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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Isle of Hope, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Isle of Hope are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Isle of Hope, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Isle of Hope criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Isle of Hope’s top choice in criminal defense:
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Isle of Hope and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Isle of Hope, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Isle of Hope, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Isle of Hope often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Isle of Hope drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Isle of Hope, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Isle of Hope:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Isle of Hope, GA

Violent crime offenses in Isle of Hope typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Isle of Hope, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Isle of Hope, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Isle of Hope, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Isle of Hope, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Isle of Hope could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Isle of Hope and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Isle of Hope, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Isle of Hope, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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The Tide: Ga. coast braces for tidal flooding

Before a raindrop fell on Friday, some low-lying roads and yards flooded in Coastal Georgia’s marsh-front areas. Along U.S. 80 at the mid-morning’s high tide, the marsh and the Savannah River threatened to converge on this only road in and out of Tybee Island.In Glynn County, the F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons was inundated, said Glynn County Emergency Management Agency Director Josh Bain.That’s because it was a higher than normal high tide, called a king tide. King tides occur when the moon is full or new...

Before a raindrop fell on Friday, some low-lying roads and yards flooded in Coastal Georgia’s marsh-front areas. Along U.S. 80 at the mid-morning’s high tide, the marsh and the Savannah River threatened to converge on this only road in and out of Tybee Island.

In Glynn County, the F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons was inundated, said Glynn County Emergency Management Agency Director Josh Bain.

That’s because it was a higher than normal high tide, called a king tide. King tides occur when the moon is full or new and closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, increasing its gravitational pull on the water. Fall king tides are typically the highest because water is near its warmest and most expanded, pushing up sea level.

The king tide can be pushed even higher by wind and rain, as is expected as the weekend continues.

“We’re looking at an inch to 2 inches of rain,” Bain said Friday. “It’s gonna be a little rough tomorrow. Stay home and read a book.”

The flooding effects of king tides are becoming more frequent as fossil fuel emissions push average temperatures higher, which in turn increases sea levels. These floods are called tidal floods or sunny day floods.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded 12 days of tidal flooding at the Fort Pulaski tide gauge last year and predicts five to nine days this year. In 2000, the annual average was two. By 2030, it’s expected to climb to 15-25 per year.

Fort Pulaski National Monument delayed its opening Friday and will delay again over the weekend to avoid having visitors drive through a flooded entrance area.

On Tybee, the city tried to document flooding for “climate change verification, funding requests, growth…so many options to provide data when needed or appropriate,” texted Mayor Shirley Sessions.

But Friday’s flooding there was mild, Sessions said.

“It didn’t cross the road, nothing significant,” she texted.

To stave off tidal flooding, U.S. 80 was raised about 8 inches in its lowest spots when the road was repaved in 2018.

With additional king tides plus more rain on the way over the weekend, Tybee officials are still on their guard and in touch with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

“The gale blowing NNE right now is creating variations in the tide models and minor changes in the wind direction can have significant changes to the peak water levels, Sessions texted. “The astronomical prediction is for a 9.05-foot tide at 9:45 a.m. at the Fort Pulaski gauge. The forecast prediction right now is 10.7 feet. Depending on weather conditions at high tide, that could change in either direction. There’s usually a 90-minute window to watch for U.S. 80 flooding, and it’s typically delayed by as much as 30 minutes from the predicted high tide. Regardless, it’s very likely that the road will need to be closed for a brief period due to flooding and removal of any marsh wrack/debris.”

Check these resources for more information about tidal flooding in Georgia:

NOAA provides several resources on coastal flooding, including the NOAA Coastal Inundation Dashboard, which provides real-time water levels with forecasts out to 48 hours for all tidal stations.

NOAA’s high tide flooding report allows comparison of the number of tidal floods each year at each tide gauge. It also provides predictions of the flooding expected in the future. Georgia has only one NOAA tide gauge at Pulaski. The closest gauge to Brunswick is in Fernandina Beach.

The Smart Sea Level Sensor Dashboard maps out its sensors and provides real time data about water levels (and other environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure) at 60 sites around Chatham County.

The Tide brings regular notes and observations on news and events by The Current staff.

6 Festive Holiday Destinations Within an Easy Drive of DC

Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaIt isn’t called Christmas City for nothing. Founded by Moravian missionaries in 1741—and named on Christmas Eve—Bethlehem puts on a show every holiday season, with its “star of Bethlehem” lights all over town, a nativity pageant, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even a “live” Advent calendar where treats are handed out. A big attraction is its Germ...

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

It isn’t called Christmas City for nothing. Founded by Moravian missionaries in 1741—and named on Christmas Eve—Bethlehem puts on a show every holiday season, with its “star of Bethlehem” lights all over town, a nativity pageant, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even a “live” Advent calendar where treats are handed out. A big attraction is its German-style outdoor holiday market, Christkindlmarkt, where some 60 vendors sell handmade nutcrackers, Moravian glass, and other wares. The historic and delightful downtown is home to dozens of restaurants and retailers, including the Moravian Book Shop, which opened in 1745 and claims to be the oldest continuously operated bookstore in the world. Also downtown—and not only dressed up but also scented for the season—is Historic Hotel Bethlehem, voted the top historic hotel in the country this year by readers of USA Today. Distance from DC: 195 miles.

Middleburg, Virginia

Santa may have reindeer, but this Hunt Country town has horses. Starting at 11 am on December 4, about 150 of them, along with riders in hunting attire and dozens of hounds, hit the streets for a “hunt review.” The day’s Christmas in Middleburg festivities also include a craft fair, hayrides, a “Santa’s workshop” for families, and an afternoon parade with floats, antique fire trucks, llamas, alpacas, and, yes, more horses. Parking is limited and must be purchased in advance ($30 to $50). All season long, the town’s “Dickens Christmas” theme means carriage rides and tastefully decorated shop windows. Distance from DC: 42 miles.

St. Michaels, Maryland

The Eastern Shore town pulls out the sleighs for its annual celebration, Christmas in St. Michaels—this year December 10 through 12. Don’t miss the Saturday parade through the center of town, with marching bands, vintage cars, and festive llamas. Evening is when local captains deck out their decks in elaborate holiday lights for a boat procession around the harbor. Revelers can fuel up at two churches, which host ticketed holiday breakfasts or luncheons with Chesapeake specialties such as fried oysters. Shoppers can pick up oyster-shell wreaths and crab ornaments at the pop-up marketplace or Christmas Shop. Our favorite: ticketed home tours ($25 a person), where you get a peek inside the 19th-century town’s historic residences and nearby waterfront estates, hung with gorgeous decorations. Distance from DC: 83 miles.

Williamsburg, Virginia

’Tis the season at Colonial Williamsburg to find Father Christmas strolling Merchants Square and carolers’ voices in the air. The historic district’s most celebrated annual holiday event, Grand Illumination, was canceled last year due to Covid but is back with a bang: The usual one-night event now stretches to six (the first three Friday and Saturday nights of December). Depending on the evening, activities include a yule-log procession; 18th-century music and entertainment; and fireworks. Nearby, Busch Gardens theme park turns into a blazing “Christmas Town” thanks to more then 10 million lights, and Jamestown gets into the festivities with a lighted boat parade (December 4) and an outdoor Christmas market with nearly 100 vendors (December 4 and 5). Distance from DC: 152 miles.

Cape May, New Jersey

This Victorian beach town doesn’t rest in the off-season—it’s a hive of activity come December. The three-block, pedestrian-only Washington Street Mall, lined with shops and restaurants, is festooned with decorations. So are many of the grand Victorian houses in town—you can see some on a candlelight house tour (December 4, 11, and 18) or by hopping aboard a “holiday lights” trolley ride. (If ghost stories are more your thing, opt for the Ghosts of Christmas Past trolley tour.) Also storied: the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, which goes all out in Victorian finery—complete with a model train circling a miniature Dickens-inspired village. It’s open for day and evening tours. Distance from DC: 189 miles, or 143 miles via the Cape May–Lewes ferry.

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Old St. Nick greets passengers on the antique cars of New Hope Railroad’s “Santa’s Steam Train Ride.” Just outside town, 1 million lights adorn the 65 shops of Colonial-style Peddler’s Village. While this Bucks County destination is full of charm this season, perhaps the best reason to visit is a different sort of holiday tradition: On December 21 and 25 at nearby Washington Crossing Historic Park, you can watch several hundred people clad in Continental Army uniforms reenact General George Washington’s 1776 Christmas-night crossing of the Delaware River. Distance from DC: 180 miles.

Getting Warmer

It’s not too late to plan a winter or spring break—if you know where to go

If what you really want for the holidays this year is to spend them someplace warmer than here, may we suggest Ireland? Sure, it’s often dank and soggy, and only slightly warmer than DC, but it doesn’t usually snow, and it might be the best you can do.

That’s because, warns Alisa Cohen, founder of DC’s Luxe Traveler Club, you’ll be hard-pressed to book a room at sought-after beach resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Florida. Anything you could find would be unusually expensive, she explains: “The Caribbean and Mexico are cost-prohibitive right now. Five-star hotels are $2,000 a night, minimum, and there’s no availability. It would be better to look for an alternative winter break.”

The same goes for Presidents’ Day week in February and Easter week in April, she says, which already have limited availability and inflated prices.

For those who still want a beach vacation but can live with temps in the 60s versus the 80s, Cohen recommends Southern California: “An LA–San Diego coast drive is a pretty week.”

Don’t need the beach? She suggests Arizona, where warmer-than-DC weather means you’d be able to hike.

Rather drive than fly? Cohen likes resorts down south such as Sea Island, Georgia; the Sanctuary on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island; and Palmetto Bluff, also in South Carolina: “It’s milder than here, and there are lots of outdoor activities.”

As Europe has opened up, it has also opened up the possibilities.

“We honestly are doing more and more winter breaks to Europe,” Cohen says. “Paris for New Year’s, or London.” And, she adds, the aforementioned Emerald Isle: “Ireland is a more affordable destination than almost anything in Europe. It’s also cozy. It’s all fireplaces and country-house manors. They do a lot for the holidays—it feels very festive.”

This article appears in the December 2021 issue of Washingtonian.

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Newmark : Represents Granite Properties in Sale of 2600 Olive in the Burbank Media District to Pacshore Partners

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Newmark[1] announced the sale of 2600 Olive, a Class-A, LEED silver certified, 152,834-square foot office building in the heart of California's Burbank Media District. Pacshore Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate firm owned by Philip Orosco, acquired the building from Granite Properties, a commercial real estate investment, development and management company.

Newmark Co-head of U.S. Capital MarketsKevin Shannon, Executive Managing Directors Ken White and Rob Hannan, Senior Managing Director Laura Stumm and Senior Associate Michael Kolcum represented Granite Properties on the sale of the building.

"Granite has owned and managed 2600 Olive for seven years. During that time we've made significant updates to enhance the customer experience," said Jason Purvis, Senior Managing Director, Granite Properties. "The property has benefited from the thriving entertainment industry in the Burbank Media District and growing demand for media content."

Granite acquired 2600 Olive in 2014, and completed over $2.7 million in renovations, including the lobby, corridors and elevators, bathrooms, garage and parking, signage and building systems. Granite also installed the clean air technology, Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization, in the HVAC system.

"We have been eagerly looking to invest in the Burbank Media District office market and 2600 Olive is a great start. Granite has done a fantastic job of managing and modernizing the asset and we look forward to continuing down that path," said Philip Orosco, Founder and President of Pacshore Partners.

The 10-story building is located on 2600 West Olive Avenue and is 97% leased. It is home to media related companies and located in close proximity of major TV and movie studios, including Warner Bros. The building features 24,000 square-foot floor plates, 13.5' ceilings, unobstructed views, in-building parking with a 3.75/1000 parking ratio, and EV charging stations. It also has convenient access to Golden State (I-5) and Ventura (SR-134) freeways, Metrolink Amtrak stations and Bob Hope Airport.

"If anybody ever doubted the resiliency of the entertainment industry or its status as LA's guiding light, the pandemic has erased any hesitation and Burbank is Exhibit 1-A," said Hannan. "As the epicenter and backbone of LA's expansive entertainment infrastructure, Burbank has benefited tremendously from the explosive growth of content providers, streaming or otherwise," he added.

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About Granite Properties Granite Properties is a privately held commercial real estate investment, development and management company founded in 1991. Granite owns more than 10 million square feet of high quality office space in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Southern California and Nashville. Granite is an established investor, developer and manager with a focus on sustainable, high-quality projects. More than $7.7 billion in real estate transactions and more than 28 million square feet of real estate development and acquisitions have been completed by Granite. Current plans for acquisition and development projects in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston and Southern California are valued at over $1 billion. Granite focuses on creating extraordinary customer experiences through mixed-use environments, rich in amenities, customer-centric service, and innovative wellness features. The firm has been named as one of Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces for the last nine consecutive years. For more information, visit: www.graniteprop.com.

About Pacshore Partners Pacshore Partners is a Los Angeles based firm focused on investments in real estate equity and high-yield debt. Founded by Philip Orosco in 2012, Pacshore specializes in office and mixed-use property investments in Southern California in submarkets with particularly limited supply. Pacshore adds value through improving property operations, optimizing space and utilizing proprietary local market information.

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Chatham County still in talks over fire ordinance for unincorporated residents

Chatham County is still weighing all options when it comes to a possible fire subscription ordinance for unincorporated residents, according to Commission Chairman Chester Ellis. The county first began discussing the move in late 2020....

Chatham County is still weighing all options when it comes to a possible fire subscription ordinance for unincorporated residents, according to Commission Chairman Chester Ellis. The county first began discussing the move in late 2020.

The ordinance along with several other options were presented by county leadership earlier this year. The measure is meant to aid local fire protection service providers who are grappling with budget shortfalls due to lack of subscription payments.

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“I’m still waiting on input from some of the commissioners. We’re going to (discuss) it in the open, it’s not going to be a vacuum type thing,” Ellis said this week.

“Right now I can’t tell you what shape it’s going to take, but we’re looking at several different drafts of how we think we’re going to handle it.”

Chatham Emergency Services approached the county last year after discovering that nearly 10,000 of approximately 35,000 properties they serve in unincorporated Chatham County weren’t paying the subscription fee.

County staff researched and presented multiple options, to include the ordinance. They also outlined the viability of a fire fee placed on property tax bills; fire districts with a corresponding millage levy; the cost of fire services included in the Special Service District millage rate; or the formation of a county fire department.

“We’re still hopeful that the county will pass an ordinance to help support fire services and thankful to Chairman Ellis for being willing to even have the discussion,” said Chuck Kearns, CEO of Chatham Emergency Services, which serves as an umbrella for Chatham Fire and Chatham EMS.

The options aim to help streamline the fire subscription costs to residents and businesses in Chatham County.

The Pooler fire department, which covers 30 square miles in the unincorporated area, is also facing shortfalls. Chief Wade Simmons said he felt that a fire fee on property tax bills would be the most efficient way to ensure that people are opting into the subscriptions.

“It also allows them to be the collection arm for it to make sure that people are paying for it,” he said.

A survey conducted by the county earlier this year revealed that unincorporated residents are split on how to tackle the issue. About 1,100 peopleparticipated in the survey.

When it came to having the county add the cost of fire protection services onto tax bills, 479 people were in favor while 504 people were against the idea. The remainder of the respondents, 202 people, didn’t answer the question.

There was a similar split on the issue of the county creating its own fire department. There were 376 people in favor of the idea and 466 people against it. The formation of a county fire department would be the most costly option, according to estimates by county staffers..

The majority of people surveyed by the county said they paid their fire services subscription fee, but 60 people answered that they did not. Another 75 opted not to answer the question.

The majority of those who responded, 854 participants, are served by Chatham Fire; Another 241 are covered by the Isle of Hope Fire Department and 31 by Pooler Fire.

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The unincorporated area covered by the Pooler department includes two subdivisions with a combined 764 homes. Less than 300 of them paid the subscription fee last year, Chief Wade Simmons told the commission in December.

Speaking this week, Simmons said the number of those paying their subscription has increased this year and they are a few subscriptions ahead compared to previous years.

“Almost every single additional subscription was because we were able to get with one of the large companies that owns actually 32 properties and they actually paid us for the first time for all 32 of those properties,” Simmons said Thursday.

But that payment didn’t come until there was a fire. The company obtained a copy of the fire report and paid the fee for all 32 homes.

"So that helped us but we're about 5% ahead of where we were. We were at about 35% and this year we're right at 40%,” Simmons said, adding that it amounts to 322 out of the 764 homes paying the subscription.

There are nine departments that provide service in Chatham County. Chatham Fire and Isle of Hope Fire are non-profits while the other seven are operated by municipalities: Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Savannah, Tybee Island and Thunderbolt.

"I really feel like our relationship with the county is symbiotic. We need their help and they need high-quality emergency public services for the community, so it really is a symbiotic relationship," Kearns said of working with the county.

Isle of Hope reports high participation when it comes to paying for services.

“Last year 92% of the people participated,” Isle of Hope Chief Tom Christiansen said recently.

“There are some people who just won't pay and we contact them, and we urge them to do it. Because if you don't pay and you have a fire, a lot of times the insurance company won't even cover your cost of the fire.”

Like other departments, Isle of Hope, Pooler, Chatham Fire and others will respond to structure fires of non-subscribers but bills them for the cost of the run, which is often in the thousands of dollars. A recent law change also allows departments to put a lien on the property if the owner refuses to pay.

“(If you’re not a subscriber) we're going to bill you for a minimum of $1,000. And then for every truck, and then all the personnel, it just goes on and on,” Christiansen said.

While county leaders examine the possible paths forwards, they're also taking a look at federal funding received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

“We’re trying to find out exactly how we’re tied to the funds we got from the CARES Act because there are things that we’ll be able to do with that,” Ellis said.

The county will receive a total of $56 million in ARPA funds, which provides assistance to businesses and individuals as well as federal aid to states and local governments to counter the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first half of Chatham County’s federal funding was received in May.

Katie Nussbaum is the city and county government reporter for the Savannah Morning News. Contact her at knussbaum@savannahnow.com. Twitter: KmartSMN

Noble Jones descendant: Georgia DNR takes action to protect Wormsloe's 'Avenue of Oaks'

This letter was submitted by Craig Barrow III, a descendant of Wormsloe founder and one of Savannah's original settlers, Noble Jones. Bar still lives in the Wormsloe House. The family donated much of the rest of the estate to a foundation in 1961. The estate became a public historic site in 1979.Recently the...

This letter was submitted by Craig Barrow III, a descendant of Wormsloe founder and one of Savannah's original settlers, Noble Jones. Bar still lives in the Wormsloe House. The family donated much of the rest of the estate to a foundation in 1961. The estate became a public historic site in 1979.

Recently the Georgia Department of Natural Resources broke ground on a much needed parking area at Wormsloe. When completed the department will begin constructions of a new visitors center attractively placed adjacent to the parking area.

This will allow the site to substantially curtail the traffic on the avenue, and enhance the visitors experience. Condé Nast, Harper Bazaar, and National Geographic all have recognized the Wormsloe Avenue as the most beautiful site in Georgia. This recognition has created a tremendous flow of traffic on the most photographed site in Georgia.

Our concern for the health of the oaks, planted in 1891, resulted in our consulting with Bartlett Tree Experts, The Savannah Tree Foundation, and the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry. All recommended in order to protect and save the oaks, the traffic must be curtailed.

The dust created by the intense traffic is choking the oaks, not to mention citizens jogging, walking, biking, etc. It was necessary to line the avenue with rope to prevent tourist parking and impacting the roots of the distressed oaks.

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With our dedication to the preservation of this very significant historic site, we are indebted to Georgia Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), our other local legislators, and the Department of Natural Resources for making this necessary event happen.

Thanks to then-Gov. Jimmy Carter and Jane Yarn, the Georgia Heritage Trust was created to accept my family’s gift of Wormsloe to the citizens of the state of Georgia.

As the ninth generation to own part of and to live at Wormsloe I am trusted with the family’s goal to see that Wormsloe will be preserved well into the future, unlike the other sizeable tracts of land on the Isle of Hope which are now subdivisions.

During my tenure we have made other significant gifts to benefit the site, as well as the Citizens of Georgia and in particular, those living on Isle of Hope. It is very obvious that with the curtailment of the traffic a visit to Wormsloe will be more enjoyable and frequent.

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