Board unhappy with cleanup

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:08 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 3:33 PM
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Anthony Esposito and his Growing Augusta the GreenWay volunteer group might have trouble getting permission to return to the Golf and Gardens property, which would wreck their long-term plans for maintaining the grounds.

The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame’s board of directors isn’t happy with the way it went on Saturday, chairman Bryan Persons said in an e-mail today.

“All I can say right now is there are some logistical problems and our board was not pleased how the first cleanup was handled,” he said. “It appeared to be a media event and the banner was very out of taste and a violation of our agreement.”

During the cleanup, one of the volunteers hung a banner over the main gate reading, “Georgia Golf Hall of Shame, Property of the State of Georgia.”

Mr. Esposito and 25 volunteers mowed and cut weeds in “the quad” – the area around the pedestal where Bobby Jones’ statue once stood – the parking lot and the mini course.

Mr. Esposito said today that Mr. Persons told him by phone that he didn’t appreciate the media coverage and that he might also have trouble finding someone to unlock the gates in the future. Former marketing director Robyn Jarrett unlocked them Saturday, but she did so on her own time because she has been laid off because of the golf hall’s lack of funds.

Mr. Esposito had planned to do another cleanup on June 27, then every other Saturday after that during the growing season, hopefully with help from other volunteer groups.

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Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 06/10/09 - 07:22 pm
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What a load of horse hockey!!

What a load of horse hockey!! Would it be possible to kick these idiots out of this commission so that something useful could be made out of the property? Sheesh!

ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 06/10/09 - 07:31 pm
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On her own time?? Maybe if

On her own time?? Maybe if she did her marketing better she would still have a job!!!!

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 06/10/09 - 07:31 pm
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If Mr. Persons and his

If Mr. Persons and his incompetent "bored of directors" would manage things correctly, citizens such as Mr. Esposito and his fellow volunteers would not have to take on such projects. Mr. Esposito should be heralded as a community hero for organizing such a force on his own time and funding. This is why Augusta is such a backwards town, committees and board who show such disregard for the public who cannot do their job properly are afraid of the truth when it puts them in a bad light.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 06/10/09 - 07:36 pm
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Maybe the board needs to be

Maybe the board needs to be sued for miss use of public funds. I think the DA needs to look into it

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 06/10/09 - 07:52 pm
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Why doesn't the Board buy a

Why doesn't the Board buy a herd of goats and put them on the course to graze? They'd keep the grass short and fertilize it as well and, gee, goats are cute. Sheep are ok but they need to be kept sheared so they're more work to maintain.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 06/10/09 - 08:08 pm
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Mr. Persons, shameon you. Is

Mr. Persons, shameon you. Is it any wonder you failed in your assigned responsibility to manage the property effectively. You are apparently more interested in image than accomplishment.

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 06/10/09 - 08:09 pm
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About 1/2 acre of the 17

About 1/2 acre of the 17 acres were cut. Only the small portion that can be seen from Reynolds Street. Looks like Esposito only wanted some free publicity. Keep it locked Mr. Persons.

carrera gt
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carrera gt 06/10/09 - 08:20 pm
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Let it grow, let it grow, let

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow! That way the State and the Golf Hall of Fame Board of directors won't be embarrassed? The best way to avoid bad publicity is to keep the place, at least, neat.

mayoryoung
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mayoryoung 06/10/09 - 08:22 pm
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Surely there is someone from

Surely there is someone from Augusta on the Golf Hall of Fame board. Let's hold that person accountable!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/10/09 - 09:02 pm
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What a load.... It was not a

What a load.... It was not a media event. The reporters left way before we did. I was there until 1:30, and we got a bunch of things done over there. It was a media event when this place was opened, right?

ColCo
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ColCo 06/10/09 - 09:05 pm
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What did the board expect?

What did the board expect? The media buildup for the event was their doing.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/11/09 - 12:44 am
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The sign should have read

The sign should have read Board of Idiots should hand their head in Shame. It's public property and volunteers from the public are helping to keep it up while these idiots on the board are now complaining about the media and/or signs. Why weren't these board members down their helping out? Pathetic!!

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/11/09 - 02:30 am
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They didn't like to labeled

They didn't like to labeled as lazy bureaucrats that they are? Dumb butts, why didn't the board clean it up themselves. Let me guess that was their golf day?????

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/11/09 - 04:39 am
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The truth hurts...

The truth hurts...

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