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Savannah City Council revokes Club Rain's alcohol license

The Savannah City Council unanimously voted during a hearing Thursday to revoke the alcohol license of Club Rain after public safety complaints and shootings that city officials say either occurred at or started at the downtown night spot.

Savannah's new economic director discusses plans, challenges

Manuel Dominguez will help lead the city’s revitalization and business efforts next year after becoming Savannah’s new economic development director in August.

Manuel Dominguez

Savannah City Council OKs zoning change for Victory Drive development

The old continues making way for the new, as another planned commercial development along Victory Drive ushers in the closing of a Savannah restaurant that has operated at the site for about 80 years.

Submitted photo - The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the rezoning of 11 acres that surround Johnny Harris restaurant at 1651 Victory Drive. The approval clears another hurdle for proposed retail development in the area, which was announced by Harris president Norman Heidt in September.

Savannah mayoral race heading to runnoff

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson will face Eddie DeLoach in a runoff on Dec. 1 after both failed to garner more than 50 percent of the votes Tuesday.

ELECTION RESULTS: Julian Miller elected to City Council District 4

Savannah City Council’s Fourth District has a new alderman.

ELECTION RESULTS: Tony Thomas wins in Savannah City Council District 6

Alderman Tony Thomas is returning for a fifth term as representative of Savannah’s sixth district.

Tony Thomas

ELECTION RESULTS: John Hall wins re-election to Savannah City Council District 3

Alderman John Hall was re-elected to Savannah City Council’s Third District on Tuesday night with nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Apartment complex latest project planned for East Broad Street in Savannah

That developer, GW Investments, wants to build a 69-unit apartment complex in place of the fenced-in former nightclub that has stood vacant on the site north of Park Avenue since the late 1990s.

Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News A developer is planning on demolishing the former Omar Temple No. 21 Grenadier Club on East Broad Street and Park Avenue to make way for a 69-unit apartment complex.

City of Savannah hungry for food truck rules

Savannah may soon join other cities throughout the country in embracing the growing popularity of food trucks.

This map from Thursday's workshop shows the proposed food truck zones being considered by city staffers. Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News

Savannah's West River Street hotels moving forward

On Thursday, the mayor and aldermen will consider resolutions in support of two major hotel projects planned for Savannah’s West River Street.

Savannah's West River Street hotels moving forward

New campaign of change means business

Gathered around a podium at the Savannah municipal building on Broughton Street — as residents paid bills at the service counters behind them — city staffers, business owners and elected officials on Friday announced measures they have put into place to make Savannah more business friendly.

Photos by Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- Greg Parker, business group chairman, speaks at a news conference held at the Broughton Municipal Building on recommendations made to the city including a new business website, background, and a customer service kiosk, left.

Developers pitch $80M timeshare on Hutchinson

A 316-unit timeshare resort is being planned for a site east of the Talmadge Bridge on Hutchinson Island where 16 former cement storage silos are located.

Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News This photo of a rendering shows the proposed design for a 316-unit timeshare resort for a site east of the Talmadge Bridge on Hutchinson Island where 16 former cement storage silos are located.

Visit Savannah reports visitors, spending up

The upward trend in visitors extends to Chatham County as a whole, according to Visit Savannah’s annual tourism study.

Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News Bethany DeZelle rings up Tiffany Cain at The Paris Market on Broughton Street Thursday.

Sand Gnats' owner announces plans to move team to Columbia

The owner of the Savannah Sand Gnats announced Thursday that the minor league baseball team would be leaving the city after the the current season.

Sand Gnats' owner announces plans to move team to Columbia

Owners of Savannah's Drayton Tower plan adjacent hotel

The owners of the Drayton Tower, Flank Inc., unveiled plans Thursday to build a hotel north of the 12-story apartment building on two vacant lots used for parking.

Owners of Savannah's Drayton Tower plan adjacent hotel

Savannah, SEDA hope to be the next Hollywood hit

The movie and television industries are always looking for talent. Ralph Singleton wants Savannah to be the next star.
Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News - Ralph Singleton

Tech startups shine at City Council

Local entrepreneurs behind Savannah’s growing startup scene presented their innovations to the Savannah City Council and staffers during a workshop Thursday at the Creative Coast’s new headquarters and incubator space, Creators’ Foundry.

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City of Savannah, SCAD considering wireless connection

The Savannah College of Art and Design may join forces with the city to install fiber-optic cable downtown for high-speed wireless connectivity.

Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News- The Savannah College of Art and Design may partner with the city to install fiber-optic cable downtown for high-speed wireless connectivity.

Savannah's Uber ordinance garnering feedback

Owning a meat cleaver doesn’t give you the right to operate a home-based butcher shop. Regulations attempt to make sure your rib eye isn’t marinated with E. coli. So having your own car shouldn’t be enough to operate a commercial transportation service.

FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

City finds buyer for Waters Avenue shopping center

After rejecting proposals twice since the property was put up for sales two years ago, city staffers say they have found a potential buyer with an acceptable plan for the Waters Avenue shopping center.

Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News The Savannah City Council will consider selling the shopping center on Waters Avenue at 37th Street on Thursday to a grocery store developer for $1.7 million. The sale is contingent upon the buyer successfully negotiating a lease termination or relocation agreement with an existing tenant, Its Amazing.