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Wristband Revenue to Go Back to City, Other Entities

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In tonight's community report-- the total numbers for Saint Patrick's Day wristbands are in, and nearly 80,000 were sold at the two-day event, which means the program generated almost $400,000. A majority of that will be split between the Savannah Riverfront Association, City Market, and the Downtown Business Association. Officials say the money will first go to cover their expenses from the event, and the rest will go into an account that the three organizations will use for future larger-scale city festivals.

And although the city is getting just a portion of the revenue, officials say they are happy with the overall outcome of the wristband program.

"We had a partnership with the Savanna Riverfront Association the Downtown Business Association, and City Market where we had this expanded festival zone They charged five dollars for the privilege of drinking alcohol outside within that zone. The city got one-fifth of that revenue that came in over the course of that two day festival," said city spokesperson, Bret Bell.

Which translates to about $80,000 being recouped by the city.

"City Council made this arrangement with these three entities. They had pledged that the revenue would be to offset some of our costs and then also be used for really enhancing some of our festivals better Christmas decorations around Christmas time, stuff like that."

City officials say while they may need to work out some kinks, they are pretty happy overall with the effectiveness of the wristband policy.

"This is the first year this expanded zone. We weren't sure how was going to go. From all accounts it was a huge success. We are reviewing it... probably something that we would do differently in the future... but as a holder really amazed how well it did."

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