Savannah is taking off as a beer town. And that's prompting officials to take a new look at the city's drinking laws. Savannah is one of the few cities where people can drink downtown in public year-round.
Savannah officials broke ground today on what will be Chatham County's only publicly-owned marina. The $4 million project at Coffee Bluff ensures one of the coastal city's most fought over properties remains open to the public.
Savannah officials are considering reversing a ban they put in place six years ago against people under 21 entering bars and nightclubs. The ban was aimed at curbing underage drinking and drug use. But City Council member Tony Thomas says police reports are showing the problems just moved to other areas where teenagers hang out.
The state Attorney General's office says, members of Savannah City Council broke the law three times when they met to discuss hiring a new city manager. The office says, the violations occurred when the council met behind closed doors. In one meeting, council members broke up into teams to interview potential candidates for the city manager position.
Savannah City Council members want to make sure no one's put out of business by a new smoking ban. Savannah is poised to ban smoking at all bars and restaurants in weeks or months. But at a meeting , council members expressed concern over a handful of tobacco-related businesses, including a just-opened hookah lounge.