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28 February 2012

City Officials Should Send #OccupyAtlanta the $30K Bill to Repair Woodruff Park

For several days in 2011, dozens of 21st century hippies left their nice homes in the 'burbs and "occupied" Atlanta's Woodruff Park.

These folks, calling themselves Occupy Atlanta, created a nuisance during their prolonged stay in the park. Eventually, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ordered police officers to clear the area, leading to 52 arrests.

Today, we learn the cost of repairing Woodruff Park after Occupy Atlanta's insignificant protest.

City officials plan to close a downtown park for at least two months to repair what they describe as thousands of dollars in damage done by Occupy Atlanta demonstrators.

Atlanta Parks Commissioner George Dusenbury tells WSB Radio that repairs to the damaged irrigation system and electrical systems at Woodruff Park will cost taxpayers more than $30,000.

Associated Press (2012-2-28). City to repair site of Occupy Atlanta protest. WTVM-TV. Retrieved on 2012-2-28.

Instead of sticking Atlanta taxpayers with this big $30,000 bill, the city of Atlanta should send the invoice to Occupy Atlanta, care of leader Tim Franzen.