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  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Join the Savannah Downtown Business Association for a “party in the streets” during the Blues on Broughton concert with Ruthie Foster, taking place Friday, June 6, 6-9pm as a part of the “Savannah Blues Weekened”. Ruthie Foster will be taking the stage on Broughton St. between Drayton St. and Bull St. with her unique blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel music.

    Ruthie Foster, who played in the Savannah Music Festival in 2010 and 2012, will be the main act for the Blues on Broughton concert. Broughton Street will be closed between Drayton St. and Bull St. for the concert. Four local Georgia breweries will be available on tap during the event: Monday Night Brewery, Jekyll Brewery, Red Hare Brewery, Eagle Creek Brewery, and Fat Tire will be the featured brands for Blues on Broughton. Experience this free music event with other music lovers in the lively atmosphere of Broughton Street while dining, shopping, and enjoying the thriving downtown business community. You definitely do not want to miss the first Blues on Broughton of the year, brought to you by the SDBA and presented by Southern Eagle Distributors. Blues on Broughton will be a part of Savannah Blues Weekend along with the Savannah Riverfront Association’s “Blues, Jazz, and BBQ” festival, occurring on River Street Friday and Saturday, and City Market’s “Art Blues” on Saturday.


    Those who have followed RUTHIE FOSTER’S eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie's list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a  2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blue Music Award Critic’s Poll for Bluest Artist of the Year (female) and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Ruthie’s latest and Grammy-nominated CD, ‘”Let It Burn,” is a deeply intimate recording featuring a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers. Ruthie is supported along the way by some very special guests - gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Stax Records soul man William Bell.


    Downtown Savannah will be holding a weekend-long blues festival throughout the historic downtown scene. Join the Savannah Riverfront Association for the Second Annual Blues, Jazz, and BBQ Festival on River Street Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 in Rousakis Plaza, 115 E. River Street. Deep Southern Blues, Smooth Jazz, and smoky BBQ will be served up all weekend long during this annual River Street festival. Stop by Broughton Street Friday night, June 6, 6-9pm, for the Spring Blues on Broughton concert with Ruthie Foster. Then head over to City Market courtyard Saturday, June 7, all day, for the inaugural Art & Blues event to enjoy blues music, the work of the City Market artists, live painting demonstrations, and more. Don’t miss this Swingin’ Savannah Blues Weekend as the historic downtown scene is jam-packed with live blues music, food, art, drinks, and fun!

  • Friday, May 23, 2014 9:23 AM | Anonymous
    Several downtown streets will be closed to traffic at various times on Saturday as some 650 runners in various categories participate in a one-mile run to support first responders.
    The Savannah Mile, a fund-raiser for the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, will travel Drayton Street from Park Avenue to Johnson Square in seven heats beginning at 8 a.m.
    Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police will begin closing off streets at 6 a.m. in preparation for the run that will stage in the southern end of Forsyth Park. Drayton will be closed from Henry Street to St. Julian Street. Park Avenue also will be closed between Bull and Abercorn streets.
    Intersections at Liberty and Drayton streets and at East Oglethorpe Avenue and Drayton will be closed intermittently between the seven heats. Heats will vary from young children to first responders running in full gear for the right to host the Heroes Heat flag for the next year.
    The event begins with a static display of first responder and military equipment in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Forsyth Park near Park Avenue and Drayton Street.
    The Two Hundred Club is an area non-profit organization of business, law enforcement, judicial, professional, religious and academic leaders that provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officials who lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    During the May 15th City Council Meeting, DNA past-President, Hank Reed was presented with a Proclamation from Mayor Edna Jackson and the City of Savannah and Council recognizing the outstanding work he has done in the downtown community.

    Mayor Jackson commended Hank on his ability to always challenge her to understand and think about things from a resident's perspective.

    Among the many accomplishments mentioned, some of them include:


    Under Hank’s leadership in 2011 DNA worked with City of Savannah, the Savannah Park and Tree Commission and the Historic Savannah Foundation to create a comprehensive plan to improve lighting in downtown Savannah squares.



    Halted a “fast-track” vote on double-decker buses and encouraged city leaders to evaluate tourism traffic issues with the Tourism Advisory Committee.


    Developed a strong relationship with the SCMPD Downtown Precinct Commander to keep lines of communication open for residents involving crime and safety.



    Formed a partnership with the Savannah Downtown Business Association and the Historic Savannah Foundation agreeing to work together for a common, transparent approach to future development in downtown Savannah.


    Historic Savannah Foundation’s Lee & Emma Adler Award for Preservation Advocacy was presented to the Downtown Neighborhood Association.


    Created an Economic Impact Committee within DNA to research whether a cruise ship terminal was viable in Savannah and was an instrumental voice for downtown residents in opposing the terminal being built.


    Under Reed’s Leadership, a successful Neighborhood Crime Watch Program was been developed and regular alerts are distributed to neighbors. A Block Captain system is in place and active participation and communication from SCMPD has helped the program to grow.


    Recruited new volunteers and formed committees to further strengthen DNA’s impact by researching and working on issues such as VRBOs and fundraising for public safety.

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:01 PM | Anonymous


    How do you feel about 6-story buildings and 4-story buildings along our historic riverfront?  Well, you better start liking them…or come to the City Council meeting on Thursday and tell your Aldermen why you don’t.  While you’re at it, you might also inquire as to how such tall buildings can be allowed without seeingundefinedin contextundefinedwhat they will look like and what they will feel like before they are given approval. 
    Imagine yourself walled off from the Savannah River by buildings that block your view of the water on the west end of River Street. Not only can that happen…it can happen with virtually no input from you through the Historic District Board of Review and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  So, take the opportunity to let City Council know how you feel about this.  Ask them: 1) not to amend the Height Map to allow taller buildings along our historic and fragile riverfront and 2) ask them to change the process that allows a short-cut that obviates the opportunity for the HDBR and ZBA to review and recommend before City Council dictates our riverfront’s future. 
    This is scheduled to be the 9th item on tomorrow’s City Council agenda, beginning at 2pm. 
    Harold Yellin, Petitioner (MPC File No. 14-000709-ZA), requesting a text amendment to Article B (Zoning Districts), Sec. 8-3030 (Historic District), (n) (12) Design Standards, Height to allow a maximum of three stories or 45 feet above Bay Street (approximately six stories) in the northwestern corner of the Savannah Historic District extending approximately 775 feet along the Savannah River to the east and west of the Power Plant Site and to allow a maximum of one story above Bay Street (approximately four stories) extending approximately 375 feet along the Savannah River to the east of the Power Plant Site.

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Officers and Executive Committee
    John Buckovich                                           President
    Kevin Klinkenberg                                       Vice President and Chair of Parking & VRBO Committees
    Meredith Dulany                                         Secretary & Deputy Events Chair
    Bob Maas                                                     Treasurer & Liaison with West Forsyth Neighborhood Association

    Board of Directors

    Melinda Allen                                              Membership Chair

    Amy Brock                                                   Communications Chair

    Staci Donegan                                             Neighborhood Crime Watch Program Chair

    Reed Dulany                                                Policy Advisor

    Bill Durrence                                                Liaison with Savannah Neighborhood Associations

    Nicholas Henry                                           Ward Captain Chair

    Robert McAlister (“Bob”)                          Liaison with Elected Officials

    Roger Moss, Jr.                                            Liaison with Downtown Business Association

    Tina Peterson                                               Holiday Tour of Homes, Co-Chair

    Bud Rosser                                                   Liaison with Beach Historic Neighborhood

    Hank Reed                                                    Immediate Past President

    Erika Snayd                                                   Events Chair

    Gale Steves                                                   Chair, Development and Holiday Tour of Homes


    Ex Officio Board Members (Appointed by authority of the Board)
    Katharine B. Alphin                                     Policy Advisor

    Veronica Buckovich                                     Newsletter Editor

    Lawrence B. Lee                                           Past President and Legal Counsel

    Bill Stuebe                                                     Past President and Chair, Urban Planning and Preservation

    Dr. Kenneth Zapp                                         Economic Impact Committee Chair

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association

    Announces 2014 Grant Recipients


    The Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will award $16,000 in community grants to area organizations at their Annual Meeting and Spring Picnic on Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Davenport House Museum Garden.


    This year, DNA invited organizations to apply for grants in one of the following categories: Beautification and improvements in the downtown area; Arts and cultural life; Humanitarian causes.


    This year’s recipients include:

    Coastal Heritage Society/ Savannah Children’s Museum

    Davenport House Museum

    Emmaus House

    Empty Stocking Fund

    HUGS-Heads Up Guidance Services

    Inner City Night Shelter

    King-Tisdell Foundation, Inc. Beach Institute Garden Project

    Old Savannah City Mission, Inc.

    Savannah Baptist Center

    Savannah Bicycle Campaign

    Savannah Children's

    Savannah Tree Foundation

    Telfair Museum of Art, Inc

    The Children's School at St. Johns Church


    Grants are funded through the monies raised at the Downtown Neighborhood Associations Annual Holiday Tour of Homes held each December.


  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014 5:37 PM | Anonymous
    Click here to view the latest from the Elba Island Project
  • Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    DNA is an all volunteer organization, with no paid staff.  Our volunteer Board is asked to perform significant duties to ensure the organization accomplishes its mission. The current Board and the Nominating Committee recommend the addition of two more positions on the board, for a total of 17, to support the increased workload resulting from growth in DNA in recent years. 


    Specifically, recommend that the last sentence of paragraph 2 of Article IV of the Bylaws be amended to read “Board membership shall not exceed seventeen (17) persons.”

    Download and print the 2014-15 Slate and the DNA Bylaws.

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) announced the winners of the 2014 Preservation Awards Luncheon earlier today at the DeSoto Hilton in Savannah.

    This annual event recognizes individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in historic preservation in historic preservation. The evaluation criteria that HSF Preservation Awards are judged upon include quality of work, degree of difficulty and the ultimate positive impact the project has on the surrounding community.

    HSF honored 11 local award winners at the 2014 Preservation Awards Luncheon, including a special presentation of the President’s Award and the Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer of the Year Award.

    “We are delighted to recognize such an outstanding group of leaders in historic preservation and revitalization in the Savannah area,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. “Their commitment to HSF’s core values extends the positive economic impact of historic preservation, which is often taken for granted or not fully appreciated.”

    Over the last five decades, HSF has spearheaded the local preservation movement saving some of Savannah’s most acclaimed and visited historic properties. In order to continue its mission to preserve historic Savannah, HSF announced publicly today its capital campaign drive, This Place Matters: The Campaign to Continue Preserving Savannah.

    Under the leadership of Aaron Levy, this year’s Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer Award winner and Past HSF President Helen Downing, the Capital Campaign co-chairs, we have raised $1.2 million of our $1.5 million goal. This important campaign will help provide the vital resources HSF needs to save endangered historic properties and continue to lead the preservation movement in Savannah and Chatham County into the 21st Century.

    For more information on HSF’s capital campaign drive or for details on how to make gift donations, pledges, securities, property or other non-cash assets, please call 912.233.7787 or email

    Winners of the 2014 HSF Preservation Awards include the following:

    306 West Waldburg Street

    Tommy and Jamie Linstroth

    Drayton Tower
    Flank, Inc.

    Hayman's Hall


    United Community Bank

    United Community Bank

    25 Bluff Drive

    Vincent and Lisa West

    415 East 40th Street
    Seth and Leah Michalak

    1117 Habersham Street
    Justin W. Gunther
    Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Spire Restoration
    Catholic Diocese of Savannah

    4 West Taylor Street
    F. Reed Dulany III and Meredith Dulany

    224 West Park Avenue

    Mike and Alexandria Nelson

    The Joe Murray Rivers Jr. Intermodal Transit Center

    Chatham Area Transit Authority

    Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer Award

    Aaron Levy

    President’s Award
    Cullen Chambers, Tybee Island Historical Society
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) will host a Forum for candidates running in the May 20, 2014 election for President of the Savannah Chatham County School Board.

    Coastal Georgia Center • 305 Fahm Street • Savannah, GA
    Sadie C. Brown
    Jolene Byrne
    Chester A. Ellis
    George Seaborough
    David Simons
    Today, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    5:30 p.m. - Cocktail / Social Hour for DNA Members
    6:15 p.m. -  Seating / Brief Announcements
    6:20 p.m. – SDRA Update from Dicky Mopper
    6:25 p.m. – Introduction of Candidates
    6:30 p.m. - Forum begins

    The event is open to non-Downtown Neighborhood Association Members who are invited to join the organization in person or online at For non-members wishing to enjoy the catered cocktail hour, there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

    DNA’s Mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Historic Landmark District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies; which support these objectives. We protect the Landmark District’s architectural heritage, encourage restoration & beautification, and support local organizations that enhance the community through aid to Savannah’s citizens, education, safety, music, and children’s activities.

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

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

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