St. Patty potties head to Savannah

Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:35 AM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Tourists won’t be the only visitors during this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festival.

Hundreds of toilets from outside Savannah will be stopping by for the four-day celebration, too.

The same company, Florida-based United Site Services, will be providing the portable commodes again for the fifth year in a row after the city received only two non-local bids to provide much-needed relief to the thousands of beer drinking partiers coming to town.

The lack of ability or resources to do the work is a challenge that hinders local hiring.

Mike Hubbard, who took over as general manager of Blu-John of Savannah about one year ago, said he does not have the capacity to handle the St. Patrick’s Day festival. He could have obtained additional port-a-johns and staff for the event, but he said it would not be profitable enough for him.

“We’re getting there, but not quite ready,” he said.

Damon Powell, regional sales manager for United Site Services, said local providers typically lack the necessary resources and are too busy handling day-to-day activities, such construction site jobs, to meet the demands of larger events.

His company, which provides restrooms for the Super Bowl and the president’s inauguration, specializes in them, Powell said.

Powell said Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festival involves shipping in more than 400 portable toilets from various locations in Georgia and Florida. A crew of six to 10 employees goes on site for about two weeks to set up for the event, work the festival and clean up afterward.

“Your really small local operators don’t have the capabilities to pull off these events,” he said.

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 08:53 am
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THIS is news? Really?

THIS is news? Really?

bigdan4439
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bigdan4439 03/13/14 - 09:51 am
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St. PADDY's DAY!!!!

Please, for the love of GOD, it is St. Paddy..."Patty" would be a girl...

fedex227
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fedex227 03/13/14 - 11:51 am
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I found this story fascinating but somewhat lacking ...
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For example, what is the average patron to pottie ratio during the festival? Why is there such a severe shortage of potties in Georgia that they have to get assistance from other states? Should FEMA get involved? Will the blue potties be painted green in honor of St. Paddy's Day? So many questions left unanswered.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/13/14 - 12:28 pm
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Many times, when I read a

Many times, when I read a comment where someone says "This is news? Really? Why is this in the paper?"..well usually I'll just think that I can see some little bitty reason to print it.
BUT THIS??? Portapotties??? That's just ridiculous. This HAS to be a very slow news day for this to even be mentioned! I can see it being in the Elementary School newspaper, but the Augusta Chronicle??

grinder48
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grinder48 03/13/14 - 01:35 pm
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I agree
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this is a ridiculous waste of news space

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/13/14 - 03:17 pm
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Is it possible that Savannah

Is it possible that Savannah is full of it? ;) Just kidding.

fedex227
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fedex227 03/13/14 - 07:08 pm
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Why hasn't this been elevated to ...
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'most discussed' status? Is it because President Obama wasn't involved? Or ... was he?

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LeConteSkier 03/13/14 - 11:22 pm
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Thats exactly what I was thinking

Corgimom, Thats exactly what I was thinking. This sounds like a text form of a funny YouTube video. As for major news, I first found out about the Augusta Earthquakes on FACEBOOK. Social Media is the new news outlet. Newspaper companies are trying a little comedy articles to try to attract more viewers. The Augusta Chronicle along with many once famous news papers will soon be a distant memory like the neighborhood movie rental stores and the drive-in.

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