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President's Message - September 25, 2023

From the President:

This past week members of the Board met with Jay Melder, the City Manager, to discuss our quality-of-life concerns related to tourism. We, again, outlined our concerns on the number of trolley tours, large walking tours, and lack of enforcement concerning ordinance violations. An outcome of the meeting is that members of the DNA Board will meet with the Tourism Advisory Committee in October to outline our objectives. At a minimum, we are demanding that all tours use in-ear technology to eliminate the need for amplification. In addition, we want walking tours to include a maximum of 15 people, and we want the trolley companies to reduce the scheduled tours from over 31,000 to 10,000. We will continue to press our concerns relative to these quality-of-life issues and keep you informed as discussions move forward. This past week the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran an article about tourism in Savannah that may be of interest to you.

Please note that there are candidate forums scheduled for the Council At-Large Post One, At-Large Post Two, and Mayoral positions. These forums will begin tomorrow (Sept. 26) and then each Tuesday for the next two weeks. All of these forums will be at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St, beginning at 6:30. Hope to see you there. Click Here for Additional Information

I wanted to make you aware that effective today there has been a change in our Northwest Police Precinct Command. Captain Shamonica Badie has been reassigned and our new Commander is Captain Max Nowinsky. We are hoping he will attend our October meeting.

A reminder that next Tuesday, Oct. 3rd is National Night Out. The event includes the Savannah Police and Fire Departments along with neighborhood organizations and local officials. The purpose is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to generate support for local anti-crime programs. The festivities are 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Pulaski Square. We're looking forward to seeing you in the square. More information is available here.

One final item of interest from our friends at the Massie Heritage Center. This Thursday, Sept. 28, there is a discussion entitled, "Evolution of Waters Avenue." The talk will focus on recent development and changes that have occurred along Waters Avenue and what changes are being contemplated. Doors open at 6:30 pm for those of you interested. The Massie Center is located at 207 E. Gordon St.

The Board hopes each of you stays safe and enjoys the nice fall weather.

David McDonald


Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.

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