With 10 days remaining until the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, it was time to get the right information out to the people who need it as much as anyone, those who own downtown businesses.
By this time every year, there is always rumor and misinformation circulating about the parade, the festival zone, and a lot of things that could impact businesses
So city officials and Savannah-Chatham Police and Fire hit on some of the most talked-about topics at the annual pre-St. Patrick's Day meeting with business owners. Subjects discussed included the expanded festival zone, what roads will be closed and, of course, the ever-controversial wrist bands, which are being re-introduced this year.
The hope is that by everyone having the same information and the right information, the festival will be the fruitful experience it can be for businesses.
"They get all their questions out, they know when the trucks are going to deliver the beer, they know when the festival enforcement is in place and they know what the limitations are within the festival area,'' said Marty Johnston, the City of Savannah's director of special events. "So they can move on now for the next 10 days and worry about their business.''