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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:03 AM | Anonymous

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  • Monday, January 30, 2017 7:32 PM | Anonymous

    Please be advised the number of phone financial scams reported here in Savannah are growing exponentially. Over the previous weeks, reports have been made by victims with wide ranges in age and education as well as diverse ethnicities. Please remind your constituents if contacted by a stranger or company to:

    1 NOT give any PID (Personal Identification Data) including but not limited to SSNs, Birthdays, Driver’s License Numbers, etc…

    2 NOT send any money to anyone who promises to reciprocate with a larger award amount

    3 NOT provide any PID information for friends or family

    If you suspect any fraud within a call,

    1 DO get as much information as possible and tell them you will call THEM back

    2 DO contact the company represented and see if there is a legitimate reason for them to contact you

    3 DO contact the BBB or Chamber of Commerce for direction


    Hope this helps and if any questions please reach out.



    Ofc. Marvin M Williams

    Crime Prevention Officer

    Downtown Precinct 2

    102 East Lathrop Avenue

    Savannah, GA 31415

    Cell (912)667 – 9271

    Office  (912)525 – 3100 x2713

    Fax (912) 651 – 6995

  • Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. (DNA) is accepting proposals for 2017 Community Grants. Each year, the DNA invites community groups to apply for a Community Grant to help fund a project or initiative that will benefit the downtown area of Savannah.

    Funds raised through DNA’s Annual Holiday Tour of Homes support downtown Savannah’s Landmark Historic District in a number of ways. One of those is through the DNA's Community Grant Program.

    Community organizations seeking funds are asked to select one of the following categories as the primary basis for its proposal:

    • Beautification / Improvements in the Downtown Area
    • Arts and Cultural Life

    • Youth Development
    • Humanitarian Causes

    Proposals may be submitted online at or at Arrangements can be made for organizations who may need to submit a proposal in writing.

    The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Organizations will be notified in late April of their proposal status. Grant awards will be distributed at the DNA’s Annual Meeting and Spring Picnic on Tuesday, May 9 at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. For questions concerning DNA’s Community Grant Program, email

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Re: 18 January Special Called Meeting for 602/620/630 East River Street

    MPC Staff and Historic District Board of Review,                                                                    

    DNA’s Mission is to enhance the quality of residential life in the Historic Landmark District and to protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment.

    The Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association wishes to express our deep concerns regarding the proposed development of the River Street East hotel and parking complex, as described in the developer’s submissions, to be addressed at today’s hearing.  To summarize our rationale, we believe this proposed massive, resort-style project is totally out-of-scale with the Factors Walk Character area of which it would be a part; it requests a myriad of variances and exceptions to current city historic development guidelines that are in place to retain Savannah’s unique historic character; nearly 600 feet of precious riverfront views would be forever lost to the citizens of Savannah; and in the nearly five years this parcel has been under review, the gaps between what the developer wishes to build and what the city is recommending have grown larger, not smaller – so progress is not being made.  The DNA supports the good work of city staff in its repeated reviews to try to steer this massive proposal within reasonable bounds.  Additionally, we believe there is an opportunity here for the Historic Board of Review to support recent forward-thinking decisions by the City Council to stand by the city’s zoning and development ordinances, curtailing the practice of approving variances and exceptions such as those sought by the petitioner.     

    In addition to those macro concerns, there are other important details that also inform our position against this project.  

    •  Arterial Road:  Zoning District B-B requires that a hotel must front on an arterial road, and it is not clear to us from the plans we’ve seen that the proposed Hotel Anne meets that criterion. 
    •  Variances/Exceptions:  By our count, after five years, the current staff review lists some 15 change recommendations for the parking garage; 15 more for the proposed Hilton Hotel; and another 11 for the proposed Hotel Anne.  The city and the petitioner are not even close to an agreement.  As taxpayers, this project has tied up scarce and costly city resources for nearly five years.  We think it’s time to consider giving petitioner deadlines to meet the city’s requirements instead of granting repeated, open-ended continuances.
    •  More Hotels:  We do not agree with the petitioner’s suggestion that approval of this development will reduce pressure to develop additional over scaled hotels in the historic district.  To date, we see nothing so far that has curbed the appetite to develop more large hotels in the historic district.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment and for your consideration.  Your attention to this very important project is critical as the nature of its development will almost certainly have a material impact on the neighboring Savannah River Landing parcel.  

    Best regards,

    Melinda D. Allen
    President, Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.


  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    From John Buckovich, Vice President for University Safety at SCAD - The University for Creative Careers to the Downtown Neighborhood Association:

    We are now up and running with our community patrols. Below is a brief summary of the patrols. Also, if community members would ever like to see our command center in SAV they are welcome to email me:

    President Wallace recently conceived a new initiative to increase SCAD security patrol groups in the downtown and midtown areas. This initiative was not only meant to benefit students, faculty and staff, but the entire Savannah community.

    The SCAD Community Patrol Officers (CPOs) started patrols on Wednesday January 4. On their first night out, a SCMPD officer flagged one of the SCAD patrols to mention that they were looking for a potentially dangerous suspect and gave the SCAD patrol the description. Not ten minutes later, SCAD's patrol group was able to identify the suspect's location and notify police for a successful arrest to be made!

    This arrest is a testament to the successful partnership between the Savannah Chatham-Metropolitan Police Department and SCAD Safety and Security. Chief Lumpkin agreed to give SCAD access to a SCMPD police channel, enabling SCAD officers to alert the SCMPD immediately if they see any illegal behavior. 
     The SCAD CPO’s have engage hundreds of citizens, asking if they need assistance and making sure residents get inside their doors safely at night.

    President Wallace continues to invest in the safety of the Savannah community, I am confident that this initiative will help Savannah to be a safer place to live, work and go to school.

    John Buckovich
    Vice President for University Safety
    Savannah College of Art and Design® -

  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Savannah announced that the deadline to set-out storm debris from Hurricane Matthew will be January 15, 2017 for residents living within City of Savannah limits.

    City residents must have storm debris placed at the public right-of-way by this date for it to be eligible for pick-up by storm debris removal crews. To date, the City has removed 307,488 cubic yards of an estimated 408,058 total cubic yards of storm debris.

    • Mixed debris will not be collected. Please separate vegetative waste from any other dry trash and household garbage.

    For more information, please visit

  • Friday, December 30, 2016 7:59 AM | Anonymous

    Neighborhood Association Recap

    Reported Time: 21:11hrs
    Date: 12/29/2016
    General Location: 500 BLK Gaston Street
    General Description Event: On 12/29/2016 at 21:11 hours a marked units responded to the 500 LBK Gaston Street. in reference to three damaged vehicles one of them belonging to a SCAD student. SCAD security also responded to the scene.
    General Description
      Suspects (if applicable): Suspect not on scene

    Reported Time: 22:10hrs
    Date: 12/29/2016
    General Location: 200 BLK W HENRY
    General Description Event: On 12/29/2016 at about 22:10 hours marked units were dispatched to the 200 block of W Henry ST. A B/M was located in the area loitering and prowling. This same B/M was also involved in an altercation with a B/F at the 210 B W Henry lane. Upon arrival on scene the two subjects left when they spotted the officer. Later on in the shift the B/M was located arrested, charged and transported to CCDC.
    General Description Suspects (if applicable): Suspect not on scene

    12-28-2016/4:26 am 
    CRN: 161228024 
    Location: 0 block of Whitaker Street 
    Incident: Entering Auto (x2) 
    No signs of forced entry 
    Forensics responded 
    Two persons arrested for breaking into 2 cars. 
    Reported Time: 1905 Hours 

    Date: 12/27/2016 

    Type: Battery (DVA) 

    General Location: 1235 Love

    General Description of Event: Officers responded to 1235 Love Street in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon further investigation one suspect was taken into custody charged with Battery (DVA). 

    Reported Time: 2108 Hours 

    Date: 12/27/2016 

    Type: Purse Snatching 

    General Location: Abercorn/ Congress 

    General Description of Events: Officers responded to the area of Abercorn and Congress in reference to three suspects who had just snatched a female’s purse and fled the scene. 


    Domestic with injuries(felony) 
    Yamacraw Village 
    Violent Crimes investigating 

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    From: Bridget Lidy <blidy@Savannahga.Gov
    Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM 
    To: <
    Subject: FW: New Year's Fire Display 

    There will be a fireworks display for the New Year’s celebration on Hutchinson Island this Sunday, January 1st 2017 at 12:00am from the usual location across from Morell Park. 
    Thanks and Happy New Year! 
    Bridget Lidy 
      Management & Ambassadorship Department

  • Friday, December 16, 2016 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    DNA received the following bulletin from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department earlier today. SCMPD says they have recovered many of these vehicles and some cases have made arrests however this information is evolving and these investigations are ongoing.

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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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