Re: “Fairgrounds site still in limbo after soundstage proposal rejected

I agree this is a crock. More of the same from Savannah. I am from that neighborhood, and I can tell you for a fact that we were all excited about the idea of a studio at the fairgrounds. Rep. Gordon went out of his way to talk to us and get our input, and this was a real plan that would have created jobs, brought more movies to Savannah, and completely revitalized and transformed the neighborhood. Everyone would win. I wish I could say I was shocked, but the next time city government shows it cares more about the future and the community than short-term political gain, it will be the first time. I am ashamed and embarrassed at the way Rep. Gordon was treated.

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Posted by SavEconProf on 11/19/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Fire Service Fee takes step closer to implementation amid dire City budget warnings

Why doesn't someone try to get this ripoff in front of a judge? It is patently
illegal. And what if someone doesn't pay? Do the firefighters do as they did in the 19th Century? Show up and ask to see proof of payment and if none is available, drive away and let the property burn.

Either way, this will open the city up to lawsuits (which the taxpayers will pay, of course.)

Posted by Gabbow Hayes on 11/18/2017 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

You've got to take into consideration the skim-offs, graft, kickbacks and accepting high bids the clowncil members run on us. Also they squander property tax money on these many useless "studies" they pay outsiders to make while putting them up at the best hotels, flying them in and out of here on weekends,
paying for their rental cars, food and booze, etc. then putting the results of any given "study" on a shelf when it is done and forgetting about it.

They also are incompetent at doing what they were elected to do and they hire even more outsiders to come in and tell them what needs to be done, likewise at astronomical "fees." And that is to say nothing about the skim of federal grant money arriving at city hall, a theft that has been ongoing for years.

Posted by Gabbow Hayes on 11/18/2017 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Fairgrounds site still in limbo after soundstage proposal rejected

What a crock! The City voted to subdivide that specific parcel off of the parent parcel and then voted to declare it "surplus property" as a direct result of being approached by Gordon to create a motion picture complex. And now they are saying something entirely different. The industry desperately needs a facility like that and has a willing buyer offering a price higher than the City's own appraisal. And that leaves them 54 acres and $1 million to advance the creation of the athletic fields they claim to want.

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Posted by CitizenX on 11/17/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

Pardon me, but I spent the entire year 2015 warning this city that spending was out of control and that Savannah was being run into the ground by a corrupt and inept administration; 2800 voters believed me. The status quo, however, found a way to preserve itself and continues unabated in looting the city treasury; nothing, essentially, has changed except the players. Rob Hernandez has done an admirable job in cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor...but he's still hobbled by a city council that is bought and paid for by the lawyers and contractors that really run this town. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 11/16/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

Whenever that volley ball known as consolidation is rolled out....principal players always are the City of Savannah and Chatham County. Why are the other cities within the county (Thunderbolt, Tybee, Port Wentworth, Garden City, etc.) never included?The roll-out of the fire service fee was clumsy and indicated that it's amateur hour under the gold dome on Bay Street.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 11/15/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Fairgrounds site still in limbo after soundstage proposal rejected

Hmm..."structured activity for youth in the area" maybe a theme park reminiscent of the Coastal Empire Fair might float their boat.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 11/15/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

All to get the heroin of short term construction at the long term cost to people who actually live here

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Posted by Patrick D Haughey on 11/14/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

Kesslers 80000 square foot monster got 30 million for the parking garage alone. The parking garage cost 41 million at high interest rates.

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Posted by Patrick D Haughey on 11/14/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

You forgot the tens of millions of tax credits they give away to developers of hotels and parking garage developers. And how much they borrow to finance ridiculous projects like the Ellis Square garage or the River landings project. If they stopped doing that we would be fine.

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Posted by Patrick D Haughey on 11/14/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Embrace the sourness

Monday Night Brewing's Garage, which opened recently on Atlanta's Beltline, has Georgia's first coolship.

Posted by Tim Dennis on 11/14/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: The City’s finances are on fire

Good story Jim. I will remind everyone that we in fact had a per container fee of $1.50 up until around 1997 when Eric Johnson and the delegation decided to zero it out to boost port growth. This is not a new idea for Chatham County so let's all be reasonable about it. I believe the port of Jacksonville charges $17 per container and the port of Long Beach Los Angeles charges $48. ALL other ports except Savannah change per container. It's beyond high time to reinstitute a fee, my suggestion would be less than Jacksonville.

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Posted by John Mcmasters on 11/14/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Exorcising the ghosts of Savannah's retail past

I'm an emotional empathy. Recently a colleague of mine told me about. Clairvoyance, one of the ways by which one can see past, present and future with an extraordinary vision. Clairvoyant has that ability to see the future and can also tell fortune of a person. She even suggested me to talk to a voyance pure consultant with the contact details available on http://www.martine-voyance.com/ as they can help me tell my fortune. what are your thoughts on the same. Should I go with my friend's suggestion.

Posted by rosemaryschwartz on 11/13/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “An Ardsley Park bungalow and Gentrification 2.0

I hate to brag but....I think I have the quintessential Craftsman bungalow at 308 E. 49th St. in the same block. It was built only 2 years later and guess what?
Its for sale! These old homes (when taken care of) look like a wedding cake inside.
Anyways, Thank you so much for your kind thoughts about our street. It really is pretty here!

Posted by Steve Webb on 11/10/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Fire Service Fee takes step closer to implementation amid dire City budget warnings

Been crunching the numbers here and it appears to me that the Fire tax should be closer to $100 per household/business than $400 but that the higher amount has been proffered in order to get those who pay taxes to cover the cost of services for those who do not. And, once again, the taxpayer is getting screwed to the wall...

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 11/10/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Fire Service Fee takes step closer to implementation amid dire City budget warnings

A City horribly mismanaged for a dozen years raises taxes and fees in order to continue spending like a drunken sailor, paying two and three times for the same positions (two mayors, two city managers, three police chiefs), cutting jobs while adding more jobs, and greenlighting more than 350 construction projects that cannot be paid for...and STILL one of the worst managed cities in America...

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 11/10/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “An open letter to Savannah about crime and punishment

Plant a seed in a young heart/mind. $15 nor $18 million to the gov't. will solve this problem. Pouring ourselves and our time & $$ into an organization like the Dream Campaign, or creating like organizations is a great start. Wear your seatbelt then volunteer and give the $15 to an organization with a great track record for reaching our youth.
P.S. And yes I'm speaking to myself as well, as I look in the mirror to pull the plank from my eye.

Posted by Steve Todd on 11/08/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Details emerge on de-merger

You have failed to state the real reason for demerger: Consolidation means one ruling body instead of two and aldermen and commissioners are afraid of losing their jobs which, under present circumstances, can be held without limit for the rest of their lives. Consolidation means that African-American politicians lose their advantage in the City of Savannah. Thus, the black elected officials of both governing bodies oppose consolidation in addition to all of the Savannahians who fled the city to avoid higher taxes which are going to get higher in 2018 (owing to that budgetary shortfall of $18 million announced just yesterday by the city manager). Nevermind that consolidation is the most cost effective means of government: Savannah has never been cost effective conscious.

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 11/08/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “An open letter to Savannah about crime and punishment

Code Bodek Yellow: Please be advised, neighbor, that our City Manager has just informed his council that he expects an $18 million budgetary shortfall in 2018...and now you know why the police have been dispatched to pick the public's pocket for petty offenses.

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 11/08/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “An open letter to Savannah about crime and punishment

I mean, you should wear your seatbelt. I'm not sure how you get from a seatbelt ticket to 'the cops don't listen to the community'-- the police here have a huge job and ultimately they are a bandaid solution for structural socio-cultural and economic forces that are the recipe for our current heightened crime situation. Personally, I think frustration would be better directed at our practically defunct local education system, the ethics of our business community and political systems, and into finding ways we can collectively lift each other up. Blaming the cops is the easy way out.

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Posted by Alys Spillman on 11/08/2017 at 10:42 AM

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