After first rebuffing dating website SugarDaddie.com’s earlier offers to change the name of his city, Sugar Hill, Ga., for a larger sum, Mayor Gary Pirkle has now sent word to the website’s creators that he is willing to go by the title Sugar Daddie in exchange for $1 million.
On Thursday, the Gwinnett Daily Post reports that the website sent a representative from its Los Angeles offices to Sugar Hill City Hall. Darren Shuster, the company’s representative, said he would take the mayor’s counter offer back to company executives.
WXIA reported on Friday that if the company agrees, Sugar Hill would use the money on city projects. No specific projects were listed.
The website had previously approached the Gwinnett County city about naming rights to City Hall, a park, and a golf course, and had offered $7.75 million.
The dating site, known for matching men with money with young women who would like some of it, first approached Sugar Hill with an offer of $3.75 million. Pirkle took the offer with a grain of salt and even said he was even somewhat insulted after hearing the company had offered Sugar Land, Texas, $5 million to change its name.
SugarDaddie.com has also asked the city to erect a statue to Hugh Hefner, or “another public figure that best represents the sugar daddy lifestyle.”
Mayor Pirkle said he’s open to a statue of a “gold-digger,” erected in the site, as long as it’s the kind that actually mines for gold. According to one legend that would actually represent a part of the city’s lineage. Sugar Hill, which is only 75 years old reportedly got its name from Georgia’s gold-mining industry, according to Gwinnett Daily Post.
Pirkle’s term expires on December 31 of this year and the city previously built a park bearing his name that opened in 2008.
(Photo: (L) Steve Edwards, Mike Sullivan, Curtis Northrup, Gary Pirkle, Susie Gajewski, Marc Cohen (R))