Jimmy Davison says he has driven home his point about city green space funds and plans to haul off the car hoods that had been piling up on his west Augusta property for the past week.
On Monday, Mr. Davison started dismantling the row of car hoods he had been lining up along the perimeter of his Ingleside Drive land. The undeveloped 4-acre parcel sits at the entrance of several established residential subdivisions near the Augusta National Golf Club.
"I think I proved my point, that it is a highly visible corner," Mr. Davison said. "I did not want to hurt the community. I did it to bring the community's attention to the availability of the property."
He said he will spend the coming days hauling the hoods off the property.
Mr. Davison has been asking the city to buy his land and preserve it as protected green space. Shortly after Augusta commissioners offered him less than half the property's $120,000 appraised value, the car hoods appeared on the land.
He said he was building a fence, but city officials told him he was violating local zoning ordinances by creating a nuisance.
As Mr. Davison stood amid stacks of car hoods Monday afternoon, a passing truck blew its horn and the driver shook a thumbs-down sign.
"You can't please everybody," Mr. Davison said, adding that he received many supportive calls from neighbors and friends.
City officials are calling his actions an irresponsible stunt.
"It's a poor attempt to extort money out of the taxpayers," Mayor Bob Young said.
Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles, who represents the district that includes Ingleside Drive, said he received more than 100 phone calls about Mr. Davison's property last weekend.
If Mr. Davison does not clean up the hoods, he will be issued a citation, which - if upheld in Magistrate Court - carries a fine of up to $1,000 for each day he is in violation, said Rob Sherman, the director of the License and Inspection Department. The inspections office issued notice of a zoning violation to Mr. Davison on Thursday.
Mr. Sherman said, "I'm glad he realizes that the point's been made."
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