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Augusta Riverwalk Visitors Support Curfew Call

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Curfew or no curfew that's the question surrounding Augusta's Riverwalk Park.

As we told you yesterday, Sheriff Roundtree's is recommending closing the park at 11 every night. 

Some Augusta Commissioners objected to the early closing time, with Commissioner Alvin Mason saying he would not support that part of the Sheriff's downtown security plan.

So, we went to the Riverwalk to see how visitors felt about keeping it open around the clock, or closing at 11 at night. "I personally wouldn't have a use for being down here after 11 at night it's a beautiful Riverwalk it's a beautiful place to be after 11 at night I wouldn't have any purpose to be down here I wouldn't be offended by that change," said John Rossetti, who was in Augusta on business, but has visited Riverwalk before.

Teresa Roundtree, no relation to the Sheriff was also visiting from Beech Island; she doesn't support keeping the park open around the clock. "Not late midnight too much going on," she said. "So it's ok to close it?" we asked. "It's ok to close it," she said.  

The Sheriff says, if the park closes early, like all other city parks, he could shift late evening patrols from the park to other downtown areas, like Broad Street or Greene Street.

The Sheriff says he's only making a recommendation with the Commisson having to make the final call.

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