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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:06 AM | Anonymous
    The Recorder’s Court hearing involving the use of golf carts as shuttle vehicles on City streets by the Savannah Hoppers has come to a conclusion. Chief Judge Tammy Stokes presided over the trial and on Monday issued a decision in favor of the City. Savannah Hoppers cannot operate motorized carts in Savannah until these vehicles are in compliance with both state law and local ordinances.  In the meantime, Savannah Hoppers will continue to offer low speed vehicles for rental.
    A public meeting will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Chatham County Library, 14097 Abercorn Street, to discuss motorized carts and low speed vehicles.
    The shared stand at 10 E. Oglethorpe was approved by Council on March 6.  The movement of the motor coach stand will be occur before the end of next week.
    Staff is continuing to work on a proposal for carriage operations to be permitted between the hours of 4:30 to 6:00PM, Monday thru Friday.  This includes reviewing boundaries and compiling data on special requests.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:46 PM | Anonymous
    THIS SATURDAY, March 29, at 9 a.m.
    Volunteers Needed at Mother Mathilda Beasley Park
    500 E. Broad Street

    Volunteer with the Savannah Tree Foundation in Mother Mathilda Beasley Park this Saturday morning, and help get the park ready for spring. Volunteers will learn the correct way to mulch trees, and about the environmental and economic benefits of urban forests. The Savannah Tree Foundation will provide volunteers with site specific training, knowledgeable team leaders, and the tools needed to help take care of this park. Activities will include:
    •spreading fresh mulch in the landscape beds
    •pruning back some overgrowth in the “wetland” area
    •cleaning up the park
    •working in the dog park
      •and more!

    Please wear long pants and sleeves to protect from the sun and bugs and wear closed toe shoes. Bring your own gloves and a hard tined rake if you have them--otherwise STF will provide hand tools.
    Meet at 9 am, Saturday, March 29th at the north end of the park, next to the parking area. RAIN OR SHINE! This is a family friendly event.

    Community service credit is available.

    Savannah Tree Foundation will provide beverages and refreshments, however please bring you own, refillable, water bottle. Questions? Call 912-233-TREE (8733).
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:23 AM | Anonymous
    Police Chief Search, citizen survey launched today
    The City of Savannah and Chatham County today began advertising for the position of Chief of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, and launched a citizen survey to provide input during the selection process.
    The Chief is head of a force with 833 Police officers and civilian staff, serving a population of more than 275,000. The job advertisement seeks a Chief with “strong character, integrity and leadership.”
    “The Chief of the SCMPD must be a forward-thinking individual who can set objectives and the strategic direction for the department, implement innovative crime reduction and prevention strategies, leverage technology to improve the capacity of the department, and maximize crime fighting resources within the community,” the advertisement reads.
    Advertising will take place in more than a dozen publications, websites and newspapers through May 16.
    The selection process will include input from City and County leadership, neighborhood presidents, and key stakeholders in the faith-based and civic community. The general public will have input via a survey, which asks citizens to prioritize public safety issues, as well as the types of professional experience and personal attributes a new Police Chief should possess.  
    The citizen survey can be filled out online at beginning today and lasting through April 25. Starting Monday, March 31, citizens will also have the option of an in-person or call-in survey. Paper copies of the survey can be filled out on-site beginning March 31 at City Hall and the Broughton Municipal Building, 132 E. Broughton St. Residents can complete the survey by phone March 31-April 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 912-525-2904.
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:11 AM | Anonymous
    Fostering Neighborhood Friendly Business Growth
    presented by Dr. Kenneth Zapp, Chair of DNA's Economic Impact Committee

    5:30 p.m. - Cocktail / Social Hour
    6:00 p.m. - Seating
    6:10 p.m. - Announcements
    6:15 p.m. - Program
    7:15 p.m. - Adjourn

    If you have renewed your membership for 2014, please come to the Member line, sign in and collect your drink tickets! If you have not renewed yet for 2014, go to to join/renew online.

    The meeting will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center located at 305 Fahm Street.
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:27 PM | Anonymous
    Interested in helping to shape the future of downtown with DNA? There are positions available on the DNA Board and on DNA Committees for 2014-15. The time commitment is minimal with monthly meetings September - November and January - May. Interested in learning more? Email our Nominating Committee Chair.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:40 PM | Anonymous

    VIA the Savannah Morning News

    Hotelier Richard Kessler’s request for a height map amendment for a proposed multi-million dollar West River Street development hit a speed bump Tuesday after the city’s planning commission tabled a decision on the request until April.

    The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted Tuesday to postpone a decision on the text amendment to the city’s height map, which would’ve extended an adjacent height zone and allow Kessler to build four structures as part of a $200 million hotel project on the site of the old Georgia Power plant.

    The MPC heard more than an hour of debate, sometimes acrimonious, over the text amendment. The issue brought to the podium several local architects, nearby building owners, preservationists and at least two members of the Historic District Board of Review to speak out against the proposed change.

    “The riverfront has been a very fundamental part of what it means to be a National Landmark District, and these areas have always been limited to relatively low buildings,” said Patrick Shay, a local architect in opposition to the change.

    In rebuttal, Kessler said his investment will revitalize the long-dormant site and that the height of his structures would not exceed that of the original plant.

    “The general support has been extremely strong for this. ...We’re not blocking anybody’s view,” said Kessler.

    Kessler had requested a 6-story height change for the power plant and buildings west of it and a 4-story height change for structures east of the plant. The MPC staff submitted an alternative recommendation for a maximum of 5 stories and 3 stories, respectively.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    The Housing Authority of Savannah and the Robert Hitch Village Master Development Team will host a collaborative community design workshop from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton St.

    The redevelopment of Hitch Village is the cornerstone of the East Savannah Gateway Transformation Plan.

    Please join your neighbors and fellow community members in providing input for this proposed new neighborhood in East Savannah.

    Visit for details about this event and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning process.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    Vehicles parked on parade route must be moved by 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16
    Downtown residents and those attending downtown churches should remove their vehicles by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 from areas along the St. Patrick’s Day parade route. City crews will begin delivering French barricades at that time on Sunday in preparation for the 300-unit parade on Monday.
    The affected areas will be those blocks of Bull Street from Oglethorpe Lane to Harris Street, including the west side of Chippewa Square. Also affected are the blocks of Abercorn Street from Liberty Street to Gordon Lane. This includes the west side of LaFayette Square and the east side of Calhoun Square.
    Vehicles remaining in the area may have to be towed to provide access for the barricades.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:18 AM | Anonymous
    This year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, March 17. As is tradition, the Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. following celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

    All official information from the City of Savannah can be found here >>

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