Secret Service bans items, restricts movement for vice president's parade visit

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A large portion of downtown Savannah will be placed under enhanced security early Saturday morning in preparation for Vice President Mike Pence's appearance in the Savannah St. Patrick's Parade.

About 12 blocks between Whitaker Street and Drayton Sreet from West Bay Street and East Oglethorpe Avenue will be subject to additional security measures and magnetometer checkpoints. Certain items will be banned in the area.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., no one will be permitted to park on any of these streets:

  • Bay Street
  • Bryan Street
  • Saint Julian Street
  • Congress Street
  • Broughton Street
  • State Street
  • York Street
  • Oglethorpe Street
  • All lanes between streets

Vehicles will be permitted to pass through the zone until 2 a.m.

No one will be allowed to enter the zone from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. because of a security sweep. Only residents with a photo ID and proof of residency will be allowed inside enhanced security zone during that time. Downtown business owners and workers will only be allowed inside the enhanced security zone before 4 a.m. or after 7 a.m.

At 7 a.m. the zone will re-open for pedestrians, but they must enter the zone through a magnetometer checkpoint. Those checkpoints will be located at the following roads intersecting with Whitaker Street:

  • Bay Lane
  • Saint Julian Street
  • Congress Street
  • Broughton Street

Additional checkpoints will be at the following streets intersecting Drayton Street:

  • Bay Lane
  • Broughton Street
  • President Street

Pedestrians can only enter the enhanced security zone until 10 a.m. No one will be allowed through the security checkpoints after 10 a.m. Pedestrians are also not allowed to cross the parade route inside the enhanced security zone. The city estimates this zone will be in place through 1 p.m.

The following items are banned from the area:

The city clarified open containers will be allowed in the enhanced security zone if they are purchased from a business in that area. Residents who live in the enhanced security zone will also be allowed to bring to-go cups into the enhanced security zone.

The city is also allowing four food trucks to operate in Johnson and Wright Squares to give parade-goers more options inside the enhanced security zone. It is also adding additionally bleacher seating.

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