News Line for Coastal Georgia

City conducting stormwater study
Businesses and residents in the city of Brunswick will know in about two years whether they will be paying another fee to City Hall.
Source: Brunswick News

Eight finalists selected for Savannah-Chatham police chief
Significant progress has been made in selection of a new Savannah-Chatham police chief, essentially leaving the next steps in the hands of the city and county managers, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic Savannah Foundation appeals demolition of Broughton Street building
The Historic Savannah Foundation is appealing a recent decision by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals to allow demolition of a building at 240 W. Broughton St.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Disappearing crosswalks will be back in downtown Statesboro
Traffic was blocked around the intersection of West Main and College streets Monday night and Tuesday morning as contractors removed the brick pavers from the four crosswalks.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Savannah tap water wins statewide taste test
Savannah’s drinking water was declared the best-tasting in Georgia during a recent statewide taste test. The “Best of the Best Taste” award was given to Savannah by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham County offers new metro police agreement
Chatham County officials are seeking more control over the governance of the Savannah-Chatham police department before a new police chief is hired, in addition to the implementation of a revised funding formula before the end of the year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City, nonprofit team to save roof, home
When Carol Brown's roof began to leak last year, she contacted the city of Savannah and Community Help Inc., a local nonprofit that works to help low-income reside
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station
The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements
A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.
Source: Effingham Herald

City manager address Savannah-Chatham police turnover
City Manager Stephanie Cutter and interim Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Julie Tolbert are implementing new initiatives to try to retain the department’s trained officers as the number leaving the department grows.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Unpaid fines add up to big bucks
When Pembroke Police Chief Stacy Strickland asked his clerk to audit the department’s files and find out how many unpaid fines might be floating around out there somewhere, he probably wasn’t prepared for the answer he got.
Source: Bryan County News

Make Tybee Road, bridges top priorities
As Tybee Island has become a more popular destination for locals and tourists, it is evident that we need to address safety issues on the causeway and bridges that connect Tybee to the mainland.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah demolitions on abandoned properties on the decline
Last year, the city paid about $25,000 to demolish seven dilapidated structures deemed too dangerous to stand. The number of razed properties continued a downward trend in such demolitions since 2010, when 37 structures were taken down at a cost of about $146,000.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham Commission chairman threatens vote to end police merger
Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott on Friday said he is prepared to place a vote before commissioners to end the Savannah-Chatham police department merger agreement if the county manager is not allowed to give his consent in the appointment of a new police chief.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historical maps displayed at Savannah City Hall
Retired history professor John Duncan has been collecting maps for 50 years. About 10,000 of them are available at the store he has operated in Savannah since 1983, V. & J. Duncan Antique Maps and Prints.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Police: K-9 unit extremely effective
When Sgt. Donald Babbin began working at the Brunswick Police Department in 2006, he came to the department hoping he would get the chance to work with a police K-9 dog.
Source: Brunswick News

Savannah River's toxicity status explained
A June report in which the Savannah River fared poorly was re-examined at Thursday’s City Council workshop in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City's special tax revenue under budget
The Savannah City Council may have to adjust its budget for projects being funded by the current 1 percent sales tax.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro tourism office set to move to new home
Next week will be moving week for the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose new visitors center will feature a Georgia Southern Museum on Main and a parking area large enough for a camper trailer or bus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Planning assemblies geared to get community involved
Brunswick officials on Tuesday hosted a workshop on the formation of Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, which are organized groups of citizens that petition the city on behalf of their neighborhoods.
Source: Brunswick News

Mounted Patrol Unit celebrates 25 years
In 1865, when Savannah’s police department was created, the mounted patrol unit operated with it.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon 2013 audit finds two problems
Rincon City Council members were handed their 2013 audit, which pointed out two material weaknesses.
Source: Effingham Herald

Pembroke gets grant for well search
Pembroke will get a $30,000 federal grant to help it find another water source.
Source: Bryan County News

Parkway honors former mayor, media innovator
A segment of Fair Road is now McDougald Memorial Parkway, honoring a mayor who brought Statesboro its sewer system and donated land for the founding of a church and a university, as well as his descendants, some prominent in electronic and print media.
Source: Statesboro Herald

St. Marys closed water plant could become science discovery center
The city hasn’t used the downtown wastewater treatment plant that overlooks the marsh on the east end of Weed Street for more than a year. If a handful of local volunteers and city officials have their way, the now-vacant property will become a research center used by Camden County high school students and graduate students from Georgia Southern University.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Cleanup of eastside Savannah homeless camps may take couple weeks
A good bit of work was accomplished Saturday in a bid to clear out some homeless camps east of downtown Savannah, but it may be a week or two before the project is complete.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to city
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced plans to open a neighborhood market - a grocery store and pharmacy with some household items - at the site of one of its former stores in Brunswick.
Source: Brunswick News

Community get answers on sewer plan
Residents from the Gaines Davis subdivision met with St. Marys officials earlier this week to discuss their long-awaited sanitary sewer project.
Source: Brunswick News

Bank of America presents housing, job training grants
On Thursday morning, Patrick O’Neil, Savannah market president of Bank of America, was joined by Mayor Edna Jackson to present grants to the Community Housing Services Agency and Step Up Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro City Council deals with store sites, large and small
Control of retail developments — one big and one small — dominated stretches of Tuesday evening's three-hour Statesboro City Council meeting.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Walmart opening new grocery store in Brunswick by end of the year
A Walmart Neighborhood Market is being built in Brunswick, the first of the stores in Southeast Georgia and the first outside the Atlanta area, a company spokesman told Brunswick city commissioners Wednesday night.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Pembroke's new website up and running
Pembroke announced its new website is up and running. Included on the new site is information about city government including the city council, boards, authorities, agendas and minutes from council meetings, as well as the municipal code, according to a press release.
Source: Bryan County News

City: Washington court ruling won't impact Savannah tours
Savannah city officials say they intend to maintain the licensing process they have in place for tour companies, despite a ruling last month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that similar license requirements violate the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City and partners push health insurance for kids
Almost one in 10 children in Chatham County lacks health insurance, even though most of those kids are eligible for state and federal programs such as Medicaid and Peachcare for Kids.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Two mayors elected to GMA Board
Hinesville Mayor James Thomas and Midway Mayor Clemontine Washington were elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting June 23 in Savannah.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Springfield audit comes back clean
The city of Springfield received a clean bill of financial health from its auditors Tuesday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

Kessler Savannah hotel project returns to planning commission
The West River Street hotel project being planned by developer Richard Kessler is scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Planning Commission today after generating controversy about its proposed height the first time around.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Camden agencies fill space in center
When the city of Kingsland swapped properties with the Camden County school system in the late 2000s, the intent was to add more office space for the city.
Source: Brunswick News

2 new murals planned for Paulsen Street, May Street YMCA
The SeeSAW public art organization is seeking approval for two wall murals from the city’s Historic Site and Monument Commission.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City holds fundraiser to benefit fire chief, wife
Jimmy Crosby has been with the Garden City Fire Department for 47 years, and he’s also worked as a state certified police officer and a paramedic. Helping others, he says, is just in his blood.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Playground spat pits neighbors against local church
Neighbors descended upon the Historic District Board of Review this week in a tizzy over a recent installation of playground equipment behind Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield's Mars Theatre will get marquees
Springfield city council members voted 3-2 to spend $14,200 on two marquees on the Mars Theatre that will list coming attractions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Fire Station 1 upgrades complete
Richmond Hill city officials including Mayor Harold Fowler and Fire Chief Ralph Catlett gathered at Fire Station 1 on Ford Avenue July 3 to cut the ribbon marking the conclusion of the refurbishing of the facility.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill receives grant for crossroads landscaping
The City of Richmond Hill was recently awarded a $50,000 GATEway grant to beautify the crossroads intersection of U.S. 17 and Ga. 144.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill purchases property for drainage project
After coming back into public session from a closed executive session, during their July 1 meeting the Richmond Hill City Council voted 4-0 to add to the city’s property holdings.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill recieves ISO rating
Richmond Hill recently received an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 4 as its fire-protection services for the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hinesville named state’s No. 2 city ‘on rise’
Hinesville has been ranked as No. 2 in a NerdWallet.com list of “Cities on the Rise in Georgia,” one of only four of the top 10 cities that are not within the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Final call Saturday for vacating eastside homeless camps
Savannah’s eastside homeless camps and their occupants face a Saturday deadline to leave ahead of two planned major drainage initiatives.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Signs are a coming attraction for the Mars
Springfield officials hope their action Tuesday night will go a long way toward answering what they say has been a frequent question of late.
Source: Effingham Herald

Mayor says "No chance" Tybee Island will have nude beach
The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he’s in office.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market confirmed for Statesboro's Market District
A city planning board meeting involving a "grocery store" beginning to be built at Brampton Avenue and Fair Road was underway when a reporter's cellphone, neglectfully left on, rang.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Historic review board approves partial hotel changes
The Savannah Historic District Board of Review approved on Wednesday a developer’s request to increase the height and mass of a planned hotel on West River Street within existing restrictions, but voted against supporting the addition of a floor beyond what is permitted in that area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Investigation of Statesboro City Council begins
The investigation ordered by Statesboro City Council into whether a majority of council members met in potentially illegal private meetings with former City Manager Frank Parker or City Attorney Alvin Leaphart began Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Savannah looking for city's worst properties
Savannah residents have until 5 p.m. July 14 to help the city in creating its new 100 Worst Properties List.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hotel developer requests additional height following approval of Kessler project
The recent approval of additional height for developer Richard Kessler’s hotel project on west River Street has spurred another developer’s request to add stories to an adjacent project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City fire chief suggests consolidating departments
Springfield Fire Chief Travis Zittrouer said a single, countywide fire department would improve service and cost less than each of the three cities and the county having their own, individual units.
Source: Effingham Herald

A walk in the park
The four fields at the Macomber Park expansion are done, but there is still plenty of work to do on the new phase — and on the older parts of the park.
Source: Effingham Herald

Rincon making changes to alcohol law
The city of Rincon is making a few changes to its alcohol ordinance.
Source: Effingham Herald

Officials: Tax hike will be manageable
Property owners in the city of Brunswick can expect an increase on their annual tax bill this year, but it won't be much.
Source: Brunswick News

Savannah economic development board hires director
The appointed group charged with helping the city’s economic development efforts has taken a significant step toward re-establishing itself after hiring an executive director although challenges remain.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon fire station opens on Blue Jay Road
The new station operated by Rincon’s fire department has opened on Blue Jay Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City buys 25 acres to help ease stormwater woes
Tuesday night to buy 24.75 acres in the Cherokee Village area for $69,000 in hopes of easing what councilman Russ Carpenter termed “major drainage problems” in the neighborhood while also becoming part of the city’s master plan for sidewalks and walking trails.
Source: Bryan County News

Firms to develop Mary Ross master plan
Brunswick officials are moving ahead with plans to redevelop Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The city commission on Wednesday awarded a dual $37,366 contract to St. Simons Island-based design firms ALTA Planning + Design and Roberts Civil Engineering to develop a master plan for programming and connectivity for the downtown park.
Source: Brunswick News

Panel proposes merger of 4 Kingsland and Camden County fire stations into 2
The Camden County Joint Committee on Fire Consolidation recommended Wednesday the merger of four fire stations into two and the addition of an ambulance to cover the south end of the county.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Cheshire steps in as interim Statesboro city manager
Robert Cheshire, Statesboro’s city engineer for more than 15 years, has officially begun his service as interim city manager, after last week’s public falling out over alleged private meetings ended in City Council firing City Manager Frank Parker.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Rep. Williams attends GMA convention
Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, participated in the annual convention of the Georgia Municipal Association on June 22 in Savannah.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Utility board claims bank for HQ
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission officially claimed the United Community Bank, 1703 Gloucester St., Monday as the site of its new headquarters.
Source: Brunswick News

Port Wentworth officials raise tax rate but say taxes won't increase
The Port Wentworth City Council on Monday night unanimously approved an increase in the city’s tax rate, but officials say residents will not see a larger tax bill.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering Forsyth Park bike ban
The days of bicycling through Forsyth Park could soon come to an end. City officials are considering banning the practice as the number of people visiting the park increases and concern about endangering pedestrians grows, said city spokesman Bret Bell.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's neighborhoods reshaped by newcomers
Savannah’s neighborhoods are, as always, the petri dish for this mish-mashing of people, pets and businesses. And while some neighborhoods prefer their historical lines of demarcation, others are loosening up and even expanding their borders, if not physically, at least figuratively.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's River Street trolley returns to the rails
Visitors along the waterfront are riding the rails once again, now that Savannah’s River Street trolley is back in operation.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City, county budgets get stamp of approval
The Brunswick and Glynn County commissions on Thursday approved multimillion-dollar budgets for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that provide for additional staff and capital expenditures.
Source: Brunswick News

Savannah City Council rejects vacation rental change
The Savannah City Council shot down one woman’s effort to legalize her vacation rental business in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Broughton Street property greenlighted for demoliton
Demolition plans are a go for 240 W. Broughton Street after the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to overturn a decision by the Historic District Board of Review denying that request.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Apartment's landscape plan to be reviewed
The developers of Ashleigh Place Senior Apartments and the Richmond Hill City Council agreed to work together in the hope of finding a mutually agreeable interpretation of how the city’s new landscape ordinance should apply to the apartment complex to be constructed on Timber Trail after discussing the project during the council’s June 17 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

'Crossroads' to get makeover
Richmond Hill’s busiest intersection will soon be getting some curb appeal, thanks in part to a $50,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Source: Bryan County News

Fowler named to GMA board
Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 24.
Source: Bryan County News

Tybee Island moves toward adopting new marsh buffer
Tybee is on track to restore marsh protections that state regulators revoked in April.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon approves Veteran's Day as city holiday
Rincon’s City Council has agreed to add Veteran’s Day as a city holiday for employees.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor reports on trip to Washington
During his report at Thursday’s Hinesville City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Thomas provided information he and City Manager Billy Edwards received during a recent trip to Washington, D.C.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City gets 100 letters from 'future mayors'
Shari Sheppard, a student at Lewis Frasier Middle School, was the winner of the city of Hinesville’s “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Statesboro employees get their raise; no pay study for now
At times during this week’s Statesboro City Council meeting, it appeared that some or all of the city’s 250-plus employees might not get a proposed 2.5 percent raise.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Savannah man wants more nudity on Tybee Island beach
A Savannah man has started an online petition to designate a quarter-mile of Tybee Island’s beach as clothing optional. Currently, though, it doesn’t look as if Tybee’s too hot for the idea of letting beachgoers rock their birthday suits on the sand.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Three public hearings set for Richmond Hill
The city of Richmond Hill will hold three public hearings beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at city hall, 30 Richard R. Davis Drive.
Source: Bryan County News

Statesboro-Bulloch fire committee launches in upbeat mood
Tricky questions such as where the city might put a third fire station remain in the future, but a joint city-county fire committee that met for the first time Tuesday agreed to address these in a spirit of cooperation.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Richmond Hill’s Independence Day celebration set
The city of Richmond Hill will sponsor an Independence Day celebration from 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in J F Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Fire protection improved in Pembroke
Residents of Pembroke may see a decrease in insurance premiums later this year as a result of the city’s new ISO rating.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City approves property taxes for the first time
The Garden City Council on Monday voted to levy property taxes for the first time in its 75-year history.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown Statesboro on the rise
The “State of Downtown” is strong and looking up, Downtown Statesboro Development Authority officials say.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Added fire protection planned for riverfront, Hutchinson Island
The city of Savannah is looking to step up fire protection along the Savannah River and on Hutchinson Island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plans for future trump historic past for Savannah's police precinct project
In planning for Cuyler-Brownville’s future, the city of Savannah intends to sacrifice some of the area’s historic past.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The making of a Savannah ordinance
The birth of an ordinance begins with a problem, usually an issue arises.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Residents air concerns on city's proposed short-term vacation rental regulations
Residents concerned, confused and cantankerous about a proposed citywide ordinance for the regulation of short-term vacation rentals showed up in force at the first of two public meetings on the topic.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council members OK Mars’ budget
From glowing reviews of the sound system and an appreciation of the seating arrangements, Springfield City Council members are hearing plenty of good things about the Mars Theatre.
Source: Effingham Herald

Work begins on new Claxton City Hall
A site work crew is preparing the pad for the new City Hall, a $1 million project the city government has been saving for, for years.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Council: Historic MLK pharmacy to come down
The Savannah City Council approved a contract Thursday to demolish the historic pharmacy they had hoped to restore after the building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was found to be structurally unstable.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Lawsuit filed to block increased height limits for West River Street hotel project
Seeking to prevent increased height limits for a hotel project on west River Street, owners of area properties filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Savannah City Council and the project’s developer.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield sets Mars Theatre budget
Springfield’s City Council set an annual budget of $190,000 for the Mars Theatre Tuesday night, including a one-time infusion of $21,000 from the general fund reserve.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Almost $700k in fines owed to Pembroke
The city of Pembroke may be receiving something of a shot in the arm financially from a rather unexpected source.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Acting manager gets Kingsland job
Acting City Manager Lee Spell didn't know why he was asked to leave a closed meeting of the Kingsland City Council.
Source: Brunswick News

Pembroke to recognize fire department volunteers
Pembroke will recognize its fire department volunteers at Monday's city council meeting, according to a proposed agenda sent to the Bryan County News office Friday.
Source: Bryan County News

Sidewalks plan lists $5.7 million worth of proposals
Correspondent POSTED: June 7, 2014 6:00 a.m. Relief may be on the way for the 40 students who dodge traffic every morning while walking down Ivey Street to Lynwood Avenue to catch the bus to school. Under a plan being considered by the Richmond Hill City Council, that stretch of road would get sidewalks, along with 12 other areas in the city.
Source: Bryan County News

Camden County agencies may share one director
St. Marys is no longer a Main Street community and Woodbine is no longer a Better Home Town.
Source: Brunswick News

Council OKs rezoning despite concerns
The Hinesville City Council on Thursday approved, with special stipulations, a petition filed by Evans T & T Investments, LLC to rezone 44.12 acres of land for the Retreat at Oak Crest, Phase II and III, over-riding recommendations by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission and public concerns.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Current alcohol ordinance left city of Statesboro 'powerless’
The city’s recourse to the Superior Court last fall for an order to close down two nightclubs after repeated gun violence, and a review of Statesboro’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance by the city attorney, revealed fundamental flaws in the existing city law.
Source: Statesboro Herald

With state enforcement of marsh buffer murky, St. Marys and Camden County consider adopting their own
Camden County officials are trying to determine whether they need to amend county ordinances in order to reestablish a 25-foot marsh buffer zone after changes in Georgia law left some areas without enforceable limits. Meanwhile, St. Marys says it will adopt its own marsh buffer standards partly to protect property owners from losses should they be allowed to build too close to the marsh.
Source: Florida Times-Union

While Chatham County's tax digest grows, other governments see declines
While Chatham County’s 2014 net tax digest increased by 1.57 percent, translating to approximately $2 million in growth from last year, the unincorporated area and some municipalities didn’t fare as well.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking feedback on short-term rentals
City officials are trying to accommodate the growing popularity of online vacation rental sites such as Airbnb.com, and they want to get some feedback from residents on the rules being developed to govern the practice.
Source: Savannah Morning News

St. Marys restores 25-foot marsh buffer
St. Marys City Council has amended its Maritime Heritage Overlay District to immediately restore a 25-foot marsh buffer zone that was redefined by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in May.
Source: Brunswick News

City of Savannah unveils slavery research project
More light has been shed on a dark side of Savannah’s past, thanks to the work of one Armstrong State University graduate student.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro budget changes little; public hearing Thursday
Statesboro city officials aren't expecting a big crowd for Thursday's 4 p.m. public hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget. No tax increases are proposed.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Port Wentworth OKs school agreement
Both the city of Port Wentworth and Savannah-Chatham public school officials have now approved an intergovernmental agreement regarding new school construction, which clears the way for the construction of a new Port Wentworth School.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah residents to be relocated for central police precinct
No one will be displaced after the city of Savannah purchases the row houses that line 33rd and 34th street, between Montgomery Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to one of the property’s owners.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New city compliance officer keeps an eye on contractors
The new guy charged with keeping contractors in check when it comes to hiring minority- and women-owned enterprises for city of Savannah projects went to work on May 5.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah changing the face of homeless advocacy
Beginning Monday, city of Savannah officials and caseworkers from the area’s umbrella homeless services providers will show up where groups of homeless gather in east Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Forsyth Park stage fountain being removed
Fears of gashed feet are prompting the removal of the fountain in front of Forsyth Park’s outdoor stage.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City creates office zoning classification
The city of Savannah and Chatham County have added a new zoning district classification called Office-Institutional, a designation that bridges the gap between residential and heavier commercial uses, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill council swears in new firefighters, honors others
The ranks of the Richmond Hill Fire Department grew Tuesday as three new firefighters were sworn in by Mayor Harold Fowler at the City Council meeting.
Source: Bryan County News

City pays tribute to Hometown Hero
Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler opened the city’s annual Memorial Day observance by honoring those who have fallen in the defense of the country and then paying special tribute to one who didn’t.
Source: Bryan County News

The places Rincon Police can go, with its new UTV
The Rincon Police Department has a new set of wheels — one that can access areas standard police cars can’t.
Source: Effingham Herald

Help sought for homeless in Hinesville
The city of Hinesville is hosting the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect on June 14, in the Bradwell Institute gymnasium. Each year, at least 100 families in this community experience homelessness.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City may buy property for police precinct
The Savannah City Council on Thursday approved the $1 million purchase of property at 34th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a new Savannah-Chatham police station for the Central Precinct that they hope will help reduce crime in the area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Low-income apartment complex draws opposition in Statesboro
Gateway Development Corp. will apply for tax credits to build a low-income apartment complex on Lester Road despite neighborhood opposition and a lack of endorsement by the city of Statesboro, Gateway Development President Thomas Ward said last week.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Homebrewers seeking more freedom to operate in city
Operating mainly outside the periphery of the rest of the city of Brunswick, there's a club of 15 smart and hardworking individuals who also happen to brew their own beer.
Source: Brunswick News

Savannah 'worst properties' initiative ready for reboot
In August 2007, city officials celebrated the demolition of a dilapidated house at 1725 Dunn St., marking the end of nine months of efforts to bring into compliance abandoned properties designated Savannah’s “100 worst.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro spending $673,000 repaving streets
Drivers on Statesboro's streets this summer should encounter paving crews at work and, eventually, fewer potholes.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Advisers, lawmakers push for marsh buffer
State and local lawmakers, along with a panel of citizens charged with advising the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, are calling for the restoration of recently revoked protections to the state’s salt marsh.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Applications top 100 for Savannah-Chathham police chief
The Savannah-Chatham police chief position has drawn interest from 114 applicants from 29 states, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City manager speaks to Lions Club
Richmond Hill City Manager Chris Lovell explained the progress that has been made on many city projects.
Source: Bryan County News

Office building dubbed 'historic'
Compared to many structures in downtown Brunswick, the Frank M. Scarlett Federal Building may not seem old. After all, it was constructed in the late 1950s.
Source: Brunswick News

14 organizations join to protect Brunswick's 176-year-old Oak Grove Cemetery
Opened in 1838 during the Victorian Era, Oak Grove Cemetery is more than just a place where people are buried.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Savannah, Chatham County honor fallen police officers in annual ceremony
The solemn notes of “Amazing Grace” echoed off surrounding buildings as a lone bagpiper marched toward the gray, stone statue of a police officer in dress uniform.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeks dismissal of fire department captains' lawsuit
The city of Savannah is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Savannah Fire and Emergency Services captains who claim the city failed to comply with a policy to compensate supervisory positions by at least 5 percent more than their subordinates.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hinesville mayor, council recognize pastor
Before any other business was discussed during Thursday’s city council meeting, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas and city council members took time to say ‘goodbye’ to a long-time friend of the city, Pastor Richard Wright of First United Methodist Church.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Ludowici City Hall rennovations discussed
Ludowici City Hall’s recent face-lift was a topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Ludowici City Council meeting.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Leaders review final SPLOST list
Liberty County Board of Commissioners Chairman Donald Lovette and County Administrator Joey Brown met with five Liberty county mayors Wednesday to review what was meant to be a finalized list of funds to be allocated for road and building projects if voters pass the November referendum for a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City commission to consider options for helping 'Blessing'
In the 1970s and 1980s, the city's Spring Fiesta, a two-day festival scheduled the same weekend as Blessing of the Fleet in Brunswick, was a sight to behold.
Source: Brunswick News

Port Wentworth sees proposed budget increase
A couple of years ago Port Wentworth was laying off employees, suspending holiday pay and preventing police from driving patrol cars home to help close a big budget shortfall due in part to a tax collection error.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah officials eye anti-violence initiative
Savannah officials hope to match the success experienced by other cities in reducing shootings by adopting a violence-reduction initiative that targets individuals who are the biggest threats with outreach and enforcement.
Source: Savannah Morning News

River Street hotel height amendment approved
Pledges of jobs and investment helped convince a majority of the City Council to support what developer Richard Kessler says will be a $200 million hotel project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Review board gives initial OK for arts center
Naked people and backsides. The discussion took some interesting turns leading up to the Savannah Historic District Board of Review’s initial approval on Wednesday of the city’s planned cultural arts center design.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Businessman Greg Parker gives update on mayoral roundtable recommendations
When Greg Parker joined with other business leaders and city officials in convening a mayoral roundtable in 2012, they had one goal in mind: Making Savannah the best city in the country to do business.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic board denies Ben Carter's demolition petiton for Broughton Street building
The Historic District Board of Review refused Wednesday to allow developer Ben Carter to demolish 240 W. Broughton to make way for a new structure to house retailer H&M.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield's Mars Theatre is off to a good start
As Springfield’s Mars Theatre gets ready to debut another first-run movie – Godzilla – tomorrow, city council members were told that 640 people saw the first movie shown in the theater in 57 years – the Amazing Spider-Man 2 – in six showings.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Editorial: City Council should swing at baseball pitch
According to a preliminary agenda of tomorrow’s session, City Manager Stephanie Cutter is expected to recommend approval of a $55,000 contract for a private consultant to do a feasibility study and impact analysis on a proposed stadium and sports entertainment venue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Survey respondents describe ideal Savannah-Chatham police chief
Survey results say: Police officers should spend at least one night a week at local bars. That was only one of more than 200 written comments submitted after the city posted an online survey to find out what the community wants in a new Savannah-Chatham police chief.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Brunswick setting stage to scrap changes that saved nearly $600,000 a year
City residents will pay less to have their garbage picked up and hauled away next year.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Elimination of city of Savannah's inventory tax on ballot
In addition to selecting a new Savannah-Chatham school board chairman and returning unopposed judges to their seats, Savannah residents will determine the fate of an inventory tax for manufacturers on May 20.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City looking at ban on pets from buildings, parks
A dog with a bladder that just couldn’t wait while its owner paid a bill at Hinesville City Hall has prompted introduction of an ordinance to ban pets from all Hinesville property, including parks.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City looks for county’s aid on park parking
Springfield officials asked Effingham County commissioners Tuesday if and when they could help with improvements around Ulmer Park.
Source: Effingham Herald

St. Marys hires retired Navy officer John Holman as new city manager, should begin work in mid-June
The City Council has hired John Holman, the sole remaining candidate, as its new city manager.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick setting stage to scrap changes that saved nearly $600,000 a year
City residents will pay less to have their garbage picked up and hauled away next year.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City to create tax allocation district
Plans to redevelop the city of Brunswick are moving out of the conceptual phase and into action.
Source: Brunswick News

City manager speaks to Lions
Chris Lovell, Richmond Hill city manager, talked about the progress being made as concern to many city projects with members of the Richmond Hill Lions Club during its monthly meeting on April 24 at the Wetland Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Feds, state visit Savannah for Project DeRenne field exercise
One could be forgiven for thinking Hampstead Avenue had been transformed into a mini-golf course Wednesday morning. Artificial turf and orange cones, along with plastic sheeting designed to look like asphalt, showed where the road and multi-use paths will be after a planned widening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

LCDA to help pay for Midway turn lane
The Liberty County Development Authority agreed Monday morning to use money from its revolving loan fund to help meet a Georgia Department of Transportation requirement that otherwise might inhibit development at I-95 exit 76 in Midway.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

2 new groceries in Statesboro?
Two traffic projects that received Statesboro City Council support Tuesday will accommodate proposed new grocery stores and other businesses.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Rincon to add to planning staff
Rincon may be adding to its city staff in the next few months, after city council members approved a job description for a community development planner.
Source: Effingham Herald

Rincon to add to planning staff
Rincon may be adding to its city staff in the next few months, after city council members approved a job description for a community development planner.
Source: Effingham Herald

Park stretches out
Four brand-new fields will be ready for play later this week at Macomber Park, much to the delight of Rincon city officials.
Source: Effingham Herald

St. Marys hires new city manager
The City Council officially has hired John Holman, the sole remaining candidate, as its new city manager.
Source: Florida Times-Union

New gun law has city officials worried
A state law expanding gun owners’ rights to carry their weapons is prompting Hinesville officials to weigh security at city hall and other public places.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Garden City mulls levying a property tax
As the “Tell Garden City Council No Property Taxes” yard signs across the street from City Hall indicate, property taxes aren’t too popular in Garden City — especially when none currently exist.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police get gun-detection dog
It didn’t take Ziggy long to sniff out one of the tiny .38-caliber shell casings scattered in the grass one Tuesday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah and Chatham County spar over court costs
In what may not come as a surprise to many, the city of Savannah and Chatham County are at odds over how to split the cost of a new case management system intended to unify court computer systems.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Transportation study to examine ways to advance bicycle connectivity in Savannah
A new study, which recently received funding by transportation planners, will examine short-term solutions to increase bicycle connectivity on existing roads at low costs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New investment, development changing face of downtown Savannah
If you drive, walk or ride around downtown, you have surely seen the amount of construction and restoration activity. And if you have been reading the agendas for various public meetings and hearings, you are aware of many other developments in the pipeline.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council set to discuss alcohol rules
Tuesday will bring a regular City Council meeting at 9 a.m., followed by a council work session on overhauling the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Settlement provides funds for Savannah River Landing
The stagnant Savannah River Landing site is expected to get some needed infrastructure improvements now that the city has reached a lawsuit settlement.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Future unknown for Savannah's former cultural arts center site
As the designers behind the proposed cultural arts center prepare to have their plan vetted next month by the Savannah Historic District Board of Review, the city is still trying to rid itself of the property it originally purchased for the project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon awards bid for new fire station
Rincon City Council members approved a bid for the planned Blue Jay/McCall road fire station, granting the contract to Nicky Powell Construction on Monday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

City Council: Property maintenance needs boost
After staff presented a proposed ordinance targeting blight, the Savannah City Council on Thursday used the opportunity to voice their displeasure with how existing rules are being enforced.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon will hire planner
Rincon’s city council has agreed to hire a community development planner.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Local governments increase security
Visitors to the Old Courthouse on Wright Square will soon have to pass through a metal detector installed in response to Georgia’s expanded gun law that takes effect July 1.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City looks to increase tax rates for blighted properties
The city is considering penalizing the owners of derelict property by increasing their property tax rates.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hampstead being closed for DeRenne Project field exercise
The city will close a section of Hampstead Avenue to through traffic between White Bluff Road and Montgomery Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday for a Project DeRenne field exercise.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Too many projects proposed for SPLOST
Hinesville, Midway and Riceboro leaders met Monday with Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette and County Administrator Joey Brown to talk about municipal and county projects to promote November’s referendum to renew the special-local-option-sales-tax.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

St. Marys voters can give right to create Tax Allocation Districts to Council on May 20
Nearly seven years after rejecting a referendum to grant redevelopment powers to the St. Marys City Council, voters will get another shot.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Victory Drive study to examine development, traffic and other concerns
Ellen Harris of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission hesitates when asked about development along Victory Drive.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah firefighters receive top honors
Two top Savannah firefighters received special recognition from their peers on Tuesday as the department presented the firefighter of the year award to master firefighter Eric McKenna and the rookie of the year award to advanced firefighter Christian Hutcherson.
Source: Savannah Morning News

JWSC to make utility improvements
Vast utility improvements to benefit area manufacturers are on the horizon thanks to a partnership between the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the Joint Water Sewer Commission.
Source: Brunswick News

Developers ask for city’s letter of support
The developers of a planned apartment complex have asked for the city of Rincon’s assistance in securing financing.
Source: Effingham Herald

Most 2015 priorities connect to SPLOST
The 500-pound gorilla at the annual countywide planning workshop Wednesday-Friday was the upcoming renewal the county’s special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Affordable housing dependent on city endorsement
Two organizations hope the city’s endorsement will help them provide additional and improved housing for low income Savannahians.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Planning workshop working on goals
Liberty County community leaders and elected officials met for the 23rd annual planning workshop on St. Simons Island this week.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Springfield's Mars Theatre opens to rave reviews
Springfield’s Mars Theatre is an example of what communities and government can do when they work together, the venue’s director told a crowd during its “soft opening” on Wednesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's small firms get sunny report at State of Small Business panel discussion
Cindy Landolt, the city’s tax revenue director, said small businesses make up the majority of firms in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon annexes 66-acre island in county
The City of Rincon has annexed a 66-acre island in the county at Blue Jay and McCall roads and plans to open a fire station in a metal building that sits on 5 of the acres.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Metropolitan Planning Commission OKs more lodging uses in multifamily-residential district
Savannah homeowners got an initial OK Tuesday to rent spare bedrooms to travelers as long as they live in the house and it’s in a multi-family residential area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield's Mars Theatre gets ready for 'soft opening' tomorrow
Parking spaces were painted, a 55-inch television was installed in the concession area and final work was being done on the live performance sound system as Springfield’s Mars Theatre was readied today for tomorrow’s “soft opening.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pembroke OKs ‘workforce’ housing
The Pembroke City Council approved a resolution Monday that officials hope will one day bring the city a new development.
Source: Bryan County News

Blight a growing issue in city
The difference between Brunswick resident Miriam Jenkins' property on Willet Street and the abandoned yard next door is striking.
Source: Brunswick News

Rincon OKs August country music event at park
Rincon City Council members cleared the way for a country music festival at Freedom Park this August, but they still have to finalize fees and policies for the venue.
Source: Effingham Herald

Get out and enjoy Georgia Cities Week
It’s a great time to be a resident of Coastal Georgia. As Hinesville’s mayor, this is my favorite part of the year.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City says building on annexed land won’t happen soon
Rincon City Council members tried to assure a neighbor of its newly-annexed property that it won’t be home to sprawling new subdivision anytime soon.
Source: Effingham Herald

SCCPSS, Port Wentworth officials working on school construction agreement
Disagreements over water pressure issues and hefty inspection fees, which threatened to delay the construction of a new school in Port Wentworth, have sort of, kind of been resolved.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler growth brings expansion to police department
It’s been three decades since Mark Revenew started work as a Pooler police officer. It was 1984, and the New York native stationed at Hunter Army Airfield was about to be discharged and wanted to stay in the area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Sewage plant plan spews smell concerns
The green thumbs that run the 10-acre Savannah Botanical Gardens on Eisenhower Drive are worried visitors will soon be smelling sewage instead of roses. But city staffers assure them the plan for a sewage treatment plant at the Bacon Park Golf Course behind the gardens is nothing to turn their nose up at.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor: Hinesville's future is promising
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members and special guests that Hinesville’s future is promising during his State of the City Address given Thursday at Connection Church in Flemington.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

St. Marys down to one candidate for city manager job
The city is down to one candidate for its city manager's job after two of three finalists withdrew.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick city manager one of three finalists for Orange Park job
City Manager Bill Weeks has been named a finalist for the town manager job in Orange Park.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Savannah Council not sure about retail and booze
The Savannah City Council is wrestling with how to address alcohol license requests from businesses beyond restaurants and bars.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Southside Optimist Club honors Savannah Fire Officer of the Year
A Savannah firefighter with public service in his blood was honored Wednesday by the Southside Optimist Club.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Stormwater study moves forward
City Council voted Tuesday to proceed with the second half of a study that prepares Statesboro for a city stormwater department and a monthly fee to fund it.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Downtown development manager resigns
After nearly seven years as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Vicki Davis is leaving her position and moving on with her career.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Georgia Cities Week to begin
Georgia Cities Week 2014 gets under way Sunday with a photo exhibit at Pembroke’s Downtown Art Center. It ends with a kid’s fishing derby on April 26 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.
Source: Bryan County News

Brunswick wants Glynn County to give back its recreation department along with $700,000
Glynn County took over the city’s troubled recreation department last year as part of a settlement reached after a protracted and contentious debate over how to split revenue from a 1 cent local option sales tax.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Glynn County needs Brunswick to give up downtown alleys
Glynn County has a plan in the works concerning what to do with a downtown block that it spent $4 million on several years ago when it planned to expand its jail.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City ponders larger raise for employees
Improvement in the economy after years of austerity has led to a discussion of whether the city of Statesboro should give its employees a 2.5 percent raise instead of a smaller raise and another one-time bonus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Tybee City Manager Diane Schleicher finalist for top St. Marys job
Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher has been named a finalist for the same position in St. Marys.
Source: Savannah Morning News

St. Marys to interview final candidates
Three finalists for the St. Marys city manager's job will meet in person with elected officials Thursday for private and public interviews.
Source: Brunswick News

Historic Board reviews proposed I-16 flyover dormitories
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp faced the Historic District Board of Review Monday and received another continuation to restudy the overall height and mass of the project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Four years after buying Gilman Boathouse property, St. Marys still looking for developer
Nearly four years after the city bought the Gilman Boathouse and its 2.8-acre lot on the downtown waterfront, city officials are still looking for someone to develop it. The property, now known as the Intracoastal Gateway Project, has sat empty since the city tore down the boathouse where the late Howard Gilman entertained guests.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Tybee sees little impact from Orange Crush
Tybee Island braced for the first of two possible Orange Crush parties this weekend, but officials said the impact from Saturday’s meet-up was mild.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City joins regional planning group
In theory, Richmond Hill could have turned down membership in the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. In reality, that wasn’t an option.
Source: Bryan County News

No alcohol for movies at the Mars
While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won’t flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.
Source: Effingham Herald

City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre
With the grand opening of Springfield’s Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

Tybee police expecting Orange Crush crowds Saturday
While Tybee Island has the bulk of its Orange Crush plans set for April 19, city officials say they are ready to react if the crowds come sooner.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police honored at Meritorious Service Awards
Jessie W. Tyler remembers the afternoon of Oct. 4 well. While visiting her aunt in Connecticut, she got news that her husband, 79-year-old Hubert Tyler, had wandered away from his adult care home on White Bluff Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Metro police, Savannah High hold Roll Call in the Streets
It’s not every day a helicopter lands at high school. On Thursday afternoon, Savannah High students got to interact with members of the Savannah-Chatham police department at a Roll Call in the Streets event.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mars Theatre in Springfield gets seats
Seats were installed in the Mars Theatre in Springfield today as workers prepare for the April 25 grand opening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Chatham leaders discuss police chief search, merger
More than two weeks after the job opening for a new police chief was posted, Savannah and Chatham County leaders met to hear each other’s recommendations for making sure the best candidate is selected.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro upgrading water system remote control
The city of Statesboro is moving forward with an upgrade of software and networking for its water and sewer control system after City Council recently approved spending up to $250,000 for this purpose.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Chatham County Commission to vote on transferring trail funds
The Chatham County Commission is scheduled Friday to vote on transferring $70,000 in county sales tax dollars to the city of Savannah in a move that, if approved, advances the process for the city to take over phase two of the Truman Linear Park Trail.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham school board to give city eight-month extension on overdue payment
The Savannah-Chatham school board has agreed to give the city of Savannah an eight-month extension on the $10 million TAD agreement payment that will be used to build a new Spencer Elementary School.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Port Wentworth school construction faces problems
Schools Superintendent Thomas Lockamy said he met with Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones about water connections for the new education sales tax school the district plans to build in the growing northern portion of the municipality.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City eyes paying off city hall, new fire station with SPLOST
Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City talks plans for fire station
Rincon City Council members are expected to hold a zoning hearing at their next meeting on the city’s newly-annexed 66 acres off Blue Jay and McCall roads.
Source: Effingham Herald

Camden leaders work to improve relations
There was a time not too long ago when the governments in Camden County were like islands, having little to do with each other than what was necessary.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys wants to remain sole terminal for Cumberland Island ferry
Mayor John Morrissey believes a ferry linking St. Marys and Fernandina Beach is a good idea. He just doesn’t want that ferry to stop at Cumberland Island.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City schedules work meetings on budget, alcohol ordinance
Statesboro City Council has a work session on the city budget scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. A work session on an overhaul of the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance will follow a regular meeting on May 6.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Cameras added at residents' request
Some downtown residents were so convinced they needed additional security around their homes they offered to pay the city for surveillance cameras. The city, however, was less than eager to accept their money.
Source: Savannah Morning News

10 graduate from Rincon Citizens Police Academy
The mock traffic stop gave Malcom Foy a greater appreciation for what the police do.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City talks plans for fire station
Rincon City Council members are expected to hold a zoning hearing at their next meeting on the city’s newly-annexed 66 acres off Blue Jay and McCall roads.
Source: Effingham Herald

Savannah posts open-record requests online
One Tennessee man wanted to know the dates he got married and subsequently divorced about four decades ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Boundless opportunities for new Savannah arts center
Chatham County voters approved funding for Savannah’s new cultural arts center in a special purpose local option sales tax referendum way back in 2006.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island beefing up security as Orange Crush approaches
The city of Tybee Island has learned via social media that Orange Crush will likely be taking place on April 19.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Sherman picked as CVB director
Richmond Hill City Council put its stamp of approval Tuesday on the hiring of Christy Sherman as head of the city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Source: Bryan County News

City oks $280,000 for construction road
As work on Richmond Hill’s new $22 million Sterling Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility gets under way, finding a way to access the worksite without disrupting residents in a nearby subdivision led the City Council on Tuesday to approve spending more than $287,000 to build an access road.
Source: Bryan County News

Leaders firm up SPLOST projects
County leaders will meet with representatives from the cities April 28 to firm up a comprehensive SPLOST project list. The county met with representatives from the cities of Flemington, Riceboro, Walthourville, Midway and Hinesville in March to begin identifying projects they want included on the referendum for the next SPLOST.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

New day for Mars ready to dawn
It has been almost 60 years since the Mars Theatre last welcomed the public, and the Springfield theater will open its doors April 25 for the first time since 1957.
Source: Effingham Herald

Richmond Hill adds to wastewater plant construction cost
After discussion produced no viable options, the Richmond Hill City Council voted to fund road improvements to improve access to the site of a new wastewater treatment plant to be constructed in the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Arts center gets initial support
Architect Patrick Shay and his design team’s vision for the cultural arts center appears ready for its next performance, after garnering mostly positive responses during its premiere Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Fire recruits show off skills
Most midterms don’t involve busting through doors with axes, pulling dummies out of smoke-filled rooms or running toward a burning car to put the flames out.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Getting community back on track
Construction of the long-awaited first phase of a marina project at the Cumberland Harbour residential community in St. Marys is expected to begin by midsummer.
Source: Brunswick News

Cultural arts center design unveiled
Plans for the city of Savannah’s cultural arts center include the transformation of the parking lot across from the west side of the Civic Center into a pedestrian friendly park and venue for community led theater productions, craft workshops, art-house cinema and showcase for local artists.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New plan in works for city-owned shopping center
City staffers are proposing a more direct approach for attracting desired tenants to the city-owned shopping center on Waters Avenue after two previous attempts failed to lure the type of businesses sought by the Savannah City Council and area residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

River Street trolley returns to the rails
Savannah’s River Street trolley — “Dottie” — has been returned to her rightful place on the rails of the waterfront after spending about a year stored away at the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Louisville Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City, Effingham officers awarded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Local police officers were awarded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Thursday at a ceremony in Atlanta, one of them for being the top drugged-driving-recognition expert in the state for 2014.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City gets lirability-management grant
The Georgia Municipal Association recently announced Richmond Hill as a recipient of a $3,050 Liability Management grant for GCA Certification and constitutional law legal training.
Source: Bryan County News

City receives stadium study proposals
A request for proposals to study the feasibility of building a new stadium for the Savannah Sand Gnats has drawn national interest, as the minor league team gears up to start what could be its last season here.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield's Mars Theatre gets “Mars” sign
The Mars Theatre in Springfield got its “Mars” sign this week, as workers scramble to finish the restoration project by the April 25 opening date.
Source: Savannah Morning News

St. Marys concerned about ferry bids
Members of the St. Marys Convention and Visitors Bureau are concerned about bids that will be solicited in June to provide passenger ferry service to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Source: Brunswick News

Developer gives Broughton Street pitch to Downtown Neighborhood Association
Developer Ben Carter spoke to the Downtown Neighborhood Association Tuesday evening, as the Atlanta-born businessman seeks to make his face and name more familiar to Savannah’s downtown community.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council votes to up fire department budget
The Richmond Hill Council voted to spend $150,000 more on renovations to Fire Station 1 than originally planned during its March 18 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson lends support to Meals on Wheels
Mayor Edna Jackson joined Meals on Wheels staff members and volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors on Monday as part of the Mayor’s March for Meals, a national campaign held during the month of March.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah tentatively agrees to take over Truman Linear Park Trail
The city of Savannah has tentatively agreed to take over sponsorship of the proposed extension of the Truman Linear Park Trail.
Source: Savannah Morning News

$10M loan for work on sewage plant
Hinesville has received a $10 million, low-interest loan to pay for upgrades to its sewage treatment plant on Fort Stewart, according the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City posts Savannah-Chatham police chief survey
If you place a higher importance on the next Savannah-Chatham police chief being “courageous” rather than “collaborative,” you can make your preference clear by filling out a survey the city has posted online.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council has light agenda; much discussion
Thursday’s Hinesville City Council meeting included only 15 agenda items, but public comments and reports from the council, mayor and city manager made for a full afternoon.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City Manager wants new Savannah-Chatham police chief picked by September
City Manager Stephanie Cutter intends to have a new police chief in place in September, according to a recruitment plan sent to the City Council on Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City workshop to focus on stormwater, planning group
When the Richmond Hill City Council met Tuesday night, members were expected to approve a $22.37 million bid from Bates Engineering to build the town’s new wastewater treatment facility.
Source: Bryan County News

Council OKs $22M for new treatment plant
Bainbridge-based Bates Engineers/Contractors Inc. will build Richmond Hill’s new Sterling Creek wastewater treatment plant following Tuesday night’s vote by the City council to approve the company’s $22.4 million bid.
Source: Bryan County News

City pulls club's licenses
Following a “show-cause” hearing Thursday, the Hinesville City Council revoked the alcohol and business licenses of Island Vybez at 728 E. Oglethorpe Highway.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Beach renourishment rankles Tybee hotelier
Current plans to renourish Tybee’s beach don’t sit well with the owner of the island’s largest hotel.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Great Savannah Cleanup moves to Carver Village/Heights
The city of Savannah joined forces with Keep Savannah Beautiful and other local organizations for a cleanup in the Carver/Village Heights neighborhood Saturday in the latest of the city’s Great Savannah Cleanup events.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council seeks better tree protection
City staff presented proposed ordinance changes to the Savannah City Council Thursday to better protect the city’s trees, but Mayor Edna Jackson and aldermen said the revisions do not go far enough in making sure developers are held accountable when they break the rules.
Source: Savannah Morning News

LCPC rezones 4 acres for Griffin Park
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning a 4.17-acre residential tract in an unincorporated area of the county and then agreed it should be annexed it into the city of Hinesville.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Drive-thru beer and wine fails to reach a vote
An ordinance amendment to allow drive-thru sales of closed-container beer and wine in Statesboro failed to get a motion for final approval from City Council this week.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Brooklet council votes to keep police department
During a meeting Thursday evening, Brooklet City Council members voted to keep the city's police department.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Savannah City Council accepts W.W. Law archives
The Savannah City Council on Thursday accepted the collection of Westley Wallace (W.W.) Law from the foundation that controlled the deceased Civil Rights leader’s materials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Traffic Engineering, police worked hand-in-hand during festival
While police said crowds mostly behaved themselves during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festival, they admit the traffic situation got a little testy in downtown Savannah at least one night.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Dosha's alcohol license revoked
The owner of the Dosha Ultra Bar & Lounge on Broughton Street failed to convince the Savannah City Council he has addressed problems of violence and underage drinking at his establishment, after testimony by two Savannah-Chatham police officers and a representative from the state Department of Revenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown made gains in fiscal 2013
Downtown Brunswick garnered a lot of interest during 2013, prompting one manager to say the area has successfully recovered from the economic recession.
Source: Brunswick News

Brooklet Police Department could be dissolved
Tonight, Brooklet City Council members will hear from residents who are unhappy with the council’s consideration of a plan to eliminate the town’s police department.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Main Street project going to council
Hinesville Downtown Partners Tuesday discussed starting a Main Street start-up program here.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Officials lining up projects for next SPLOST
Liberty County officials and representatives from five of the county’s seven municipalities met Tuesday to discuss SPLOST-revenue projections and the steps to finalizing SPLOST 2015 project wish lists.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Loan to upgrade Tybee water and sewer lines
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority on Tuesday awarded Tybee a $1.7 million low interest loan to replace more than three miles of water and sewer lines on the island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police work to bolster chaplain corps
The Rev. C. MeGill Brown will never forget why he felt called to become a police chaplain.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill council awards $22 million wastewater contract
The Richmond Hill City Council voted to approve the biggest expenditure in the history of the city Tuesday night, $22,365,000 to Bates Engineering/Contractors, Inc. for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - City to unveil retail study findings Thursday
Few things coming out of City Hall are more exciting than the Retail Strategies study they commissioned last year.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Flemington considering development
Flemington city officials and a number of residents expressed how they envision their city will grow over the next 25 years during a community planning meeting Thursday at Flemington City Hall.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Controversy over city trash bills quiets
Backlash against a city ordinance that restructures Brunswick's garbage collection billing policy has all but quieted.
Source: Brunswick News

Ludowici seeking grants for road work
At the Ludowici City Council meeting Tuesday, the council reappointed G. Ben Turnipseed Engineering and ALGA Inc. to prepare and submit Coastal Development Block Grants for the coming year.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Savannah City Council loses out on transitional center legislation
The Savannah City Council has been pushing for the closing of the state’s Coastal Transitional Center as a way to increase public safety, but the effort has failed to gain necessary support.
Source: Savannah Morning News

RH Council OKs senior-living development
Another development in Richmond Hill for senior citizens is a step closer to reality.
Source: Bryan County News

St. Marys brainstorms on gateway project
Some residents and elected officials in St. Marys agree improvements are needed along the southernmost gateway to the city at Interstate 95. Now, they have to figure out what improvements to make and how much they can afford to spend.
Source: Brunswick News

No South Main TAD referendum in May
Recognizing that a vote empowering the city to create a tax allocation district on South Main Street will not make its way onto the May 20 ballot, Statesboro officials are setting their sights on Nov. 4.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City OKs alcohol license for Mars
The grand debut of the Mars Theatre is about a month away, and Springfield City Council members took steps to make sure there could be a proper toast.
Source: Effingham Herald

Student housing development proposed for Frogtown
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp received a chilly reception at the Historic District Board of Review this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Guyton's wastewater permit on hold
Guyton’s planned wastewater treatment plant near the Ogeechee River is on hold after a proposed revision to flood maps show a larger section of the plant site may be in a 100-year flood zone.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Out-of-town toilets coming for Savannah St. Patrick's Day
The $65,000 contract with the city of Savannah for more than 400 port-a-johns illustrates the challenges the mayor and aldermen often face in trying to hire local vendors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill council approves senior apartment plans
Residents of Richmond Hill Plantation stepped forward during the March 4 meeting of the Richmond Hill City Council to voice concerns regarding the Ashleigh Place Senior Apartments to be constructed by the Humanities Foundation adjacent to their neighborhood.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Height map amendment postponed for River Street development
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.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Guyton’s sewage permit on hold after court ruling
Guyton’s permit for its planned wastewater treatment plant sprayfield may be headed back to the state Environmental Protection Division.
Source: Effingham Herald

Police, city begin Savannah St. Patrick's Day preparations
With the countdown to Savannah’s biggest annual event nearly over, police, city officials and others met Tuesday for the last St. Patrick’s Day planning meeting before the festival kicks off.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Council discusses DeRenne in Washington
The Savannah City Council met with Federal Highway Administration officials in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to discuss Project DeRenne after plans to purchase some affected homes were disrupted.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ads on buses get council attention
Thursday’s Hinesville City Council meeting included only three action items and five information items on the agenda. One information item that created discussion, however, was a proposal by City Manager Billy Edwards to hire an advertising management firm to advertise on Liberty Transit buses and shelters.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Court rules against business' use of golf carts on Savannah streets
The owners of Savannah Hoppers are considering their next move after a Chatham County Recorder’s Court judge ruled Monday they can no longer use motorized golf carts on Savannah’s streets for their shuttle service.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pembroke celebrates trees
Pembroke celebrated Arbor Day on Friday a bit later than planned, but that didn’t dampen spirits as Mayor Mary Warnell welcomed guests, including members of the Pembroke Garden Club, volunteers who serve on various city committees and boards, and city employees.
Source: Bryan County News

Savannah-Chatham Animal Control fights low staff, deluge of calls
As one of only five civilian officers assigned to a unit that patrols every Chatham County municipality minus Tybee Island - and one of only two on the streets each weekday - Christina Sutherinhas her work cut out for her.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Platinum Lounge permanently shut down
A downtown Statesboro nightclub that has been "the scene of illegal activity," including more than one shooting and a death and that has been shut down since November, will not be allowed to open its doors again, according to a court order.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City officials take Savannah issues to Atlanta
Savannah council members met with state legislators and transportation officials Thursday about Project DeRenne, development of Hutchinson Island and the expansion of the Chatham Area Transit system.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council approves housing partnership
The City Council approved an agreement on Wednesday to partner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, which will commit up to $250,000 in grants this year for home repairs and down payment assistance for low-income Savannah households.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon will annex 65-acre island in Effingham County for fire station
Effingham County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to allow the City of Rincon to open a fire station on Blue Jay Road and annex the 65 acres surrounding the building.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City mulls changes to alcohol law
A pending move to allow closed-container beer and wine to be sold at drive-thru windows generated more discussion. But Statesboro City Council on Tuesday also approved a six-month moratorium on new alcohol licenses for previously licensed locations shut down by court order.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Reaction mixed for Windsor Forest bike plan
At the Windsor Forest Neighborhood Association’s request, the city developed a plan to add bike lanes and widen existing ones on Largo Drive and Windsor Road, as well as install signs and painted arrows on Stillwood Drive that would direct motorists to share the road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Senate passes St. Patrick's booze bill on second attempt
Savannah bars would get the green light to serve alcohol on Sunday afternoons that fall on St. Patrick’s Day under legislation passed by the Senate Monday night 32-18.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering taking over Truman Linear Park Trail
When Chatham County commissioners recently voted to transfer sponsorship of the Truman Linear Park Trail project to the city of Savannah, it was akin to the county throwing up its hands in exasperation.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Added security being considered at Savannah City Hall
The days of simply checking in at the front desk, sticking a name tag to your chest and walking into City Hall’s rotunda carefree may soon be over.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Volunteers, city team up to clean Savannah homeless camps
On Saturday morning, volunteers from local faith-based groups, churches and colleges teamed up with city workers and police in a city-coordinated effort to clean up two homeless camps.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City's finance leader Dick Evans retires after 32 years
Dick Evans has used the same Hewlett Packard calculator since he was hired in 1982 to run Savannah’s finance department.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Retired architect's River Street collection documents Savannah waterfront's transformation
Once the site of the Port of Savannah, the city’s waterfront was abandoned and deteriorated when the port moved upriver after World War II.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah fire marshals work to ready bars, restaurants for St. Patrick's Day
In just a few short weeks, downtown Savannah will be awash in green-clad, shouting revelers drinking who knows what in plastic cups.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson Island de-annexation plans on hold
Chatham County’s plan to de-annex Hutchinson Island from the city of Savannah will have to wait until next year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor, aldermen call for revaluation of DeRenne project
Mayor Edna Jackson joined Aldermen Mary Ellen Sprague and Estella Shabazz on Tuesday night in pledging to address concerns about a component of the DeRenne Avenue traffic mitigation project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Quarters master plan amended to allow more residential
Pooler’s City Council recently OK’d a slight zoning change to the master plan for upscale subdivision Savannah Quarters to allow a developer to put in more multi-family units — despite objections from an original developer of the community.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Boards brainstorm future
It was a rare occurrence in the office of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Monday, where representatives from nearly every Glynn County government entity gathered in a single room to discuss the community's economic future.
Source: Brunswick News

OMI drops $2M suit with city
The public works company Operations Management International has dropped its $2 million lawsuit against Richmond Hill, a mere two months after it was filed.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City USA designation
Rain held off just long enough Friday morning for Richmond Hill to commemorate Georgia Arbor Day with a brief ceremony in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Downtown Savannah lounge loses alcohol license following shooting
The city of Savannah temporarily suspended the alcohol license of Dosha Bar and Lounge on Tuesday evening following a shooting early Sunday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Thunderbolt, Savannah mark Arbor Day
The city of Thunderbolt celebrated Georgia Arbor Day on Saturday with support from the Thunderbolt Tree Commission, Savannah Tree Foundation and Three Oaks Realty.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Vacation rental boom poses dilemma for Hostess City
Savannah may have earned the nickname “Hostess City”, but the question of who’s doing the hosting, where they live and what’s required of that host presents the city with a complex dilemma in light of a recent boom in vacation rental houses.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah bar bill vote expected next week
Local bar owners thirsty for answers are going to have to wait until next week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rincon council approves tablets purchase
Rincon City Council members are about to get a lot more communication and information power in their hands.
Source: Effingham Herald

Annexation puts delay on county, city fire station
The deal between Effingham County and the city of Rincon to place a fire station off Blue Jay and McCall roads may be delayed.
Source: Effingham Herald

St. Marys looking for city manager to replace Steve Crowell, who leaves Friday
The city is beginning a search for a new city manager to replace Steven Crowell Jr. who leaves office Friday after nearly three years on the job.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Savannah firefighters, police officer given medals of valor
Four Savannah firefighters went into a burning southside home in July to find two children trapped inside and bring them out of harm’s way.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council takes on bees, chickens
In Thursday’s Savannah City Council workshop, a discussion of backyard chickens and urban beekeeping quickly turned to the downside of the urban homesteading movement.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council wants studies on new Sand Gnats stadium
Despite some misgivings, the Savannah City Council agreed during a workshop Thursday to request proposals to study the feasibility of building a new stadium for the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Effingham commissioners delay decision on Blue Jay fire station
Effingham County commissioners delayed decisions about allowing Rincon to build a fire station on Blue Jay Road and annex the property.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police investigated nearly 2,400 hit-and-runs in 2013
Savannah-Chatham police were called to nearly 2,400 hit-and-runs in 2013.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking new film office director
The city of Savannah is now advertising for a new film services director, almost five months after Jay Self was fired from the position.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry building site receives bid
Plans to redevelopment a site along Brunswick's Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are off to a slow start, but the city has attracted at least one developer with an interest in making an investment.
Source: Brunswick News

Mayor lays out plans for city
Mayor Edna Jackson outlined four initiatives she said were key to Savannah’s future during her State of the City Address Tuesday night at the Civic Center, drawing a 100-plus crowd full of elected officials, community leaders, city staff and police officers to their feet at the 30-minute speech’s conclusion.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee scraps plans for wind turbine
A new analysis of installing and operating a donated wind turbine on Tybee indicates it wouldn’t be as beneficial as first described.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Armstrong shows off new plan for Hinesville
Armstrong Atlantic State University president Linda M. Bleicken and Armstrong Liberty Center director Pete Hoffman unveiled a rendering of the new 21,000-square-foot Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville at the Hinesville Rotary meeting at La Quinta.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plans for new Pooler City Hall taking shape
The plans to construct a new Pooler City Hall and actuate economic redevelopment in the city’s dormant downtown are coming into focus following approval of a design contract.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City rejects Waters Avenue shopping center proposals
The city of Savannah is going to have to remain a landlord for the time being after another setback in its bid to sell the shopping center at Waters Avenue and 36th Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor: Learn from history, but focus on today
His military career began in 1957 and essentially continued through to 2005, when he retired for a second time with a total of 46 years military-related service. Then, in 2008, Jim Thomas began his political career as Hinesville’s first black mayor.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Now in 5th year, Savannah curbside recycling needs push to grow
Chatham Crescent resident Mary Reiser was 84 when curbside recycling was introduced to Savannah five years ago. She had never been a recycler before. But she is now.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Planned Rincon Chick-fil-A clears hurdle
An approved development agreement may help start the work on the highly-anticipated Chick-fil-A in Rincon.
Source: Effingham Herald

Convention center hotel behind Hutchinson Island push
Since the public was not invited to the county-funded $424 lunch at the Olde Pink House on Jan. 25, it was unclear to city officials, in addition to Chatham Commissioners, why Chairman Al Scott was requesting the removal of Hutchinson Island from the city’s jurisdiction.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah developer's role questioned following de-annexation push
The role of a well-known Savannah businessman and civic leader has come under question following Chatham County Chairman Al Scott’s attempt to de-annex Hutchinson Island from the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Interest wanes in stadium proposal
Some members of the Savannah City Council have lost their enthusiasm for a new baseball stadium, now that the owner of the Sand Gnats has entered into negotiations with Columbia, S.C., for a minor league team and stadium there.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plastic lawn trash bags on the way out in Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill residents looking to dispose of lawn and garden waste will soon no longer be able to package it in plastic for removal by city crews.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Developer reveals details on Broughton Street plan
Mall developer Ben Carter revealed additional details Tuesday on his $72 million plan to return Broughton Street to its heyday as a shopping and dining mecca.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA, city moving on inventory tax issue
The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday updated its board on the progress of efforts to remove the inventory tax for companies located in Savannah and Pooler, a priority the organization set in September.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hinesville Council recognizes one of its own
Hinesville City Council members and Mayor Jim Thomas recognized Councilman David Anderson as they began their meeting Thursday afternoon.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Council approves paper bags for dry trash
Richmond Hill city council members voted unanimously Tuesday to require residents to use paper bags for dry trash pickup.
Source: Bryan County News

Broughton investment: Eye-opening proposal
Twenty years ago, you couldn’t find a sane developer to invest 75 cents in the future of Broughton Street, let alone $75 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hundreds say goodbye to former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams
The tears were diluted by laughter and songs of praise at St. James Catholic Church Friday morning. Hundreds of friends, family members, elected officials and community leaders said goodbye to former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr., in the wake of his death six days earlier at age 68.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council supports ending inventory tax
A proposal by the Savannah Economic Development Authority to eliminate an inventory tax for manufacturers has received the support of city leaders.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tax break OK'd for Thunderbolt seniors
The Senate passed Senate Bill 307 Thursday, which provides low-income homeowners in Thunderbolt 65 years and older a homestead exemption.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mars Theatre to get wired for the future
With the building now finished, the Springfield City Council took steps Thursday night to get the nuts and bolts of the Mars Theatre’s interior completed.
Source: Effingham Herald

DNR grant for Ebenezer Crossing draws praise
The purchase of hundreds of acres along the Ebenezer Creek for preservation purposes is getting a significant boost.
Source: Effingham Herald

Chatham legislators push for Tybee beach renourishment
A pair of Republican legislators is asking colleagues to include funds for the state’s share of beach renourishment on Tybee Island in the state budget.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah hosts local business owners meeting
Savannah business owners got a chance Tuesday night to hear how they can improve their chances of getting city contracts, during a meeting hosted by Mayor Edna Jackson at the Civic Center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council being asked to eliminate Savannah's inventory tax
Representatives of the Savannah Economic Development Authority are scheduled to make their case for the elimination of the inventory tax charged to manufacturers during a Savannah City Council workshop Thursday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Floyd Adams' legacy includes emphasis on blight, quality of life
It was really touching over the weekend to read so many heartfelt remembrances of Floyd Adams. For those of us who did not know him personally, the comments and stories have added new dimensions to his legacy.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Floyd Adams Jr.: The people's mayor
Former Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. didn’t relish the limelight during his eight years as the city’s top elected leader. It’s something that came with the territory.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Commission still searching for director
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission says it has three different options it can pursue in its search for a new executive director after the candidate it offered the job to turned it down Jan. 24.
Source: Brunswick News

City eyeing changes to alcohol law
At the most recent Statesboro City Council meeting, one council member asked for a work session to discuss amending the alcohol ordinance. Now a notice of the city's intent to amend the ordinance is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.
Source: Statesboro Herald

New Dollar General may give boost to Brunswick revitalization efforts
The discount chain’s ambitious expansion plans included a store that could play a role — even it wasn’t intended — in Brunswick’s revitalization plans along what was once the city’s main shopping corridor.
Source: Jacksonville Times-Union

Savannah and Chatham County at odds over Recorder's Court costs
The last time the city of Savannah and Chatham County negotiated an operating cost agreement for Recorder’s Court, President John F. Kennedy had just taken the oath of office, Savannah College of Art and Design didn’t exist and 149,245 Savannah residents were counted in the 1960 census.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Theater restoration: Pride of Springfield
Larger cities like Savannah and Atlanta don’t have a monopoly on restoring historic, one-of-a-kind movie theaters.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson de-annexation proposal upended
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott met with most of the local state lawmakers at the Olde Pink House to discuss his legislative priorities, including the de-annexation of Hutchinson Island from the city of Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community mourns death of former Mayor Floyd Adams
Community leaders and friends reflected upon the legacy of former Mayor Floyd Adams Jr. this weekend, upon news of his death at the age of 68.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Visit Savannah hangs new historic district banners
Effective this week, new banners designed by Visit Savannah and influenced by social media are hanging on lamp posts throughout the Historic District and on Hutchinson Island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic theater in Springfield gets $316,000 push
Springfield City Council members agreed unanimously at a special meeting Thursday night to spend $316,000 on the Mars Theater, beginning a push to finish renovations by the April 25 opening date.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plans To De-Annex Hutchinson Island From Savannah Are “In Limbo”
A proposal for Chatham County to take over Hutchinson Island from the City of Savannah is on hold until county and city officials can meet to discuss the idea.
Source: GPB News