Peacock Automotive Celebrates 15 Years in Business by Announcing New River Auto Mall Rebranding at Unveiling Party on Thursday, Sept. 7
(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive will hold an Unveiling Party for the rebranding of the New River Auto Mall on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. A new name and logo will be released during the event.
The Unveiling Party will take place at Audi Hilton Head at 137 Auto Mall Boulevard in Hardeeville, S.C. Invited guests will be the first to see the Auto Mall’s new branding materials while they enjoy refreshments and music.
Established in 2002, the New River Auto Mall is owned by Peacock Automotive, which also owns and operates dealerships in Savannah, Ga., Columbia, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., as well as the New River Wellness Institute and the New River Auto Mall Collision Center. The Auto Mall covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina.
Most recently, the Auto Mall broke ground for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot dealership, Audi Hilton Head. Work on the new building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018 at an estimated cost of $6 million.
“We are also adding a Maserati and Alfa Romeo dealership to the Auto Mall in the next few months,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “We also have plans for renovating and rebuilding the dealerships on our 7.5-acre property in Savannah on the corner of Eisenhower Drive and Abercorn Street and at Peacock Ford in the Orlando area.”
In addition to a large inventory, the Auto Mall has state-of-the-art facilities for all automotive service and repair needs. Technicians are ASE-certified and work on all vehicle makes and models. Collision repair is also available. Every service appointment comes with a complimentary car wash.
“Establishing strong relationships with your customers, suppliers, employees and community partners is the key to success,” Peacock said. “One way is through planning events to support local not-for-profit organizations through sponsorships of a variety of events. Our dealerships all employ my personal mantra – zero dissatisfied customers.”
During the unveiling event on Sept. 7, the American Heart Association will kick off the 21st Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast by announcing the gala theme. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor for the Heart Ball, which will be held on Feb. 5, 2018, with an expected 400 guests. For more information on the Heart Ball, visit www.southerncoastheartball.org.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Five Ways to Navigate Zoning Regulations
By Kim Thomas of The Dewitt Tilton Group
If you’ve ever seen one of those yellow signs posted on a building or empty lot announcing a zoning change petition, you probably know the property owner or potential owner wants to build something new or alter the current building’s purpose and must first seek permission from the governing municipality to rezone the lot.
While zoning issues are unlikely to affect most people in their lifetimes, they can be a complicated and lengthy process for a zoning petitioner.
Zoning is defined as a power granted to municipalities by the state to promote public health, safety and general welfare and to protect and preserve areas of historical, cultural or architectural significance. The land is divided into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions.
Zoning ordinances are put in place by the local municipality to help protect residents and guide commercial growth of the community in positive ways. Therefore, business owners who are thinking about buying, developing or altering a property need to become familiar with the basics of zoning and how those rules could impact their plans, budgets and timelines.
Here are five ways to better navigate the zoning process:
1. Before starting the search for a property, ask your real estate adviser to help identify how areas of the community are zoned and what parcels are best suited for your business location. If possible, look for a property already zoned for your type of business. Your real estate adviser can play a huge role in helping to find zoning that meets your requirements.
2. If you find a property you’d like to consider but is zoned differently from your needs, consult with your real estate advisor, land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to determine whether the local municipality might consider a petition for rezoning.
For example, if you’re looking at a piece of land for an industrial business and the parcel is outside an industrial park but touches it, the local planning commission is more likely to consider rezoning the parcel than if it is adjacent to non-industrial areas.
3. If the property you wish to purchase must be rezoned for your commercial needs, start the process by visiting the local government where the parcel is located. Invite your land attorney, civil engineer or contractor of record to join you or represent you. Navigating zoning procedures can be overwhelming for those who are not industry professionals.
4. Be aware of special circumstances. For example, if the property is in Savannah’s Historic District, your first stop should be at the Historic District Board of Review because they must approve your preliminary concept before you can take any other step in the zoning process. Again, your industry professional can help you determine whether your property is in an area where special circumstances need to be considered.
5. Try to become familiar with zoning terms such as your desired property’s zoning designation and parcel identification number (PIN) as well as how the zoning process works in your community.
For example, the Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission maintains authoritative zoning ordinances for Chatham County and working zoning ordinances for the city of Savannah. Over the past few years, both governments have been working to update and unify their ordinances, a process known as NewZO (New Zoning Ordinances).
Once your zoning is in place, the next step in the development process is to get permitting underway. This involves submitting your plans to the local planning commission, which will direct them through the appropriate departments for review and approval. As you might expect, the permitting process has its own procedures.
You can view the city of Savannah’s zoning information at http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1123 and the Savannah Area Geographic Information System (SAGIS) zoning map at http://www.sagis.org/ Zoning ordinances for the city and county are available at http://www.thempc.org/
Cinnamon Bear Presents Check to MARNE
The Cinnamon Bear Stores Presents Donation of More Than $1,000 to Marne Community and Spouses Club of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Cinnamon Bear Stores, a family-owned group of high-end gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years, has donated $1,040 to the MARNE Community and Spouses’ Club of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, a 501©3 non-profit, social and welfare organization that supports the military community through social outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants.
The donation came from proceeds raised during the Cinnamon Bear Stores grand opening celebrations for their new location in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St.
“Opening our store in this new destination location offering more upscale merchandise is exciting, but having the opportunity to partner with a local organization that helps our military and their families is truly an honor,” said co-owner Michael Snaid. “We were blessed by the turnout for our grand opening celebrations, and we are so excited to share this good fortune with the Marne group.”
The Cinnamon Bear offered an additional 15 percent discount during the grand opening to those with a valid military ID.
“This is huge for our group,” said Nina Elison, president of the Marne group. “The only way we can make a difference in this community is with the help of local businesses and our partners. Michael and Lynne have been very supportive of our mission, and we are most thankful that they chose to celebrate their grand opening by giving back to us.”
This is the first of a series of events planned by Cinnamon Bear to support the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club. The retailer also plans to launch a holiday writing contest for families of Marne.
During the past two decades, The Cinnamon Bear Stores have become a frequent stop for families vacationing along the Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida coasts with locations at Harbour Town on Hilton Head, City Market and River Street in Savannah and at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.
Along with other Cinnamon Bear stores, the new location offers award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books. The new store also offers luxury brands including Brighton, Vera Bradley, Life is Good, Spartina, Lampe Berger Paris, Baggallini and Beatriz Ball.
For more information on the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/
ABOUT THE CINNAMON BEAR STORES
The Cinnamon Bear Stores is a family-owned group of upscale gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years. With locations in Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Amelia Island, The Cinnamon Bear Stores feature award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books; along with a variety of ice creams, coffees and slushies. For more information, contact Michael Snaid at 912-492-6046 or Michael@CinnamonBearStores.com; Lynne Snaid at 912-484-0695 or Lynne@CinnamonBearStores.com; or visit online at https://cinnamonbearstores.com
ABOUT THE MARNE COMMUNITY AND SPOUSES CLUB
The Marne Community and Spouses Club is a non-profit social and welfare organization whose mission is to support Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield families and the greater Marne community. Each year the club contributes to the local community and military families in the form of community outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants. For more information, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, at Cutter’s Point Coffee, located at 7360 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406.
The goals of the meeting are to discuss the current state of business in Sandfly, to share insight on new businesses coming to the area and to keep members current on any information that pertains to the Savannah community.
Helen Stone, County Commissioner for District 1 of Chatham County, will present business updates from the past half year at the meeting.
“There are a lot of exciting things happening in our area,” said Stone. “These updates are critical for business women to make the best decisions regarding their companies moving forward.”
Organized by Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental, the coalition meets bi-annually in Sandfly. Dr. Canfield said, “This is our second time having Commissioner Stone speak to our group. Meeting with her in such a casual setting is a great opportunity for us to stay updated on the new developments in our area and to learn more about the expected growth of Sandfly.”
Previous meetings have been held at Harvest Bread Company, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Power Yoga, Driftaway Café, Fioré Italian Bar & Grille and Cutters Point Coffee. The event is open to any female business owners in Sandfly, Isle of Hope, Dutch Island, The Landings or the Southside area. For more information, contact Cynthia Wright at email@example.com
ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA at 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental located in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both dental offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
Mark Howard to Present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes”
(Savannah, GA) Mark Howard, President and founder of Howard Financial Group, will be the featured speaker at The Savannah Jaycees meeting on Tuesday, August 1st. Open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.
Howard will present “Avoiding the 3 Biggest Retirement Mistakes” during the Jaycees August gathering as a part of their “Leadership Now” series. Attendees will learn:
· How to earn consistent returns in today’s economy
· What “true diversification” is.
· The hidden costs of the most common form of investments.
Howard has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He is recognized as an expert on Retirement Income Planning and has been featured many times on news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.
In 2014, Howard founded Howard Financial Group, which is headquartered in Savannah. His firm focuses on strategies to grow their clients’ retirement dollars while taking less risk. “We specialize in protection of principle, providing a reasonable rate of return over time, and keeping things simple for our clients”, said Howard.
Howard Financial Group services clients from all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.
Last year, Howard and his firm were chosen to be a part of Advisors Excel, an elite group of financial advisors nationwide that were recently highlighted in the New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, written by Tony Robbins.
“From our work helping thousands of families and individuals from all walks of life prepare and transition into retirement, I’m able to give a unique perspective into what works and what doesn’t,” said Howard. “I hope to share some timely information with this group of young business professionals and area leaders to help them avoid the same mistakes so many others have made.”
For further information, or to register, visit the Savannah Jaycees web site at http://savannahjaycees.com/savannah-jaycees-leadership-now-series/ or visit them on facebook at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees/
MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees is a nonprofit organization of young professionals, between the ages of 21 to 40, whose mission is to inspire leadership development through community involvement. The Savannah Jaycees have been an organization since 1942 and are celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year. Among the Savannah Jaycees’ most notable projects were the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, spearheading efforts to build the Civic Center, helping to build the Kicklighter School and Chatham Nursing Home, founding Toys-for-Tots with the Marines and the fire department, renovating the Forsyth Fountain, and creating Jaycees Park on Tybee Island. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920 with vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. To learn more, visit http://savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf
Dr. Angela Canfield Announces Donation Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs to Hold July Donation Drive for Kids Cafe
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield, of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, has announced that her offices will be collecting donations in July and August for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Cafe program, which helps feed area children who have limited food to eat during the school year.
Canfield invites the community to deliver nonperishable food items including peanut butter, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, mac and cheese, cereal, juice boxes and water to either dental office from Friday, July 14, through Friday, August 18, during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The donations will be presented to the Kids Cafe in August.
Kids Cafe is a program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia that provides children who are at-risk for hunger with a safe haven during the school year where they can get a nutritious dinner, tutoring and homework assistance. Its services are proven to increase the likelihood that these children complete their education and participate in extra-curricular activities.
“When I look at my young daughter, who is healthy and well fed, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it would be to not have the means to feed her,” Canfield said. “It takes so little to make a big difference for these children, both in the here and now and for the rest of their lives.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent various health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, iron deficiency and dental cavities.
The Georgia Food Bank estimates that over 700,000 Georgia children live in households without adequate food. Kids Cafe originated in Savannah, Georgia, in 1989 to combat this problem, and it now serves more than 3,200 children each day at one of its sites in Appling, Bulloch, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall and Wayne counties.
Kids Cafe is nationally recognized for its balanced evening meals and the mentoring opportunities it offers the children it serves.
Food items can be dropped off at Premier Dental Designs, located at 5871 Highway 21 South in Rincon, and Sandfly Family Dental at 7360 Skidaway, Rd Suite 2 in Savannah.
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces Graduating Class of 2017
(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2017 class of Leadership Southeast Georgia is graduating after five months of training. Leadership Southeast Georgia is a regional program designed to prepare community leaders to effectively promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.
Each of the graduates lives or works within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which collectively make up Georgia’s Coastal Region.
This year, the 28 members of 2017’s class spent one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.
Listed by county, the graduates of the LSEGA Class of 2017 are:
Terry Landreth, Camden Bicycle Center
Charles Bowen, The Bowen Law Group
Carol Coppola, Sun Trust
Alfred McGuire, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School
Chris Nowicki, Gulfstream
Lynn Tootle, Gro-Masters
Mike Tucker, Coastal Workforce Services
Mark Wilcox, Seacrest Partners
Jennifer Abshire, Abshire PR
Randy Mayfield, Georgia Power
Mandy Harrison, Darien-McIntosh County Chamber
The Sack Company (SACK) was the Leadership Sponsor of the class this year. Presenting sponsors included Georgia Power, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, and Evans General Contractors. Other sponsors included Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), Thomas and Hutton, Cecilia Russo Marketing, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Hunter Maclean, Seacrest Partners, Rives Worrell and Camden County Development Authority.
For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All of the participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/
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