Friday, September 28, 2018

City of Savannah and Home Depot Foundation team to help local veterans

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 3:43 PM

Today City staff and Team Depot volunteers installed new appliances and made other home improvements to the homes of two Savannah veterans.

"Starting early this morning, new appliances provided by the Home Depot Foundation arrived at the veteran’s homes. Then City staff along with team depot workers began replacing old units with new appliances," says  City spokesperson.

By the early afternoon, the City says, most of the improvements were complete and a large dumpster placed outside the house was filled with waste from hours of installations and replacements.

“He is a veteran and is very deserving of these much needed repairs,” said Lending Services Administrator Anita Smith-Dixon.

The City identified local veterans through the Affordable Housing program and applied, linking the veterans to the Home Depot’s Celebration of Service program. Staff provided the Home Depot Foundation with the information on cost of improvements and scope of work.

The Home Depot Foundation’s celebration of service program is an initiative that improves living conditions for veterans.

Organizations and businesses interested in making financial contributions to the Savannah Affordable Housing Fund and/or volunteering may contact Anita Smith-Dixon at 912-651-6926.

More road closures announced for downtown movie filming

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 12:22 PM

Forsyth Park closures.
  • Forsyth Park closures.
Roads and sidewalks surrounding Reynolds Square, Greene Square and Forsyth Park will be closed starting Monday to accommodate movie filming in downtown Savannah, according to City officials.

"Some roads and sidewalks will be completely closed, others will be closed intermittently for 2-3 minutes at a time," a spokesperson says.

IN GREENE SQUARE, some roads will be closed complet
Greene Square closures.
  • Greene Square closures.
ely October 4-6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., other will be closed intermittently for 2-3 minutes at a time.

· East York Street between Price Street and East Broad Street will be CLOSED.

· Houston between East York Lane and East President Street will be CLOSED.

· Houston between Oglethorpe Avenue and East York Lane will be CLOSED to pedestrians.

· Greene Square will be CLOSED to pedestrians.

· Intermittent road closures will occur on Westbound East Stat
Reynolds Square closures.
  • Reynolds Square closures.
e Street at East Broad Street, Westbound East President S treet at East Broad Street, Southbound on Houston Street at Broughton Street.

IN REYNOLDS SQUARE, some roads will be closed completely October 4-8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., other will be closed intermittently for 2-3 minutes at a time.

· Bryan Street from Abercorn Street to Lincoln Street will be CLOSED

· St. Julian Street from Abercorn Street to Lincoln Street will be CLOSED

· Abercorn Street from Bryan from Bryan Street to Congress Street will be CLOSED

· Abercorn Street from Bay Street to Bryan Street will be CLOSED.

· Intermittent road closures will occur on Bay Lane, St. Julian Street, Congress Street, Broughton Street, Drayton Street and Lincoln Street.

IN FORSYTH PARK, intermittent road closures in 2-3 minute intervals will occur from 8:00 p.m. October 5 to 5:00 a.m. October 6 on the following streets:

· East and Westbound traffic on Gaston Street between Whitaker Street and Drayton Street.

· Pedestrian intermittent closures will affect the Northside of Forsyth Park between Hall Street and Gaston Street. (including the Forsyth Park Fountain)

The City says that all residents and businesses in the area were notified by letter in early August and again earlier this month about the closures.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Applications accepted for vacant Tybee City Council seat

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 10:47 AM

The City of Tybee Island will be accepting applications to fill the remaining term for the vacant City Council seat left by Jackson Butler’s resignation.

Applicants will need to download and complete the Notice of Willingness to Serve form, which lists the requirements.

It's available on the City of Tybee Island website here. The form can also be picked up from outside the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 403 Butler, Tybee Island.

The completed notice and a resume can only be submitted within the qualifying period to the City Clerk’s Office, Tybee Island City Hall, 403 Butler Avenue.

Qualifying will begin Monday, October 1st at 8:30 a.m. and close Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Applications submitted outside that period will not be considered. There is no cost to submit an application.

Application submissions will be public record, and a list of applicants will be published early on Friday, October 5 via press release and social media.

Consideration of applicants will take place by vote at the October 11, 2018 City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at Tybee Island’s Public Safety Building at 78 Van Horne Ave.

The public is invited to speak about the appointment during the public comment period. Swearing in will follow on Friday, October 12, 2018. This term will expire December 31, 2021.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Harry Connick Jr. set for December show in Savannah

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Harry Connick, Jr. has announced additional Fall concert dates of the New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour that will continue to take him across the U.S. and also London & Paris this year.

He plays Savannah on Dec. 9 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at or

When the tour stops in New Orleans on December 15, Harry will play a special show at UNO Lakefront Arena to benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which he co-founded in the Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Katrina.

Friday, September 21, 2018

'Frogwarts' set for October 14 at Georgia State Railroad Museum

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children’s Museum will transform into a Harry Potter-themed experience during “Frogwarts” on Sunday, October 14, from 11 am-3 pm.

This year’s classes will include Wand Making, Potions, Fortune Telling, Defense Against the Dark Arts: Glow in the Dark Fun!, Care of Magical Creatures with Georgia Reptile Society, Quill Writing, Herbology, Muggle Studies and Quidditch. Attendees can also take a ride on our steam locomotive, the Frogwarts Express.

“With the first book having been published twenty years ago, young parents now have the opportunity to introduce a new generation to the magical world of Harry Potter by attending our ‘Frogwarts’ event," says Sara Hempen, Education Specialist at Coastal Heritage Society.

“Not only will families be swept away by their imaginations, but children will also walk away from this annual event with new knowledge of academic subjects such as chemistry, astronomy, engineering, art and biology, all disguised as magical classes."

Partners holding workshops include Snapology with Harry Potter LEGO building, Savannah Stage Company with a cast of favorite Harry Potter characters, Mathnasium will provide games of Wizard Chess throughout the day and the Solar System Ambassadors will share Astronomy lessons.

Leopold’s Ice Cream will be on-site serving Harry Potter inspired sweet treats.

“Frogwarts” guests in outstanding costumes will be selected to participate in a costume contest to win prizes.

$12 for all participants, ages eighteen months and up. Pre-registration required; click here.

Coastal Heritage Society members receive access to early registration, an express check-in line and priority boarding for the Frogwarts Express train ride. “Frogwarts” is sponsored by Port City Logistics, Inc.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Another lawsuit filed against Starland Village project

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Today, a second lawsuit was filed against the controversial Starland Village multi-use project set for the Thomas Square area — this one against City officials for allowing the project to go forward.

This lawsuit, filed by Thomas Square resident Stephen Argue, alleges among other things that the City is not fully compliant with state law, since there is no dedicated review board for any of Savannah's official historic districts other than the Historic Landmark District downtown.

"Starland Village should, according to state law, be subject to a historic district review commission overseeing the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District," Argue tells Connect Savannah.

Currently, such a dedicated review board doesn't exist. Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for new construction are instead granted by authority of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

"The City has every right to ask for Certificates of Appropriateness" for construction in historic districts, allows Argue.

But his lawsuit maintains that the absence of a state-required review board for Thomas Square means the current Certificate of Appropriateness for Starland Village — personally administered late last month by City Manager Rob Hernandez — is invalid.

Currently, buildings in the National Historic Landmark District, north of Thomas Square, are subject to the Historic District Board of Review.

The lawsuit also alleges that the City is not compliant with state law with regards to Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to purchase City-owned property.

"Georgia code says that in the RFP process, real property must be sold to the 'highest responsible bidder,'" Argue says.

Starland Village developer Foram Group was allowed to purchase a surplus police precinct despite failing to make the highest bid in two separate rounds of RFPs.

Argue concedes that the success of that portion of the lawsuit rests on what the actual definition of "highest responsible bidder" is taken to mean. Currently, the City of Savannah awards RFPs according to a scoring matrix which takes into account other aspects of a proposal besides just the offered price.

If successful, the lawsuit would have far-reaching implications both for future transactions by the City, in addition to potentially affecting past transactions as well, beyond just Starland Village.

"If the court agrees that the City of Savannah has failed to fulfill its duty, that certainly would have some effect," Argue says.

Argue's suit also alleges that the City provided improper notice of the police precinct RFP, and that City Council's vote approving a zoning text amendment allowing Starland Village to proceed under CIV zoning was invalid because it violated process under state law.

A previous lawsuit by several residents, filed in April and dismissed in June, alleged that the Metropolitan Planning Commission, which permitted a zoning amendment paving the way for Starland Village, was improperly constituted. 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

No evacuation needed for Chatham County, officials say; moderate risk of high winds, heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Chatham Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday afternoon that for the Savannah area there is a "moderate risk for wind, a very low risk for storm surge, and a low risk for flooding as associated with rainfall" from Hurricane Florence, CEMA Director Dennis Jones said at a 1:30 p.m. update

"This storm doesn't necessitate any kind of evacuation order" for the local area, Jones said. "We do encourage residents however if they feel they need to do something to protect their family, they can do that."

"Chatham County is not in any warnings or watches at this time," Jones said.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the entire state about an hour prior.

CEMA says they are "not looking at any significant storm surge damage," but are  "looking at possibly a little bit of rainfall" from Florence after it makes landfall near the NC/SC border.

"All of the dangerous activity is in the northern part of the storm," Jones said.

Jones said, "The earliest reasonable time we'll see impacts looks to be around Thursday at 8 p.m. The most likely time Friday would be around 8 p.m."

"There are still probabilities of us receiving tropical force storm winds" at a moderate level," he said.

Jones said there could be 24 hours of sustained tropical storm force winds locally.

"It's likely, but not probable," he said.

Jones said "residual impacts" may continue be felt as late as Monday.

CEMA warns of tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Florence

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 10:13 AM

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) says it is "closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is coordinating response efforts with local, regional and state agencies. Chatham County could be impacted by tropical storm conditions within the next 48 hours."

"Impacts to Georgia could be tropical storm force winds and rainfall. Residents in areas that typically flood should stay alert for possible flooding. Residents should stay tuned to local radio or television for current weather information," CEMA says in a 10:13 a.m. update.

CEMA’s preparation and response activities include:

Conducting conference calls with the Command Policy Group, which is comprised of elected officials and County/Municipality leaders, surrounding emergency management agency (EMA) directors, the National Weather Service and neighboring states for in-depth discussion of the latest forecasts and storm scenarios

Coordinating with local, regional, state departments and volunteer and private sector partners

CEMA is encouraging residents to finalize their preparedness efforts. Some activities may include:

· Filling prescription medications, stocking up on oxygen and other medical supplies needed for 3-5 days.

· Prepare for potential prolonged power outages- stock up on gasoline for generators, gather non-perishable food items, and charge your cell phone and any additional back-up batteries.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

CEMA enters 'enhanced monitoring' phase for Florence

Posted By on Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Due to Tropical Storm Florence, the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has advanced to "OPCON 4," which means enhanced monitoring.

Florence is currently a Tropical Storm and is expected to strengthen to a hurricane over the weekend. Residents and businesses should monitor your normal sources for current weather information.

Here's CEMA's checklist on what to do now:

Monitor local authorities for advice and protective actions.

Prepare or inspect your emergency supply kit, and do not forget your pet’s kit too.

Create or update your family evacuation plan, detailing how and where you will evacuate and where you could meet if separated.

Document important belongings and consider taking pictures or video of your home.

Inspect your property for loose, lightweight items that could become airborne.

If you have functional access or medical needs call the Chatham County Public Health Department to sign up for the registry, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hudson Hill Center closed indefinitely due to structural issues

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 2:02 PM

The City of Savannah has temporarily closed the Hudson Hill Center which offers programs for senior citizens, children, and community members. The center is located at 2227 Hudson St. in West Savannah.

"This week City staff observed possible signs of structural issues, including significant foundation settlement. The exact cause is unknown," a City spokesperson says.

"The City has hired a structural engineering firm to assess the problem and advise the City on the next steps. Out of an abundance of caution for safety, the center will remain closed until further notice," the City says.

The Hudson Hill Center offers programming for seniors and after school activities for children Monday through Friday.

"For now, the programming for seniors has been moved to the nearby Moses Jackson Center on Richards Street. The City’s Parks and Recreation staff are still working on a plan for after school programs," the spokesperson reports.

Both the Moses Jackson and Woodville centers offer programs for youth and seniors. The City is encouraging community members are encourage to contact those centers for more information about the specific programs they offer.

Outdoor youth athletic programming at the Hudson Hill Center has not been affected, the City says.

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