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  • 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.

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 3:40 PM | Anonymous


    Hello All!

    I hope this email finds you well and happy!  Please read through the below email correspondence from Cindy Kelly of the Homeless Authority.  In short, she is requesting that folks not distribute any items to the homeless camps; she is requesting all donations go through her office.  Please distribute to your neighborhoods, as I know all of your neighborhood folks are kindhearted and want to help others, especially during the holidays.  

    Capt. Joy Gellatly

    Downtown Precinct

    (912) 651-6990


    From: Cindy Kelley []
    Sent: Monday, December 12, 2016 10:47 AM
    Subject: Cindy at CSAH Requests your Help Related to Holiday Requests to Help the Homeless
    Importance: High

    Good morning everyone,

    This is an appeal to forward requests to distribute items to the homeless through CSAH and discourage any distribution to the homeless camps.  I know that everyone wants to help over the holidays but it is preferable to encourage folks to help in other times of the year instead.  If your agency is working directly with a specific group/congregation and managing distribution to those served in your program there is no concern.

    When calls come to CSAH we work to find out what they are interested in doing and usually refer to them to your agencies.  Sometimes we simply let them know that the distribution does not make sense (this is often the case for those who want to prepare a few meals and drop them off at one of the camps).      

    Large groups, often with accompanying children are showing up to the camps and handing out various items.  Without coordination they do not receive an adequate orientation for their group and health/safety issues are not addressed.  Over the past year City officials and our staff have been working together to better manage item distribution, camp clean-ups and the necessary moving of camps.  Due to the moves the remaining camps are larger and we are seeing a bit more tension among some homeless campers due to crowding/vying for space.  Usually when groups arrive without coordination, homeless residents accept whatever is offered.  Unfortunately, too often what is given is thrown in piles due to lack of need/interest thereby increasing garbage piles in the camps.  This is a public health issue for camp residents and others who work with us on clean-ups.

    On Sunday I found a large group (more than 75 with kids) wandering through our undeveloped property (future site of Tiny House project) and the property behind it.  There are two large camps on the two properties.  The group walked back and forth over active railroad tracks and distributed items including blankets.  Blankets were distributed to these folks on Friday by our staff.  Most concerning is that this group brought a large number of pallets and they were breaking them up and giving them to camp residents for firewood….eek!  It is dry out there and many of the areas where homeless camps are active have fallen trees from the storm and other piled debris…a real fire hazard.  

    Your help is much appreciated.  Thank you.   

    Cindy Murphy Kelley
    Executive Director, CSAH





  • Friday, December 09, 2016 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Savannah has defined a short-term vacation rental (STVR) as the rental of an entire dwelling unit for 30 days or less. Such use may or may not include an on-site manager. This report provides a listing of the certified STVR issued since January 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The rental of a bedroom—referred to as a bed and breakfast guest unit—is not included on the list. STVRs may be located in any type of dwelling unit—from single-family residences, to multi-family apartment/condo and accessory residence, such as a carriage house. STVRs were permitted in mixed use zoning districts where inns were already permitted. 

    In most districts, the use was by-right. In the 1-R, 2-R and 3-R zoning districts in the Victorian District, approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals is required since these districts are predominantly residential in nature. If you have questions about a certified or uncertified STVRs, please contact the Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Department at 912-525-1500 or


  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 7:59 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Savannah is launching the first phase of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative, which includes improvements for Broughton Street, Bay Street, and River Street. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the first community meeting:

    Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative – Meeting 1: Discovery
    December 5, 2016
    6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
    Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah 

    “This first phase of the Streetscape Improvement Initiative addresses three of our most prominent downtown streets – Broughton Street, Bay Street, and River Street,” said Bridget Lidy, Director, Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department for the City of Savannah. “After years of hearing ideas for these three streets, this project will move us from concept to design to construction for each.” The project team is led by EDSA in conjunction with many local partners. 

    This first meeting will provide the design team an opportunity to listen and gather important information from the community, City staff, and pertinent stakeholders. Initial inventory and analysis prepared by the EDSA Team will be presented to the public. Community members will have the opportunity to express any ideas regarding the downtown streetscapes project. An online public survey will be launched at this time to gather further information. Future meetings are scheduled throughout the spring of 2017. The City’s website,, includes more information and a link to sign up for email updates. 

    Phase One of the Streetscape Improvement Initiative will seek to improve three of historic downtown’s most prominent streetscapes – Broughton Street, Bay Street, and River Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to E. Broad Street – to create a rich and exciting pedestrian realm. The proposed street improvements will build on the best aspects of great streets in the U.S. and abroad, while capitalizing on Savannah’s highly visible location and landmark destination. 

    About The Savannah Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project

    In August 2016, City Council approved a design services contract with diverse team led by EDSA for Phase One of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative. The services include comprehensive planning, design, pre-construction, construction administration, and closeout services. Improvements for Broughton Street, Bay Street and River Street will be designed and constructed during this project. Future phases will enhance the public realm for corridors in the area from Liberty Street to the Savannah River and from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to E. Broad Street.

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016 1:08 PM | Anonymous

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, the Downtown Neighborhood Association presents community grants to worthy organizations. Two of our community grant recipients are involved in events this weekend benefiting organizations and causes that are important to our downtown neighborhood!

    Savannah Bicycle Campaign 4th Annual "Cranksgiving" Bike Ride

    Cranksgiving is half bike ride, half food drive and a 100 percent fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon helping others.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 19th at 1 p.m.
    Meet at the Savannah Bicycle Campaign Headquarters

    Registration for the ride starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Savannah Bicycle Campaign HQ (Corner of Henry and Lincoln streets). At registration, participants will receive a shopping list of items needed by Emmaus House. The challenge begins at 1:30 p.m. when riders roll out to shop by bike. Participants should pick up items from the shopping list without going over $15-20 price limit. This is not a race! Riders may compete by themselves or on teams. Prize packages will be awarded in the following categories:

    • Most Items Carried by a Single Person
    • Most Stores Visited (receipts needed from each store)
    • Best Team Effort
    • Most Innovative Cargo Rig
    • All participants must return to 1301 A Lincoln St. by 4 p.m. to tally up their purchases and enjoy food and beverages.
    What should you bring? First of all, you’ll need your bike and $15-20. We also suggest a helmet. If you’re planning on carrying groceries, you should bring a backpack or other cargo solution for your bike.

    Cranksgiving benefits one of DNA's Grant Recipients, Emmaus House. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign (and you!) will be helping feed hungry people at Emmaus House. Founded in 1982 by a group of downtown churches, Emmaus House provides food and day services to the homeless and needy of Savannah. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, fifty weeks each year.

    Urban Hope's 3rd Annual Peewee Rodeo

    Tickets available online here.
    When: Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Where: THE OLD DAIRY FARM located at 2500 Tennessee Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404

    Do not miss this year's Pee Wee Rodeo! It will have everything your little ones want to see, plus some great things for adults too!
    -Stick and bounce horse races for 3-9-year-olds
    -NEW ADDITION: Adult competitions 
    -Pony Rides and Petting Zoo by Norwood Stables
    -Mechanical bull and bounce house for 3 and under
    -Archery by Wildcat Archery and Hunting Supply. Inc.
    -Music by Wassaw Sound
    -Arts and Crafts by Loop It Up Savannah
    -Face Painting by Cheeky Monkey Savannah (the best)
    -Photo booth by Melissa Levesque Photography
    -Food available for purchase from Roy's Nutz & Buttz, Thomas the hot dog man, Joe Loves Lobster RollsVincenzos Pizzeria-CateringLittle Diddle's SweeteryKona Ice of SavannahOld South Cotton Candy Company

    All proceeds from the Pee Wee Rodeo will go directly to Urban Hope to fund their free after school program that enriches the lives of Savannah children and their families.

  • Monday, November 14, 2016 5:33 PM | Anonymous


    Looking toward next year, DNA plans to hire a part time administrative assistant to handle some of the day to day organizational responsibilities.  This will help the Board of Directors to work smarter for our members.  

    If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about helping the DNA out with administrative responsibilities, please email us your resume!

  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    This year we streamlined the Board of Directors to include 16 distinct working positions, as well as selecting four areas of expertise where we have appointed Advisors. There will be numerous zoning and other ordinance revisions that will be addressed in 2017 as well.  The DNA welcomes Bob Rosenwald to the Board of Directors as our Government Liaison and the chair of our Zoning Oversight committee.

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Savannah, GA 31412

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