COLUMN: City moving into 21st century
You snooze you lose; ostriches bury their heads in the sand and the early bird catches the worm.
However, in this case it is the patient bird, and the proof is in the pudding. We will all be sharing a big bowl in the near future.
Too bad Augusta, once again all of your infighting and greediness has proved you're incapable of fighting for what your city needs and or wants, and once again, North Augusta's powers-that-be have been cohesive in making great decisions for our community.
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens was a massive outlay of money on the part of the state and Augusta, and it was left to go to ruin. More than 800 varieties of miniature roses perished, more that 8 acres of display gardens along the banks of the Savannah River perished, thousands of dollars in sculptures now sit in the dark in a shed, collecting dust and spiderwebs.
Sculptures of the likes of Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, to name a few, are now going to waste. Even though the "attraction," such as it was, closed, there was no reason not to water those plants or to remove them from the gardens for use in other locations. But that is exactly what happened.
Then, out of the blue, Cal Ripken Jr. offered to purchase the gardens, along with other property for a new GreenJackets stadium. Ripkin's crew proposed to maintain the gardens as part of the stadium responsibilities. Anyone with half a brain could see how that was going to end. The local government could not reach an agreement since no one wanted to get a smaller piece of the pie than the other; therefore, no real effort was made to convince the state to accept the proposal and the deal died.
Meanwhile, across the river, the governing body of the redheaded stepchild got together, reached an agreement, as they usually do, and made the decision to offer a place for the GreenJackets in North Augusta. The rest, as they say, will soon be history. We have begun to climb out of the shadow. We are progressing, and soon we will be better than we are; at least I hope that will be the results. We are not losing our small town roots, but we are coming into the 21st Century with a bang.
For those who think I am always slamming the City, please take note; this is a column of praise for the City and the government and its foresight. The only concern I have, as do others, is the wildlife and the wetland, but I am sure that has been taken into consideration, as well.