Critics here and hurdles ahead for mayor's ballpark plan

Friday, April 24, 2009 6:34 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 8:56 PM
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Coming Sunday:

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver called his shot earlier this month with an ambitious vision for a ballpark and entertainment complex in downtown Augusta.

Mr. Copenhaver, however, still faces a series of hardball challenges in the months ahead, and it's apparent that not all the voices in the grandstand are cheering him on.

On Thursday, for example, state Sen. Ed Tarver made public a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue, asking he reconsider donation of the old state Golf and Gardens property as a ballpark location.

This Sunday, The Chronicle will update readers on these issues and what's likely to happen in the weeks ahead as the mayor steps to the plate.

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STAK
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STAK 04/24/09 - 07:00 am
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Obstructionist politics and

Obstructionist politics and little picture mentality on Tarver's part.......

brd27
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brd27 04/24/09 - 07:25 am
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who cares what he thinks...

who cares what he thinks... build it!!!!!!!!!!

Slavicthunder
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Slavicthunder 04/24/09 - 07:37 am
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Typical backward politics.

Typical backward politics. Hey lets build a cotton mill. This is why I don't believe in democracy. We need a benevolent dictator here in Augusta.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 04/24/09 - 07:56 am
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There is something going on

There is something going on here and it is NOT what it seems. Look deeper into why someone would want to prevent this from happening NOW. Look at the Bill that will be modified concerning the members of the Coliseum Authority and what they are empowered to do in our county. I would be surprised if anything happens with either this year...Follow the money and the CONTROL of the money.

mad_max
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mad_max 04/24/09 - 07:58 am
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Not one taxpayer dollar

Not one taxpayer dollar should be spent on this project. If Deke can build this thing with private money then that is fine and if it was a money maker it could be built with private money. An "entertainment complex" does not have a good track record in Augusta. This thing will turn into another venue strapped with management, legal, and racial wrangling over control and programming. The only ones who will benefit are the local "money men" who own the hotels and property downtown. You know, the ones who "borrowed" the money from the county to build the hotel and then had the commissioners "forgive" their 6 million dollar loan. Taxpayers should take a look at their property and school tax bills and decide if we want these same idiots giving our money up to build this thing.

disssman
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disssman 04/24/09 - 08:02 am
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Brad I would be glad to

Brad I would be glad to follow your advice, except our elected officials have intentionally created a budget system that is impossible to make head-or-tails of. I find it amazing that people have forgotten the amount of planning envisioned for Reynolds street and they fail to see it is a street that does not have enough traffic capacity for all the visions.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/24/09 - 08:34 am
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Again Sonny should come to

Again Sonny should come to EVERY home game then make a decision, when he witness first hand the half hearted fans and the empty stands on a regular basis, he will most def change his mind.

Nay Sayer
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Nay Sayer 04/24/09 - 08:43 am
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Cal Ripkin has the money.

Cal Ripkin has the money. Why do we have to pay for it? Have him put it up and name it after himself and you'll see all of Augusta behind it. If you make us pay for it, then you'll get a backlash like you've never seen before.

jgdarling
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jgdarling 04/24/09 - 09:14 am
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Thank you Ed Tarver for

Thank you Ed Tarver for looking out for the tax payer. Deke has hit a foul ball on this one.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 04/24/09 - 09:54 am
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The Patriots professional

The Patriots professional football stadium was not publicly funded, and they are a very popular team. Their stadium is definitely more multipurpose than a minor league baseball park would be, so if they can do it without public funds then Cal Ripken's group can too.

confederatelady319
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confederatelady319 04/24/09 - 10:33 am
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no vote,no ball park

no vote,no ball park

disssman
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disssman 04/24/09 - 10:39 am
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BTW I almost forgot, I would

BTW I almost forgot, I would give odds that tthe ball park passes with flying colors because of the addition of the small grant for Payne college. I am sure the black community will overlook any other part of the splost just to vote for that one issue. What ever commissioner thought that one up was a genius.

jack
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jack 04/24/09 - 11:56 am
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Another money rat hole to

Another money rat hole to throw tax money into. Same with the trolley. Glad I now live in N Augusta.

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