A much-debated ban on smoking in virtually all public indoor places will go into effect in Savannah with the new year. Mayor Otis Johnson pushed for the measure as part of a health campaing. Bar employees complained about the proposal when it first came up but now are adapting to the ordinance.
A US Army Corps of Engineers official says, the agency is likely to extend the public comment period on the Savannah harbor deepening project. Some environmental groups and others have said the public comment window was too short given the immense size of the report and its technical difficulty. The official said an extension should be announced this week.
Halloween this year falls on a Sunday and that's not sitting well with some Georgians who keep the day as religious. They successfully have pushed some city leaders to urge residents to send their kids trick-or-treating on Saturday. And that's led to confusion in Savannah and Macon. Some neighborhood groups had planned for trick-or-treating on Sunday.
Only a handful of Georgia cities ban smoking at all bars and restaurants. The City currently follows state law and allows smoking at bars if they don't hire minors. Restaurants must have separate smoking sections.