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Augusta Goes On

One-woman crusading feminist Martha Burk seems to not have made too much of an impression on Augusta, Georgia, according to Adam Daifallah of the New York Sun.

From it:

“The sense in general is that it’s a very exciting time in Augusta. The people who live here are going about their planning and their activities as if it’s any other Masters year,” Barry White, the executive director of the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, told The New York Sun.

“We have every reason to believe this is going to be a banner year.We’ve seen a 33% increase in hotel reservations,” said Mr. White of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All of the city’s 6,000 hotel rooms are full this week, he said, and many people have to stay in adjacent towns. As for getting tickets to watch the tournament – forget it. It’s still one of the hardest feats in all of sports: The waiting list to get a weekly badge has been closed since 1978.

“Augusta’s a pretty resilient place. It bounces right back,” said SteveVarnell, a local taxi driver who has lived here since 1962. “I’d say probably 90% of the town is against Burk. I support Hootie.”

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