Downtown Savannah appeared pretty intimidating during the past week with military personal and police securing the streets for the G-8 summit. But now, to the relief of many, things seem to be getting back to normal. WTOC spoke with some of those in charge of the transformation.
The security barricades security officers used for the G-8 are finally coming down. All across downtown, stacks of fencing are piled up, and traffic is moving. "This is like nothing the community has ever seen in the past, the Olympics were in 1996 and this is post 9/11," said Capt. Gerry Long of the Savannah-Chatham police. "The Olympics did not have eight heads of state fly into the community."
The Radisson on Bay Street had 26 soldiers protecting the area at all times. "Our job was to make sure everything went smoothly here, and it did," SSgt. David Cook from Hartwell, Georgia.
And now, just like many other law enforcement agencies, they're packing up early to get home. "We put the fence up and we have taken it down and we're ready to give you your city back," said Cook.
You will still have some reminders of this historic week up for a short time. The fence around the courthouse will remain up through Monday. The sheriff's department says it is just a precautionary measure.
Otherwise, it's now safe for residents to say, "I survived the G-8 summit," and law enforcement can take a break and reflect on what they have learned.
"The huge gain [is] this community successfully handled, deployed and concluded an international security event," said Capt. Long.