In a busy news day for local government, one development stands out as most controversial.
Tybee City Council voted 4-1 to ban most outdoor consumption of alcohol, including on the beach, for the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23. These dates coincide with the planned dates for Orange Crush, a predominantly African American and college-oriented event.
Councilman Barry Brown was the lone no vote.
The hours of the ban are 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 14 to 2:56 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, with the same times in effect the following weekend.
In Savannah City Council news, the Council voted to postpone discussion of a much-anticipated possible moratorium on new hotel construction in the Historic District.
That issue is set to be taken up again at the next regular Council meeting in two weeks.
Council voted unanimously do deny a massive development proposal involving 120-acres off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway in the rapidly growing Highlands neighborhood of Godley Station, an area of West Chatham that is within Savannah city limits.
The area would have been set for light industrial warehouse development had the rezoning request passed.
Despite high-powered backing by the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) — the latter of which would profit from the increased truck traffic in port-oriented goods — concerns from residents outweighed the rezoning proposal.
"If I lived in Highlands, I'd think I was in the Alamo," said Alderman Brian Foster.
One resident speaking out against the proposal said, "We live in a ghetto of warehouses."