Banners installed on downtown Augusta light posts

Groups can f ly banners

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Banners promoting downtown business and events were installed on Broad Street light poles last week.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Banners promoting downtown business and events were installed on Broad Street light poles last week.

Banners promoting downtown business and events were installed on Broad Street light poles last week.

Guidelines for the temporary banner program were written a year ago, but the program was delayed until new light posts were completed, said Jennifer Bowen, the vice president of product development for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Temporary banners are available for organizations and events to promote an activity for 30 days. Generic banners promoting downtown shopping, dining and arts and featuring downtown architecture will be displayed when groups aren’t using the poles.

“It’s a good location for people to place the banners and get some good exposure for their event,” said Rob Sherman, the city’s licensing and inspection director.

Organizations must apply for the program and have the design approved by a banner ordinance advisory committee.

Groups cover the costs of designing and printing the banners and pay a fee to the city for installation and removal.

Augusta Pride, the first organization to participate in the program, spent $2,300 for 24 banners and $1,000 in city fees, spokesman Chris Bannochie said.

The banners are on display for National Pride Month this month.

The group will hold a parade June 23 as part of a four-day festival downtown.

“We wanted a way to highlight that it’s pride month for the entire community,” Bannochie
said.

No other groups have applied for the banners, but several have made inquiries, including the Westobou Festival, the Augusta RiverHawks, the Ronald McDonald House, Garden City Jazz, the Sa­van­nah Riverkeeper and the United Way, Sherman said.

The convention and visitors bureau reviewed programs in Philadelphia and Kalamazoo, Mich., before writing its guidelines, Bowen said.

The Downtown Development Authority allocated $15,750 to the Convention and Visitors Bureau from Phase V of the special purpose local option sales tax for the banner program. About $4,000 was spent for the Broad Street banners and $2,500 for design costs.

The remaining money is reserved for future and replacement orders.

Light poles near the Augusta Convention Center on Reynolds Street and Ninth and 10th streets from Riverwalk Augusta to Broad Street are also available to hold the banners.

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madgerman
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madgerman 06/04/12 - 06:57 pm
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Obviously the DDA is in
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Obviously the DDA is in charge of the disbursal of SPLOST. Now let me see, just who voted for a DDA member in a local election? Need I say "taxation without representation"?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/05/12 - 06:09 am
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Good idea

A great idea & will add color to the downtown...:)

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/05/12 - 08:41 am
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well, now we've caught up

well, now we've caught up with Aiken in one respect.

rebellious
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rebellious 06/05/12 - 12:40 pm
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LGBT Pride

Be aware, the National Pride Month refers to National Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual and Transgender Pride Month as proclaimed By president Obama. In fact, we've caught up with San Francisco. This is a sad day for Augusta. See link http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/06/01/obama-june-is-lgbt-...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 06/05/12 - 12:58 pm
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Not to worry, rebellious.
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Not to worry, rebellious. Augusta will continue to be way behind most of the nation.

OJP
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OJP 06/05/12 - 02:24 pm
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@rebellious: On the contrary,

@rebellious: On the contrary, this is a great day for Augusta. Progressive, job-producing companies like Starbucks will only be more reluctant to send their employees into an intolerant work environment as time moves on.

For example, Bank of America begged N.C. not to pass its constitutional ban on gay marriage. Cathy Bessant, BofA's technology executive and former Chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, warned that the move would be harmful to business and economic development in the state:

"Large corporations hate this kind of controversy. They deal with diverse work force populations for whom issues like this aren't just important in terms of where it is they live, but are important indicators of the diversity and meritocracy of the companies where they want to work."

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/bank_notes/2012/03/bank-of-ame...

Jobs are on the line and bigotry should not prevent economic growth.

rebellious
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rebellious 06/05/12 - 03:09 pm
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OJP

My personal opinion on Homosexuality aside, A Gay Pride month is a far cry from eliminating discrimination and bigotry. What I strongly disagree with is the "in your face" attitude the Gay community has embraced. What a person does in their own bedroom is their business, but why does it have to be paraded down main street, in larger cities in a most lewd and vulgar way. If heterosexuals went to the same extreme I have seen from GLBT event coverage, they would be arrested for indecency. I do not advocate persecution of a lifestyle any more than I appreciate having to see it's symbol dangling (no pun intended) from every lightpost in my fair city.

OJP
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OJP 06/05/12 - 03:38 pm
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rebellious

@rebellious: Would you consider a St. Patrick's Day Parade too in your face by the Irish? Or a Christmas Day Parade too in your face by Christians? Or any other parade?

What about Civil Rights marches? Were they too in your face? Pride festivals raise awareness to the problems facing the community, particularly ongoing employment and legal discrimination. These are valid reasons to Constitutionally assemble and express grievances.

As for indecency, it is clear that you have never attended the Augusta Pride festival, which strictly emphasizes a family friendly atmosphere. Augusta Pride is not responsible for the atmosphere at other festivals (obviously); and your opinion of the local group should be based on its characteristics, preferably via personal observation.

grinder48
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grinder48 06/05/12 - 08:00 pm
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Free Speech
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This could lead to some interesting free speech issues. So we have banners promoting homosexuality. What if someone wants to have banners promoting beastiality, is that going to be OK? What kind of perversions are OK for the banners and what kind are banned?

JMD
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JMD 06/06/12 - 05:26 am
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I pray all of you Pride Day

I pray all of you Pride Day participants come to the light of Jesus' opinions and teachings on homosexuality and renounce your perversion. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for such blatant, in-your-face perversion. Praise God I was delivered from this lifestyle 9 years ago. The judgement of God is surely going to befall this nation for endorsing such things as this. AMERICA NEEDS JESUS!!

And before you go flagging me or verbally attacking me for posting my beliefs on here, remember what you yourself are fighting for...equality, freedom of speech, etc. I have just as much right to post where I stand on the gay/lesbian issue as anyone else does!!

rebellious
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rebellious 06/06/12 - 12:18 pm
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It's a Lifestyle, OJ

You have listed parades for a Nationality, a Holiday, and a movement for a people discriminated against natiowide. Comparing those celebrations to a parade for a lifestyle "pride" is like comparing Apples to Oranges. Next will be the NAMBLA asking for their banners to be approved.

OJP
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OJP 06/06/12 - 02:23 pm
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@rebellious: What do you mean

@rebellious: What do you mean by "lifestyle"?

If it includes an element of choice, then your standard would exclude any parade celebrating a life choice (including, I should note, one's religion). Moreover, you need to prove that it is a choice. (You can prove this simply by performing oral sex on a member of your own gender - shouldn't be a problem if it is a choice.)

Finally, why should a parade celebrating a "lifestyle" (e.g., a Christmas Day parade) be afforded any less of an opportunity than parades celebrating a non-"lifestyle" (e.g., a St. Patrick's Day parade)?

isaaxk
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isaaxk 06/09/12 - 07:40 am
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What a change!

OJP - Thank you for your views and having intelligent responses. We need more people like you in Augusta. One of the many reasons we started Augusta Pride was to educate our community.

I hope to see you at Augusta Pride in a few weeks!

@ JMD - We appreciate your prayers. We'll also be praying for your enlightenment in your own religion.

madee25
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madee25 06/09/12 - 09:09 am
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Appalled!

As a Christian woman I am totally appalled by the amount of hatred and ignorance spewed by those who claim to serve a God who has commanded his followers to love one another. I apologize for the behavior of my fellow "Christians."

@rebellious, do you not realize the LGBT community is facing a lot of the same discrimination the Civil Rights movement sought to end? It's not about "what goes on in one's bedroom," but rather the bullying that goes on in schools, the lack of benefits offered in the workplace, the limitations of legal protection, etc. Whether or not this "lifestyle" is a choice, why shouldn't all members of the community be offered the same rights and privileges? Oh, and if you're even considering mentioning that the lifestyle is a "sin" then I certinly hope you have no planks in your own eye! "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"

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