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Aug 1 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzz. Who's Ahead in Mayoral Race??

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Aug 1 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

What is the business community buzzing about this week? Politics. The word on the street is that the front-runners in the City of Savannah’s Mayoral race are becoming clearer. Former Mayor Floyd Adams and Regina Thomas are expected to lead the vote from the African American community, with current Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson expected to do no better than third.  Floyd is also expected to capture some of the white, business interest vote, even though they tend to be Republicans - support from those who believe that the City was run fairly well run during his previous term of office.

Regina, on the other hand, is beloved by both African American voters and serious Democrats who voted for her in the Democratic Congressional primary against John Barrow in July 2010.

White voters are projected to split their votes between current Alderman Jeff Felser and former Alderman Ellis Cook, with Felser coming in first.

Jackson is expected to get some of the white, business leadership vote…and their money. The campaign finance reports will be interesting, for sure. The question is why are they supporting her? Do they think they can control her? Jackson is perceived as being too connected to Mayor Otis Johnson and the controversial choice for City Manager, unpopular with many of her fellow Aldermen who are not getting involved in her campaign…and a long, long list of other issues. Her base has too many other good choices with Adams and Regina Thomas in the race.

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And then there’s the first draft of the revised lines for the Georgia 12th Congressional District coming out of the Georgia General Assembly committee last week, lines that will put John Barrow into Jack Kingston’s district. Payback is a bitch, John. One of the U.S.’s leading ‘Blue Dog Democrats,” Barrow’s not a Republican, even though he’s voted with them on some critical issues, and he’s a dead man in the halls of Congress amongst Democratic leaders. No help from the Congressional Democratic Caucus, we’ll bet. The 1 st District generally goes Republican, and Kingston is expected to “slaughter” him, according to one of the City’s leading pols if Barrow runs against him.  Georgia will go from 13 to 14 Districts due to the population grown, confirmed by the 2010 Federal census.

Barrow would first have to win the Democratic primary. Look for State Senator Lester Jackson to enter that race…and win.

It may be time for Barrow to move back to Augusta where he was a practicing attorney and former Richmond County Commissioner.

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Moving on….Congratulations to the leadership team at Tybee Island's The Crab Shack, named America's Favorite Seafood Dive in Georgia. Tasty contenders included also included The Oyster Shak in Brunswick and Barbara Jean's on St. Simons Island. It's their annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry-munching pleasure. This year, their winners (and finalists) were chosen by Coastal Living readers.

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The City of Savannah recently received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2011 budget document. The award recognizes the City’s budget document for meeting or exceeding guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program were reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

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Like Savannah, the City of Augusta is working to pull Georgia tourists to their city. Last week, the city launched a PR campaign for their newest tourist attraction, the ‘Historic Trolley Tour.’ Pineapple Public Relations is handling the campaign.

The tour offers natives and visitors alike the chance to travel back in time to further explore the second-oldest and second-largest city in Georgia. The tour begins with the Augusta Museum of History where guests can explore standing exhibits such as a restored 1917 steam locomotive, an exhibit dedicated to Mr. James Brown - the Godfather of Soul - and six life- size bronze statutes of some of golf’s greatest players. Following the Museum of History, visitors will board the Lady Liberty trolley and explore Augusta’s Historic Downtown. The tour takes riders by some of Augusta’s most famous homes, including the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson.

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The Drayton Street Ramp will be closes for repairs to the cobblestones beginning Monday, August 1. Below is a list of what will / will not be accessible during this first three weeks of the month:

Week of August 1 – No Parking; No Thru traffic

Week of August 8 – No Parking; Thru traffic with lane shifting

Week of August 15 - No Parking; Thru traffic with lane shifting

River Street will remain open and accessible from the other ramps. For more information or questions, contact Streets Maintenance at 651-6571 or Citizen Office at 351-6527.

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