Augusta mayor compares Woods's return to James Brown funeral

James_brown Augusta Mayor Deke
Copenhaver told Augusta's WRDW-TV that the city will be prepared for
Tiger Woods's post-scandal return to competitive golf at the Masters Tournament next month.
primary concern is public safety," Copenhaver said. "We will have more
people in town, more media organizations in town, so I think public
safety needs to be the first thing we are thinking about, and traffic,
because we are prepared for big crowds, but it's going to take a little
extra planning."
Copenhaver says the city put together a plan for the James Brown
funeral in less than a week. Preparation for Woods's return will be
Native son James Brown's funeral
in December 2006 brought more than 8,500 mourners--including
Michael Jackson--to a public funeral at the city's James Brown Arena. Augusta Police Lt. Scott Gay said the police already have a plan in place for pedestrians and traffic during the tournament. "The Augusta National has always treasured its security," Gay said. "We will
continue to support the Augusta National and support the security of
the event and the security of each and every player."The city does not expect to spend any extra money on security because of Woods, according to WRDW-TV.
Photo: Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, Michael Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton at James Brown's funeral on Dec. 30, 2006. (AP)

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