News 12 at 6 o'clock, March 16, 2010
AUGUSTA---The city of Augusta is getting ready for what some are calling a media craze as Tiger Woods makes his return to golf at this year's Masters. Security is now taking center stage.
Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver says he expects the response to be similar to that for the James Brown funeral. Law enforcement already has something in mind.
"We have a plan in place to control traffic," said Lt. Scott Gay. "We have a plan in place to control the pedestrians."
And the city is taking a little extra time to tweak that plan this year. The engineering department says they will wait until March 30 to release their traffic plan this time around. That's just one week before the practice rounds.
Mayor Copenhaver says the city put together a plan for the James Brown funeral in less than a week. He says this big event will be no different.
"My 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."
"The Augusta National has always treasured its security," Lt. 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."
Last year we got a glimpse of the traffic plan at least two or three weeks before the tournament.
The city says there are no plans to set aside extra money for extra security at this time.