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TLA First New Resident Drop-In Open House A Success

TLA First New Resident Drop-In Open House A Success

By Kimberly McDowell
Executive Assistant to the General Manager

TLA's first New Resident Drop-in Open House was held on May 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nine attendees took advantage of the intimate setting and opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences about life in The Landings. Each department prepared a trifold of information outlining their department's work, covering all items that a new resident would find useful. 

Staff members shared their tips for navigating the sea of information provided on our website and in the Landings Residential Directory. Security Director Tim Cook engaged the crowd by recounting safety and gate access reports.

As the discussion came to a close, staff polled attendees on whether this format was beneficial and received positive feedback. The feedback offered will be taken into consideration for the next event.


Nine attendees took full advantage of the intimate setting and opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences of life in The Landings.




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Sustainable Skidaway Task Force Seeks Volunteers

Sustainable Skidaway Task Force Seeks VolunteersBy Dylan TillEnvironmental ManagerMon, 04/04/2022 - 9:21am The Landings is an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community; the first such community in all of Georgia! The community received this...

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Streets in The Landings

Streets in The LandingsCourtesy of 50th Anniversary CommitteeMon, 03/28/2022 - 4:51pm Want to know how your street came to be named? Visit our 50th Anniversary webpage to learn more about the history of the community, upcoming events, and more.


TimelinesCourtesy of The 50th Anniversary Communications and History subcommitteesTue, 05/17/2022 – 3:33pmThere is nothing like a timeline to take you on a trip down memory lane. View the timelines below as they bring back blasts from the past and prov…

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Keeping Wildlife Wild

Keeping Wildlife Wild

By Lynn Lewis – lynnl@landings.org
Communications Manager

From its stately oak trees and majestic pines, to the soothing and native waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and fresh and brackish water lagoons, to the beautiful native fauna, the Landings community is quite the island paradise.

Although many human residents could not imagine calling any other place besides The Landings home, there are countless animal residents that feel the same way. While living in such close proximity to nature can be an enriching experience, it’s important to keep in mind that wildlife is wild! Feeding wildlife is detrimental to the health and safety of both wildlife and residents. Residents are reminded NEVER to feed wildlife.

Although this might seem a bit strict to some people, it is basic step to take to ensure healthier and safer coexistence between residents and wildlife, according to The Landings Association’s Environmental Manager Dylan Till.

“Education is the first step in helping residents understand they are hurting, not helping, wildlife by feeding them,” Till said. “People aren’t feeding wildlife because they are a bad people but because they incorrectly believe they are helping. It is also important to realize there is a big difference in having a bird feeder and dumping five-gallon buckets of corn into a lagoon to feed Hooded Mergansers or in your backyard to feed deer.”

Till added that it is against Georgia state law to feed certain wildlife, including alligators. “When alligators are fed, they lose their fear of humans and start to associate humans with food,” he said. “The alligators can become overly aggressive, and ultimately it’s necessary to have them lethally removed.”

Following are a few more reasons residents are reminded NEVER to feed wildlife.

  • Human foods aren’t nutritious enough for animals and may cause serious health problems.
  • It makes wild animals lose their natural fear of people. Feeding can make large, potentially dangerous animals too comfortable in residential or recreational areas. Once animals learn they can panhandle for food, they can become a nuisance or, even worse, a safety risk.
  • Wild animals that depend on people for food can cause injuries or spread disease. When wild animals gather for food handouts, it causes crowding and competition. These unnatural conditions increase the chances of fighting and injury among animals. It also can increase the spread of diseases, some of which may be transmitted to pets and humans.

  If you want to be good stewards of the wildlife in The Landings, do your part by observing wildlife from a distance and by not feeding it!

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50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: Marshwood’s 16th Green

50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: Marshwood’s 16th Green

By Richard Burke

“The only hole in the world where you can land on the green and still have an unplayable lie.” Not precisely true, since you could always waste a shot putting away from the tree trunk that once stood in the center of Marshwood’s 16th green, if that’s where your ball unhappily landed. What possessed Arnold Palmer to leave the tree there has been lost to posterity. But, indeed, it stood there for years until common sense prevailed! 

Find more 50th Anniversary news, events, and more on our 50th Anniversary Webpage.  


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50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: The Landings’ First Residents

50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: The Landings’ First Residents

By Richard Burke & Laura Little Simkins

Bill and Peggy Foster have lived here longer than any other Landings owner, but they were not the first to move into the community. That distinction belongs to Elbert and Helen Little, who bought their lot in 1972, built their own home at 4 Tything Man Lane, and moved into it in 1973, claiming Club Membership #14! 

Branigar honored this singular place in the community’s history by inviting Elbert and Helen to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the 1,831 acre Plantation/Palmetto section of The Landings in 1980.

Elbert, known to his friends as Dixie (the name he put on his golf cart), was in reality a Yankee, born in Brooklyn. His wife, Helen, was born in Connecticut. They met and married in 1939 and the 1940 census lists his occupation as “salesman” and Helen’s as “nutritionist” in a school cafeteria. But by August of 1941, Dixie had enlisted in the Army and when war broke out three months later, he found himself fighting in the Pacific Theater. Although he was discharged when the war ended in 1946, he re-enlisted in 1950 and spent the next two years fighting in Korea, where he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. (This long exposure to Asian culture seemed to rub off on the couple and the furniture, fabrics, art, and curios they acquired for their homes had a distinct Asian character.)

Although Dixie took a financial management job in New York when he was discharged from the Army, he decided to pursue a career as a builder and for reasons unknown, picked Savannah as the perfect place to begin. Dixie moved the family south in 1956, enrolled his son and namesake Elbert, Jr. (known as Buck) in Benedictine Military Academy (at that time located on Bull Street) and began restoring old, and building new, homes throughout the city. Before moving to The Landings, the Little family lived in a home Dixie had built on Althea Parkway in Kensington Park. His biggest project was developing Meridian Drive in Oakdale, an area off Waters Avenue, south of DeRenne and north of Eisenhower. 

At The Landings, Dixie and Helen enjoyed golf and boating. (They kept a boat named Blue Chip at Landings Harbor.) The family were communicants at St. James and Dixie was a member of The Knights of Columbus. Elbert, Jr. (Buck) was their only child. He was Captain of the football team at BC and like his dad, had a strong sense of duty to his country, serving as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Tragically, Buck died of leukemia in 1980 at the age of 37, two years before Dixie died, and six before Helen passed. But Buck had two children and they offered the most important tribute any grandparent can receive: “They were always kind and loving for the short time we had them in our lives.” May we all be remembered that way.

Find more 50th Anniversary news, events, and more on our 50th Anniversary Webpage.  

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On the Security Scene

On the Security Scene Courtesy of Landings SecurityThu, 05/12/2022 – 3:08pm
Vehicle Accident
On Monday, May 9, Security, Chatham Emergency Services (CES), and Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries at…

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Public Works…Working for You!

Public Works…Working for You!Courtesy of Landings Public WorksThu, 05/12/2022 – 3:03pmLandings Harbor Maintenance
As part of our monthly maintenance, staff worked to secure loose boards on the fixed pier at Landings Harbor this week. Staff also repla…

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