The Hostess City is in the G-8 spotlight. Literally. Lighting crews tested their gear for the upcoming G-8 summit last night. They turned night into day, shining lights on the riverfront from Hutchinson Island. They only used one of the four light banks they'll bring in for the summit next month.
The Musco Lighting truck from Oskaloosa, Iowa, rolled into town around 8pm. It's one big lighting machine. Operator Greg Gilley says it has been used to light everything from the Olympics to five different presidential inaugurations. He said it delivers "90,000 watts of light."
By 9pm last night, the monstrous spotlight caused an artificial day along River Street. "We hope that by [international media] doing positive stories about Savannah, it will boost our tourism," said Mayor Otis Johnson.
G-8 officials say the light display was exactly what they were looking for. "Awesome is the word that comes to mind," said G-8 media relations official Even Keefer. "This is something we want to showcase for the world."
Savannah City Council will have to make a decision on whether to deploy the lighting in the next couple of weeks.