Consider This! - 5/23/16 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Consider This! - 5/23/16

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

We are very lucky to live where we do. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery, historic homes and buildings and enjoy both river and ocean waterfronts.

It's a vibrant area with a very vibrant economy, buoyed in large parts by our incredibly robust ports and our equally strong tourism industry.

Two very different economic pillars that intersect in a very difficult way on Bay Street. You see we funnel both our tourists and our trucks that service the ports down that very busy street. I've had more than a few visitors tell me that their night's stay at a Bay Street hotel was sleepless due to the noise created by the big rigs rumbling through downtown.

The problem is our beauty. Our tree lined streets make it practically impossible for the trucks to go anywhere else.

Consider this: We need to find a solution that's convenient for both the tourists, and the locals for that matter, as well as the truck drivers who navigate downtown. The city should consider shutting down Bay Street to traffic on the weekends. We do it every year for St. Patrick's Day, why not try it during peak tourism season?

Both of those sectors are important to us and, unlike Charleston which more than a decade ago decided to forgo investing in its port in favor of tourism, we need to embrace and invest in both. 

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