Savannah rules out gates for St. Patrick's

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Savannah City Council has come up with a new set of rules for St. Patrick's Day revelers next month.

There won't be any gates on River Street this year. But anyone consuming alcohol on that street will have to pay $5 for a wristband.

City officials say two or three beer vendors and two or three food vendors will be permitted on the festival perimeter. Local restaurants, starting with River Street businesses, get priority on the limited space.

All businesses will be allowed to remain open until 3 a.m., saving police manpower from having to stop the party while crowds are still large.

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