You'll be able to get green beer at bars in Savannah this Sunday, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday afternoon. The new law allows bars to sell alcohol on Sunday during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, defined as March 16-18. State law previously banned alcohol sales in bars on Sundays across Georgia. The Savannah City Council voted in early February to permit bars to operate during the festival.
During a briefing Monday afternoon, Gov. Deal expanded the state of emergency from 31 to 45 north Georgia counties as the state expects a two-part winter storm. “We are facing two different waves of bad weather. The first one will come in this evening. And it will be followed by a second wave that at this time appears to be more serious than the first,” said Deal. Deal says the state’s emergency operations center will be open at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, and Tuesday will include a liberal leave policy for state employees.
Savannah economic development officials are focusing attention on 10 countries that they say have the biggest potential for increasing business with the coastal city. The non-profit World Trade Center in Savannah recently identified large trading partners such as Canada, the UK, Germany and Brazil as targets for growth.
The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform is examining ways to reduce recidivism, deal more effectively with low-risk offenders and ensure that the state is getting the greatest return on its juvenile justice spending.
The governors of Georgia and South Carolina are keeping quiet on a private meeting on stalled efforts to build a $5 billion cargo port on the Savannah River shared by both states. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley met for nearly two hours Friday at a private office building in Augusta, about midway between their respective statehouses. Both left without speaking to reporters.