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March 9, 2023 City Council Regular Meeting
33. Enactment of Section 6-2421, also known as The Festival Ordinance of 2013.
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Resolution to enact Section 6-2421, also known as the Festival Ordinance of 2013, for the dates of Friday, March 17, 2023 and Saturday, March 18, 2023. The enactment of the Festival Ordinance facilitates the establishment of specific zones in which additional rules apply during the Saint Patrick's Day celebration. In keeping with the modifications that were enacted in 2022, the Festival Ordinane states: 


The City of Savannah will not issue any out-of-town motorcoach parking permits in the Festival Ordinance Zone during the period of time in which the Festival Ordinance has been enacted by the Mayor and Aldermen. This provision does not apply to local transportation service companies that provide shuttle services. These companies must register with the City of Savannah and will be required to provide, at a minimum, routes, pick up/drop off locations, and times. 


On March 17, 2023 at 10AM until 2AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023, the to-go cup zone shall be extended to match that of the Festival Ordinance Zone, which as follows, unless the Mayor and Aldermen specifically defines otherwise: the To-Go Cup zone shall be that area bounded on the north by the Savannah River, on the west by the centerline of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge extended south on West Boundary Street to West Oglethorpe Avenue, extended east on West Oglethorpe Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, extended south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Victory Drive, and on the south by Victory Drive and extended east to the Truman Parkway, and on the east by Truman Parkway extending north to the Savannah River.


The City of Savannah will not issue any permits for private activities on the public rights-of-way, including but not limited to, outdoor entertainment and alcohol sales within the Festival Ordinance Zone. 



Susan Broker, Senior Director, Special Events, Film, and Tourism
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Exhibit 1: Festival Ordinance 02172023.docx
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