North Augusta leaders are finally pitching Project Jackson in a series of home games. One of the biggest advantages of a home game. whether you're pitching a baseball or politics?
"There wasn't any name calling, booing, and hissing," Mayor Lark Jones said.
At the first Project Jackson reading in North Augusta, the score was 6-1 Project Jackson.
While this project is unprecedented in that it would be a $150 million capital investment, city leaders say they've warmed up on a similar pitch: Riverview Park and Activities Center. Many take it for granted as a place to be, play, and bike, but it hasn't always been that way.
"Riverview Park, in the 1980's, we went through a lot of City Council meetings," Councilwoman Pat Carpenter said. "I attended and brought in thousands of signatures."
Like Project Jackson, Riverview Park was controversial, and that only passed 4-3. But since then, this smaller investment has had big bang for the buck.
"It's brought in basketball, baseball, Peach Jam," Carpenter said. "That building has brought in a lot to North Augusta, even though back then there were a lot of people against it."
How many people against something? Well now, it's even harder to tell.
"Because of social media, rants, and raves in the paper, one person can make a lot of noise," Jones said.
"Anytime there's a change, it's hard and a lot of times want to rock on in same direction as we have for years, we're comfortable with that," Carpenter said.
The project must also pass a third reading at a later date.
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