Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 28, 2022

Sept. 28, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times

Kemp issues Ian state of emergency

Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp issued a state of emergency order Tuesday for all counties in Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Ian’s impact later in the week. As the storm moves through the state beginning on Friday and exiting on Sunday, heavy rainfall and damaging winds will be possible throughout Georgia, the governor’s office said in a statement.


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Sept. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Connecting style and substance

Brian A. Lee reports that the Atlanta metro has long leveraged its advantages to prosperous effect: an attractive climate, a business- friendly and growth-oriented approach and a large, young and highly educated workforce. It’s a winning combo, like sweet tea and barbeque. Yet growth often comes with challenges, and for “The City in a Forest” sometimes it gets hard to see the trees, well, for said forest.

Sept. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airlines cancel hundreds of flights as Hurricane Ian advances

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hurricane Ian has driven airlines to cancel hundreds of flights to and from Florida on Wednesday and Thursday. Tampa International Airport suspended all operations at 5 p.m. to secure jet bridges, ground equipment and aircraft in advance of the approaching storm.

Sept. 28, 2022 WABE

After decades of legal fights, metro Atlanta utilities secure their water supply

Molly Samuel reports, after 30 years of legal battles, several cities and counties near Lake Lanier now have contracts guaranteeing them access to water from the lake. Though they’ve been using the water already, their right to it had been challenged by Florida and Alabama as part of the long-running fight over water between the states.

Sept. 28, 2022 The Brunswick News

Nissan selects Port of Brunswick as new point of entry into U.S.

Taylor Cooper reports that Nissan North America selected the Port of Brunswick as a new point of entry into the U.S., the Georgia Ports Authority announced on Tuesday. “This is going to mean new jobs in the Brunswick area,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten.

Sept. 28, 2022 GPB

Georgia farmers brace for Hurricane Ian. Tropical storm winds are forecast as soon as Wednesday

Benjamin Payne reports, Hurricane Ian could deal a big blow to Georgia’s largest industry, as farmers prepare for tropical storm-force winds to arrive in the state as early as Wednesday. “Really, all we can do is go ahead and make sure all irrigation is turned off so the ground’s not saturated when the wind gets here, and try to harvest whatever we can before [Ian] arrives,” said University of Georgia horticulture professor Lenny Wells, who also farms pecans in Tifton.

Sept. 28, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Comments sought on regional economic strategy

Diane Wagner reports that Northwest Georgians have through Oct. 21 to weigh in on a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region. The document examines the combined strengths and weaknesses of the area, along with the opportunities for growth and potential threats over the next five years, with an eye to boosting the overall financial viability of its residents.

Sept. 28, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Draft of Tybee Island’s STVR ordinance draws two hours of comments

Nancy Guan reports that no new city ordinances were implemented at the Sept. 22 six-hour Tybee Island council meeting that bled well past midnight as attendees and city officials discussed the island’s most contentious topic – the regulation of short-term vacation rentals (STVRs). But the numerous comments and conversations laid the groundwork for the next meeting on Oct. 13, where more than a year’s worth of STVR debate could culminate in revamped regulations for the growing vacation rental industry.

Sept. 28, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia Ports Authority approves $60M terminal expansion in Brunswick

T.A. DeFeo reports that the Georgia Ports Authority approved $60 million for upgrades to its Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick, the country’s second busiest port for total roll-on, roll-off cargo. A GPA spokeswoman told The Center Square that the authority is pulling the funding for the infrastructure and upgrade projects from port revenues.

Sept. 28, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Virginia Gov. Youngkin hits campaign trail with Kemp

Dave Williams reports that Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the Republican who pulled off an upset victory in his state over an incumbent Democrat last year, came to Georgia Tuesday to stump with GOP Gov. Brian Kemp. “The pundits said Virginia wouldn’t elect a Republican governor. It was too blue,” Youngkin told an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Alpharetta’s Town Green.

Sept. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘Keep choppin’ Republicans slam White House for suggesting a Braves rebrand

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Republicans rallied to defend the Atlanta Braves’ moniker and the team’s tomahawk chop chant after a White House spokeswoman urged the reigning World Series champions to hold a conversation about “rebranding.”

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