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Re: “Statement On This Week's Cover Image

Jim, thank you for your comments in regards to this week's cover of Connect Savannah. It explains, if not excuses, the choice and the decision making process that concluded with that choice. I only wish that everyone who did or will see the cover will have the opportunity to read and consider the comments you have made and hear the reports the media have been sharing. As we all know, a picture speaks so many more thousands of words than anything we write. So many more will notice the picture as they walk by the many stands and, maybe, even pick up a copy of Connect Savannah somewhere in the community this week and will not read or hear your comments. I can think of nothing more that can be done other than hope that this blunder can be the catalyst for healing discussion.

Sincerely, Ted Eldridge

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Posted by TedEldridge on 11/25/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “College Issue: Columba House is 'radically inclusive'

As a long-time Christ Church Episcopal congregant, I am excited to see this extension of the Episcopal Church emerging. This interview is a useful summary of information for those who might seek what Columba House can offer while, at the same time, be an outlet for those of us who want to become more involved with this activity within our Church. Thank you for the straight-forward, condensed version of the general purposes. Ted Eldridge Savannah eldridte@aol.com

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Posted by TedEldridge on 09/11/2013 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Comment invited on cruise ship terminal

I am aware of disastrous consequences when a town the size of Savannah has taken on a cruise line docking facility and all of the related responsibilities and liabilitiies. The example I would give is Juneau, Alaska. I visited, talked with residents, environmentalists and business owners there two years ago. I see these as the main points of concern:

1. The City and its business have NOT profited from the venture. Cruise ship passengers have limited shore time, have meals on the ship paid for in advance and, of course, have no need for hotel accommodations once they land. It has been a total lose-lose situation for Juneau, as expressed through its residents and business owners.

2. The increased (very temporary) numbers of visitors (3-5 hours) has caused problems in their desire to have amenities right on and near the dock so they don't have distances to walk while off their ship. This forced the building of a "false city" just two blocks from the City amenities of Juneau. Built were two streets lined with what appear from the front to be goldrush-era structures with false facades to look like a village. The buildings are cheaply made with beautiful fronts only. They sell either food or tourist-type items -- many diamond stores, many oriental rug stores, a couple sit-down restaurants/saloons. The building of this Disney-esque fake town has taken business from the long-standing, family-owned businesses in Juneau. There is great resentment. The owners and/or managers of these new, artificial establishments have come into town - they are NOT residents.

3. Congestion along what had been the beautiful, pristine inner passage that leads visitors to Juneau has created nightmares in traffic on the water, docking issues and concern for the fragile environment of what is known as a wilderness region. It was not a pleasant view to see these many-storied floating towns lined up, blocking all views across the water to islands.

4. No one I spoke with could offer any positive effects of the Cruise line docking operation in Juneau, other than those receiving the docking fees and supplying fuel to the shipss.

Please consider the negative impacts on our beautiful City. We have just about reached saturation point, from my perspective, on what our little gem tucked deep in the Deep South in a unique environment with unique attraction and plan as a walking city. The delicate balance hangs perilously as we continue to permit growth in the form of more and more hotels and other construction that is taking the natural environment from us more by the day. We can't be a City that wishes it had thought prudently about our future and that of our children and grandchildren. How tragic it would be if those who worked diligently to restore, renovate, rejuvenate our terribly run-down city of the mid-twentieth century would feel their efforts had been swept away by those interested in nothing more than unbridled growth and the desire to make money.

Posted by TedEldridge on 06/27/2013 at 10:59 AM

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