Buckhead Coalition raises its flag in Bermuda

By David Pendered

A delegation from the Buckhead Coalition left Atlanta for Bermuda Thursday on a three-day trip to cement relations with the coalition’s new sister community.

The “sister community” relationship may be a first for Atlanta, which does have a rich history – dating to 1974 – of establishing relations with sister cities around the globe.

The Buckhead flag was created in 2004 by the Buckhead Coalition.

The Buckhead flag was created in 2004 by the Buckhead Coalition.

This is hardly the first time the Buckhead Coalition has struck out on its own. In 2004, the coalition commissioned its own neighborhood flag and sent one to the town of Buckhead, the Morgan County town of just over 200 residents that won’t relinquish its mailing address to its upscale cousin.

The Buckhead Coalition entourage timed its departure to coincide with Thursday’s inaugural non-stop AirTran flight from Atlanta to St. George’s parish, Bermuda.

The local contingency is to exchange formal proclamations with Bermuda’s deputy minister. The group also is to deliver a letter from coalition President Sam Massell, a former Atlanta mayor, to Hamilton [Bermuda] Mayor Charles Gosling.

The coalition intends to host a group from Bermuda sometime in the future. The idea of the current trip is to create economic development opportunities between Bermuda and Buckhead.

“This new travel service is of real economic value to both cities, and we plan to nurture our relationship with this delightful island,” said Massell, who once owned a travel business.

“We both are major tourist destinations, and have fine hotels and restaurants, excellent shopping, and a common attitude of good will,” he said.

The delegation includes Alana Shepherd, of Shepherd Spinal Center; Sam Friedman, of AFCO Realty; Tim Lowe of Lowe Engineers; Charlie Crawford, president, chairman and CEO of Private Bank of Buckhead; and Michael Robinson, chairman and CEO of Lanier Holdings.

Garth Peters, the coalition’s director of development, will lead the trip, leaning on his background with Bermuda’s Department of Tourism.


David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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  1. jeff sutter says:

    Why would Buckhead, GA give up the postal address it has had for decades? They were using it first. Sam should be willing to pay for it !Report


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