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Savannah neighborhood divided

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah neighborhood is divided with hostility, some folks want the neighborhood cleaned up but others say it's just fine!

Some neighbors and city officials are trying to turn around the residential area near Skidaway Road.

John Bryant says he has seen a number of different issues in his neighborhood from code violations to drug problems. Most of the issues are being addressed by the city but Bryant believes these problems could be fixed a lot quicker.

"It's not just the neighborhood it was when we first moved here," said Bryant.

Bryant says in the last five years, they've seen an increase in crime and blight. Bryant and several other neighbors have partnered with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police to start the Derenne- Skidaway Crime Watch for folks who live between Derenne Avenue and Ranchland Drive.

"We're having drug dealing issues, there are property maintenance issues, there are code violation issues, zoning violation issues," said Bryant.

He says there's one house that continues to have yard sales every weekend when you're only allowed one per month. The city is aware of most of these problems but says the process to fix them is too slow.

"This area has some hard working people," said Alderman John Hall of District 3. "They deserve to live in peace and we intend to make that happen."

Some of the neighbors here feel differently about the neighborhood. They made a point to come over and tell us while we were interviewing Bryant.

"This gentleman has harassed our family for three months," said one upset neighbor.

"You call the police and get their doors kicked in," said another upset neighbor.

"Because they are dealing dope," said Bryant.

"They are not dealing anything, they were good people," said the neighbor.

Bryant says there are good people in the neighborhood who are determined to make a difference.

"I want to see our good neighborhood back; I want to see the people that are causing these problems to either stop or to leave," said Bryant.

If you would like to join their neighborhood watch:

http://scmpd.org/skidaway-derenne-neighborhood-watch-groups-send-message-to-criminals/

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