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  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 9:25 AM | Anonymous

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will host a membership meeting today, February 18 at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm St. Guest speaker will be City Manager Stephanie Cutter.
    Today, February 18, 2015
    DNA Hospitality Hour                       5:30 p.m.
    *Program and Q&A                           6:00 p.m.
    *Today’s meeting will begin earlier than usual to ensure plenty of time for questions and answers.
    DNA Members will hear an update from City Manager Cutter on a variety of issues and concerns. Members were invited to submit questions ahead of time for Ms. Cutter. Questions received by DNA focused on six key areas:
    1.     Police Merger
    2.     Residential Quality of Life
    3.     Public Safety
    4.     Parking
    5.     Housing and Development
    6.     City Services
    There will be a brief Public Safety update from SCMPD Downtown Precinct on recent activity. The meeting will be moderated by DNA’s President, Melinda Allen.

       Free to DNA members
                  $5 for non-members payable at the door
    For more information or to join the DNA, visit or

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Our Savannah City and Chatham County government leaders appear to be on the brink of dismantling the merged police force, while we face a rising and unacceptable crime rate.

    We all agree, no one in any community deserves to be or feel unsafe.

    Yes, there are legitimate cost, control and other issues overdue for attention and refinement. But, in our opinion, it is premature to dismantle the Metro police department before all reasonable efforts are undertaken to better work together.

    The Savannah Area Chamber has offered to pay for a mediator to listen to and engage with both city and county leadership in finding solutions. The city recently agreed to mediation, while the county signaled mediation isn’t needed, because in their opinion the city needs to just negotiate and they have not. We respectfully disagree and feel an independent third party may see solutions, like when a judge helped with the local option sales tax (LOST) impasse.

    It is disappointing our leaders cannot sit in a room and work out their differences on these overdue and important issues. Unexplainably, we have reached a place where each party shuttles draft documents back and forth without as much face-to-face effort as many would expect. Currently, both the city and county complain the other will not compromise nor bargain in good faith. We should be able to count on two fairly small and closely located groups of government leaders to work together, rather than signal divisiveness.

    Why is all of this so important? Many reasons.

    With the current crime wave, demerging will undoubtedly require some time from the current police command staff to divide and decouple assets and resources — all are unnecessary distraction at exactly the wrong time. Two departments require double paying for management rather than those officers on the streets. And, starting up a new department will likely further complicate filling the over 60-70 current officer vacancies.

    The Savannah area is returning slowly from the recent recession and at a time in which almost all things locally are poised to propel the coastal region to be a clear economic powerhouse, second to only the metro-Atlanta region in Georgia.

    We strongly urge our current Savannah City and Chatham County leadership to make a renewed effort towards cooperation and collaboration.

    Let’s collectively recommit ourselves to working together and focusing on our common needs and successes rather than our differences. In that light, let’s encourage help from a non-binding third party mediator such as UGA’s Fanning Institute or another highly experienced and respected organization.

    • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Visit Savannah
    • Tourism Leadership Council
    • 100 Black Men
    • Savannah Downtown Business Association
    • Savannah Area CEO Council
    • Leadership Savannah
    • Downtown Neighborhood Association
    • Savannah Waterfront Association
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    East Savannah Gateway Community Design meeting scheduled for February 12 at 5:30PM at the Savannah Baptist Center. The Housing Authority and its development partner, Hunt Companies, will host the third community design meeting to display and discuss the design concepts for Robert Hitch Village, Fred Wessels Homes, and Edgar Blackshear Homes. Also, the current rezoning request for Fred Wessels and Hitch Village sites will be presented.
    This event is free and open to the public.  All community stakeholders are encouraged to attend and provide input on the future design of the communities.

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Mayor Edna Jackson issued the State of the City Address Wednesday night, calling on the community to start getting “real” about persist, generational crime in Savannah, and outlined a five-step plan to address gun violence.
    The entire State of the City Address is here

    A video of Wednesday night’s meeting will begin running on Savannah Government Television (Comcast Channel 8) at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 12, and will be posted online at this afternoon.

  • Monday, February 09, 2015 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    As of last week, you should have noticed a significant improvement regarding the Savannah College of Art & Design’s recently introduced motor coaches.  SCAD has taken a hard look at their ridership numbers, taken new ridership measures, and their transportation department has committed to a more efficient number and routing of buses.  They have spent time observing, riding and following the motorcoaches to understand the concerns recently brought to their attention.  Changes in routing, as well as smaller shuttles in certain areas will be implemented soon.  Plans for marked stops are in the works as well as working with drivers and the city to adhere to stopping and idling guidelines.

    Here is SCAD's official statement:
    "The SCAD Transportation Department is committed to analyzing our student, faculty and staff transit needs and how those needs safely impact neighborhoods within the City of Savannah and beyond. We will continue to make changes to improve the efficiency of our transportation system to achieve the best outcome for the SCAD community.”

    As always, if you notice a specific situation or issue you may email your concerns to John Buckovich ( for the appropriate follow up. Documentation such as photos, video, time of day, motorcoach number, etc. will help Mr. Buckovich identify the vehicle and driver to address the situation.

  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Only a couple of seats remain for the Savannah Downtown Business Association​'s Annual Meeting next Wednesday, February 11th with guest speaker Chief Lumpkin. DNA Members do receive a special rate of $25. If you need the discount code, email

    You must register online to reserve your space. >>

  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, Feb. 11
    Mayor to deliver State of the City address
    Mayor Edna Jackson will issue the annual State of the City address at 7 pm. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of the Savannah Civic Center.
    All are invited to attend.

  • Monday, February 02, 2015 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Savannah Set to Enforce Short-Term Rental Ordinance
    The city is getting ready to crack down on property owners who aren’t following the rules according to a short-term rental ordinance approved by the Savannah City Council in November.
    Click here to read the SMN article.
    Click here to download permitting and procedure forms.

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    2015 Meetings

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

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

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