Which vision do you want?

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Here are two visions for North Augusta:

Picture a beautifully landscaped public park with a large band shell – the perfect venue for musical entertainment and a place of celebration of our most prized traditional values (think the Fourth of July). The grassy expanse of a park could be used and enjoyed on a daily basis and would offer a compatible extension of the natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere of North Augusta’s brick ponds and Greeneway. Another possible addition to this picture could be a latticed pavilion incorporating a catering kitchen to host weddings, reunions, etc., which also would offer another source of rental income for the city.

Now picture a baseball stadium, and imagine the apparently inherent noise and light pollution along with the seemingly unavoidable traffic concerns and all that those would mean to nearby residents – not to mention the public safety challenges.

The recent message from the North Augusta City Council is that nothing has been finalized on the Project Jackson stadium deal, and that they are proceeding slowly and deliberately. With that in mind I’d like to ask: Which of these two very different pictures do we believe will offer the best use of our city’s most valuable real estate; which will offer the most enjoyment and benefit to the most people; and last, but certainly not least, shouldn’t North Augusta’s citizens/taxpayers be offered a referendum to express their choice?

Barbara O. Sweeney

North Augusta, S.C.

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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 12/11/13 - 06:03 am
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What would be better along

What would be better along North Augusta's riverfront? A stretch of natural beauty, with an unbroken view from the river of trees and nature, accessible to wildlife, and made into a park that is accessible by the river and roads for people to visit, hike, and have picnics, or a congested area of private homes and docks that clutter the river and block the view and access by both humans and wildlife and cause traffic concerns? Shouldn't the city's most valuable real estate be used in a manner that will be for the enjoyment and for the benefit to the most people? Shouldn't North Augusta's citizens/taxpayers have been offered a referendum to express their choice? After the vote, we can get a group together and start tearing down those eyesores that were put up without a vote of the people right away. Sadly, the older growth trees that were stolen and destroyed without the democratic process are lost forever.

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teaparty 12/11/13 - 07:39 am
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The people in Aiken county
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The people in Aiken county should get a vote seeing as we will be paying for it.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 09:55 am
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Representative Government at its best. Bend Dover is in town.
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Representative Government at its best. Bend Dover is in town.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 09:57 am
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The despots know SC to be ignorant. They must decide for you!!
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The despots know SC to be ignorant. They must decide for you!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 09:59 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 10:00 am
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The despots know you are ignorant. They must decide for you!!
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The despots know you are ignorant. They must decide for you!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 10:02 am
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Organized raping of taxpayer in the name of political progress.
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Organized raping of taxpayer in the name of political progress.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 10:03 am
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Social cleansing of taxpayers and ending their reproduction
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Social cleansing of taxpayers and ending their reproduction

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/13 - 10:05 am
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Destroy the middle class. Slaves and dictators remain.
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Destroy the middle class. Slaves and dictators remain.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/11/13 - 11:59 am
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at first i thought they were

at first i thought they were describing Lady A amphi

KSL
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KSL 12/11/13 - 07:47 pm
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OK, bod

Are you saying that if I happened to own the land along the river that as long as regulations allowed it, I should not be able to sell it to entities that wanted to build something like a ballpark and entertainment complex or housing?

I am not commenting on whether or not I am in favor of the project. My comment goes to the rights of property owners, and their rights to be justly compensated for a government entity taking over and adversely affecting said owners.

KSL
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KSL 12/11/13 - 08:06 pm
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And I mean taking over by

And I mean taking over by designated regulations.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/11/13 - 09:15 pm
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If you have to Choke on Project Jackson

Why not mandate that the stadium be a MULTI-USE DESIGN and a PUBLIC RENTAL Field when no Games are scheduled. Which is 8+/- months a year.

It could be MULTI USE designed to allow SEMI-Pro FootBall, Soccer, or RUGBY game field, Political Rallies, Religious Rallies, RODEO events (PETA willing) and many other things.

Maximize the use and build a list of Historical repetitive events that use it, so that when the TURNCOATS leave North Augusta for "greener" fields, and they will, it won't sit and ROT like the ARC Lake Omstead Stadium ARC WASTED HOW MUCH IN?

Seriously, Why not build it to steal some of Augusta's Event and Hotel Business and set it up so it could be used for other OUTSIDE events also?

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