The first of nine production days in downtown Savannah began for the Spongebob Squarepants movie. Residents and business owners got a taste of what the next week will be like. Several streets and sidewalks were closed. Some people reported minor inconveniences. But the overall mood was one of a spectacle.
Savannah city officials have given a new lease on life to an economic development agency they all but dismantled two years ago. The city-funded but state-chartered Development and Renewal Authority was credited with revitalizing sections of historic downtown Savannah. One board member says he wants the agency to return to creating a downtown master plan.
Big changes are coming to Savannah’s River Street, the waterfront heart of the city's tourism empire. Over the next few years, the street is expected to get two-new hotels and a first-ever restaurant on the actual river-bank. But that's just the beginning.
Tributes are pouring in for a Savannah preservationist being called an ambassador for Historic Savannah. Eighty-eight-year-old Leopold Adler the Second died Sunday on Skidaway Island. He worked for more than half a century perserving the city.