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Fulton Co. commission chairman opposed to Braves moving

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Since the Atlanta Braves announced their plan to leave Turner Field, one Fulton County official has made it clear he is against the plan.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves says hearing about the Braves' plan to leave Atlanta upset him greatly.

Eaves said he heard the news just like everyone else did when team officials announced it Monday morning. Eaves says it blindsided him and his colleagues in county and city government. "I'm very, very disappointed. I feel that there has been a missed opportunity."

The county commission chairman said the deal may have been the best kept secret, but not in a positive way. "This deal that was struck in a very clandestine way. Nobody knew about it. It's fishy to me."

Eaves worries when it's all said and done, leaving Turner Field and Atlanta is a lose-lose for everyone, including the thousands who work in and around the ball park. Those people stand to lose their paychecks. "I think this region loses because of this. We now have a big facility, the stadium just south of downtown that's going to be vacant or we may have to implode it. Memories and resources are going to be thrown away."

Meanwhile, in Cobb County business owners with stores and restaurants about a mile down the street from the new stadium's proposed site look forward to their new major-league neighbor.

Gabriel Gonzalez at Diva's Salon near the intersection of Cobb and Windy Ridge Parkways said, "Everybody's pretty excited about it."  He wondered if more people would in fact visit the hair salon. "That's my biggest question. Is it going to benefit us? Is it going to bring more people to us? Are more people going to know us? That's I would like to know."

Four doors down at the newly opened Kuroshio Sushi Bar, employee Edgar Rodriguez was excited about the potential for new customers. "Knowing that when the game goes on, maybe after people are going to be hungry, people are going to want to go out and dine in. So for us I think that would be a great opportunity for us to build. Maybe even promote."

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