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Group starts work on city’s tourism management plan

With an annual economic impact of $2.5 billion, Savannah’s tourism industry provides many positives for the city, but finding the perfect balance between millions of visitors and the quality of life for residents has been a longtime debate without a lot of answers.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton Turner Inn recently. The City of Savannah recently hired a consulting firm to develop a tourism management plan that will balance the needs of the industry along with the needs of downtown residents. The plan is expected to be delivered in August. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

BiS in brief: Fundraising with subs, pecan votes due, Leadership Savannah

If you eat at one of the eight Savannah-area Jersey Mike’s Subs today, all the proceeds from your meal will benefit the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah at Memorial Health.

Komen affiliate awards $300,000 to 7 area programs

Seven area programs will receive a share of $300,00 in grants from the Coastal Georgia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Savannah bar named one of state's best new ranking

Looking for a drink? Maybe check out one of Georgia’s top bar, which is located right here in Savannah.

File photo of The Rail Pub (Photo/Savannah Morning News)

Waze gets into the order-ahead business with Dunkin’ Donuts

Waze’s traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin’ Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it’s adding a new item to its menu — the ability to place orders at some shops.

In this photo taken Monday, March 27, 2017, the Waze application is displayed on a smartphone in San Francisco. Waze’s traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin’ Donuts and Taco Bell. Now it’s adding a new item to its menu, the ability to place orders at some shops. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Plans unclear for five-story Aloft hotel in Pooler

With the path forward somewhat unclear, planners in Pooler on Monday agreed to table plans for a new, five-story Aloft hotel in rapidly growing Godley Station.

A rendering of an Aloft hotel under construction in downtown Savannah. The development firm building the hotel has proposed a second location in Pooler, near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. (Courtesy photo)

State: Avian flu found in NW Georgia flock

SUMMERVILLE — About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities said Monday.

Citi Trends CEO resigns from fashion retailer

Jason Mazzola of Savannah-based urban fashion retailer Citi Trends has resigned as the chief executive officer and director of the company effective immediately.

Stocks sink as ‘Trump trade’ flips into reverse

Stocks around the world sank Monday on worries that the Trump White House may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought. Many of the trends that have been in place since Election Day went into sharp reverse: The dollar’s value sank against other currencies, as did bank stocks, while prices jumped for Treasury bonds.

CITY TALK: Final Broughton streetscape plan appears to serve well

Last week, dozens of interested Savannahians gathered at the Coastal Georgia Center for the presentation of the almost-final design plans for Broughton, Bay and River streets. The meeting marked an important milestone in the ongoing work of the Florida-based landscape architecture firm EDSA.

Final images of Broughton streetscaping plan from EDSA. Streets would include parking, more trees and wider sidewalks with cafe areas. Bikes would share lanes with autos.

As leadership changes, Memorial Health's focus remains on its mission

Savannah attorney and businessman J. Curtis Lewis III is a veteran of more than 12 years on the board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center, a journey he compared to a roller coaster ride.

You asked, our tax experts answered

It’s that time of year where we question every dollar we make and spend. And, as tax day approaches most of us find ourselves with at least one question that leaves us puzzled.

CITY TALK: Dueling petitions over alcohol sales in Thomas Square

I’ve written here repeatedly about the zoning crisis in West Savannah. For years, neighborhood activists have tried in vain to get the area rezoned, but efforts stalled, largely because of inaction by Savannah city officials. The lack of substantive action on zoning – the term we use for what uses are allowed in what places — led directly to the mess surrounding The Stage on Bay.

BiS in brief: IP’s Savannah Mill plans nonprofit workshop

International Paper’s Savannah Mill will host an IP Foundation workshop on April 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the conference room located in the visitor’s building on site at 1201 W. Lathrop Ave.

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Savannah-area home sales stay strong

Home sales in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties continued to climb in February with the sale of 465 homes across the three-county area.

Thunderbolt gets historical marker

The Georgia Historical Society on Friday dedicated a historical marker to the World War II Rescue Boat Station on the bluff of the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt.

Lance: Local makerspace provides opportunity

Over the past several years, local business Maven Makers has provided Savannah creators with a collaborative place to learn, design and make products. With a spacious workshop full of tools, materials and ideas to inspire your next creative project, Maven Makers offers several membership packages for those in need of the resources to create. Members pay a monthly fee, receive safety training and can then utilize any of the equipment, from bandsaws and soldering irons to 3D printers.

State government recognizes Gulfstream’s 50th

Friday was Gulfstream Day at the Georgia State Capitol to recognize and commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary year in Savannah. Gulfstream was recognized with a commending resolution by the Georgia House of Representatives.

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a “great day for American jobs” and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.