Wed., May 18, 2011 12:34pm
A new report says, building a cruise ship terminal in Savannah could bring Georgia $89 million a year in new spending and create 1,000 jobs. A Miami-based consulting firm prepared the study. It says, the city could build a terminal in four years at the Georgia Ports Authority. Five years later, it could build a terminal at the city's historic waterfront.
Wed., May 11, 2011 1:36pm
Chatham County taxpayers could be taking a big risk by publicly financing a new hotel at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center. That's the conclusion of a consultant hired by the trade center board to run the numbers. The consultant says, the hotel business is extremely volatile and the hotel's developer is being overly-optimistic about potential revenue.
Fri., May 6, 2011 12:02pm
Governor Nathan Deal still is reviewing a bill to boost tax incentives to spur some tourism projects. The tax breaks could help a proposed convention hotel in Savannah. Some hotel owners have tried to block the hotel because it could be financed with 50-million-dollars in county bonds. The opponents says, that's unfair to privately-backed hotels.
Mon., March 14, 2011 12:24pm
Savannah is bracing for hundreds of thousands of partiers this week. The coastal city hosts the nation's second-largest Saint-Patrick's Day festival and in recent years has been easing up on some crowd control measures. For the first time in 12 years, partiers won't have to buy a special wristband to drink alcohol on the waterfront.
Wed., March 9, 2011 12:03pm
Officials in Savannah's Chatham County are closer to agreement over how much county taxpayers should finance a new hotel on Hutchinson Island. The project will add another hotel option for guests attending convention center events. But in the past few months, some have questioned possible public loans and hotel taxes going to the project.
Thu., March 3, 2011 12:14pm
Tybee Island is expecting customed revelers this weekend for its third annual Mardis Gras festival. Organizers started the event to attract visitors in what can be the beach's cold and dreary off-season. The festival already has filled up some hotels.
Fri., January 21, 2011 8:37am
The US Army Corp of Engineers offered to give Tybee Island some of the sand that it plans to dredge up from the bottom of the Savannah River during a proposed harbor deepening. But Tybee Island's city council members have rejected the offer, citing beach aesthetic and safety concerns.
Thu., January 6, 2011 11:38am
Some Tybee Island residents are worried about the possibility of mud on the beach from Savannah harbor deepening. The half-billion-dollar port expansion project is expected to give Tybee mountains of sand from the bottom of the Savannah River. It'll be placed just offshore to protect the island from beach erosion.
Thu., December 9, 2010 11:33am
The first phase of a feasibility study on Savannah cruise ships shows, the initial estimates of number of potential passengers was too low. Officials had been saying, if they built a cruise ship terminal, it could bring the city 250,000 passengers a year. But a more detailed study puts the number at 350,000.