Georgia Trend Daily – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020 Brunswick News

Oyster season ends June 1

Staff reports that state waters will officially close to commercial and recreational oyster harvests at 6 a.m. Monday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced. “This closure ensures that Georgia meets the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program to protect public health by implementing a Vp (Vibrio parahaemolyticus) control plan,” said Dominic Guadagnoli, shellfish fishery manager for the Coastal Resources Division of DNR.


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June 1, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

An Eye on Recovery: Q&A Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

Susan Percy reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business organization, is more than 100 years old. It has some 47,000 members, including large corporations like Delta Air Lines and Aflac, medium-sized operations and small mom-and-pop businesses.


June 1, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s Downtown and Buckhead gauge economic damage after protests

Andy Peters and Kelly Yamanouchi report that two very different parts of Atlanta were hit Friday night by angry protesters—affluent Buckhead and rough-around-the-edges Downtown. Riot scenes were unsettling, but it’s unlikely that either area sustained a fatal economic blow, business and city leaders said Saturday.


June 1, 2020 Saporta Report

Portman’s $1 billion Midtown move: MARTA’s North Avenue Station, Patterson funeral home

David Pendered reports that Portman Holdings has set its sights on $1 billion in development in Midtown – the $400 million remake of MARTA’s North Avenue Station, and the $600 million development a half-mile away, at the former H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill site. The proposed development at the MARTA station is contingent upon approval by MARTA’s Board of Directors.


June 1, 2020 Albany Herald

Albany to provide grants, technical assistance to businesses impacted during coronavirus

Alan Mauldin reports that details about an Albany program that will assist small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will be unrolled in coming days. The program will assist business owners in gaining access to federal funds, provide up to $10,000 in state and local funding to qualified businesses and grant relief on utility bills.


June 1, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Young voters surpass old in Floyd County, but will they turn out?

Diane Wagner reports that Floyd County’s voter pool continues to skew younger, with more than half of those registered under the age of 50. Voters under 40 accounted for 35.5% of the electorate as of May 1, the latest report from the Georgia secretary of state’s office.


June 1, 2020 All On Georgia

Ga AG Wants Congress to Pass Bill for First Reponders Who Die of COVID-19

Staff reports that Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general urging Congress to pass S.3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. The Act would permit the families of first responders, who die or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of COVID-19, to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty.


June 1, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Lt. Gov. Duncan backs hate-crimes legislation

Beau Evans reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan signaled Friday he plans to work with state lawmakers on passing hate-crimes legislation following the high-profile arrests of three white men in the fatal shooting of a black man near Brunswick. Duncan, who presides over the Georgia Senate, said Friday lawmakers need to craft legislation that gives victims of hate-motivated crimes “certain tools” to bring civil lawsuits and sets a framework for law enforcement officials “to correctly identify, investigate and prosecute hate crimes.”


June 1, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Amico, Ossoff stroke big checks in final stretch of Senate primary

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Jon Ossoff stroked his Senate campaign a $450,000 check, finance records show, fueling speculation about his strategy in an unpredictable June 9 primary to challenge Republican David Perdue. One of his top rivals, Sarah Riggs Amico, also dipped deep into her bank account in the final stretch before the vote.


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