gone to many town meetings regarding the issue. Tucker said she thinks the city picked the wrong spot to build the stadium.
"The noise, the lights- I have to shut my front door when they have the lights on," said Tucker.
But not everyone is unhappy about the ball park.
"There are events going on all over Eastern North Carolina that have ball fields just like this," said resident Tony Andreola. "It's well organized and I don't see the problem."
Natasha Oden agreed. She said her family is glad that the Marlins' season has started.
"We love to come. It gives us something to do. It's great for the community, it's great for local businesses, and we wouldn't have it any other way," said Oden.
NewsChannel 12 tried contacting the Morehead City Attorney Nelson Taylor. But he said since the lawsuit is just beginning, he has no comment at this time.
The city bought land for the park and began construction in 2009.