Members last month set the stage to hire an Atlanta promoter at an initial cost of $150,000 a year to push for a new arena of up to 20,000 seats costing up to $250 million.
This, despite the fact that voters have turned down such a proposal in better times - and despite the fact that there's no visible support from voters or the Augusta commissioners who would have to put it on a ballot.
The good news is Chairman Richard Isdell says the authority today seems likely to vote against the hiring of promoter Jerry Dickerson.
We don't know what got into authority members - maybe voters got in their face? - but we're glad. It was a cockamamie scheme from the start in any economic times, and a looming disaster in today's economy.