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Updated June 20, 2023 at 11:34 a.m.

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Colonial Terminals and Norfolk Southern partner on development of $100M breakbulk facility

Colonial Terminals, a division of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., acquired 16.7 acres of land adjacent to an existing Colonial Terminal riverfront facility and a Norfolk Southern rail facility. The transaction will provide Colonial Terminals the ability to develop breakbulk infrastructure along the Savannah River.

“For nearly a century, Colonial Terminals has built its reputation by delivering world-class product handling services to dry and liquid bulk customers through our intermodal marine terminals,” said Ryan Chandler, president of Colonial Terminals. “Leveraging our strategic infrastructure in partnership with Norfolk Southern to extend our reach into the breakbulk space is a logical next step for our high-service culture.”

Chandler said the project should stimulate the regrowth of business that had been lost in recent years due to Georgia Port Authority’s conversion of its Ocean Terminal facility, and would support further growth in the breakbulk segment as well as provide 20+ local jobs.

The new facility, directly served by Norfolk Southern, should allow in excess of a million tons of throughput and support the development of a new wide-span berth expected to move steel, paper, and other forest products, but capable of handling any general breakbulk cargo. Breakbulk is a common method of moving goods that cannot fit in standard-size shipping containers or cargo bins. Instead, cargo is transported in bags, boxes, crates, drums and barrels, or by other methods.

Phase one of the project would see the construction of the berth and refurbishment of the existing warehouse facility, and phase two will support a new rail-served warehouse or outside storage complex. The berth is expected to be permitted in mid-July of 2023, with construction to commence shortly thereafter. The project is expected to be completed in late 2024 and cost more than $100 million. Learn more at

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity hosts annual meeting and mortgage burning

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity (CEHFH) hosted their Annual Meeting at Marker 46A at the Isle of Hope Marina on Thursday, June 15. The meeting highlighted the local

nonprofit’s achievements in addressing the affordable homeownership crisis in our region, elected new members to the board and shared goals for the upcoming year including planned celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the organization. 

In 2022, CEHFH completed five new homes, broke ground on four 4-bedroom houses in Garden City called “The Spivey Project,” and celebrated 48 partner families who paid off their mortgage. A few goals that the organization has for this year include completing 10 homes, to increase the number of partner families from 11 to 29, and to secure land for future developments. 

New members who were elected to the board include Brandy Adams of Georgia Ports Authority, Michael Hughes of Thomas and Hutton, Stuart Wallace of Hunter McLean, and Brittany Jackson of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, who is also a new homeowner through the CEHFH. CEHFH concluded the meeting with their unique tradition of “mortgage burning” where one partner family, who paid off their mortgage, burned a document to symbolize paying off that debt.

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity works in this community as an affordable homeownership ministry committed to partnering with low-income, working families to realize their dream of owning quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes in safe and revitalizing neighborhoods in Chatham County, GA. For more information, please visit

Plant Riverside District, New Yoga Now and Lululemon to host free International Day of Yoga classes and more on Wednesday, June 21

Plant Riverside District, New Yoga Now and Lululemon are joining forces to offer free yoga classes and an all-day celebration in honor of International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, June 21 on the lawn at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 400 W. River St.

“We’re thrilled to team up with New Yoga Now and Lululemon to celebrate International Day of Yoga at Plant Riverside District on June 21st,” said Scotty Henley, Director of Entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. “We invite the local community to join us for free yoga classes and other inspiring events throughout the day as part of Plant Riverside District’s ongoing commitment to wellness.”

Free classes, special discounts and giveaways will be available throughout the day. Lululemon merchandise and healthy refreshments will be available for purchase at special pop-up locations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

“This year’s theme for International Day of Yoga is Humanity, so we want to expand awareness that everyone – regardless of age, size, shape, gender or ethnicity – can experience the vast benefits of yoga,” said Erin Lambright, co-owner of New Yoga Now. “Yoga truly is for everyone.”

For more information about International Day of Yoga at Plant Riverside District, please visit or

Finalists announced for 21st Startup Runway Savannah pitch competition in partnership with SHE HUSTLES

The Startup Runway Foundation, in partnership with The Creative Coast and Savannah SCORE’s SHE HUSTLES event, has announced the four finalists pitching at the highly-anticipated 21st Startup Runway event on June 22. This exciting pitch competition, set to take place at The Clyde Venue in Savannah, Georgia, promises to showcase the brightest entrepreneurial talents in the greater Savannah area.

Following a rigorous selection process, these four exceptional startups have been chosen as the finalists who will compete for a total of $20,000 in grant money, including a Judges Choice Award sponsored by Georgia Power and an Audience Choice Award sponsored by Partnership for Inclusive Innovation.

  • VicTreeFi, led by Christine Flemming

  • The Animation TV Network, led by Micah King

  • Performer Pocket, led by CJ Jackson

  • Oro Maternal Health, led by Melanie DeFilippis

"We’re proud to introduce these four exceptional finalists for the upcoming Startup Runway pitch competition," said Mecca Moore Tartt, executive director of Startup Runway Foundation. "Their innovative businesses and inspiring leadership exemplify the extraordinary talent and potential among underrepresented founders within the thriving Savannah ecosystem. We eagerly anticipate their pitches at the upcoming Startup Runway x SHE HUSTLES event.”

SHE HUSTLES is an esteemed women's leadership and entrepreneurial conference presented tri-annually in Savannah by The Creative Coast in partnership with Savannah SCORE. The event is supported by Wells Fargo and annual Platinum Sponsor, the Savannah Economic Development Authority. The June 22nd event will culminate in SHE HUSTLES’ signature panel discussion as the grand finale of the evening.

Startup Runway x SHE HUSTLES is made possible by Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Wells Fargo, and Georgia Power. 

The doors will open at 5:30 pm, and attendees will be able to network and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages before the pitch competition begins at 6 pm. Limited tickets are available at $30 each. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit To learn more about the upcoming event and the Startup Runway Foundation, visit

Electric Moon at Plant Riverside District to launch new dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” on Thursdays, starting June 22

Electric Moon at Plant Riverside District will launch a new weekly Yappy Hour, offering guests the opportunity to bring their dogs to the popular Moon Deck rooftop bar for two hours of fun. Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Yappy Hour at Electric Moon will feature canine-themed Tito’s cocktails, exciting giveaways, shareable menu items and dog-friendly experiences on the Moon Deck.

Featured Tito’s cocktails, which will be available for $10, include:

  • Big Red Dog – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, blood orange and orange juice

  • Berry Good Boy – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lemon, strawberry and club soda

  • Booze Clues – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lavender, lemon Blue Curacao and Sprite

Yappy Hour will take place on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. through October 26.

Grand Bohemian Gallery at Plant Riverside District to host “The Next Original” winner Alfredo Gonzalez for inaugural artist in residence program on June 23 and 24

Plant Riverside District will feature San Francisco, Calif. painter Alfredo Gonzalez, a winner of The Kessler Collection’s 2022 “Next Original” competition, as a special Artist in Residence at the Grand Bohemian Gallery on June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. and June 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. 

Gonzalez’s distinct portrait style captures life-altering experiences through quiet moments. This talented artist will paint and sketch live at the gallery during his residency. Members of the public are warmly invited to meet the artist, hear his story, enjoy a glass of prosecco and experience a live painting.

In 2022, The Kessler Collection issued an open call seeking The Next Original Artist. Out of more than 1,800 artists who submitted work, The Kessler Collection Chairman and CEO Richard C. Kessler handpicked 10 finalists. Kessler named all 10 finalists as The Next Original Artists of 2022, and all grand prize winners had their artwork featured on a digital billboard in Times Square on New Year’s Eve and are being showcased in The Kessler Collection’s hotels and art galleries across the country throughout the year.

Gonzalez earned a B.F.A. in Painting from The Academy of Arts University in San Francisco in 2021 and specializes in oil painting, drawing and printmaking as a means of exploring the complex nature of human experience and emotion. A former construction worker in California, Gonzalez was “discovered” through “The Next Original” competition and is currently pursuing art full-time.

Rotary Club of Savannah announces Eddie Deloach as 2023-24 President-Elect, names of Board of Directors

Eddie DeLoach, president and CEO of The Tidewater Group, has been elected as the 2023-24 president of The Rotary Club of Savannah. On Monday, June 26, the gavel will be passed to DeLoach by outgoing president Trip Tollison, President and CEO of Savannah Economic Development Authority. The ceremony will take place at the DeSoto on Liberty Street at 12:30 p.m. The club will also install 2023-2024 officers.

DeLoach founded The TideWater Group in 1984. In his role as President and Owner, he is responsible for overseeing the development and management of all the companies in the TideWater Group, while offering guidance and leadership to all members of The TideWater family.

DeLoach received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Berry College, and served as a commissioner for Chatham County’s 7th District from 1992 to 2000 as well as the 66th mayor of Savannah, Georgia from 2016-2020.

“I truly believe that devoted service moves our community forward, whether in government, local clubs and organizations, or our faith-based institutions. The Rotary Club of Savannah shares my desire to lead with a servant heart, and I am honored to have been chosen as president,” said DeLoach.

Incoming officers are Terri O’Neil, secretary/treasurer and Pete Hoffman, sergeant at arms. Incoming directors for the club include Steve Chick, John Coleman, Eddie Culver, Nina Gompels, Pete Hoffman, Fran Kaminsky, Bill Kelso, Audrey King, Sam McCachern, Diana Morrison, Tammie Mosley, and Matt West.

Published June 20, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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