Housing Authority board member apologizes

September 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A Housing Authority board member has apologized for the contents of an email he sent to two local developers.

Dave Barbee sent an email about the planned closing of the Gilbert Manor public housing project to Clay and Braye Boardman. In the email, Barbee wrote about black people leaving downtown Augusta and white people moving into a planned new condominium project. He was worried that would upset the makeup of legislative districts.

Black democrats took offense, and the mayor was also upset. Barbee apologized this morning.

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