Mayor reacts to magazine's poor light on city

Andrew Davis Tucker/Staff
''The writers obviously did not take the time to fully research what is really going on in Augusta these days.'' - Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, on the Golf magazine article

Augusta just can't seem to catch a break.

First, it was Martha Burk, who four years ago huffed and puffed and blew into town protesting the Augusta National, bringing with her unflattering coverage of our fair city.

Now come the editors of Golf magazine, who in their latest edition have painted Augusta as "largely low rent, a bargain-basement mosaic of strip malls, strip joints and unassuming houses."

The article goes on to point out that "despite being worlds apart, it's still a short walk from Amen Corner to a Bud Light and beef jerky at the corner store."

Our usually unflappable, well-bred mayor is fighting mad after reading the article.

Deke Copenhaver was angry enough to dash off a letter to the article's authors and give them a quick education about Augusta.

"The writers obviously did not take the time to fully research what is really going on in Augusta these days," the mayor wrote. "In just the past six months, we have had major economic development announcements by both Automated Data Processing (1,000 jobs) and T-Mobile (750 jobs). Both companies referenced Augusta's quality of life as a primary factor for locating to our city."

Mr. Copenhaver also listed the city's many cultural resources and extended an invitation to the editors to come and see the city.

"I would be more than happy to take you on a tour of our City that I feel would change your view while filling in the many holes in your story," he wrote.

Reach Amy Allyn Swann (706) 823-3338 or amy.swann@augustachronicle.com.