Thursday, April 30, 2020

Kemp: Shelter-in-place to expire Thursday night; other current restrictions remain in place

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 4:36 PM

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In a move which won't change the status quo very much, Ga. Gov. Brian Kemp today declined to extend his shelter-in-place order past tonight's 11:59 p.m. expiration.

He was widely expected to allow it to expire, based on previous remarks this week.

This means Georgians are free to travel without the distinction of essential vs. non-essential travel.

However, mandates on business reopenings stay in place, with the existing patchwork of social distancing and hygiene requirements for restaurant dine-in service, hair and nail care, tattoo shops, massage therapists, and bowling alleys.

"In accordance with our executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13, 2020. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach," he said.

Bars, performance venues, swimming pools, and amusement facilities other than bowling alleys must remain closed.

Kemp extended the public health state of emergency through June 12.

"I will formally extend our public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020 to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region," he said.

One facet of this and other orders from Kemp is that local governments are still prohibited from setting rules which are either more or less restrictive than the ones from the governor's office.

Several large malls and retailers in Georgia, such as Macy's, have already announced they will reopen to the public for what amounts to business as usual next week.

Tybee set to reopen access, parking in anticipation of weekend visitors

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Beginning Friday, May 1, most of Tybee's beach and beach access will be open to the public, effectively bringing to an end a contentious struggle between City of Tybee officials and the Governor's office over who gets to go on the beach during the pandemic — and who can keep them off.

Some estimate that as many as 10,000 people could visit Tybee this weekend, after weeks of pent-up demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Restrictions on new check-ins at Short Term Vacation Rentals/Airbnbs will also be lifted, on state order.

Complicating matters is this morning's decision by the state Dept. of Natural Resources to extend the "recreation only" order through May 6, meaning that if the shelter-in-place order expires Thursday night, as is widely expected, you can still only go to the beach for exercise — no umbrellas, tents, chairs, or coolers will be allowed for at least another week.

The large parking lot known as the Strand lot, from 16th to 17th Street, will reopen. "The southern part of this lot from 17th to 18th will remain closed to serve as the staging area for our dune vegetation project. Please remember to stay off the dunes," the City of Tybee says.

However, the North Beach lot will be closed until further notice.

Many crossovers to the beach will be open, after weeks of widespread disregard for them by many people drawn to the beach due to the Governor reopening it for recreational purposes over the wishes of the local Council.

Open crossovers include:

Polk Street
Gulick Street Vehicle Entrance (The wooden crossover will remain closed)
3rd Street
19th Street
Inlet Avenue
North Beach Center Street
6th Street
10th Street
14 ½
5th Street
Tybrisa
17th Street
18th Street

Closed Crossovers:

The 14th Street crossover is under construction and remains closed.
The northern-most crossover at North Beach remains closed due to Marine Science Center construction.

Alley 3: Parking and access open

Fishing Pier: Pier and restroom closed

Public Restrooms: Beginning immediately, all public restrooms are open except for the small bathroom at the fishing pier.

No Smoking Ban: Tybee Island’s new smoking ban on the beach goes into effect May 1. No smoking is allowed between 14th Street and 16th Street.

Governor Brian Kemp issued the controversial order on April 3 that reopened the beach to the public, after the City of Tybee had already shut it down, installing wooden barriers and closing parking lots.

That executive order, like most Kemp has issued during the pandemic, specifically overruled the rights of local governments to either increase or reduce restrictions as mandated by the state.

Kemp's public health state of emergency is in effect at least until May 13, effectively meaning local governments are powerless until then, or until the order is lifted if Kemp extends it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Savannah Bananas announce July 1 kickoff, with full season through Sept. 3

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 11:09 AM


Due to COVID-19, the Savannah Bananas and the other 14 teams in the Coastal Plain League summer college baseball league will delay the beginning of the season until July 1, with the season set to run through Sept. 3.

"The name of our company is Fans First Entertainment," said Bananas owner Jesse Cole at this morning's announcement. "Every decision we make we ask ourselves: Is it Fans First? This is a decision and a responsibility we don't take lightly."

Cole said, "Today we are proud to announce that the Savannah Bananas will be back this summer and will be playing in front of fans... we'll play a full schedule with 30 home games."

The start date is about a full month later than the previous May 28 date.

At the announcement, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said, "We know that there is a day and time in which we will get to what our new normal will be.... hopefully, prayerfully, based on the science July 1, the Bananas Nation will be back in full effect."

Pandemic response will include limiting capacity, practicing social distancing, and serving customers "in a safe way," Cole said.

Distancing will be put in effect with seating arrangements which will reduce capacity in historic Grayson Stadium by about fifty percent, or down to about 2,000 total attendance at most.

This means there will be no more tickets sold. Livestreams and watch parties are planned for people who won't be able to get into games.

Food lines will be spread out for safe distancing.

"The Coastal Plain League has closely monitored the COVID-19 announcements of the Federal, State and Local authorities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and has delayed the league's scheduled 2020 season start until July 1," the League said in a Wednesday morning announcement.

"Depending on governmental guidance, teams may begin to form in mid-June to prepare for the season and may play some exhibition games in June. It is expected that this schedule will allow the league's teams and host cities to properly prepare to give the fans and the country's finest collegiate baseball players a safe and enjoyable environment. We look forward to an exciting 2020 baseball season."

The 2020 CPL All-Star Show, originally set for July 12-13 in Holly Springs, N.C., has been canceled. The Holly Springs Salamanders will instead host the 2021 All-Star Show with dates and information to be announced over the coming months.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Coastal Health District announces free COVID-19 testing

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 1:49 PM

The Coastal Health District announced today free testing for COVID-19 is available thanks to an increased capacity for testing.

Anyone with symptoms qualifies for a test and can call the CHD's COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 912-230-9744 to schedule a free appointment for testing. The center takes calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You must have an appointment for testing at one of the public health drive-thru testing sites.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

"It takes about 5 minutes to swab your nose for a test, and in a few days, you'll have your answer," says Ginger Heidel, risk communicator for the CHD. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Who's open: Takeout and delivery

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 12:36 PM

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NOTE: While the state of Georgia is allowing restaurants to re-open dining rooms this Monday, April 27, this list is currently just for takeout/delivery options. This list is an ongoing work in progress. Expect the information to change rapidly. We strongly encourage you to call ahead.

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Downtown

Fox & Fig Café
Takeout/delivery/curbside. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Coffee Fox
daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. takeout

Diplomat Luncheonette
Takeout/delivery
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rancho Alegre
Takeout only

Fire Street Food
Takeout only, 11am-3pm & 4:30pm-9pm⁠

Vinnie Van Go-Go's
Takeout
4-10:30 p.m., Mon-Thurs
11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat
Noon-10:30 p.m. Sun

Wild Wing
Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Stoner's Pizza (Boundary St.)
11 a.m.-10 p.m. takeout and delivery

Green Fire Pizza
Zero-contact takeout and delivery

Cup to Cup Cafe
Takeout, Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Screamin' Mimi's
Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

B&D Burgers Congress Street
noon-8 p.m.
Online ordering at https://bdburgers.net/pickup-locations/ with curbside delivery
912-339-8187

Broughton Common/Ordinary Pub
118 East Broughton
Mon - Sn 12p - 8p
Carry Out, Delivery
912- 777-3742

Ruan Thai
Takeout/delivery
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 5-9 p.m.

Cafe M
Takeout and curbside

Cafe at City Market
Takeout and delivery
Daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Bayou Cafe
Takeout, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill (downtown)
All locations normal hours, but only taking to-go and delivery orders. Order online at their website, https://www.jalapenosinc.com/

Gallery Espresso
Curbside/takeout
daily 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Zunzi's
Online ordering for takeout at https://www.zunzis.com/online-ordering/
Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Patio has been closed.

Naan On Broughton
Takeout/delivery 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Foxy Loxy Cafe
Takeout/delivery
Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday cafe 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Savannah Taphouse
Takeout, Uber Eats 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Bella Napoli
Mondays and Wed.-Fri. 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. noon-9:30 p.m.

Flock to the Wok
Takeout/delivery

Flying Monk Noodle Bar
11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4:30-9 p.m.⁠, takeout only

Parker's Kitchen
All locations open, most open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Takeout, delivery available

Roly Poly
takeout
Monday – Saturday, 11a.m. – 4p.m.

Persepolis
Takeout/delivery
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Namaste
8 East Broughton Street
Mon - Sun 12pm - 9pm
Take Out, Delivery
912- 298-0112

The Grove
Takeout
noon-8 p.m.

Noble Fare
Delivery, Tue-Sat 5-7:30 p.m.

Ruth's Chris Savannah
Takeout/delivery 4-8 p.m.

Boomy's
Takeout/delivery
1-8 p.m.

J. Christopher's
Takeout, UberEats
daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Maple Street Biscuit Company
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Takeout, UberEats

Jimmy John's
Takeout, bike delivery
Daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wicked Cakes
Storefront closed, available for pick-up orders, email wickedcakesofsavannah@gmail.com to order

Pie Society
Free delivery with $30 or more
Pooler location open for take and bake

Ashford Tea Company
406 E. Oglethorpe Ave
www.ashfordtea.co
Email your order and cell phone to cs@ashfordtea.co
Tue- Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Blue Door
Service at take-out window only

Cup to Cup Cafe
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. takeout, on SAVtakeOut app for delivery

Cha Bella
$12 curbside menu available Tues-Sat, 2-8 p.m.

South of Forsyth

Le Cafe Gourmet
Takeout/delivery
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Mon.

Bull Street Taco
Grab & go from noon-8 p.m.
www.bullstreettaco.com

Brighter Day Natural Foods Market
Pickup at 1102 Bull St. Email your order and cellphone number to brighterdaytogo@gmail.com. You'll get a text with further info.
9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Henny Penny Art Space and Cafe
8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, takeout/delivery

Totally Baked
Takeout, M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sentient Bean
Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. call ahead at 912/232-4447 for front door pick up. $5 minimum.
https://onlineordering.rmpos.com/Order/?wci=TC3CqLS4

Starland/Thomas Square

Squirrel's Pizza
Takeout/Delivery
4-8:30 p.m.

520 Wings
Lunch specials 11 a.m.-2 p.m., late night takeout menu

The Vault
Takeout only, 5-9 p.m.

Fork & Dagger
Takeout/delivery
10 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Mon. April 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. until then

Big Bon Bodega
Set to re-open April 22  with new temporary hours of Wednesday-Saturday 8am-2pm

Sly's Sliders and Fries
Call-in orders at 912-239-4219, on ChowNow and SavTakeOut

Starland Cafe
Takeout/delivery thru SavTakeout.com

Midtown

Whole Foods Market Savannah
General public hours: 8 am – 8 pm
Seniors invited to shop one hour before the store opens to general public

Ben's Neighborhood Grill & Tap
Takeout/delivery
4-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

The 5 Spot/ Habersham Village
In addition to Curbside To-Go and no-contact home deliveries through GrubHub and DoorDash, they offer Family To-Go Meals. Visit http://bit.ly/5spotmidtown
or call 912-777-3021. Hours 11 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F, Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Broughton Street location closed.

Latin Chicks
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Takeout, drive-thru window

Kayak Kafe
Midtown location only Daily 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., eatkayak.com
Curbside and takeout, free delivery

Barnes Restaurant
Takeout/delivery
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Donato's
Takeout/delivery
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thu
til midnight Fri-Sat

Thrive Catering
Takeout
Order by Wed 3pm, Pickup Fri 12pm to 3pm

Sweet Spice
Takeout

Southside

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill
Takeout/delivery
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Stoner's Pizza (Georgetown and Eisenhower)
11 a.m.-10 p.m. takeout and delivery

Houlihan's
noon-8 p.m. daily

Spanky's Southside
Curbside
daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Bowtie Barbecue
Curbside pick up and online ordering, daily noon-7 p.m.
Designated pickup spots, call (912) 354 7810 to let them know you're there.

The Draft Room at Berwick
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Takeout and Drive-thru

Cici's Pizza
Takeout/drive-thru
Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

B&D Burgers
noon-8 p.m.
Online ordering at https://bdburgers.net/pickup-locations/ with curbside delivery.
Southside – 11108 Abercorn St. (912-785-3064)

Carey Hilliard’s
Call-in Take-out order online. careyhilliards.com.

Olive Garden (Southside)
Takeout, delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse (Southside)
Takeout, delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill (Southside)
All locations normal hours, but only taking to-go and delivery orders. Order online at their website, https://www.jalapenosinc.com/

Moe's
Takeout/delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Hirano's Southside
Normal hours, call-in and pick-up service only, sushi bar temporarily closed

Troy Mediterranean Cuisine
Curbside takeout, daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Glo's Coffee Corner
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Meet at front door to pick up

Taste of India
Takeout
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Southside Shellfish
12-7pm Tuesday - Thursday
12-8pm Friday - Saturday
Call in orders to 912-927-2733 for takeout & curbside

Texas Roadhouse
Takeout/delivery
M-F 3-8 p.m., Sat/Sun noon-8 p.m.

Bonefish Grill
Takeout/delivery
noon-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun

Grand Lake Club (Southbridge)
Wed.-Sat. 4-9 p.m.

Pooler

B&D Burgers
noon-8 p.m.
Online ordering at https://bdburgers.net/pickup-locations/ with curbside delivery. (912-785-3067)

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Pooler)
Takeout, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Olive Garden (Pooler)
Takeout, delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse (Pooler)
Takeout, delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Terra Mia
Takeout
Mon.-Sat. 3-8 p.m.

Mellow Mushroom
noon-8 p.m. carryout

Spanky's Westside
Takeout
Daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill (Pooler)
All locations normal hours, but only taking to-go and delivery orders. Order online at their website, https://www.jalapenosinc.com/

Pie Society
Free delivery
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Grab and go Take and Bake pies at Pooler location

Wasabi Fusion (Pooler)
Takeout/delivery
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Leopold’s Ice Cream
Broughton Street flagship location closed
Takeout from Airport location noon-7 p.m.
The airport has approved customers to pull into the upper-level departure zone for carryout and curbside service; drivers must remain in their cars for curbside pickup orders.

Tybee Island

Salt Island Fish and Beer
Regular hours takeout, call ahead to request curbside

Tybee Island Bakery featuring Cafe Miss Korea
Takeout

Sundae Cafe
Takeout only, lunch noon-3 p.m., dinner 4-8 p.m.

The Crab Shack
Takeout, curb service, frozen ready-to-cook meal kits

Lighthouse Pizza
has online ordering for delivery and pickup from 5-9 p.m.

Bernie's Oyster House, Tybee
Online ordering for delivery and pickup.
Open Fri, Sat & Sun 5-9 p.m.

Wilmington Island

Lili's
Takeout/delivery
Lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 5-10 p.m.

Island Daiquiri on Wilmington Island
Normal hours for dine-in and carryout.

Current Kitchen & Cocktails
Takeout/delivery every night, 5-9 p.m.

Basil's Pizza and Deli
Curbside  takeout and delivery 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Rita's Italian Ice and Custard
Takeout, noon-9 p.m.

Sandfly

Auspicious Baking Co.
Sandfly location - 7360 Skidaway Rd. open Friday, Sunday, Tuesday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rocky's of Savannah NY Deli & Italian Catering
Delivery thru SAVTakeout.com
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Castaways
Takeout
Daily 3-7:30 p.m.

Norwood Tavern
Takeout
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill (Sandfly)
All locations normal hours, but only taking to-go and delivery orders. Order online at their website, https://www.jalapenosinc.com/

Tequila's Town
Sandfly location only; open for takeout

Richmond Hill

Jalapeno's Mexican Grill (Richmond Hill)
All locations normal hours, but only taking to-go and delivery orders. Order online at their website, https://www.jalapenosinc.com/

Garden City

Hirano's Garden City
Call for carry-out
Mon.-Fri. lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed.-Fri. dinner 5-8 p.m.

Thunderbolt

Coach's Corner
Takeout and curb service
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Chiriya's
Takeout until 9 p.m.

Tortuga's
Takeout
Mon.-Thu. 5-7 p.m., Fri. 5-7:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Council debates Arena/Canal District master plan in wake of pandemic

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 7:37 PM

An inset from the Canal District Master plan.
  • An inset from the Canal District Master plan.

At today's City Council workshop, members of Council debated how the impact of COVID-19 may affect the ambitious plans for the Canal District in West Savannah, and the future Savannah Arena contained within it.

"The way we live and congregate possibly could be impacted the rest of our lives," said Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter. "Is it still feasible for us to build a 9000-seat capacity arena here in Savannah, Georgia?"

Pointing out that the Arena and Canal District are "reliant on SPLOST dollars that in large part haven't been collected," Gibson-Carter asked, "If SPLOST doesn't come through, what is Plan B?"

(SPLOST is the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, a voter-approved one-percent countywide sales tax which must by law go only to fund capital and infrastructure projects.)

Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier, in whose district the whole project will be, said "We need to insert some type of exit strategy in these contracts" for the Arena and Canal District in case the economy and budget make the project infeasible.

To which City Attorney Bates Lovett said, "That's certainly something we can start adding as we negotiate."

Alderman Nick Palumbo pointed out the epic size of the entire project, widely considered the largest single project the City of Savannah has ever undertaken in its history.

"The timeline moves out much much farther than we're used to planning for. I've seen the year 2075 mentioned," Palumbo said.

"I think it's really important that we find a way to let this project grow organically.... to attract private investment that will fund that tax allocation district" contained within the project, he said.

Mayor Van Johnson strongly pushed back on the idea of reconsidering the Arena.

"COVID 19 is not going to be the end of Savannah. Things might look really bad, but Savannah has survived a lot," he said.

"COVID-19 has a time and a season. We will be back in each other's presence again.... and we have to work toward that day," the Mayor said.

"The Arena is a feasible project and remains a feasible project. The Arena is going to happen. It is going to happen," he said.

"We have always said the Arena couldn't survive by itself, hence the need for a Canal District to provide the accoutrements necessary to maintain an arena," the Mayor said.

Gibson-Carter urged that the Arena project not come at the expense of improving the living situation of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, many of whom are economically disadvantaged and live in areas that frequently flood.

"It takes more than just an agreement or acknowledgement that something will happen [to help them]. What we want to see is policies attached to matters like a health impact assessment and community benefits agreement," she said.

"Putting the cart before the horse will essentially put these communities further at a disadvantage."

A vote on the budget and outline of the Canal District is tentatively scheduled for late June, after a period of public comment throughout May.

View the entire updated master plan here

Nine Line, Harris Lowry Manton LLP donate 1000 masks to area first responders

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 3:50 PM

SAVANNAH FIRE CHIEF DEREK MINARD
  • Savannah Fire Chief Derek Minard
Earlier on Thursday, Nine Line Apparel and Harris Lowry Manton LLP joined forces to donate free 1,000 protective masks to Savannah-area first responders.

“We’ve been working with the best scientists, the best engineers and the best distributors to make the best masks possible,” said Nine Line Apparel founder and CEO Tyler Merritt. “We have a viable, scalable, U.S.-made solution.”

Organizations receiving the mask donations include the Savannah Fire Department, Savannah Police Department, Chatham EMS, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Chatham County Police Department.

The donation is part of Nine Line’s new “Masks for Heroes” initiative, a campaign focused on donating American-made protective masks to essential workers in the healthcare, first responder and military commun
The U.S. made masks are pending FDA approval.
  • The U.S. made masks are pending FDA approval.
ities.

“As first responders, we are facing many challenges during this pandemic and one of the biggest problems we’re facing is the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment,” said Savannah Fire Department Chief Derek Minard.

“With the development of this mask, we will be able to help us stretch our resources for our various agencies. We’re extremely grateful.”

“We’re glad we can play a part in helping out and making these masks available to first responders who need them,” said Steve Lowry, a founding partner at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, a partner in the Masks for Heroes initiative. “We believe that first responders are truly the backbone of our community and want them to help keep them safe.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Domestic cases rise locally during shutdown

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM

The Chatham County Police Department and Savannah Police Department say they have seen an increase in domestic disturbance and domestic violence cases as schools are closed and citizens shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"With Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter in place order in effect until April 30, law enforcement and community organizations are banding together to address this problem and educate the community abut helpful resources," a Chatham County spokesperson says.

"Between April 5, 2020 and April 16, 2020, Chatham County Police Department officers responded to an average of 4.2 domestic disturbance calls a day. This is up from the daily average of 3.6 for the same time period in 2019," the County says.

"Approximately 70% of those incidents were first-time domestic disturbance calls to those residences. During the same time period, Savannah Police Department officers responded to an average of 12 domestic violence-related calls a day, which is up from the daily average of nine calls for the same time frame in 2019."

“Sheltering in place is one of our most crucial weapons against spreading the deadly COVID-19 virus,” said Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley. “But, it is incredibly stressful for many families who are now dealing with a disrupted daily routine, job loss, economic uncertainty and the anxiety brought on by this global pandemic. Sadly, in some households, the tensions are escalating to the point where the police must become involved for everyone’s safety.”

“Calls for domestic violence are on the incline nationwide and in our community, and we knew it was time to shed some light on this unfortunate circumstance,” said Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter.

“We want to encourage those in our community to please call police if they are in an unhealthy or abusive situation. We are here to help. From our patrol officers to our Family Violence Unit detectives, you will receive a thorough investigation and get the assistance you need.”

Both Chief Hadley and Chief Minter say if a situation turns threatening or violent, call 9-1-1 right away. "Those who are not in immediate danger, but want help leaving an abusive spouse or partner, can call Safe Shelter’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 912-629-8888," they say.

Police say for those "who are not in an abusive situation, but are concerned about the extra stress in their household and the potential for escalating tensions," there are resources available where you can receive assistance. Call the Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs at 66746. You can reach the Georgia Crisis line at 1-800-715-4225.

One-time yard waste collection in Savannah set for Monday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 1:27 PM

After weeks of cutbacks in services due to the pandemic, the City of Savannah will begin a one-time collection of residential yard waste on Monday, April 27.

"Savannah’s Sanitation Department temporarily suspended yard waste pickup to allow staff to socially distance themselves on the job. AshBritt, Inc., the company the City contracts for storm debris collection, will make one pass through Savannah to collect this trash. It could be the only collection for the next six to eight weeks," says a City spokesperson.

Residents should place their yard waste at their regular point of collection by 7 a.m. on Monday, April 27 and leave it there until it is picked up.

"Do not put yard waste in garbage or recycling carts," the City says. "If yard waste is visible inside a City container, it will not be collected."

Leaves, grass and small sticks should be in biodegradable brown paper bags. Any containers used must be less than 32 gallons, and bundles must be less than 4 feet long, 12 inches or less in diameter and weigh 40 pounds or less.

Mulch, building materials, dirt, wood and rock will not be collected.

New round of Broughton Street improvements set to start Monday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 1:25 PM

The City of Savannah Office of Capital Projects Management says it will start construction on Phase I of the Broughton Street Improvement Project on Monday, April 27.

Broughton Street will be closed to traffic between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Jefferson Street, and detour signs will be posted to direct drivers. Pedestrian access to homes and businesses on Broughton Street will be available throughout construction.

"Phase I includes Broughton Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Drayton Street. Improvements include new sidewalks and crosswalks with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps, traffic signage and markings, and lighting and landscaping," a City spokesperson says.

"The construction budget is just over $11 million and was approved by the prior council last year," the spokesperson says.

Work on Phase I was original scheduled start in early April, but COVID-19 delayed delivery of needed materials," the City says. It is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

Several Chatham Area Transit stops on the 14 Abercorn and 11 Candler routes will be impacted by the work.

Outbound stops missed – Closest alternative stops:

Broughton & Montgomery – Transit Center (610 W. Oglethorpe Avenue)

Broughton & Barnard – Transit Center

Broughton & Bull Street – Transit Center

Broughton & Abercorn Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe

Abercorn & York Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe


Inbound stops missed Inbound – Closest alternative stops:

Abercorn & Broughton (next to the SCAD Library) – Abercorn & Oglethorpe

Broughton & Jefferson (in front of McDonalds) – Transit Center

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