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Opposition already rising against North Augusta ballpark

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City officials, developers and the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) haven't even unveiled specifics of a proposed new ballpark in North Augusta, but that's not stopping some local residents from speaking out against it.

Normally it takes an unveiled plan for the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) folks to make their presence known, but they're not waiting around in North Augusta, showing up last night to a council meeting where baseball was not on the agenda. Still, a few folks wanted to speak out against the increased traffic and noise a ballpark would bring to the Hammonds Ferry area. From wrdr.com:

[Said resident George Batten:] "Noise, lights. I just don't think you can manage all that. I was driving up here and I just live around in Hammonds Ferry, and I said if there was a baseball game going on, I would not be able to get here."

Will Caskey, who didn't make it to the meeting, but also lives in the neighborhood, disagrees.

"It would just be such a huge win for North Augusta and unfortunately downtown Augusta's loss."

A plan for a new ballpark in the Hammonds Ferry area is expected to be unveiled tomorrow.

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